** I’m writing this post while in the bath in hopes to trigger more memories from the luxurious warm waters of the Blue Lagoon **
The Blue Lagoon is considered Iceland’s biggest tourist trap. But you know what, I personally thought it was A-MA-ZING and can’t think of a better way to kick off our Icelandic adventure.
We landed in Iceland at 4AM local time after having slept a grand total of 20 minutes on the plane. We were then surprised with $700 in fees at Budget and then told to find our car in “Aisle H”. Good thing we found our car in Aisle C, 15 freezing minutes later…
Needless to say, we were not in the best of moods and were ready to rip each others’ heads off. We headed to our AirBnB for a quick nap.
Off to the Blue Lagoon!
The Blue Lagoon is just a short drive from Reykjavik, and only about 30 minutes from our AirBnB. We had no trouble finding the place and even had some spare time to stop on the way to explore the amazing Icelandic scenery!
When we arrived at the Blue Lagoon, we were already so excited! Luckily, we bought our tickets online and the lines were super short.
I had never actually been to a spa before and definitely had never swam outside in anything less than scorching summer heat, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. If you are like me, here are a few tips:
The Blue Lagoon is for you if…
- You like to relax and do nothing at all.
- You like to swim — though you can touch the bottom in most areas.
- You like to float — the minerals make the water have a higher density so even people like me, who have no floating abilities, can float!
- You like to put gooey white mineral paste on your face — sadly, we did this once the camera went back into the locker.
- You like the feeling of frozen feet — there is a small walk to get into the pool.
Things to consider when visiting the Blue Lagoon
- You need to buy your tickets online. It is more quiet in the morning and early afternoon. When we were leaving around 4PM, the lines were huge.
- You should probably bring your own towel and flip-flops if you’re on a budget.
- If you don’t want to shrivel up like a prune, drink lots of water. They offer free glasses inside.
- Don’t go easy on the conditioner. Before you head in, cover your hair with tons of conditioner if you plan in dunking your head. The minerals in the water will end up making your hair feel like hay if not.
- The locker system is weird, but I’m not going to tell you how it works. You can fiddle with it like an idiot for 5 minutes just like I did!
All in all, the Blue Lagoon is one of the highlights of our trip. It was so relaxing and definitely unlike anything either of us had ever experienced before. Also, it was recently named number one on millennials’ travel bucket list! Another one checked off for us!
Other fun things that happened on day 1:
A Quick Visit in Reykjavik
We actually only spent about 2 hours in the northern-most capital of the world. There, we ate yummy soup out of a bread bowl in a tiny pub, went to see The Sun Voyager and saw a huge church.
We went to a grocery store. It was interesting.
One of the most exciting things about this trip was not being able to speak the language. Holà, gracias and una cerveza por favor weren’t going to get us very far this time.
First, we terrified a young employee who was not at all fluent in English to lead us to the mayonnaise. She looked at us like a deer in headlights but managed to figure out what we were asking for. They keep the mayo in the refrigerated dairy area FYI.
We finally arrived at the register, where 3 employees are just chatting waiting for something to do. George started unloading our basket and ended up dropping the peanut butter on the ground. So what, right? Except peanut butter is sold in glass jars in Iceland. Needless to say, George’s face turned as red as jam.
And That’s All Folks
Day 1 in Iceland was truly amazing and got us really excited for the rest of our trip, which turned out to be just as amazing.
The adventure continues with Iceland Day 2 – Visiting Two Continents, Petting Horses and Almost Going to Prison –