Tourist trap or essential? Discuss Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Yes: “This is one of the worst parts of the trip: you arrive early in the morning at a new destination, with watery eyes and lack of sleep, you desperately need a shower, but you have hours to kill before you go. be able to check in at your hotel. Iceland nicely solved this problem by planting the Blue Lagoon right next to the airport and arranging shuttles that will take travelers there every fifteen minutes swimming pools. But as a visitor for first time in Iceland I’m glad I checked the lagoon off my list. It’s a great way to get acquainted with the country (and its skyr smoothies – get one strawberry by the pool). up bar), and an even better way to feel relaxed, clean and energized on a day that I would have otherwise wandered half-awake through town. ” –Lilit Marcus, digital editor collaborator

No: “When I first visited Iceland 10 years ago, the Blue Lagoon was the highlight of a trip filled with it. Nowhere (but actually not too far from the airport) we visited twice in four days. This time around I knew things had changed when we were told at check-in that our bracelets could be used to buy drinks at not one, but two swim-up bars. Everyone around of us (and we were surrounded – the lagoon was filled to capacity) carried a cocktail in one hand and a water-protected cell phone or GoPro in the other. The vibe was less “uninhabited space. If you will. seek tranquility, head to Laugarvatn Fontana, a geothermal spa located about an hour outside of town on a steaming lake. It is smaller than the Blue Lagoon, but is unobstructed. views, a black sand beach , baths and hammams, and far fewer tourists. ” –Jayna Maleri, Digital Style Writer

Our readers weighed in earlier this week, and so did you, commenting on Facebook:

“The way I see it, you wouldn’t go all the way to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Even if you don’t like it and it’s too crowded or too touristy for your liking, it’s an icon of the country in which you “And with the proximity to the airport, you might as well see the Blue Lagoon. Personally, I thought it was awesome and totally worth it. ” -Ashley Peterson, Travelista Ashley

“It’s been said over and over again, don’t skip the Blue Lagoon your first time there. Hit it on your way to the airport when leaving the island. Make sure you find a ‘real’ hot spring. elsewhere. One of my favorite memories of Iceland was sitting in a stone hot tub by the ocean watching the beautiful frozen landscape. February in Iceland was unreal. I can’t wait to go back in the summer ” -Peter Wynn Thompson

“Definitely ignore the Blue Lagoon, it’s overpriced and a tourist trap. I went there the first time and will never stay there again. This time I went to the Secret Lagoon (Gamla Lagin in Fludir) and it was a MUCH better experience! ” -Shannon Oakley

“I went to Iceland last year. I didn’t visit the Blue Lagoon and neither will I on my next trip. There were so many other things I wanted to see and do. isn’t like Iceland is lacking in other (non-man-made hot springs) – for a tenth the price. With so much natural beauty in Iceland, it seems odd that tourists act like a man-made pond is the attraction must-see in the country. ” -Katharine Nicholson

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