First stop in Iceland: the Blue Lagoon

April 19, 2014 | 574 SHARES

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Someone genius thought to put a giant man-made pool smack dab in the middle of a lava field, and right next to a geothermal plant. What a wonderful idea. After seeing tons of subway ads, envying instagram photos and reading during pre-trip planning, I knew that the Blue Lagoon would be the best spot to stop by in the morning after an overnight flight. I was awake for over 22 hours total but going to sleep was not an option. I had just arrived in Iceland, and what better way was there for the country to welcome me in?

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Here are a few photos from my day along with a few tips to consider if you ever decide to go one day.

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The Blue Lagoon is basically a big ass, exotic hot tub.

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It’s overrated to some because it’s not a natural wonder – it’s heated by the geothermal plant next door. The water isn’t as blue as you expect it to be unless the sun is out. It will probably snow (feels more like hail) if you decide to go during the winter season (sept – may), but you’ll be in a big blue hot tub surrounded by lava fields. When is the last time you’ve done that in your lifetime? There are massages and facials available, but if you don’t want to pay for extras, you’ve got free tubs all around the lagoon with white silica mud for exfoliating skin goodness.

Tie up the hair, girl.

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Putting your hair in the water will completely fry it for days. The staff will give you the whole rundown while you wait in line to redeem/purchase tickets. There is conditioner available for free in the showers but it moisturizes like chalk. Bring your own conditioner, leave it in your hair before you get in, then put some back in when you get out.

Explore a bit before going inside.

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The lagoon is situated right in the middle of a lava field, so the scenery is absolutely unreal. There are giant lava rocks surrounding the entrance and they’re covered in gray moss – the moss turns gray in the summer, but green in the winter. You get a view of the steam coming from the geothermal plant next door – this is what heats the water – and there are short trails you can walk to get a scenic view without people actually swimming inside.

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Getting there from reyjkavik or the airport is easy.

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Since we arrived at Keflavik Airport around 6 AM, we had a few hours (using their free wifi, yessssss) to weigh our transportation options from the airport to the Blue Lagoon. We decided to book a ticket with Reykjavik Excursions for 8,900 ISK – around $80 – to get picked up from the airport, dropped off at the Blue Lagoon, then drop off at our hotel. Entrance was included. The buses left every hour and the trip takes around 20 minutes. Easy, peezy lemon squeezy.

So is it worth it?

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Absolutely. It’s not a natural wonder, and you do have to be careful about spending unnecessary money on add-on’s (it’s around $83 for the cheapest 30 minute massage and you’ll pay extra if you want a robe or slippers) – but the entrance fee alone is only 35 euros – 43 USD – similar to what I’d pay for a Korean spa in Flushing. The experience of having snow falling from the sky but being outside in a blue hot tub is one that I can’t say I’ve had very often.

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FYI if anyone was wondering, I’m wearing a bathing suit top from Jets Swimwear.



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  • Sarah D

    natural wonder or not, this is amazing. I would love to go!

    • greaseandglamour

      Let’s go again in the winter! :)

  • uncleb

    Very cool! Been dying to go to Iceland. buddy of mine went on a Photo trip there and it sounded amazing. Been many places, but Iceland is on top of the list of “want to” trips!

  • uncleb

    And LOVE what you are doing to honor your Dad. Lost mine to cancer a while back, would have loved to travel with him as well.

  • http://lovelifelovefashion.be/ lovelifelovefashion

    So amazing what you are doing! Cancer is such an ugly bitch. So many amazing people have to leave there loved ones because of it…

  • Jovana Miljanovic

    Have an amazing time on your future trips and adventures :) If you would like to check out my blog http://jovanamiljanovic.com here’s a link http://jovanamiljanovic.com Have an amazing day!




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