So you’ve decided to book your tickets to the Blue Lagoon. Good for you! Soon you’ll be soaking up the cool Icelandic air, while enjoying the thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. But what exactly do you need to bring to the Blue Lagoon? What kinds of things are provided by the site? Is there a place to put all your things? Fear not, for I have compiled the Ultimate Blue Lagoon Packing List for just this reason.
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If you are visiting the Blue Lagoon on a layover, or traveling there by bus either to or from the airport, odds are you’re going to have some luggage with you. If your bags are bigger than the typical carry-on size, the Blue Lagoon has its very own luggage storage facility, where you can safely store these belongings. Each piece of luggage costs 600ISK to store in the luggage holding facility.
I recommend placing everything you need for the Blue Lagoon into a smaller bag and bringing that along with you. You will not really have access to your large luggage pieces while enjoying the Blue Lagoon. The facility is located a short walk from the main attraction site, and you won’t want to be going back and forth to get the items you need.
Once you have checked in at the lobby, you will receive an electronic bracelet to wear during your time at the Blue Lagoon. This bracelet will give you entry to your locker, which is included in the entry fee. The locker rooms are huge, and there are many lockers available. Simply pick one that’s open and store your things inside. When you close the locker, you will have a limited amount of time to scan your bracelet and sync the locked locker with your bracelet. Then, when you need to open it again, scan your bracelet and the locker will pop open.
Blue Lagoon Packing List
The Blue Lagoon does not allow any skinny dipping. You will have to bring along your swimsuit in order to enter both the water and the saunas. However, there aren’t any rules about the type of swimsuit you can bring. I saw everything from the good, old-fashioned one-piece, to the suit that I’m not even sure you could call a swimsuit. If you are a more modest swimmer, it has been approved for visitors to wear t-shirts and shorts over a swimsuit.
Hair Ties and hair pins
To avoid letting your hair have contact with the water and ending up all dried out and brittle, you’ll want to tie it up securely on your head. The more secure, the better.
Locker and shower rooms are just kind of gross altogether. The Blue Lagoon staff is really diligent about keeping them clean, but I’d still consider bringing some sandals to wear in the showers.
If you plan on taking some photos while you’re enjoying the Blue Lagoon, consider bringing a water-proof camera. I saw so many people gingerly walking through the lagoon, with their cell phones held high above the water. I’m sorry, but if my phone is susceptible to water damage, I would have a heart attack walking around with it in the water. A waterproof camera? No worries at all!
Dry-case for selfies
But if you insist on bringing your phone in the water with you, please at least consider putting it in a dry case. Find something that will make the phone waterproof, but still useable. You could try getting a Lifeproof case for it, or even just something simple like a dry sleeve.
On the occasional sunny day in Iceland, it is a good idea to protect your eyes with sunglasses. This is especially so in the Blue Lagoon, because the sun can reflect off the water and cause damage to your eyes.
You’ll also want to make sure that you use some kind of sunblock if you visit the Blue Lagoon on sunny days. Just because you’re submerged in water does not mean your skin is protected from the sun. Using a light layer of the sunblock can help protect your skin from burning.
An extra towel
The use of a Blue Lagoon towel is included in the price of entry. However, I found the towels to be a bit thin and not long enough to go around my body. It probably wouldn’t hurt to bring an extra towel of your own. Especially one that’s not white and can be identified easily when you get out of the lagoon. It can be hard to find your Blue Lagoon-issued towel among the sea of identical towels.
If you just can’t resist dunking your head, or are particularly worried about your hair in the Blue Lagoon, why not bring along a small bottle of silica-removing shampoo? Known more commonly as “Clarifying Shampoos”, these are special shampoos that work to strip the minerals out of your hair. Follow this up with your favorite conditioner, and you are good to go! A few shampoos you can try are:
The water from the Blue Lagoon can make your skin feel a bit strange. To me, it was like my skin was both oily and dry at the same time. If you don’t want to spend money on the expensive line of Blue Lagoon skin care products, I recommend bringing a small bottle of your own body lotion. This will help rehydrate your skin and help with the strange feeling.
Things You Don’t Need To Pack
Unless you prefer to use some kind of specialized hair conditioner, you can leave conditioner off your Blue Lagoon packing list. The showers all have huge containers of hair conditioner and you are welcome to use as much as you need.
In addition to the conditioner, the Blue Lagoon also supplies unlimited basic body soap in the showers. Again, unless you are particular about the soap you use, you don’t need to worry about providing your own body soap.
Some people can’t stand to go out with wet hair. Luckily, the Blue Lagoon provides several hair dryers for your use, free of charge. They are located in the locker rooms, along the walls where the large mirrors are. In this area, they also supply cotton swabs and cotton balls, in case you need these items as well.
Wondering what to do with your sopping wet swimsuit after visiting the Blue Lagoon? They don’t have any dryers on site, and it’s actually not recommended to throw your suits into a dryer right away. This can cause the silica to get stuck in the fabric and potentially damage it. Instead, remove your suit in the showers and rinse it thoroughly, while wringing out the excess water. Then, place your suit into one of the complimentary plastic baggies until you can let your suit hang to dry or until you can properly wash it.
As mentioned before, the lockers provided by the Blue Lagoon have their own electronic locks that are synced with your bracelet. For this reason, you don’t have to supply your own locks for the Blue Lagoon lockers.
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