As our family trip to Iceland was organised and our visit to the Blue Lagoon one of the most visited Iceland hot springs was confirmed I started to worry. It is one of the hottest places to go in Iceland and many had written blue lagoon reviews that said it was overrated, not what they expected and one of the most overpriced tourist places in Iceland. Would we have the same experience as a family that had very high expectations of going to one of the most popular Iceland tourist spots? Would the Blue Lagoon for families experience be a let down for us or one of the best activities in Iceland that we would have?
Our day started well. We had decided to not to purchase a blue lagoon tour package as we had the car and we would be able to see other sights once we were finished. We all jumped in our rented Renault Clio hired from Procar in Reykjavik and drove the 50 kilometres out to the Blue Lagoon. We thought it would be one of the most brilliant day trips from Reykjavik in winter and one of the best activities in Iceland to do with kids. The Iceland winter time meant it was dark when we arrived but the drive from Reykjavik with kids was really easy. Our entry time was booked for 9.30am and it was still pitch black during winter at this time. Driving in Iceland in winter really makes for some great driving stories now I can tell you!
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We stayed at Downtown Reykjavik Apartments. Apartments at Downtown Reykjavik Apartments are modern and offer a kitchenette free wifi and very friendly staff who love to help you. Having a kitchenette can cut down the cost of a trip to Iceland by being able to prepare some of your own meals. There are also multiple apartments designed for families. These apartments are on the edge of the city centre.
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As we pulled up into the car park it was still as dark as midnight in Iceland in winter. We seemed to be one of the first to arrive as it was not a problem finding a car park in one of the biggest car parks at one of the most popular Iceland tourist spots I have ever seen. We made our way from the car park into the entrance. As you walk up the path it feels like the lava rocks have been cut on either side to make way for the path. They are both so high on either side of you that you can’t see the pools at all. Just as you reach the building there is a small glimpse of the Blue Lagoon. This is where we all got very excited. We were only a little bit early so we did not think it would be a problem. We tried to take some pictures out the front of the girls but it was still just too dark for it.
As we made our way in we spotted the front counter and made our way over to it weaving in and our of the roped areas. This was the first sign that the Blue Lagoon could get really busy at times. Mark was at the front desk confirming our entry when I finally made it up to him. You can buy your Blue Lagoon tickets online or onsite or you can go out there on a blue lagoon excursion with a tour company. We decided a towel each would be a good idea but we opted out of the robes and the slippers. We also got a locker each so then I did not have to chase down Mark if I needed things out of the lockers located in the Blue Lagoon showers area. Then the lady attached waterproof bracelets to us all so that if we wanted to we could purchase anything we wanted and we would just pay for it on the way out. Having Marley wearing one was a real worry. She loves water and I was worried that she would lose it as if they did get lost you had to pay for them. She is forever being crazy in the water and I was worried it would slip off.
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These would also be scanned at whatever locker you chose to have and it would be your way in and your way of unlocking it when you were finished. Once that was all finalised we made our way to the bathrooms to use the Blue Lagoon showers and get into our bathers. There are a few rules that you have to abide by when you are there. The first one is that you have to have a shower BEFORE you get into your bathers. There are signs in the bathroom to show you which parts they would like you to focus on but it is mainly the underarms and the private areas. In the shower cubicle, there is body wash provided as well as shampoo. The Blue Lagoon shower cubicles are not very big but they are all close together so I was happy for the girls to use the blue lagoon showers on their own as I showered in mine.
After showering the girls and then towelling them dry as best as I could I got them into their bathers and we put all of our things in a locker up the back out of the way. Willow is now getting to a stage where she likes to get dressed privately even though it was only us in that section of the change rooms and ended up using a family cubicle where she could lock the door. These would be great for parents visiting the Blue Lagoon with kids that are younger than ours.
The change rooms are another way to see how busy the Blue Lagoon can get. There were many different numbered change rooms and on different floors. Once you walked in there they were divided into sections that had around 50 different sized lockers and a large padded seat in the middle so you can sit on it. The one we were using was divided into about 5 different sections and after a while of wandering I ended up going into circles to see just how big it really was. Just as we were about to head out the doors one of the attendants stopped me and told me it was a good idea to lather our hair with conditioner. There are bottles spotted around the change rooms and I had just forgotten with all the other things to remember. I took another 5 minutes to put what I thought was a serious amount of conditioner in all of our hair.
By that stage, we were ready to go and I was worried that Mark had been waiting forever for us out the front of the change rooms. We headed down the steps and towards the doors that lead outside to the freezing cold towards the water. This is where Marley got the shock of her life. It is a requirement that all children under the age of 9 wear floaties in the water at the Blue Lagoon and that included Marley. She was absolutely mortified as she has been swimming since she was 10 months old and is quite a good swimmer. We got her a set of floaties and headed outside. This may come as a surprise for parents visiting the Blue Lagoon with kids especially if they can swim but as we explained to Marley it is a rule for everyone’s safety. There are a number of racks where you can hang our towels that are all numbered so we put out towels on a couple of pegs and repeated the numbers about 10 times between us all. As you walk down the ramp into the warm water it is such a funny feeling. You are freezing as you go in as the walk from the building to the water is not covered and you are exposed to the Iceland winter of the day you are visiting. Our day was a nice -1 at that time! Both the girls were in like a flash while Mark and I took our time getting into the water. It was so warm and beautiful! Although we were not alone at the Blue Lagoon there were not many people there right then.
