Debating whether to visit the Blue Lagoon or Secret Lagoon on your upcoming Iceland trip? I’m here to help! It’s Blue Lagoon Vs Secret Lagoon – Iceland’s hot springs battle! In this post, I will be outlining the pros and cons of both The Blue Lagoon and Secret Lagoon, giving you tips to help you decide which of Iceland’s hot springs you want to visit on your trip to Iceland.
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Blue Lagoon Vs Secret Lagoon – Iceland Hot Springs Battle
The Blue Lagoon undeniably has a Marmite effect on tourists. Some love this Icelandic Instagram hotspot, while others prefer the prices of the Secret Lagoon in Iceland as they find the Blue Lagoon prices expensive. As with all tourist attractions, there are pros and cons of each of Iceland’s hot springs. Sharing my own personal experiences from spending a day at the Blue Lagoon and a day at the Secret Lagoon, I will be giving you the lowdown of each of these hot springs in Iceland to help you decide which is the best hot spring in Iceland for you to visit during your trip.
Blue Lagoon Iceland Hot Spring Pros & Cons
What is The Blue Lagoon?
If this is your first time in Iceland, visiting the Blue Lagoon is a must! Instagrammers from all over the globe have been perfecting their poses at Iceland’s most coveted Blue Lagoon and now it’s your turn! But whether you have picture-perfect curves or not, The Blue Lagoon can be enjoyed by everyone, even those looking to visit The Blue Lagoon with kids.
Ready to find out all the Blue Lagoon tips, pros and cons? Find out below…
Pros of visiting The Blue Lagoon
1. The Blue Lagoon is located close to Keflavik Airport
If you’re lucky enough to be enjoying a free stopover in Iceland, again The Blue Lagoon could not be more ideal. In fact, I’d go as far to say that with a cheap flight to Iceland, I’d much rather enjoy the Icelandic surroundings and hot baths of The Blue Lagoon than a normal spa day in the UK. Did I mention, you can now stay at The Blue Lagoon Retreat Hotel?
2. There is Free Parking All Day at The Blue Lagoon
Not Driving? It couldn’t be easier to visit The Blue Lagoon – Take the Flybus to The Blue Lagoon and then back to Reykjavík.
It’s easy to get to The Blue Lagoon even if you are not driving as you can take the Flybus directly from Keflavik Airport or alternatively you can catch the Flybus from Reykjavík and back again. The airport-Blue Lagoon-Reykjavík Flybus route is flexible to best suit your needs when visiting Iceland. Plus, as the cost for the Flybus is only £12.30 per person, why not!
3. There is no Best Time To Visit The Blue Lagoon
In the Winter season, the sun does not come up until around 11am so you can literally watch the sun come up at The Blue Lagoon. With a late closing time of 10pm from 21st August – 1st October, it is possible to visit The Blue Lagoon at night. I mean, who wouldn’t want to experience seeing the Northern Lights from The Blue Lagoon?! Definitely, something I want to see!
4. You can spend all day in The Blue Lagoon
5. The staff at The Blue Lagoon are really friendly
Cons of visiting The Blue Lagoon
1. The Blue Lagoon Prices are expensive for some!
The prices to visit the Blue Lagoon are certainly more expensive than the Secret Lagoon in Iceland. However, as I mentioned previously, I would have quite happily spent the entire day in The Blue Lagoon and, so with this in mind, I didn’t find the £61 Blue Lagoon entry fee (which included a towel, mud mask and free drink) that expensive. Though, those looking to visit Iceland on a budget may find the cost to visit The Blue Lagoon a tad on the expensive side compared to the cost of the Secret Lagoon (which I share further down this post.) With this in mind, you may prefer to visit some alternatives to the Blue Lagoon and explore some of Iceland’s natural hot springs for free or at a lower price.
2. Eating in The Blue Lagoon Restaurant will cost you an arm and a leg!
One of the things I mentioned in my 11 Things to Know Before Visiting Iceland for the First Time post is that eating out in Iceland is expensive! It goes without saying, eating in The Blue Lagoon Restaurant is no exception! There are a few dining options at The Blue Lagoon, with Spa Restaurant, Lava Restaurant & Moss Restaurant to choose from. Unless you have a few kronas to spend, I’d suggest eating before you visit as it can be dehydrating being in the hot water so you want to make sure you’re hydrated and fed before you bathe! Though, as I mentioned in my Top Tips for Budgeting & Saving Money Visiting Iceland post, there is a fountain under a bridge at The Blue Lagoon so bringing a refillable water bottle similar to the one below, which retains a cold temperature will save you money.
