Just like the golden circle day tour, visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is one of those things you can't skip when you visit Iceland. It has changed a lot in resent years and many people would say to the worse while others would say to the better. But one thing is certain. You just have to visit it yourself to make up your own mind!
I remember my first visit to the blue lagoon. I must have just been a couple of years old and the Blue Lagoon was nothing like it is today. You changed your clothes in a dressing room that many tourists would avoid today and I felt more dirty than clean when I got out of the water. Today The Blue Lagoon is a world class spa and restaurant and soon (in 2017) becoming Iceland's first 5 star hotel. Though everything has changed the reason why people visit is still there. The out of this world blue color of the water, the healing effects on your skin, being surrounded by lava fields on a sunny summer day or watching the northern lights clearer than ever in darker times of the year. Have I got your attention now? :)
Some say a picture is worth a thousand words and that's exactly the case with the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. When you see those pictures you just have to dip in!
I guess that if you've read this far you have decided to visit the Blue Lagoon during your trip to Iceland or in the near future. Here are some tips about your visit from my personal experience.
Remember to book your visit! (especially during high season (june, july & august).
5 years ago you could just drive to the Blue Lagoon and enter with no problem. Today, not that simple. Iceland is one of the most popular places to visit these years and the Blue Lagoon, though they just made it bigger, can't fit all the tourists that want to visit. So if you want to be certain that you will be able to get in, book now!
Driving there or joining a day tour?
If you have a rental car I recommend that you drive there yourself. The drive itself is magical in its own way and assuming you rented an efficient rental car, it's also cheaper. If you are visiting Iceland for the weekend or just a couple of days it might be a good idea to start your trip by visiting the Blue Lagoon. The distance from Keflavík international airport to the Blue Lagoon is only 25 kilometers or about 30 minutes drive. Try to arrive early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the busiest time.
Indecent behavior in the Blue Lagoon
Don't be tempted by the thought of getting it on in the Blue Lagoon. The geothermal seawater is enriched with algae, silica, and minerals which makes it good for you skin. It also makes it hard to see below the surface of the water. Many tourists (and Icelanders) have been caught doing what we should be doing in the privacy of our home but not in a public outdoor pool :)