The Blue Lagoon is a perfect place to relax and pass the time during a layover in Iceland. We purposefully planned an 18 hour layover to make time for the Blue Lagoon and exploring a little bit of Iceland. As mentioned in my previous post; "One Day in Iceland", we arrived in Keflavik around 6:30 am, and our tickets for the Blue Lagoon were for 9:00 am. This gave us enough time to pick up our rental car, go out for breakfast at Viking World, and get to Blue Lagoon by 9:00 am. If you are running late, they give you up to an hour to check in, I actually think we ran 15-20 past 9:00.
You do have to book your tickets in advance, the time slots sell out quick. I suggest booking the date and time that you want 1-2 months ahead. You can book your tickets online: Blue Lagoon
You will see online that there are 4 package options for the spa; Standard, Comfort, Premium, and Luxury. We chose to go with Comfort, which included; entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of a towel, 1st drink of choice, and Algae mask. For a minute we regretted not splurging and going for the Premium package to get the bathrobe and slippers. But we also managed just fine with the comfort package, especially if you don't care for the reservation or sparkling wine at the restaurant.
Once you check in you will get a wristband to use as a key to your locker, as well as to purchase additional drinks at the swim up bar. If you choose to go with the comfort package you will also get a towel. You will be asked to shower before entering the lagoon, which is a pretty good rule considering all the tourist traffic from all over the world. They'll also tell you to use conditioner in your hair and not to wash it out. I highly recommend doing this, especially if you plan to get your hair wet in the lagoon. The silica water will dry your hair and make it feel stiff for several days if you don't use the conditioner. As a blonde I stayed on the safe side, I used the conditioner and didn't soak my head in the water, although it was tempting.
We really enjoyed using the masks too, all 3! Silica, Algae, and a mineral mask. They will guide you on the order of which mask to use 1st, 2nd, and last.
Although Iceland was (and always is) cloudy, it was pretty bright in the spa. I'm not sure if it was because of the color of the water or what, but I was squinting the entire time. Also my face is white because I put sunblock on it :)
My cousin didn't make it into most of the pictures becuase...
Fortunately for all of the travelers suffering from jet lag, the spa does have a lounge area where you can lay down to take a a nap or break from soaking in the spa.
The spa provides shampoo and conditioner, you can ask for extra towels, and there is a vanity with blow-dryers.