When we were researching Iceland, one of the things I was curious about was whether or not we would be able to take Daniel with us to the Blue Lagoon. Daniel takes swimming lessons on Sundays and it’s one of his (and our) favourite parts of the week. According to their website the Blue Lagoon is 37°-40°C (ca. 98°-104°F) which is suitable for babies, and we had a thermal suit for him already.
Most of the posts I found online said it was crazy to even consider taking an infant to Iceland (they clearly didn’t read the post outlining that it’s warmer than Toronto or NYC). I managed to find this post on Simon Seeks where they did take their baby to the Lagoon. and we decided to give it a go. We could change our minds, if we wanted, when we saw the facilities.
We used Reykjavik Excursions to get to and from the Blue Lagoon, which was quite nice because they picked us up at our hotel in a shuttle bus, then we changed to a coach (with Internet access) at the bus station a few minutes later. It was just over an hour to the Lagoon and Daniel slept the whole way. We had tickets purchased through Reykjavik Excursions and we were able to bypass the longer line and proceed right to the change rooms. We picked up robes (which I would recommend even though we brought towels with us), it’s much easier to wear a robe with a baby than it is to try to hang onto a towel. (Aside – you can stop at the Lagoon on your way to or from the airport!)
Getting through showered and through the change rooms was tricky. We left most of our stuff in a locker but kept the diaper bag with us. I didn’t see anywhere to place the diaper bag down without it getting soaked, so I ended up going through to the Lagoon side, waiting for Peter, handing off Daniel and the diaper bag, then going back to shower. After which, Pete took Daniel to shower. It’s slower travelling with a baby.
On the left-hand side when you walk out of the lockers there is an indoor portion of the Lagoon. No one was using it, and we almost over-looked it. This was great as we were literally able to get our feet wet while going down the stairs (which you can’t see because the water is so opaque) and test out the water temperature. We put the diaper bag on the side of the pool, and spent about 10 minutes playing inside.
It was about this point when we noticed there was a door to the outside. Pete went out to check that we could get back in, and low and behold, we found an easy way out into the lagoon without having to be wet in the freezing cold air. We went outside – took some great pictures then took Daniel back inside. I went up to the lounge while Peter spent some more time exploring the Lagoon, then we traded off.
We had a gorgeous lunch in the restaurant which I will blog about shortly.
Babies are so portable, they really can go almost anywhere. Tell us about the places you’ve gone with your baby.