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  1. Thank you for another detailed post. Of all the sites I spend time on you do the best job of providing the information families traveling to Iceland really need. Knowing in advance how long you can expect to wait before you actually get to the pool, and how much to plan on spending for a smoothie is really helpful for managing young travelers’ expectations and can make the difference between an interesting day and a GREAT day, so thank you!).
    We skipped the Blue Lagoon on our trip this summer–with 4 adults and 3 kids we just felt we were risking too much money without a clear feeling we would be getting our money’s worth (and no ability to get a refund if we had to cancel last minute due to an illness or injury). After reading your post, however, we will certainly put it on the Must Do list for the next trip. It sounds like a great family experience.

  2. Hi! I stumbled upon your fantastic website when I googled “Iceland Blue Lagoon Kids”. We are travelling to Iceland (from Vancouver) this July. We are 2 adults and 3 kids ages 11, 12 and 14. Our flight lands at 0600. We were thinking of heading straight to the Blue Lagoon after we pick up our rental car . It opens at 8. Is that too much time hanging around there, or should we go somewhere else (e.g. for breakfast) after we land? It looks like the 11 and 12 year old will be free….will they give them towels or should we be prepared with our own. Thanks so much in advance and I can’t wait to look at your website some more

    • Hi Deborah.

      Glad you found us! My guess is that your two hours of extra time will disappear pretty quickly, with getting to the gate, getting the rental car, and driving about 20 minutes to the Blue Lagoon. If you did have extra time, you could consider heading to Viking World for breakfast. They open at 7, and have a breakfast special that costs only a little more than the museum admission, and includes free admission. Perhaps you could see if you could eat breakfast and come back and see the museum after the Blue Lagoon?

      Unfortunately, while the Blue Lagoon does offer free admission to kids 2-13, you’d have to pay to rent a towel for them. The fine print says: “Please note that the free entry for children only includes general entrance and no additional services/products stated in the admission type.” So bring your own towels, or you can rent for 700 isk.

      Have a great trip!

      • Eric, you just answered questions I didn’t even know I had! Can the extra towel rental for a child be done on-site, or should this be booked online with the tickets? Also, if my flight gets in at 6:35am, would the 8am ticket reservation leave us enough time to leave the airport, rent a car, and make it to Blue Lagoon? What happens if you are late?

        • Hi Emily,

          Good question, and the first one made me realize I should have talked more about towels in the post! Adults have the choice of several different types of tickets. The base ticket just includes admission and a silica mud mask– no towel rental. Any of the more expensive options for adults include a towel. So adults with the base ticket and all free children (2-13) can rent a towel for 700isk. You don’t need to book this online– just tell them when you check in how many towels you’d like. I don’t know if you pay for them when you check in, or at the end; we didn’t rent towels, but paid for our drinks at the end.

          As for timing, I think you should be okay. I haven’t confirmed this, but I think there may be a benefit to arriving later in your window. That is, your 8 AM ticket allows you admission for that hour– between 8 and 9. It’s possible that most of the people with the same ticket time will have already arrived and checked in, so there may not be much of a line if you arrive at 8:45. (If you arrive at 8:45, make sure any people outside aren’t waiting for their 9 AM window!)

          If you will arrive much past 9:00, it might make sense to call the Blue Lagoon and let them know, but I doubt that will be a problem with a flight that lands at 6:35.

      • Hi,

        Do you mean water wings, or the electronic bracelets that the Blue Lagoon provides? I guess the answer is yes either way! Kids 9 and under have to wear inflatable water wings, one on each arm.

        Kids also get wristbands to wear, which they return at the end. I believe you can set whether your kid can purchase drinks using the wristband, which you would then pay for with a credit card at the end.

  3. I am so glad I found your site! I’ve just started reading through it. We are planning an Iceland/London trip in September. With our 3.5 and 1.5 year olds. I am curious though about the Blue Lagoon and the no infant policy. Did you have your 6 month old with you on that visit? Do both parents have the same ticket time but one stays in the bathhouse area with the baby while the other goes to the lagoon with the other child? Or is this a no go for us with an under 2 child? Thank you so much in advance!

    • Hi! I think you have a couple of options. First, if one of you decided not to swim, that person doesn’t need to pay for a ticket– just buy tickets for the rest of the family and walk in with them. See here:Is it possible to visit the Blue Lagoon without going in the water?.

      The other option is what you are suggesting, I think: Buy tickets for the parents and your older child, and then the parents take turns waiting with your younger child in the cafe area. There are windows there where you can see the Lagoon.

  4. Hello! Any information on whether the “no infants under 2” rule is strictly enforced or if they would ask for proof of age? We’re thinking of traveling to Iceland next summer when our son will be just shy of his second birthday (so he’ll still fly for free).

    • I don’t know what the unofficial policy is. My guess is that they won’t ask for proof, especially for a kid who is almost 2? We were never questioned in other places (museums, buffets, etc.) where kids of a certain age get a discount.

      If you’re willing to say he’s 2 (and as long as your son doesn’t correct you!), my guess is you won’t have a problem, but no promises!

      Otherwise, you could each take a turn in the water while the other kept him inside.

  5. Hi Eric! Thanks for this post. We are planning to go to the Blue Lagoon with our 5 year old son in March on our way from the airport to Reykjavik. The tip about the indoor entrance to the lagoon is fabulous! You mentioned water wings being required for those under 9. Do they provide those for the kids? We do not have any to bring with us from the U.S. Also, can you wear your own flip flops/water shoes from the locker room to the lagoon area or are they not allowed?

    • No, I don’t think they will ask for ID. Though I guess they could if they think you’re trying to avoid paying for your 16-year-old? I don’t think it’s typical to ask for proof, though.

  6. Hi, we are planning on visiting the lagoon in June during our long layover. My mom and I will be traveling with my 2 sons who are 3 and 4 years old. Is there a private/family changing area or are they able to go into the women’s area with us?

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