Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Iceland Day 2: The Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon Iceland

Our second day in Iceland was spent in the Blue Lagoon. If you're not familiar with it, it is a man-made lagoon fed by the water from a nearby geothermal power plant, with an average water temperature of 37 degrees celcius. The water is rich with silica and sulphur (which causes its milky blue colour), and can reportedly help some people with skin problems such as psoriasis. It is located in a lava field in Grindavik, around 50 minutes away from Reykjavik.

Blue Lagoon Iceland Face Masks

We booked onto a bus tour through STA for our day in the Blue Lagoon, and that cost us each around £60, which seemed to be the cheapest that we could find it without our own transfer. This included return transfers and entrance fees. Once we arrived, we went into the changing rooms to change. We all took our own towels, but you can pay to rent a towel and a robe, which would have been quite nice because once the towel is wet you can exchange it for a new one. We also all smothered our hair in the conditioner provided in the showers before we entered the lagoon, as the water can apparently make your hair really dry and stiff if it is not conditioned properly.

When you arrive, you are given a wrist band. This band is used to lock your locker (these are complimentary), and if you buy any food or drink whilst you are at the lagoon, it is recorded on your band and you pay at the end. This saves you having to carry any money around (plus you can then visit the swim-up bar without getting your notes wet!).

Guess who forgot to change the date and time on their camera?!

When we stepped outside, it was absolutely freezing. But as soon as we were submerged in the water it was really warm. The lagoon is actually really big so, although it was quite busy, it never seemed cramped. We spent the day exploring the various areas of the lagoon - we particularly enjoyed the cave and waterfall. There are also steam room and saunas, plus an inside area of the lagoon. We also made the most of the free silica mud masks - they made our skin feel really soft afterwards.

We also made the most of the swim-up bar and cafe. I had an orange juice at the bar, which cost me about 400 krona (around £3), and a lovely smoked salmon sandwich in the cafe, at around 1,200 krona (around £9). It was quite expensive, but not extortionate considering it was in Iceland. The bar also sold wine, cider and beer, and there was a restaurant that sold hot food (although you have to get dressed to visit, and we couldn't be bothered with that!). There are also various water fountains dotted around - you need to stay hydrated as the water is so warm.

I really, really enjoyed the Blue Lagoon and would definitely recommend it to anyone that is visiting Iceland. We had a really relaxed day and just spent the time chatting and swimming. The atmosphere in the lagoon was quite magical, because of the steam rising off the water - it made it feel like there were less people there too. Definitely one to go on the bucket list if you've never been!

In the evening we decided to go out for dinner. We visited Tommi's, a burger bar situated at the back of a bar on the main street in Reykjavik. I ordered a veggie burger with chips (paying around 1,500 krona), and I have to say that it was one of the best burgers I've ever had! The burger sauce was what made it, as it was so tasty and made the burger really moist. There was also live music in the bar which was really fun - they sung everything from Journey to Britney Spears! We had a lot of fun singing and dancing along.

Part 3 coming tomorrow!
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