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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
I wanted to make 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!
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.
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!