When visiting Iceland, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you will at some point be lured in by the geothermal paradise that is the Blue Lagoon. Its popularity is certainly helped by its proximity to the airport and it’s not uncommon to see coach loads of tourists dropping their suitcases off to take a final swim before fleeing the country. We didn’t do the airport dash, deciding instead to dedicate an entire day to wallowing in the lagoon. I do so love a good wallow.
We still had our little hire car from the previous days’ adventures but, like with everything else, you could easily book yourself on a coach tour to the lagoon should you wish to. It took about 45 minutes to drive there from Reyjkavik.
Considering that Iceland is a country famed for its phenomenal natural scenery, it’s perhaps surprising that one of its most visited attractions is entirely man-made. Don’t let that put you off though! Even the most snobbish of Tripadvisor reviewers have conceded that it is a spectacular attraction. From the moment you put your foot into the hot (sometimes even too hot!) water, you realise that this is going to be an extraordinary time and the steam coming off of the water creates an almost otherworldly atmosphere.
We fully indulged in the free silca mud masks, the lagoon bar (which is IN the lagoon. No cold bits here) and spent time in steam room and sauna. It’s really was bliss!
In Iceland, public bathing (among everything else) does not come cheap! The basic entrance fee will set you back about £30 or for £50 you get a towel, robe, drink and some skin care treatments thrown in. Our day was actually a birthday present so we went the whole hog and had the £80 ’Premium Experience’. This gets you all of the above plus slippers (deal breaker) and, perhaps more excitingly, a two course meal at their LAVA restaurant. I’ll admit I bawked at the £80 price tag, especially as all of the packages allow you unlimited time in the lagoon, but I am not lying when I tell you that the pudding I had as part of my meal was, hands down, the best thing I have ever eaten. It nearly reduced me to tears.
My lagoon look was very kindly gifted to me by George at Asda. I adore the fun colour and print of this fruits bikini*, which coped admirably with the geothermic water and survived the all important heavy duty pool shower test! As someone who goes through a lot of sunglasses, I was really excited to discover that most of George’s come in at under the £4 mark. Oh, hello! I fell instantly for these multicoloured frames*! Sunglasses should always be fun!