A Solo Traveler’s Guide to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Howdy, y’all! I’m currently writing from an Airbnb in Grindavik…the same little town of 3,300 that’s home to the popular Blue Lagoon!

Last time I ventured to Iceland, I stayed at the Kex Hostel in the “big city” of Reykjavik. Since I’m only in Iceland for a 20-hour layover this time around, I decided to stay local and not stray too far from KEF airport.

And, since the Blue Lagoon is just a 20-min drive from KEF, I decided to spend the day there after my arrival. Prior to coming here, most of the reviews I had read about BL were from groups or couples…so, here’s my guide for all you fellow solo travelers!

Book in Advance

I booked my ticket for the Blue Lagoon exactly one month in advance of my trip. My flight was scheduled to arrive at 10:30 AM and I wanted to give myself enough time in case of delays, etc. so I booked my Lagoon ticket for 2 PM. I also booked a shuttle in advance through Airport Direct for an added fee (you can actually add this right in when you purchase your BL ticket online). I had about an hour to kill at the airport before my 1 PM shuttle but I didn’t mind! A lot of folks encourage visiting earlier or later in the day, but the lagoon itself is huge and it didn’t feel overwhelmingly crowded at all, even in the middle of a summer afternoon!

Purchase the ‘Comfort’ Package

I read a lot of differing opinions on what type of ticket to buy for the Lagoon. To me, comfort was key. It included admission, a towel, a free drink at the swim-up bar (beer, wine, smoothie, etc.), and unlimited silica masks. The fancier package includes a robe and slippers and another type of mask but those added bits certainly aren’t necessary. Especially the mask part…more on that below.

Being Alone Isn’t Lonely

Ok, admittedly I did feel a little weird going to the Blue Lagoon alone…but I’ve done everything else alone so no big deal. Turns out, it really wasn’t! There were plenty of other solo peeps, and even folks who were with others ended up floating around, doing their own thing. There is plenty of bench seating along the interior of the lagoon, so you can just pop a squat like I did and people watch/meditate/etc.

ALSO…get chatty with the folks who work there! The lifeguards loved to talk, as did the folks doling out the mud masks in the middle of the lagoon. In fact, I struck up a great conversation with one such worker named Stefan who ended up giving me algae and lava masks for free! They were supposed to be like $10 each! Yayay!

The Showers Are NBD

I read so many posts detailing how you have to shower totally naked before entering the lagoon and folks made it sound like the showers were all open and there would be employees watching my every scrub. That wasn’t the case AT ALL. The bathrooms have individual shower stalls, complete with frosted glass, hair conditioner, and body wash. There was nothing weird about it, even for a prude American like myself. 😂

Odds and Ends

Bring a waterproof case for your phone! I bought a cheap one on Amazon that worked perfectly. Plus, I didn’t want to risk damaging my DSLR, but I wanted a few photos to remember this experience by!

There is no limit for how long you can stay at the Blue Lagoon. Once you arrive, you can stay till closing if you want! Plus, there’s a cafe and restaurant inside to keep you satiated.

Also, ladies and gents with long hair — it’s encouraged to keep it tied up and conditioned before entering the Lagoon. The shower stalls offer a bounty of conditioner which I saturated my hair in. I didn’t rinse it out before tying my hair up and going in. My hair ended up getting wet, but it didn’t turn into straw because I had put so much conditioner in — both before and after!

One last note…be careful upon entering the lagoon itself! The floor is actually really slippery and I nearly went completely under after losing my balance walking in! I also had no one to laugh it off with (#solotravelprobs). 😂

Have you been to the Blue Lagoon? What’d you think? Let me know!

Next stop: Edinburgh

Spread kindness and cheer, xo

Jackie

A Commitment-Phobe’s Commitment to Travel

Jobs, relationships, apartments, vegetarianism . . . these are all things I struggle to commit to.

Heck, I still even question the college I went to . . . and I graduated 5 years ago! 😂

Always on the hunt for new opportunities and experiences, I fear getting stuck in a rut.

The term “settling down” gives me nightmares.

