Last week I wrote about Neuschwanstein Castle, a place many people feel is an overrated tourist trip. (Spoiler: we loved it), and this week I’m here to tell you about another place we recently visited that is often put in the same category: Iceland’s Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.
While the Blue Lagoon tends to get a bad rap from some travel bloggers, it is also consistently named one of the places you *have* to visit while in Iceland. Personally, we couldn’t agree more. That said, we went during “off season” so our experience could differ greatly from yours if you went in say … June, July, or August, when hordes of people descend on Iceland for summer vacation. While the changing room and robe storage was a bit packed, we were surprised to find the pool itself actually quite empty, with plenty of room to relax and swim.
Having read up on visiting almost immediately after purchasing our plane ticket, we knew we needed to book our slot as quick as possible. With only 48 hours in Reykjavik, we decided to visit Blue Lagoon en route to the airport for our flight out to San Francisco for Thanksgiving. We chose to go with the Premium option, which provided us with: entrance to Blue Lagoon, silica mud & algae masks, use of towel, bathrobe & slippers, 1st drink of our choice, a reservation at Lava (the onsite restaurant) and sparkling wine if dining there. Based on the slot we secures and the time of our flight, we only had a few hours to enjoy the pools, but it was worth every single second. We didn’t dine at Lava so I can’t comment on that, but it looked very nice. If we ever had the opportunity to return to Iceland, I’d be tempted to book a night at the onsite hotel and spend all day in the magical, milky blue waters and at the spa getting facials and massages. I’m a terrible flyer but getting on the plane, I felt as relaxed as can be.