Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Blue Lagoon by night


The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland's biggest tourist attractions, so we figured we had to see it. Since it's pretty close to the airport, we decided to make a stop there before heading to Reykjavik-what better way to unwind from a 4 hour flight than soaking in sky blue thermal water, right? But by the time we arrived at 5 pm, the sun was down and it was pitch black. We were a bit disappointed that we didn't get to see the Blue Lagoon by day, but being there at night definitely made it more interesting.

Here's a photo to give you an idea of what it looks like normally...

Blue Lagoon waitresses serving cocktails by day

Once we got showered, got changed, and met up again, we headed outside to the lagoon. Oh my GOSH was it cold! We hurried out of our flip flops and towels and dove into the warm water. Even though the wind was fierce, the water was so warm we hardly noticed.

We swam around the lagoon for a while, lounging in the coves and people watching. The steam coming off the water and the shadowed silhouettes of other swimmers made for an eerie sight. Thankfully, no zombies or lagoon monsters appeared.

Around the lagoon are wooden buckets with ladles where you can scoop out the silica rich white clay that the Lagoon uses in many of its beauty treatments. It's said to be really good for your skin, so Fionn and I joined in with the others, slathering it on and letting it dry. I'm sure we looked pretty weird, but since I didn't get any pictures, this will have to do...

We lingered in the water for a while til hunger drove us back out. It was NOT fun getting out of that warm water and into biting November wind, let me tell you! But we survived :)

If you're in Iceland and you have the time, I'd suggest you check out the Blue Lagoon. Yes, it is expensive, and yes it's touristy, but it's kind of like going to Paris and missing the Eiffel Tower. I wish we could've seen it by day, but at night we had the lagoon mostly to ourselves, which was really nice. It was worth it!

How about you? Ever wanted to swim the Blue Lagoon?


  1. Yes! Good to know it's by the airport.

  2. Wow, I want to do this next year before I love Germany! It sounds awesome!

  3. Cocktails? Reallllllly? I am on my way, how freaking coooool.

  4. You said you went in November? Early or late November? We're looking into planning a trip over the Thanksgiving holiday.

    1. We went for Thanksgiving weekend! It was great. Cold but not crazy cold and just a bit of snow :)