One of the highlights of traveling to Iceland is soaking in the glacial blue-toned waters of the Blue Lagoon. To be perfectly honest, however, it is a bit overrated. Yep, I just said that out loud (insert gasp here)! I am NOT saying to skip it however — I am going to give you some insider advice to make it a truly unforgettable experience!
The Blue Lagoon is incredibly expensive and overcrowded. The key to have a slice of heavenly warm silica-laced water to yourself is to stay at the beautiful Silica Hotel. Tip: Make sure to book this hotel WAY IN ADVANCE as there are limited rooms and it fills up quickly! This simplistic, modern, luxurious hotel is only a 5 minute drive to the Blue Lagoon. Here you will enjoy access to the hotel’s PRIVATE Blue Lagoon (now that is worthy of a gasp). Plus, included in your stay is breakfast AND one ticket per guest to the main Blue Lagoon. Once you factor in those price savings, its a no brainer to stay at the Silica Hotel if you plan on visiting the Blue Lagoon.
The Silica Hotel offers wonderful spa amenities without the hectic pace of bus loads of people surrounding you like at the main Blue Lagoon. Tubes and floats are at the ready for your soaking pleasure and you are more than welcome to enjoy libations as long as they are in a plastic cup — forget the three drink limit at the main Blue Lagoon! The private Blue Lagoon opens at 9am every day and closes at midnight. It is nestled into the black volcanic rock and is the perfect way to relax without bumping shoulders with hundreds of other tourists. The most people we saw while soaking in our slice of the Blue Lagoon at the Silica Hotel was two other couples, yep thats it.
Since you have those complimentary Blue Lagoon tickets included in your stay, I suggest getting there 10 minutes before it opens at 8am. Bus loads of people usually start t0 pour in by 8:30. This will give you the best opportunity to enjoy a less crowded version of the Blue Lagoon. And if you go in the winter, like me, you can watch the sun rise over the milky blue waters.