Blue Lagoon – book ahead or miss out

The Blue Lagoon after extension works.

The Blue Lagoon after extension works.

If you want to sample the delights of Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon, it pays to plan ahead as the popular resort is booking up fast.

Although recent renovation work has increased the size of the lagoon itself by some 75%, the number of lockers remains at 750, which puts a natural limit on the number of visitors.

A booking system for the Blue Lagoon has been in place for around a year now, meaning visitors must reserve a date and time-slot in advance, it no longer being possible to simply turn up whenever and pay at the door.

But demand is high and it pays to sort things out well in advance, particularly on weeks like this week, with school holidays in the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. A quick browse on the Blue Lagoon search engine today (Wednesday) reveals that this February – not July – weekend is completely fully booked.

Fully booked this Saturday.

Fully booked this Saturday.

CEO of Blue Lagoon Dagný Hrönn Pétursdóttir says that this February has been unusually good, but that such high demand is maybe not expected for March and April.

“This week is like some high-season summer days last year,” she says. “But our plan is not to increase the number of visitors, but to improve the experience. Everybody will have more space.”

“If you want to come to the Blue Lagoon on a specific date and time, it is best to think and book ahead,” Pétursdóttir explains. “The most popular time of day is around lunchtime and some days this summer are already 40-50% booked up at that time of day.”

Turning up when you feel like it is not an ...

Turning up when you feel like it is not an option. Photo: Árni Sæberg

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