The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a “hot spring” and spa made famous by tourists taking selfies from within the murky water and sharing them on social media. If you’re looking for an authentic Icelandic hot spring experience, save your money and look elsewhere. Here’s my review of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, or really, 5 reasons why the Blue Lagoon in Iceland sucks.
- It’s not a real hot spring
- Despite people constantly calling it a “hot spring” or “geothermal bath”, the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is completely man made. The heated water is actually the unused drainage water from the next door geothermal power plant, which you’ll be staring at as you wade around in its waste water.
- It’s not really blue.
- The water inside the Blue Lagoon is not blue like the pictures you’ve probably seen, but more of a dull greenish gray. Considering the water just outside the spa is a beautiful bright blue, it probably loses its vibrant color after the hundreds of tourists pee in it. You’ll see right away that the pictures you’ve seen of vibrant blue water have been edited quite heavily to enhance the color.
- It’s ridiculously expensive.
- The minimum entrance price for the Blue Lagoon is a whopping $45 USD in the winter, and $57 USD in the summer. This basic package gets you nothing other than the right to enter the luke-warm water, and access to the “free mud mask” that makes you look like an alien for a while. For this price, you don’t even get a towel to dry off with. (Unless you take one from the “dirty” towel bin in the changing rooms. Grab a robe while you’re at it.)
- It’s an awkwardly shallow, concrete tub.
- As you look through the windows at the Blue Lagoon, you’ll see everyone slowly wading around up to their chest in the steamy water. Come to find out, they’re awkwardly crouching because the majority of the “lagoon” (concrete tub) is only a few feet deep.
- It’s slimy.
- As you walk around trying to find deeper, warmer sections of the pool, you may notice your feet getting caught in a slimy, seaweed like gelatinous substance. What is that stuff? Algae? Solidified urine? Face mask deposits? Who knows!
As you can tell, I wasn’t a huge fan of the Blue Lagoon. I was really against going from the beginning, but the girls I was traveling with were dead set on going and wouldn’t shut up about it the entire trip. They enjoyed their time there but admitted that it wasn’t as cool as they were hoping, and was definitely overpriced. I made the most of it by snagging a free towel out of the used bin, splashing around, and pretending to be a shark. This really wasn’t worth the money, though, and you’d be much better off spending it somewhere else on your trip to Iceland.
If you want a genuine hot spring experience, look for the dozens of natural geothermal hot springs, or semi-natural geothermal swimming pools scattered across Iceland. Most of them are free, and they’re the type of place where the local Icelandic people go to relax, not hordes of tourists. A great resource for finding them is hotpoticeland.com.