I recently met up with a fellow traveler I met three years ago during my first solo expedition and we talked about our insatiable need to explore and see the world. I confessed that sometimes I wish I had no desire at all to travel; that I could simply be happy in one spot – stable, committed, and satisfied.

But el oh el then I wouldn’t be RUNAWAY RAPETTI!

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While some people can commit to jobs and places and people for years and years and years, I can commit to something too . . .

TRAVEL!!

Planes, trains, and automobiles – if there’s a ticket in my name, you can bet I’ll be there.

Not only that but it also goes hand in hand with my commitment to always be learning, dreaming, and growing. As much as I loved school, I’ve learned that the best classroom is somewhere right outside of your comfort zone.

I’m a textbook INTJ and yet I choose to travel solo because it gives me two things:

  1. My much-needed alone time. Hallelujah! 😂
  2. The push for ‘extroverted Jackie’ to come out and meet new folks!

Whether you’re a vagabond, a gypsy, or a runaway like me, I hope you enjoy every minute of your journey – and don’t forget to spread kindness and cheer along the way!

Next Stop: Grindavik!

Will you run away with me?!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Reykjavík Vlog

Hey, y’all!

If you read my last post, then you already know I’m applying for WOW air’s Summer Travel Guide competition. I could not be more excited about this opportunity! The chosen winner will live in Reykjavík from June 1st to mid-August — with their best friend!

Oh, and the pair will travel to not one, not two, but EIGHT WOW air destinations during their time abroad, creating unique and entertaining travel guides along the way!

AND . . . the chosen pair will get to actually PICK where they’d like to go. From Alicante and Amsterdam to Salzburg and Warsaw, WOW air flies to SO many incredible places.

The airline is looking for a “dynamic duo, ideally two content creators” to embark on this journey. While I don’t have a massive YouTube following by any means, I am a content creator by day (mostly written content), but I actually really enjoy video editing.

After editing and uploading my WOW air submission video, my creative juices were still flowing and I put together a short little piece about my time in Reykjavík. I went there for just a couple of days back in Feb. 2016 and fell in love with this quirky little city. If you want to see what I thought of eating fermented shark and sheep’s brain, definitely watch the video for a laugh!

Disclaimer: This was before I chose the vegetarian life!

And, if you haven’t already, please watch my local’s guide to NYC!

Give it a thumbs up, comment, and subscribe to my channel!

I plan on posting some more short vlogs from past travels — and hopefully more from upcoming travels this summer!

Thanks for joining me on this journey!

Let me know what you think of my NY local’s guide — did you already know about these hidden gems? What would you recommend folks see in NY or in your own hometown?

Let me know in the comments!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

WOW: A Dream Job!

Hey guys! It’s been a minute since I’ve posted anything new for y’all — it’s already May and I have yet to hop on a plane in 2018! Eek! Something’s gotta change! Speaking of . . .

This month, I had planned to book some trips for the summer, as well as a trip to Montana for my 27th birthday in September. While I still plan on doing Montana, my pending summer plans may change. Why?

Have you heard about WOW air’s Summer Travel Guide competition? No? Check it out here! It’s an incredible opportunity to create content for this wonderful budget airline, all while traveling the world with your best friend! So, naturally, my bff Spencer and I made a video of our hometown: New York!

I can’t imagine a better way to spend the summer! In fact, I feel like I’ve been training for this very job over the past couple of years. I’ve been writing a lot of content for The Vacation Times as of late (you can always catch my recent posts here) and I’ve been attempting to step up my Insta game as well!

Remember my trip to Iceland back in 2016? I flew there via WOW air from Boston for $99! Doesn’t get better than that. Plus, who doesn’t want to fly in a bright purple airplane?

imageI’m still convinced I have Icelandic blood running through my veins (forever in denial about these DNA results of mine). I prefer the cool weather anyway (I’m currently melting in this NY heatwave we’re having ughhh)! Watch my video, subscribe to my YouTube channel, throw us a ‘thumbs up’ or a comment, and I’ll be forever grateful!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie