Have you ever wanted to lounge in a geothermal power plant bio-product surrounded by lava fields wearing just your bikini when it’s -3 degrees celsius outside? Yeah, I don’t blame you if you answered ‘no’ to that question. The whole concept is weird. But that’s Iceland for you! The Blue Lagoon is only one of the thousands of ways that this magnificent country skirts away from the norm.
If you’re a traveller who hates tourist traps (I feel you), you probably don’t have nor want the Blue Lagoon on your bucket list. You might have heard that it’s overpriced, crowded and too commercialised. Although some of that’s true, there’s still some charm that makes the experience worthwhile. And below I’ve listed some reasons why you should definitely visit and more importantly, why you should go at night time.
Forget what you heard about the tourists in droves. That’s the afternoon’s deal. At night, the tourists are off chasing the mystical northern lights and all the cool kids are soaking in the blue lagoon. An added bonus is that there are fewer or no children around and if that won’t convince you I don’t know what will.It’s relaxing
Honestly, the whole idea of a spa irritates me most of the time. You want to relax? Go take a nap, they’re comfortable and they don’t cost £40. The idea of forced relaxation is stressful, too. I can’t relax when everyone’s telling me to relax. Having said that (trust me, it pains me to write this), I really did feel at ease in the lagoon.
The steam was hot and dreamy which contrasted with the freezing cold air above. It makes you want to sit still for hours. Never mind that free drink I was promised, I’ll just sit here and soak thanks. The Colours
By going to the lagoon at night, you’re more likely to see the northern lights. In Grindavík, miles away from the heavy pollution riddled skies of Reykjavik, the skies are clear and full of stars. Now, of course seeing the lights aren’t guaranteed but it would be amazing if you did get to experience two of Iceland’s greatest wonders at once.
If you don’t see the lights, don’t worry, there’s still so many pretty colours to witness. The lagoon itself is a gorgeous light blue like a puddle of moonlight under the heavy black sky. The blacks and blues are the perfect foreshadow to what you’ll look like the next day after you crash into the rocks when you forget which direction you’re walking in. Ahem.The Bar
If you get the comfort package like we did, you’ll get one free drink from the bar. If you got the standard package, stay far away from the shiny well-lit box because you do not want to be paying Blue Lagoon prices.
However, make the most of it if you do get a drink and purchase something fancy. My mum got a champagne, because we’re on holiday for goodness sake! I, being the good ol’ vegan that I am, got a green juice. Beware other vegans because some of the smoothies contain skyr (an icelandic yogurt) but don’t worry too much as it clearly says what the smoothies contain in both Icelandic and English. Vegetarians should also be aware that skyr contains rennet so it’s best we all just stay away from the stuff.And for the negatives…
There’s only one major negative in going to the blue lagoon at night rather than the day and that’s the photo ops. The lack of light makes most of your pictures unusable. But really, unless you’re a travel blogger or you’re crazy into impressing your facebook friends with your photography skills, does it really matter what your photos look like? Besides, the hot air will most likely steam up your gopro anyway.
Some things to keep in mind…
- Be Careful when booking. Double check you ordered the right package and triple check when you get there. We ordered through Grey Line tours and the computer printed out the standard package rather than the comfort. Apparently this kind of thing happens a lot. It’s fixable but it’s hassle and annoying if it does happen to you.
- Your hair will get destroyed. To avoid looking like Albert Einstein in the rest of your holiday, I’d recommend making the Blue Lagoon one of the last things you do in Iceland. It will all return to normal after a couple of washes.
- The Blue Lagoon is NOT in Reykjavik. Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually about 45 minutes away by car and much closer to the airport than it is to the capital city. If you order your trip with a tour bus it might work out cheaper for you than to hire a car, plus some of the tours offer discounts on the packages.
- You have to get naked. There’s a number of comical signs that showering naked is required before entering the lagoon. Don’t fret. There’s plenty of cubicles for you to shower in if you’re modest. There’s no avoiding the other naked bodies, though because they are everywhere.