One thing Iceland is known for
is crazy Bjork and cute edible horses is its geothermal activity and hot springs! The most famous one is the Blue Lagoon. While it is a by product of the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power plant, there is nothing but luxury there. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help many people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 40 °C (104 °F) and was amazing even in the dead of winter freezing temps.
After a day of hiking a glacier, a spa was exactly what I craved. What I couldn’t wrap my mind around was that this magical spa was outside in 20 F degree weather. Now let me start with, I hate the cold and I hate being wet. I didn’t grow up swimming or near beaches and lakes. In fact my swimming skills are a step away from a pathetic doggy paddle. While Blue Lagoon is highly recommended, I didn’t think I could really enjoy being wet in the cold.
The hardest part was stepping in. It’s a short sprint from inside the warm room, to a cold wooden deck and into the hot water. We later learned that there’s a side entry way that allows you to get into the water inside and then exit through a hole into the outside pool. Tony and I happened to arrive at a perfect time. A few tour buses were leaving and we had the pool almost to ourselves.
Things to do at the Blue Lagoon
- We watched the sunset as the pool of thermal water went from a low blue glow to a bright blue glow in the dark.
- We covered our faces in silica (a microorganism face-mask that gives the water its blue hue) in hopes of taking 5 years off our aging faces.
- We enjoyed the blue lagoon waterfall! There’s only one waterfall but since we had the whole place to ourselves until the 6PM tour buses arrived we took our time.
- We went from the sauna to the pool and repeated with a waterfall soak
- We took a 20 minute break and rested inside before going back to the pool
In total I think we spent 3 hours there. Entrance was about 35 Euro per person and does not include towels or anything else but entrance. Instead we brought our own towels. We skipped out on getting a massage or buying any of the lotions. Personally they seemed too pricey and it was way too cold for me to enjoy a massage. I wanted to constantly be submerged in the steaming calming water.
After the Blue Lagoon we found ourselves once again hungry and exhausted. Relaxing in a hot spring is hard work. We got dinner at Svarta Kaffi in Reykjavik, a placed known for their fabulous bread bowl soups!
We got the vegetable soup and yes, the bread was consumed to the last crumb.
Have you ever been to a natural hot spring? I’ve been to some while I was in Peru but none compared to how nice the Blue Lagoon was. Although the Peru ones were a hell lot cheaper!