Visiting Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik: What Do You Need To Know

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The Blue Lagoon is probably Iceland’s most iconic landmark and while it is definitely gorgeous, but that wasn’t the main reason I was there. The hot spring at the Blue Lagoon is supposed to be great for psoriasis and as I suffer from a very bad type of psoriasis, I was curious to see if it would help.

Here is what do you need to know when visiting the Blue Lagoon (updated for 2017)

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The Blue Lagoon Spa


How to get to Blue Lagoon hot springs from Reykjavik?

When you book your tickets on the Blue Lagoon website you’ll be given an option to add the bus ticket. If you’re coming straight from the airport, don’t worry – there are plenty of lockers to store your suitcases.dsc06841


How much does it cost?

I recommend bringing your own towel and paying just for the standard package (€35-40). You get your own locker and access to the Lagoon, saunas and showers. While the mud mask from the more expensive package can be tempting, there are many buckets with mud that you can use for free. You can stay as long as you want at the lagoon, just be there on time that you ticket indicates.

You can purchase smoothies, beer or wine during your visit with your key. It’s expensive (as it’s Iceland) but definitely affordable.

My welcome package


Things to know about the Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon isn’t a natural phenomenon. While the water comes from a natural source underground, the lagoon was actually created by a nearby power plant as a place to dump overspill water. So if you thought about a fully natural experience that might not be the right fit.

The geothermal water features three active ingredients: Silica, Algae & Minerals. It might slightly burn your skin if you open wounds. The water temperature is 37-40°C (98-104°F), year-round, so don’t worry about water being cold in the winter.

The in-water massages, saunas and treatments aren’t private, but you’ll be in your swimsuit in the Lagoon. You jump up on a foam mat and get wrapped in a hot towel with special creams. However, before you hop into the water you’ll get to get naked (yes, including your swimwear) and hop in the shower which isn’t very private.

Some people might complain about getting naked, especially since the Blue Lagoon isn’t a nude spa in Iceland, but that’s something you have to do.Cute sauna


Does the Blue Lagoon actually help for psoriasis?

The recommended treatment takes a week, but technically you should see some improvement straight away due to the beneficial effects of mineral-rich geothermal seawater. However, the treatment is combined with UV treatment.

Honestly, I’ve tried the UV treatment and never saw any improvements, neither did my skin get even slightly better. If you’re planning on heading to the Blue Lagoon to help your psoriasis I’d not expect miracles and just go and enjoy myself.

But what I did find helpful and cleared me out of my psoriasis was a weird Chinese yellow cream that people recommended me on various forums. I normally don’t believe in miracles, but this cream really helped me.


Scalp psoriasis & damaged hair after the Blue Lagoon visit

As I wanted to stay in the water as long as I could to treat my scalp psoriasis. While in my case Blue Lagoon in Iceland didn’t help me, I wouldn’t give it – it can help you!

But, as you might have probably heard the water from the lagoon can really damage your hair. While some girls would tell you that their hair wasn’t so bad, my hair was totally destroyed.

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I wanted to make the psoriasis on my scalp better so I dipped my head into the water a few times during my visit. After I got back to my hotel I took a long shower, washed my hair, and… that’s when my problem started. I couldn’t brush my hair at all!

There have been times in my life when my hair wasn’t easy to brush but this was a complete disaster. I quickly found out that no matter how eager I was to help my psoriasis, I shouldn’t have even dipped my hair into water full of minerals. Oops!

I was desperate to make my hair look at least semi-normal because it looked like I had burned it. I even considered cutting it short, but then I remembered that I had a shampoo sample to try. No matter how skeptical I was when I received Christine shampoo and conditioner,it helped! I generally have bad hair and none of the so-called miraculous products ever made a huge difference, but I didn’t have anything to lose.

Surprisingly, after trying it I was able to brush my hair like a normal human being! Satisfied, I continued to use Christine ever since and I can see that my hair isn’t as puffy anymore. If anyone is looking for a product that can help their hair after some extensive traveling, this is it!IMG_0314


How to take photos at the Blue Lagoon?