3. The water at The Blue Lagoon will literally DESTROY your hair!
Despite lathering my hair in conditioner, I couldn’t resist laying back in the warm water (big mistake) which left my hair dry and straw-like for days afterwards!
There are a few things you can do to help your hair (if like me, you can’t resist laying on your back!)
- Thoroughly rinse your hair in the Blue Lagoon showers as your hair will absorb less silica, thus preventing the dreaded mineral build-up!
- As I mentioned, make sure you completely lather your hair in the conditioner at The Blue Lagoon and don’t wash it out…leave it in!
- Take a protein-free shampoo and deep conditioner with you to use during your time in Iceland to prevent your hair from feeling too dry after visiting The Blue Lagoon.
I’d recommend this protein-free shampoo and conditioner as they have great reviews on Amazon:
After bathing in The Blue Lagoon, wash your hair a couple of times (straight after) and deep condition the ends, in particular! You can still enjoy all The Blue Lagoon has to offer and, to ensure your hair stays hydrated keep deep conditioning on the days following your visit!
I must add, my hair is fine now so perhaps stating that The Blue Lagoon destroyed my hair is a bit of an over-exaggeration!
Another thing to add, you do have to shower naked in the Blue Lagoon shower cubicles (something you have to do before visiting hot spas in Iceland in general), though the showers at the Blue Lagoon are enclosed for privacy.
4. The Blue Lagoon is not natural
The Blue Lagoon is a man-made lagoon, not a natural phenomenon despite its lava location. The hot water comes from Svartsengi, a neighbouring power-plant built in the natural volcanic landscape. Drilling for steam and hot water accidentally created what is now known as The Blue Lagoon and the water (which completely renews after 48 hours) is completely safe.
5. The Blue Lagoon gets very busy and booking in advance is a must!
Whilst The Blue Lagoon does get busy, what you might not be able to see in photos is that it’s huge! Plenty of room for those who want to get some Instagram snaps, line up for drinks at the bar and those that just want to lull about in the water.
Key information for visiting The Blue Lagoon
Address: Blue Lagoon
Norðurljósavegur 9, 240 Grindavík
Blue Lagoon Iceland Entrance Fee: 6990 ISK per person
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (times vary according to season)
Located 50 minutes from Reykjavík
The Secret Lagoon Iceland
Here’s a little on the pros and cons of this geothermal spa to enable you to decide whether it is worth visiting The Secret Lagoon:
Pros of visiting The Secret Lagoon
1. The Secret Lagoon is all-natural
2. The Secret Lagoon is a key part of Iceland’s history
In fact, the geothermal spas and hot springs in Iceland are frequented by locals most evenings after work and it has become something of a tradition for Icelanders to bathe in the warm water.
3. The Secret Lagoon is located close to Golden Circle Attractions
Nothing quite relaxes you more than laying back in one of Iceland’s hot springs to rest your tired body after a full day exploring.
Read my 4-day Iceland Trip Itinerary (maps included) to help you plan your visit to Southern Iceland.
4. The Secret Lagoon offers secluded relaxation away from the crowds at The Blue Lagoon
5. The Secret Lagoon is warmer than The Blue Lagoon
If you visit both The Secret Lagoon and The Blue Lagoon, please let me know which of these geothermal spas you think is the hottest!
Cons of visiting The Secret Lagoon
1. The Secret Lagoon is further away from Reykjavik
An undeniable benefit of visiting the Secret Lagoon is its close proximity to Iceland’s Golden Circle Route, making it the ideal place to relax after days exploring. However, this means Reykjavík to the Secret Lagoon is a longer journey, which can be problematic for those not hiring a car in Iceland. In this instance, the Blue Lagoon is closer to Reykjavík for those who aren’t driving and other means of transport.
2. You have to shower completely naked before entering The Secret Lagoon
3. The noodle floats go like hotcakes!
Key information for visiting The Secret Lagoon
Address: Hvammsvegur – 845 Flúðir
GPS: 64° 8,238’N, 20° 18,557’W (ISN93: 436.251, 404.485)
Price: 3000 ISK per person (towel hire 700 ISK)
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm
Secret Lagoon Vs Blue Lagoon Iceland
I think The Blue Lagoon and Secret Lagoon are both worth a visit. I could literally feel my muscles relax and all the pain I had experienced in my shoulders from the days before melted away from visiting both these hot spas. In fact, I have been having withdrawal symptoms ever since!
Will you be choosing the Blue Lagoon or Secret Lagoon?
I’m intrigued – after reading this post which Blue Lagoon or Secret Lagoon Iceland spa will you be choosing? Or, have you visited The Blue Lagoon or The Secret Lagoon and already have your own opinion? Let me know in the comments 🙂
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