People who want to take a dip in the opaque turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon this summer will have to book ahead, according to a press release on their website.
The need for reservations is due to the tremendous increase in tourism to Iceland and visitors to the Blue Lagoon over the past few years. “We are expecting a record number of visitors this summer,” PR person Magnea Guðmundsdóttir told Pressan. “The lagoon is however a limited resource and these changes should help protect its sustainability as well as the experience of the visitors.”
Guests can book online in advance, selecting a date and time when they wish to visit. Additionally, visitors who wish to walk around the lagoon without bathing, a previously free service, will now be charged 10 EUR ($16 USD).
There were 600,000 visitors to the Blue Lagoon last year and will drastically increase in the next years if tourism predictions are accurate. There are 778,000 expected tourists in 2013, 923,000 in 2014, and 1.1 million in 2015.