A Brief Guide to the Blue Lagoon for Thrifty Germophobes


One of the things I most looked forward to on our Iceland trip was a visit to the BLUE LAGOON (map!).

Located in Grindavík, on the Reykjanes peninsula, it is roughly on the way from Keflavík Airport and Reykjavik (20 minutes from the airport, 40 minutes from the city). A very popular route is to stop by the Blue Lagoon either upon arrival on the way to Reykjavik or right before departing towards the airport.

We did both. High rollin’.

Aside from simply wanting to relax in the warm blue waters one more time, we also wanted to “do” the Blue Lagoon once more with the benefit of knowing how to navigate the locker rooms, showers, and water area itself. As luxurious and amazing as it all is, I found the pre-and-post dip rituals slightly confusing. Therefore, I’m just going to throw my experience and tips into the big internet pool and hope they will be of some use to someone.

Behold, my bullet list:

  • If you’re arriving on a bus tour or airport shuttle (ex: Iceland Excursions, Reykjavik Excursions), you can usually keep your large luggage on the bus or in a little locked luggage shed by the parking lot. Unless you have an unwieldy number of suitcases, though, I recommend taking your luggage with you. If would be a pain if you forgot to take along something you needed, and there are large lockers in the locker rooms once you get inside.
  • Try to have a separate tote bag packed with flip-flops, a beach towel (you have to pay to rent a towel otherwise), a rubber band if you have long hair, and your bathing suit. It will make things much easier rather than digging through your suitcase later.
  • You don’t need to bring a lock. Everyone gets a bracelet with a security chip in it so you can program your own lock and password.
  • Once you are in the locker room (for purposes of this guide, I am only talking about the women’s locker room, but I assume the mens’ have a similar layout), you will need to remove your shoes past a certain point. You can stash them inside a locker (you can use more than one, the bracelet will still work) or put them on a rack. I prefer the locker for added security.
  • If you’re shy about changing in front of people, there are a few changing closets you can use, or just duck into a WC. Also, there is more than one WC! There are some scattered by the shower area.
  • You must shower before and after entering the geothermal pool. The rules say you have to shower without your bathing suit. Again, if you are shy, there are individual shower stalls with doors in addition to the “hey everyone, we’re naked!” communal showers. Also, if you use the stall, it’s unlikely that the swimsuit police is going to burst in on you if you don’t strip down, so it’s really up to you whether to shower with or without a suit on.
  • ***If you don’t want to bring 2 towels, don’t want to pay the ~$5 to rent a towel, or are skeeved out by using your beach towel (especially after drying your salty self off with it outside), here’s how to get dry after a shower (you can’t be dripping and tracking water into the changing area, not allowed): before showering, take one of the free plastic bags available on a roll in the changing area, meant to stuff your wet bathing suit in. Stuff it with some paper towels from the WC (don’t go nuts using up the Blue Lagoon’s whole supply, but take a few handfuls, enough to dry yourself) then hang the bag on the outside knob of your shower stall. After showering, it’s right there, clean and ready to use!
  • During the “before” shower, load up on the free hair conditioner and slather your hair with it to leave in. Tie up your hair with the rubber band and then try to avoid dipping your hair into the water, as the salt will totally dry it out something fierce. Reapply then rinse during the “after” shower. The stuff is quite potent.
  • The silica mud for your face are in wooden boxes with ladles towards the far left area of the pool, not the slimy stuff you feel between your toes on the floor as you walk. I wouldn’t recommend reaching down for a handful of the latter.
  • If the bar is open, resist the temptation to buy a drink. They are not cheap and really, you are in one of the most relaxing places in the world, a beer is not necessary to enjoy it fully.
  • Definitely give the sauna, steam bath, and waterfall (again, towards the left) a try, but don’t be embarrassed to leave quickly if the steam is overwhelming (I lasted about a minute, sad to say).
  • Above all, take the opportunity to close your eyes and relax…..

When we finished, we also bought some postcards and stamps at the gift shop. The Blue Lagoon has its own stamp design, which is pretty cool, and there is a postbox for you to send them out right away. Convenient!

I can’t wait to go back again.


2 thoughts on “A Brief Guide to the Blue Lagoon for Thrifty Germophobes

  1. What a great posting! I am going to the Blue Lagoon next week, so very much appreciate your detailed description.

  2. Very useful thank you! S x

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