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4 days in Iceland – Day 4 : Blue Lagoon

On our last day, we were flying back to London around 2:30pm, so our plan was to go to the Blue Lagoon in the morning and chill there, as it is relatively close to the airport.

A quick word about the Blue Lagoon to start with : What many ignore is that it was man-made. It started off as a pool of waste water from the geothermal plant that was built there in 1976, and in the 80s people started bathing in it, after it was rumored that the water had healing powers. Indeed the water is rich in minerals such as silica and sulfur, and bathing in it has reportedly helped people suffering from skin diseases like psoriasis. In 1992, the Blue Lagoon spa company was established.

We got there about 9am and realised the lagoon only opens at 10am. There is however a fairly large area around it that is still the lagoon, but the water is not heated so you’d probably wanna avoid bathing in it. The scenery there is just something else, it must be the most incredible landscape I’ve been given to look at to date. It really feels like being on another planet ! Here are a few pictures :

The entrance of the site, with fiery lights.

 

An almost lunar landscape !

 

I love the contrast in colours !

 

The morning sun shining on the lagoon.

 

Blue lagoon landscape.

 

That sort of milky-blue colour… Have you ever seen water like this ?

 

After wandering around for an hour, we went back to the entrance of the actual spa to purchase our tickets. Then we were told it was booked up until 3pm, which was after our flight time. Bummer ! So, piece of advice : if you want to bathe in the Blue Lagoon, you may want to book in advance !

We went back to the car and had a look for things to do around in our Iceland guide. It seemed that the most notable thing to see in the close vicinity was Grindavik’s cod salting museum, which believe it or not, we weren’t too thrilled about. We decided to just drive around and see if we could find some cool place for a walk until we had to head to the airport. We found just that next to Grindavik, a small fishing town on the coast.

Most of the snow had melted, and it gave the landscape a completely different aura. I loved it ! We walked around for a while, just enjoying the scenery. Here are a few shots of the area :

 

The town of Grindavik.

 

There’s no doubt on how this landscape was formed !

 

Grindavik in the distance.

 

My friend Heny walking towards the sea.

 

Soon enough, we had to get back to the car and drive to Keflavik airport.

In summary, this had been quite an awesome trip ! Sure, we didn’t get to see all we had planned to, but what an adventure ! The harsh weather made things difficult, however it’s also what made the trip special. When you travel, it’s important to see the glass half full, whatever happens. Trips will almost never go quite as planned, but as long as you keep a positive outlook on things, you’ll have a great time. That said, here are a few pieces of advice if you plan to visit Iceland in winter :

  • Make sure you have plan Bs in case an itinerary proves too difficult to follow
  • If you rent a car, DEFINITELY go for a 4×4
  • Take waterproof  gear (more blizzard proof really) with you, top AND bottom
  • If you’re dead set on seeing the Northern lights, you’re probably better off going with a guide who knows where to go and won’t get lost like us idiots

I’ve been to quite a few places by now, and Iceland remains one of the most powerfully beautiful I’ve had the chance to see. I will most definitely come back, and probably a few times !

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