Blue Lagoon with kids: most beautiful spa in Iceland!
Visiting the Blue Lagoon with kids is definitely a great experience! We hesitated for a long time whether to visit this spa, but after all the stories from fellow travelers in Iceland, we bought tickets anyway. The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most famous attractions, and because of this popularity, the prices are also quite high. Following our visit to this lagoon, we write this comprehensive blog with all the information you need to visit the Blue Lagoon with kids.
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Blue Lagoon with kids: general information!
Before going to Iceland, we had decided that we thought visiting the Blue Lagoon was too expensive. In addition, kids up to eight years old have to wear swimming straps and we knew that our daughter who had already had her swimming certificates for two years wasn’t going to appreciate that very much. Still, we heard so many good stories from our fellow travelers about this spa in Iceland that we became curious. When we looked on the website, almost all of the time slots were fully booked, but for the last day of our trip we could still get in at 2 p.m.
And so in the early afternoon on a Friday, we set off by car from Reykjavik toward the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is near the airport and from Reykjavik it is about a 45-minute drive. Because of its location near the airport, the Blue Lagoon is also very popular among Americans who transfer to the United States in Iceland and have a few hours between flights.
By the way, it is therefore recommended to order tickets online in advance. We were there in high season in the summer vacations and then some days were completely sold out a week in advance. Kids up to 13 years old have free admission when accompanied by an adult.
Adult ticket prices depend on what time and day you want to visit the spa, but are quite pricey. We ourselves paid almost 200 euros for our family of three. You can choose specific packages that include, for example, a bathrobe and a towel. Check the Blue Lagoon website for prices on a specific day.
Blue Lagoon with kids: the spa
Once inside, the men and women go separately into the changing cubicles and you can see here that it is a bit more tourist-based. At other spas in Iceland, we saw strict rules of pre-nude showering and we found that a lot less so here. Also at the showers were separate enclosed cubicles where you could shower. That was a real difference from the other spas in Iceland, though.
The lagoon looks beautiful and the water is a beautiful shade of blue. The temperature of the water is a pleasant 39 degrees and contains certain minerals that give the water this color. The lagoon is quite large, so despite the large crowds, you have plenty of room in the lagoon and you are not on each other’s lips. As a result, the crowds don’t seem to be too bad. Especially if you continue a little further back. The spa also has a few saunas and steam rooms, but that’s not super much.
In addition, it is possible to put on different masks in the water. They have a separate booth for this where you can get these masks. Needless to say, this produces funny pictures in the water. In total, we spent about three hours at this spa with our daughter. At some point she did finish with the straps and it was a good time to go to the hotel. So count on half a day for a visit to the Blue Lagoon with kids.
Blue Lagoon with kids: food and drink!
You can also have great food and drinks at the Blue Lagoon with kids. With the purchase of an admission ticket, one drink is included in the price. This may also be a slightly more expensive alcoholic drink if you wish, and you also have a separate booth for this in the water. By the way, this is not for kids, as they also have free admission. Of course, you can also pay for a drink. You get a band when you enter the spa at the cash register, and with it you pay in the spa. Afterwards, you then bill exactly what you consumed there.
In addition, it is possible to dine at the Blue Lagoon with kids. They have several restaurants and also a café, but we did not go there ourselves.
Blue Lagoon with kids: conclusion
All in all, in retrospect we are glad we bought tickets to the Blue Lagoon after all. We hesitated for a long time, but we thought it was a very nice experience to go here with our daughter. The lagoon itself is beautiful and we didn’t think the crowds in the lagoon were too bad. We did find the straps for our daughter annoying, but we can also imagine that they set the minimum age a little higher so they can make sure kids can swim. For more information on visiting the Blue Lagoon with kids, check out this spa’s website.
Where to stay in Iceland with kids?
Sleeping in Iceland is not cheap! We spent quite a long time looking for suitable accommodations for our family of three.
In the capital city of Reykjavik, we slept for three nights. From here we also visited the Golden Circle and we slept here at hotel Muli. This was a fine hotel just a little outside the city center, where we could park the car in front for free. We had a fine room and downstairs at the hotel there was a place to eat and warm up food. There is a large supermarket a few minutes’ walk from the hotel and we found it a pleasant place to sleep. For more information about this hotel check here.
We spent the other days in Iceland in various accommodations that we did not like super. If we had to do it again now, we would definitely stay overnight in the town of Vik on the way, as there are a few more facilities there and that would be handy with kids anyway. Now we were often in accommodation, where it was still a half-hour drive to, say, a restaurant or a supermarket.