Iceland’s Blue Lagoon
I keep a travel bucket list of interesting places, restaurants, roof top bars and shops I’d like to visit. One of those places got checked off my list this past January! We had the amazing opportunity to visit Iceland’s Blue Lagoon!
Our flight landed in Reykjavik, Iceland at 4 AM. After some duty-free shopping, some coffee and breakfast and shifting of luggage, the reserved Flybus picked us up at 730 AM. Let me just say this….we landed in a windy downpour. It was freezing. We had to walk from the airport through these partially enclosed glass walkways to the parking lot where Flybus was to pick us up. There are lots of buses. We had reserved tours through Reykjavik Excursions. Most of the buses are from this company. However, our bus was yellow…not the white with blue lettering.
We were so thankful to get out of the wind when our bus did arrive. It is about a 45 minute ride to Blue Lagoon. It was still quite dark. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland.
Our visit was part of a transfer to our hotel, so we were still with our luggage. There is a nice area at the drop-off site to store your luggage. Once that was done, you hike a path through the lava rocks to the spa area.
Here are Juan and I bundled up at the entrance to the spa. I was surprised at the crowds at 830 in the morning. Make sure you make reservations! You can go to their website here. There are different packages you can purchase.
We received our towel and wrist bands, which have credit card information and scanner to lock your locker. The dressing rooms were very nice.
The facility was extremely clean. There were shoe storage areas. Changing rooms, lockers, plastic bags to store your wet things (you can see the roll on the wall above.) Once changed, everyone is asked to take a shower. You do this wearing your swimsuit. After your shower there are two entrances to the pool area. One opens right out into the elements. Being that it was January with gale-force winds blowing, we chose the second way.
If you look to your left there is a stairway leading into the pool still indoors. Once in the warm, soothing water you can go through a door to an outdoor cave. It is there where you can put on the mud face mask and chill or you can move out to the huge spa area.
It is a great idea to bring a waterproof camera or a waterproof pouch for your phone. You’ll want to take lots of pictures!
I wore a hat because 1.) it was cold!! 2.) I read that the properties in the water cause your hair to dry out and to frizz.
The above pic shows Juan outside in the spa water. It is still dark. It is still blowing gale winds sideways and there are whitecaps on the water!! We went back to the inner part of the spa and soaked away our airplane aches and pains. Yes, we even had a cocktail as we soaked.
It was time to leave the warm, soothing waters for a shower and change. There is a nice vanity area where you can dry your hair and redo your makeup. There are hairdryers for your use and outlets.
It was time to visit the cafe for some hot coffee. There are huge windows where you can people-watch the soakers in the spa. It was just starting to get light outside.
In the above pic you can see the geothermal facility that heats the spa.
It was time for us to head back to the bus. Here is the walk through the lava rocks. That is our friend, Pammy!
I seriously don’t think you can take a bad picture in Iceland! It is such a stunning, scenic country. This is walking from the spa back to the drop-off site.
I mean look at all that beauty! The black lava rocks set against the blue water!….even with cloudy skies!
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Should you go? YES!!!! It was well worth every bit of it. It was unlike anything we have ever done in all our travels. I would do it again…when it is warmer and when it is light outside. That is not to take anything away from our experience. It is a visit we will never forget.
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