It’s safe to say that visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is on just about everyone’s bucket list. It’s milky blue water and otherworldly appearance is like something out of a dream. The Blue Lagoon is about 45 minutes outside of Reykjavik and about 20 minutes away from the airport. There are shuttle transfers available to the Lagoon from both locations.
The water is not hot. It’s more like warm bathwater. I’ve read lots of articles about the Blue Lagoon and there were a couple of common themes: it’s expensive and it will ruin your hair.
The Blue Lagoon is actually a manmade lagoon; it’s basically one of the world’s most amazing pools. A nearby power plant, Svartsengi, was drilling to create electricity and hot water for nearby communities and the Blue Lagoon was an accidental byproduct of this process.
The Blue Lagoon is now a Geothermal Spa (with water temperature around 98-104°F) and is said to be run like most other day spas you would find around the world. Besides the lagoon, there are saunas, restaurants & cafes, lockers, showers, etc.
The geothermal water features three active ingredients: Silica, Algae & Minerals. While it looks blue, the water is actually white. If you pour it into a transparent cup, it will have a milky white color. The sun is what makes it look blue!
You can also find as much free silica mud as you want located in convenient swim-up buckets around the Lagoon. You can cover yourself in it as much as you want. And for your convenience, there is also a swim-up bar!
As far as damage to your hair, who says you even have to get it wet. Put it in a swim cap or if long enough, put it in a bun. If you insist in taking the plunge, they say that if you wet your hair with the shower water before going in and then lather on a coating of conditioner it will help. It might still feel a little “crispy” after that but nothing to be concerned about. To get rid of that mineral buildup, use a clarifying shampoo 2-3 time right away and then use a deep conditioner that doesn’t contain protein, just a pure moisturizer. That should quickly take it back to normal.
The weather in Iceland is highly unpredictable. Don’t let bad weather keep you from going to the Blue Lagoon. You’re wet anyway, so why let a little rained keep you from going. Rain means a better chance of rainbows!