If you’re a huge spa person then this is probably the ONLY post you care about. Let’s just skip the chit chat and get straight to pictures then!
I’m not exactly sure my words can describe just how amazing / bad ass the blue lagoon is but i’ll try. If you didn’t know, the blue lagoon is the most visited attraction in all of Iceland. It’s a geothermal spa and water is rich in minerals and really good for your skin. There’s also a clinic here on site with a private section to treat your skin for those with some serious problems.
To start off, this place isn’t cheap. I don’t really think that should matter, but if you’re here to save money and just see nature, don’t come here. Similarly if you’re not a spa person, don’t even think about this place, you’ll hate yourself. I would go as far as saying the place takes advantage of tourism and rips you off, but my opinion is the second you step into the water, you’re happy to get ripped off.
I think it’s like 35 euro just to get in, but we booked a massage so that automatically grants you entry + a free towel and bathrobe rental, as well as a free sample pack of various skin products (worth about 70 bucks in total)
They offer a romantic getaway, which is something like 350 bucks a person. It’s only worth it if you plan to have dinner there. The restaurant there is nice, but my girlfriend was interested in another restaurant so we just got an hour massage each. The massage was about 200 bucks.
The Blue Lagoon staff doesn’t really fuck around when it comes to personal hygiene. After checking in and going into the change room, the first thing you see is, you HAVE to shower first. There is a guy at the exit of the change room that ensures you take a shower before leaving. There are also clearly labeled signs everywhere that says you MUST take a shower WITHOUT your swimsuit. (Don’t worry there are private stalls) Diagrams also clearly label what you must wash during the shower process (you can guess).
So after making it past the change room, you make it to the blue lagoon entrance. The indoor area has a bar area and the upstairs has a place where you can just sit and sorta tan. There’s also a small area with water where you can get used to the temperature, and walk directly outside. But enough of that, it’s time to talk about the actual water.
If i could just rate the freaking view, i would give this place a 500 out of a possible 10. I mean yes it cost like 500 bucks for 2 of us but who cares? Warning though, at the end of the day, it’s just a spa. Anyways, upon stepping into the water, the initial feeling is: holy shit, this is god like. Imagine walking around in your swim suit in like 0 degree weather, and then stepping into a spa a hot tub, that is not only a perfect temperature, but just… feels rich in everything (i can’t really describe it).
The middle of the blue lagoon water has a cool little shop, where you can order drinks and a mud mask. Don’t worry about carrying your money, upon entry you get a wrist band which you use for your locker, and everything gets charged to that wristband. When you leave the lagoon you just hand it back and you handle the charges then and there.
If you know me, you know i’m all about massages. Every city I visit, every opportunity I get, I go for a massage. The one at the Blue Lagoon, I’ll have to say I have really mixed feelings about. It was unique, cool and fun, but… i was really not content. The massage is actually in water. I don’t have a picture of it but the idea is, you lie on this floating mat, and the therapist massages you while you’re soaking in water. The massage itself was very comfortable and overall positive, but there are a couple of detailed things I didn’t enjoy about it.
- The therapist puts a large towel over you and every 10 minutes, dips you down to soak you in water. This puts warm water on you so you stay warm but really it cools off really fast, so you’re constantly feeling hot and cold.
- From time to time water gets into your ear, and it’s extremely annoying
- Since you’re constantly floating, you feel the massage therapist pull you back to a specific location (to avoid the sun, and close to the station where all his oil / products are). It feels sorta silly.
It could very well be i’m just not used to this type of massage. Don’t get me wrong it was a great experience overall. I just feel like this is something that is better used for telling people and showing off but not so great for the one experiencing it. Like, hey there i went to blue lagoon, i got a massage! But really during the entire process, I couldn’t fully relax myself due to the reasons stated above (most of it was the water into ears) and because of that, I couldn’t fully enjoy my massage.
Dinner @ Fridrik V
After a long relaxing time at the spa, we went back to the main city (thank god, a city!) and checked into our hotel. Nothing too interesting about the night, so we’ll jump straight to dinner. Alison managed to find this place which has a “surprise menu”. It says that on the menu, seriously.
We got the 3 course meal with selected non-alcoholic drinks. I honestly don’t remember what each item was (can you blame me it was a surprise!) But i took pictures! Our waitress was super friendly and explained each course, the origin, where the ingredients came from and did it all with a smile. Here are the pics!
Definitely one of the best meals I had in Iceland, I would highly recommend it. This dinner ended off on a high when I almost offended our waitress.
Me: Hey, so i have a question for you, but it’s okay if you don’t know since it may be outside of your job expertise. I was wondering if you knew of a good spot we could go to see the Northern Lights?
Waitress: *Laughs* I’m Icelandic, I know where to find the Northern lights *gives evil but friendly stare*
Note: If you’re reading this and you’re the waitress, we saw the lights cause of you, thanks!
So yeah, great day, great spa, great dinner. Our room was really good too, but nothing really to mention about that one. Here’s the info anyway.
- Name: Reykjavik Residence
- Cost: 155 Euros
- Review: Pretty good overall, no complaints, super nice. Full kitchen. Parking lot was across the street.
Fun Fact: Between Alison and I, I am usually considered the “big spender”, but on this trip I was very budget conscious. I picked all the hotels and they were under a specific budget. This is the one hotel alison picked and it was the most expensive. Shame on her.
Quick Fun Story
While looking for our hotel, I told alison to watch for a white building and told her it was nearby. She pointed to a random one and asked: “is it this?”. I said: “no alison, we are not living there.”