If you plan on taking photos inside the Lagoon, use protection. I saw people’s cameras falling into the water or phones getting damaged due to humidity. My LifeProof iPhone case was definitely useful in Iceland with waterfalls, rain and snow.

Hello bar!


Is the Blue Lagoon worth visiting?

Let’s ask the most important question: is it worth a visit? Of course! It’s a lovely place for both singles and couples, and I’ve already been there twice in the summer and winter. I’d say the Blue Lagoon is a must-visit place in Iceland!

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20 Comments

  1. Apr 11, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    Looks like you had a great time. I’ll be going to Iceland for the first time in June. I’ll have to make sure to avoid lamb poo sandwiches!

    • Apr 11, 2015 / 4:42 pm

      Hehe, just eat it – it’s pretty tasty 😀

  2. Apr 11, 2015 / 9:23 pm

    I went to Iceland via Iceland air in 2012 and loved it. We knew the airline didn’t serve food so we brought snacks, but as a taller girl, I LOVED the leg room. Also a major fan of the skyr smoothies at Blue Lagoon. SO good. I loved Iceland and can’t wait to go back- maybe this year 🙂

    • Apr 11, 2015 / 11:26 pm

      I agree – it’s a beautiful country! I want to go back for sure & this time I’ll import some Skyr hehe 🙂

  3. Apr 12, 2015 / 3:50 am

    how did you get such great selfies it always takes me awhile to get a good one. also loved the story about your enjoyed reading your adventure

    • Apr 12, 2015 / 12:16 pm

      They’re not selfies actually. I bought a tiny tripod – it’s my best friend when I travel!

  4. Apr 13, 2015 / 1:19 am

    Have always wanted to go to Iceland. The blue Lagoon looks amazing! Such a shame about your flight though. I always imagine Iceland to be quite expensive though

  5. Vlad
    Apr 14, 2015 / 8:48 am

    That skyr smoothie sounds delicious! I had skyr in Norway last year and I loved it 😀 I can’t wait to visit Iceland, it’s always been a dream of mine. When did you visit and what was the weather like?

    • Apr 14, 2015 / 11:01 am

      I was there 2 weeks ago. Weather… you can’t predict the weather in Iceland – within 15 minutes you have sun, rain, snowstorm and sun again. Icelanders say it’s normal 😀 BUt it was cold like -2C/28F if that’s what you’re asking for 🙂

  6. Apr 17, 2015 / 4:20 am

    This is literally the perfect set for a Golden Compass-like movie set, captures the atmosphere perfectly.

    • May 26, 2016 / 5:30 pm

      I still need to watch this movie 😀

  7. Apr 17, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    Love Iceland!! Can’t wait to head back there! We visited Reykjavik in December and spent a few days but I would love to explore this beautiful country in the summer when there is a little more daylight hours. Love the cuisine in Iceland as well.

    • Apr 17, 2015 / 10:14 pm

      Totally! I’m already thinking of a way to come back in the summer!

  8. Apr 17, 2015 / 10:32 pm

    A truly comprehensive post with some great travel tips – another place to add to our bucket list!

  9. Apr 19, 2015 / 2:47 am

    Iceland is such an intriguing destination … thanks for your perspective on it!

    • Apr 19, 2015 / 11:19 am

      You should visit Iceland then! 🙂

  10. Katrín
    Dec 28, 2015 / 9:55 am

    A tip from a local regarding the Blue Lagoon hair issue is to ALWAYS leave a bunch of hair conditioner in your hair before entering the lagoon. In the showers there are large containers of it so just go wild and then pull your hair into a bun 🙂

    • May 26, 2016 / 5:31 pm

      For sure hehe… but also my hair is ‘special’ and it’s hard to brush it even without dipping it into this mineral water 😉

  11. Jun 6, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    I loved Iceland, it was a beautiful and untouched country! I hope you keep blogging! Watching some great bloggers stop is especially hard for us newcomers in the blogging world 😀

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