When we did our 12 day epic Iceland roadtrip, we made sure we didn’t miss out on Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. It is one of those bucket list items for anyone visiting Iceland. It is easy to understand why, who doesn’t want to miss the opportunity to bathe in this milky blue lagoon which is packed full of minerals. These minerals have amazing benefits for the skin and the body.
If you are only visiting Iceland for a couple days then you should definitely visit the blue lagoon if you want to experience Iceland’s hot pools. The Blue Lagoon is literally about 15 minutes away from the airport. It’s a great trip if you want to make the most of a layover. You can hop on a bus which will take you there and back to the airport.
We paid 50 Euros for the most basic package we could get. We arrived at 7am and the buses were already arriving packed full of people. After a quick shower we made it out into the blue lagoon while it was still quiet. As soon as you walk in it feels more like a 5 Star spa, you receive a band which you can charge anything you want onto it which you then pay for as you leave. There are options for lots of extras including face masks and massages. I felt like we were in some hotel spa with swim up bars where you could pay for overpriced booze. We left after about an hour, it was starting to get busier and the water didn’t feel as hot as I expected. After 12 days in a campervan we made the most of the complimentary shampoo, conditioner and body wash. I even blow dried my hair there before we left. We had a coffee at the café and watched everyone in the lagoon before we left to head to the airport. It felt too commercialized and overpriced, right down to the Blue Lagoon skincare products you can buy as you walk out the gift shop when you leave. It was a little disappointing.
So, what are some Blue Lagoon alternatives? Check them out below.
Myvatn Nature Baths
If you are staying in Iceland longer and are seeing a bit more of the country then skip the Blue Lagoon. We visited the Myvatn Nature Baths up in North Iceland and we loved it. It felt like a more authentic experience. We strolled in without booking at around 2.30pm. We paid 30 Euros and headed to the changing rooms. There were communal showers which you bathed in before heading out to the lagoon.
The Myvatn Nature Baths felt so much hotter, we kept having to get out to cool off a bit. There is one pool that is very hot and then other which is a couple of degrees cooler. We loved how quiet it was here. You could still grab drinks from the bar and sit in a sauna. We were overlooking Lake Myvatn and it was so beautiful. We spent almost 2 hours here swimming back and forth from the hot pool to the cooler one. There were little nooks with seats and if someone took your spot there were plenty of other nooks to sit in. It is definitely not as glamorous as the Blue Lagoon but it had a nicer atmosphere.
After Myvatn we also had fun hot spring hunting in Iceland’s Westfjords. These were fresh water pools and springs. Most of these were quite secluded. You can find most of the co-ordinates to these by checking out our Westfjord’s post. Some of these springs were about body temperature and others were very hot. It was such a fun adventure finding a pool in the middle of nowhere with such epic views and no one else around.
Heading to Iceland soon? Here are some posts you might find helpful:
- Epic Iceland Roadtrip Itinerary for 12 Days
- Iceland Day 1: The Golden Circle
- Iceland’s South Coast: Waterfalls & Glaciers
- Discovering Iceland’s Eastern Fjords
- North Iceland: Volcanoes & Waterfalls
- Iceland’s Westfjords: Hot Spring Hunting
- From Snaefellsness to Reykjavik
Have you been to the Blue Lagoon? What did you think of it? Did you find the Iceland’s Blue Lagoon overrated? Let us know in the comments below!