When we were planning our trip, I had this “I really want to go to Iceland” thing going on. No reason, as I’d done basically zero research. Still, I thought it would be fun and it’s traveling, so let’s GO! Jason asked around and one of his coworkers had some great advice – visit the Blue Lagoon as a transition from your flight to your stay in Iceland.
Our flight landed in Iceland around 7am. Our ride to the Blue Lagoon wasn’t going to leave until 9:30am, as they open at 10am. It was a little suck-y to have to kill 2 hours in an airport after a 5 hour long overnight flight as we’d had basically no sleep. But the airport has free wifi, so we ate some breakfast and dorked around online to kill time.
From the Blue Lagoon wikipedia article: “Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system. Then the water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in.” So not only is it an awesome spa and tourist attraction, it’s also a renewable energy source. How totally neat.
And then we arrived at the Blue Lagoon and immediately knew that being that tired was so totally, totally worth it. I mean, look at the view at the entrance way to the spa!!
It was drizzling and a little chilly when we were there, and while the photos we took weren’t the best (because of the gray day), it totally made the experience even better. Soaking in warm water with a gentle mist of cool rain, creating steam around us. Seriously people, it was an hour of heaven.
Oh, and SILAS LOVED IT. He immediately was splashing around, giggling and smiling. They are totally child friendly there. There were high chairs / bumbo chairs in the showers so that you could safely put your child somewhere so that both of you could shower.
They also had staff members with android tablets offering to take photos for you free of charge! And they immediately emailed them to you, while making sure that you understood that email addresses were not being collected and wouldn’t be used for spam. Seriously, this level of customer service and thoughtfulness blew my mind.
I’m very glad that we have a photo of the three of us (and with Silas looking so happy) so that we can remember our time there.
We felt so refreshed and rejuvenated after our stint at the Blue Lagoon. And it was almost perfect timing to head on into Reykjavik to check into our hotel. So yes, you should definitely go visit the Blue Lagoon.