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As we floated around we found a quiet spot up the back where both the girls could stand up and have a play in the water. There is no jumping from the sides or crazy splashing. It was actually quite relaxing for us and both the girls kept the craziness to a minimum. Lifeguards walk around the edge and across the bridges to make sure everyone is safe and behaving themselves. The girls thought it was quite funny that we were in our bathers and the lifeguards were walking around in big heavy winter coats! The mist rising off the water made it all look so mysterious especially around where the bridges were. It made for some crazy and very imaginative chatting between us.
A great thing about the day we were there was that everyone offered to take pictures of us on the GoPro and then later on when Mark got out his phone so we have some great pictures of us on the day. So many different nationalities were there and everyone was loving visiting the Blue Lagoon in winter. We chatted to plenty of people about how we were surprised that so many people had said it was overrated and wasn’t that good. We were all having a great time. As we made our way back to the main pool from exploring right up the back under one of the bridges we noticed people had cream on their faces and the girls just wanted to have a go. We found the little kiosk where you got it from and had a great time putting it onto each other’s faces. Around this time it had begun to get brighter and we were able to watch the sun partially rise…it wasn’t that hard to do at about 10.30 am but it was an experience that none of us will forget and the colours in the sky were magnificent. Watching the sunrise at the Blue Lagoon in winter was an experience I will never forget and with the steam rising from the pools as well it was absolutely perfect.
The girls took the opportunity to play on our relaxed natures at this time and convince us that they definitely needed a drink from the swim-up bar. They both lined up and got themselves a slushie and thought that it was just the best! Having their wristband scanned was just the icing on the cake for them! Seeing them have such a great time was fantastic for us. Mark and I then thought we would share a smoothie…why should the kids have all the fun!
We floated for a bit more, talked to some more people, took some more pictures and then decided after nearly 2 and a half hours it was time to get out. We grabbed our towels and headed back to the bathrooms. The girls and I didn’t have to wait for a shower, even though it was starting to get much busier and got in, got washed and got out in record speed. I also got the girls to put more conditioner in their hair as they had their shower. We then went to our locker and got dressed. I was worried that it would be cold for the girls with wet hair for the rest of the day so I used the hair dryers that are provided to dry their hair.
We then went out and found Mark and headed to the desk to hand back our towels and finalise our bill. It was a great experience for us and we had a fantastic day. For us, it was one of the best things to do in Iceland with kids and we found it to be one of the best Iceland tourist spots to visit in in Iceland winter.
So would we recommend the Blue Lagoon for families? ABSOLUTELY!
Some top tips for the Blue Lagoon with kids if you visit Iceland in winter:
- If you can take an extra couple of towels or a travel towel. While we had a towel each we also had two showers. One on the way in and one on the way out. Also, all the towels are the same colour there and if someone gets confused you may end up with one towel less or a wet one.
- Don’t put the kids in their bathers before you go out to save time. as I said you have to shower everyone BEFORE you get into your bathers.
- Put conditioner in your hair and then put in more! I thought I had put in enough but I found that our hair was dry for at least a week after and Marley’s was horrible to get the knots out of.
- Take a spare plastic bag for all of your wet gear.
- We went in winter and we all had boots on. If I went again I would take a pair of thongs with us so we weren’t barefoot everywhere.
- Make sure you have spare conditioner at your apartment and put it in everytime you have a shower for a few days after your visit.
- You don’t have to take everything along with you as there are hairdryers, shampoo, conditioner and body wash there for you to use.
For us visiting the Blue Lagoon with kids was the way to go for us. There were lifeguards present at all times and most people there were really kind to the kids. I think the Blue Lagoon for families is a must if you are not great swimmers or confident in the water. It is one of the easiest day trips from Reykjavik in winter. It is on of the top things to do with kids in Reykjavik and one of the best activities in Iceland!
The Blue Lagoon is one of the top things to do with kids in Iceland!
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Travel to Iceland
- Reykjavik is the capital city of the Iceland. Travelling to Iceland you will land at Keflavik International Airport. The Airport is 50 kilometres from Reykjavik. 6.8 million people travelled through Keflavik airport in 2016,
- The main carriers at Keflavík are Icelandair and WOW air
- You can check the prices of international flights to Iceland with cheapOair. Domestic flights are operated out of Reykjavik city airport which is 2 km from the city
- The Airport Express return service between KEF airport and both Reykjavik and Akureyri is operated by Gray Line Iceland. Book your transfer HERE
- You can book an airport transfer with Suntransfers who we have personally used on many occasions.
- You can reserve a rental car and have it waiting for you at Keflavik International Airport. This will cut down your cost of travel in Iceland.
Getting around Iceland and Reykjavik
- The city buses in Reykjavík are yellow. The Icelandic word for them is strætó, which is short for strætisvagn (street car). These buses are the only public transport in the city.
- The Reykjavik Hop on hop off bus is another excellent option for seeing the sites of the city and surrounding area. Check the current prices HERE
- The Reykjavik City Card entitles you to entry to some of Reykjavik’s major attractions and free public transport on the buses. More information is available here
Where to stay in Reykjavik
- Reykjavik has accommodation options for every budget from Hostels, to apartments and hotels rooms.
- Hostels in Reykjavik can start from as little as 25 Euro a night for a shared dorm room.
- You can search Airbnb for there Iceland offerings. If you have never used Airbnb before get yourself $50 credit by signing and booking a stay right HERE
- Hotels in Reykjavik generally start from around $209.00 a night for a double room 3star and increase incrementally as the luxury rating rises towards the 5-star average price of $271.00.
- You can compare and book your stay on Agoda, Hotels.com, Hotels Combined and Expedia
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