As I publish this it’s just over two and a half weeks since we returned from a magical five day holiday to Iceland. I’d wanted to visit Iceland for so long since before I even knew what a bucket list was. For those of you old enough to remember Judith Chalmers and the travel programme she fronted called ‘Wish You Were Here …?’- I say she’s to blame for the Blue Lagoon imprint forever on my mind.
Before I get into my top tips for visiting Blue Lagoon, Iceland you might want to read all about the quirky hotel we stayed in on our visit here. It was such a fun place to stay. Food and amenities were on point.
Back to the blue stuff that describes itself as one of the 25 wonders of the world. This might be stretching a little but it is a wonderful place. We had an amazing 4 hours there. You can stay as long as you want subject to closing time. We arrived around 2pm and left around 6pm but we overheard someone say they had been in the water since 8.30am!
It’s definitely worth a visit and I couldn’t imagine ever having gone to Iceland without this being part of our itinerary.
I do, however, have some top tips for you:
- Book ahead before you even take off. I didn’t quite believe this and it was Mr Bbed who drew my attention to it about a week or so before our trip. When we went on the website there weren’t a lot of time slots to choose from and that was 10 days in advance.
- Which package to choose? We are always undecided when faced with too many choices. Currently there are four options. We chose option 2 – ‘Comfort’ – that worked out around £52.00 each. We never choose the cheapest when faced with multiple choices but also don’t like to go overboard as we often feel like these in general are a rip off. Let me tell you if I go back I will choose option 1- ‘Standard’ – approx £38.00 each. The difference was that we got use of a towel, an algae face mask as well as the standard silica one and a drink. I’ll tell you why — you can’t tell the difference other than by the colour of the face masks. I couldn’t feel any lasting benefits from having two slathered all over me. Use of a towel — well, when you come out of the changing room everyone just dumps them where they can so it ends up a bit of a bun fight. I’d bring my own and just leave it in my locker. I actually ended up with a ‘luxury’ towel as someone had taken my ‘comfort’ one .. lol!
- You will read recommendations of the best time to visit and some say on your way from the airport or on your way back. I certainly wouldn’t recommend on the way back to the airport unless this wasn’t your first visit. You’ll get too relaxed and I’d hate for you to miss your plane!
- Make sure you have waterproof protection for your cameras and phones. I didn’t — some blogger I am! I managed to very carefully get these shots with the help of Mr BBed. I’m extremely accident prone and he was very worried as I’d just bought my new iPhone 7 Plus right before the trip. Eek! There was a lot of selfie stick action going on but again we forgot ours so that’s why I’m reminding you here 🙂
- You might read as well people putting the fear of God into you about what might happen to your hair with the high silica and mineral content of the water and that you must protect it. Everyone’s hair looked fine even those with long hair and mine didn’t turn green (with being grey) — I was worried. Here’s me below. The wet hair look has never been my strong one! Who cares? I was chillin’!
- People might also forewarn you of queues but I think we chose the perfect time to arrive — late afternoon. I would avoid early morning and lunch time. If I visited again I would love to try it under the stars.
- Oh and don’t worry about your money. They can take your debit/credit card when you arrive and give you a little chip inside your key bracelet that they simply swipe whenever you want a drink at the bar. Dangerous!
You probably can’t tell by my photos but it was actually hail stoning and quite an icy wind was blasting across the surface of the lagoon. Just as long we kept our shoulders under that milky 38°C blue we were fine. There are also thermal hot spots dotted around the lagoon where the temperature rises even further and you feel like the cat that got the cream when you walk into one of them!
You might notice that there are so many different lights to my photos. That’s Iceland for you — things can change in the blink of an eye and that’s one of the reasons I’ve fallen in love with it. The Icelandic light is simply amazing.