Iceland's Blue Lagoon
If you are planning a trip to Iceland sometime in the near future, or planning a stopover on your way to/back from Europe than you have probably wondered whether it's worth your while (and your $$'s) to visit Iceland's most popular tourist destination - The Blue Lagoon. Located a mere 20 minutes from KEF and 50 minutes from Reyjavik the Blue Lagoon is a Iceland's most famous, and most popular geothermal spa.
The water in the lagoon originates far below the surface (where it is extremely hot!) and is harvested upward through small drilling holes. They call it a Geothermal Spa and not a hot spring because although the water is heated from a natural hot spring, it rises up though man-made holes in the earth's crust. On it's way to the surface it cools off to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit and it picks up silica, algae and minerals, giving it it's startling milky blue color. Fun fact; the water in the blue lagoon is actually white, but the way the silica in the water reflects sunlight, makes it appear blue.
But with that being said, we still wondered if it's really an experience worth our precious travel time and money. You can take a look at our entire itinerary here, but on the we landed in Iceland, after an afternoon touring around Reykjavik, we drove back to Grindavik to visit the Blue Lagoon. It wasn't on our original agenda for the day but when we learned that 1. It was open until 10pm, 2. It wasn't going to get dark until around 11 pm and 3. thanks to the time change, it felt like 1pm for us, we decided to go for it. The lagoon is located in a lava field which is amazing in itself and makes you feel like your driving on the Moon. We arrived at around 8pm which, in retrospect, is the perfect time to go. It was still busy, but we didn't wait in any lines and we had plenty of space to wander around in the lagoon unbothered.
We opted for the basic package, which will run you 40 euros (50 USD) during the summer season and gives you entrance to the lagoon and a locker. We brought our own towels. We stayed in the water for about an hour, taking our time to explore each corner of the lagoon. And don't be suckered into purchasing a 'skin care package' they hand out globs of the white silica mud to use for face masks in the lagoon, free of charge. One thing you should listen to is to leave their conditioner in your hair before you get in and avoid putting your hair in the water if you can. We swam in the lagoon as if it were a pool and our hair felt like straw for the the rest of the trip.