Last weekend the boyfriend and I got to live the good life with some fantastic people at Kvosin Downtown Hotel. The folks at Kvosin were celebrating the fact that they are opening up some new much awaited rooms and invited us and Inga from Tiny Iceland to join them for a staycation at their hotel. Because they were feeling extra generous they also invited anyone who wanted to join us to participate in a little prize draw and in the end 4 lucky winners joined us for our #ReykjavikLife weekend.
We became fast friends and the weekend was in one word amazing. We all got our own #ReykjavikLife itinerary and some went horseback riding while others went on a Reykjavík Summit helicopter tour and then we had dinners and all kinds of activities together as a group. The last activity we did was a group trip to the Blue Lagoon. Which brings me to the point of this post. Yes, you guessed it: The Blue Lagoon.
I’ve written a lot of posts where I mention the Blue Lagoon and the whole showering naked before entering a pool debacle and sometimes I’ve noticed that people are a little bit afraid of visiting both the lagoon and the swimming pools because of aforementioned nakedness. So I decided to approach this visit to the Blue Lagoon as a timid traveler and see whether the Blue Lagoon is really something to be scared of.
First, a practical point
As you may or may not know, the Blue Lagoon is a pretty popular place. They get about 80% of all tourists that come to Iceland and we got almost a million tourists last year so you do the math. Because they are so popular they recently introduced a system where you can pre-book your visit to the lagoon. If you are not pre-booked and the lagoon is full then, so sorry, you won’t get in. This winter we’ve already seen more than one weekend where they’ve been completely booked out so I can only imagine what it’s going to be like in the summer.
So make sure you pre-book your visit.
If you book a Blue Lagoon trip from Reykjavík with bus transfer then the visit has been booked for you and you don’t have to worry about it. If you decide to do a private transfer to the Blue Lagoon you have to book the visit separately as the transfer doesn’t include admission.
And then on to the nakedness
You know I haven’t always been very enthusiastic about the Blue Lagoon and to be honest, even though they graciously invited us this time, I’m not sure that my position has changed that much. I still prefer other places over the Blue Lagoon, including all our wonderful thermal pools, but like always I also totally understand why you feel like you need to visit it. It’s that once in a lifetime thing. However, I have to give the Blue Lagoon credit for taking into consideration that not everyone is comfortable with being naked in front of other people and the steps they have taken to ensure that these people can enjoy the lagoon too.
The changing rooms
First of all, if the thought of undressing in front of other people, even though they all have the same bits as you have as there are obviously female and male changing rooms, you don’t need to worry because you can get your privacy. Basically the changing rooms in the lagoon are divided into a few rooms where you’ll find a number of lockers and in each room there’s a small stall where you can change unseen. Of course there are probably only 8 or so stalls and 750 lockers so you might have to wait a while to use one but at least it’s there. No one used the one in our room when I was there.
The walk to the showers
We got the Premium package which included a towel, bathrobe, slippers, some Blue Lagoon products and a drink at the bar. I felt a little silly getting a bathrobe and slippers but it was actually rather nice. For the timid traveler that also means that you can put on your robe in your little modesty stall and walk to the showers in the robe. The best thing about the robe in my opinion was having it on the way out of the lagoon as it was a cold day and it was good to have something to put on for the walk back inside.
Since everyone has the same kind of towels and robes they have a number system on the hangers to help you remember which one is yours. They also have bathrobes in various sizes which is good when you are a one-size-does-not-fit-all kinda gal like me (bringing booty back and all that).
If you have booked a Blue Lagoon bus tour it comes with the cheapest package but you can upgrade to Premium to get the robe on the spot or you can just rent one for 10 Euros.
The much dreaded showers
Things have changed since I went to the lagoon the last time and now they offer quite a few showers where you can shower behind a screen. So there’s no need to worry there either and you can visit the Blue Lagoon without anyone seeing your private parts. The wobbly bits however, well, don’t we just have to come terms with those? In any case, if you rent a bathrobe they’re only on display in the minute or so it takes you to hang the robe and get into the lagoon. You will survive that!
When I came out of the lagoon again there were probably 20 women waiting for the private showers while the other showers were empty.
So in conclusion…
The Blue Lagoon is not scary. Not one bit.