The previous day having ended up in the Landspital, Day 6 of the holiday was a bit more leisurely than was originally planned. Gone were the museums and other historical icons in Reykjavik, in were the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon. We were a bit hesitant about going to the Blue Lagoon, considering that the promotion was a touch “touristy”. We didn’t regret going, though – because it was fantastic.
1. The First Sight of Blue. When you drive from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon, you drive past the strange lava fields with spiky black. And then you see this. As ever, we stopped the car. Luckily there weren’t that many tourist buses as yet.
2. The Blue Lagoon. The setup of the lagoon is excellent, with a changing area with lockers, showers and the ability to hire a towel. It’s a good idea to get to the lagoon as it opens in the morning, so you can get a lagoon side chair to yourself. When you get in, it may look freezing from the photo, but it’s a glorious geothermally heated 40 – 45 degrees. The wooden boxes have silica based facial treatment gloop that people put on their faces. I do feel sorry for the attendants outside though – it was 4 degrees celcius outside.
3. Clouds over the Blue Lagoon. It didn’t matter if it was to rain – it wouldn’t affect the temperature.
4. Drinking by the Lagoon. When you enter, you get a bracelet that both locks your locker plus also acts as a way to store how many drinks you buy at the bar. They had slushies, cocktails and wine. For me, the beer was cold, local and delicious. Plus, not all that expensive.
5. Rainbows over Route 42. Most tourists go back to Reykjavik the way they came, along the sealed road. We didn’t, going through Grindavik, where we had our delightful seafood soup and lamb sandwich cake that I talked about in my Kings’ Tribune article. On the way back from Grindavik was Route 42, which had some of the worst gravel roads we experienced on the holiday. There were, however, compensations – such as the rainbow.