Blue (Lagoon) Monday13-11-18

Everybody who knows Iceland – however little – tells you to go to the Blue Lagoon. We don’t generally follow the tourist trail, but this sounded intriguing.

We’d had another undisturbed night – so if the free Aurora wasn’t going to make an appearance, we’d pay for a session in the Blue Lagoon Spa, instead. Another seriously cold morning:

Car Thermometer -13

We’d also made the mistake of leaving a bottle of water in the car overnight – yes, it’s solid.

Cool Water

I did wonder if these two trucks were jousting:

Icelandic Jousting

We took the road along the South Coast of the island. Snowy desolation! Very picturesque!

Morning Moon

The path down to the Spa from the car park is narrow and treacherous. We managed to get my wheelchair down there, but if you’re none too mobile, phone ahead and ask for directions to an easier route.

Picture a small, shallow lake. It’s entirely manmade, with huge rocks around the edge and little Oriental-style bridges spanning the occasional inlet of the water.

The water itself is the most remarkable thing. It’s been brought up from the lava-depths, passed through turbines at a nearby power plant (Iceland has an unbelievable amount of geothermal energy), then passed through a heat exchanger (which uses the heat elsewhere, cooling this water) and the now-bearably warm water then feeds the Lagoon.

So a gigantic bath, rising to shoulder height in places, filled with blood-temperature water and big enough to swim in. You can’t see anything under the water because it’s a white-blue colour due to dissolved mineral salts (including natural chlorine, so no more need be added). It steams in the cold air and smells slightly of hard-boiled eggs.

I could learn to love this place!

The water buoys you up better than fresh water, so it’s easy to float. Alternately, you could have a drink from the bar and stand at the side to drink it.

Didn’t I mention there’s a bar in there? They sell a range of Alcoholic and soft drinks, which you charge against the electronic “locker key” on your wrist and pay when you leave. Trust me – a really cool system.

So this is me, with a beer. (Apologies for the “nudity”. I appreciate that many of you have never seen me without a hat before!)

Meg Blue Lagoon Beer

We took Martin’s phone in with us – in a waterproof pouch that just happened to be in our luggage. (We took many more photos, but this is the only one he’s let me have a copy of – so far!)

For me, the wonder is in the contrast between blood-warm water (38 degrees) and air at -8 degrees. You don’t feel cold, although the lifeguards are wearing snow suits. Bizarre!

If anyone’s heading to Iceland, please believe the hype about the Blue Lagoon – it’s incredible. For maximum enjoyment, aim to spend an hour in the water, eat a meal and then another hour floating around. The café wasn’t too expensive and they made good coffee and sandwiches! Pick a day when it’s likely to snow lightly, if you can.

The whole resort is also very friendly to less-mobile visitors. There’s even an easier entrance, if you know where the “Volcano Restaurant” is. (Maybe phone ahead?)

We bought a framed rock in the Gift Shop. Trust me – it’s beautiful. Then we took the more usual Reykjavik route back to the hotel and ordered a meal from Room Service.

It takes a lot of showering to get all the mineral salts out of your hair – I couldn’t get mine clean until I soaked it all away in the bath back home!

Double-checked that our room number was on the Aurora Watch list. This is our last night in Iceland and we don’t want to miss the display!

Snow Face

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2 Responses

  1. Looks beautiful! I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland to see its Volcanoes!

    • I’m on an email list to get notified of any volcanic eruptions. But the last time I got a notification through, it wasn’t possible to fly to Iceland. Or anywhere!
      Iceland is beautiful – save your pennies and take a trip!

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