When thinking about visiting Iceland there is one thing that is on just about everyone’s travel bucket list – Visit the Blue Lagoon. With it’s milky blue water, steamy pools and white rock formations it certainly looks like something out of a dream – and when we decided to make a three day stop over in Iceland, this was definitely a bucket list item we couldn’t wait to tick off!
On arrival, we were very excited to get spoilt with a Platinum package , and the afternoon was surely packed with experiences. With the outside temperature sitting at 7 °C we got into our big fluffy white robes, headed out to the blue geothermal gem and then… we didn’t leave for six hours! That was six hours of floating around to every corner, the sparkling steam baths with in-pool massages, getting lava scrubs, playing silly with the silica clay & algae masks, and making friends in the pool bar – this place went above and beyond all our expectations.
When the moonlight hit and the pool closed, we headed over for dinner to the onsite restaurant – LAVA. With rock covered walls and a view over the blue lagoon this restaurant offered the most sensational experience, with beautiful local ingredients and nordic flavours from the Icelandic kitchen, we were in heaven. We tried the lobster soup, Cod and the fish of the day (Artic Char). The Char was seriously the most delicious fish I (Hanna) ever had! We then finished off with a traditional “Ástarpungar & caramel” and ‘Chocolate & raspberry liquorice desert… We definitely went into a food coma!
Overall, if you’re going to Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is one of those experiences that you can’t miss.
The one interesting thing is that The Blue Lagoon is not a natural wonder that many people think it is. In fact, it’s man made! However, after this visit and learning all about how it was accidentally created it doesn’t make it any less special. The Blue Lagoon was formed in 1976 during operation at the nearby geothermal power plant. In the years that followed, people began to bathe in the unique water and apply the silica mud to their skin. Those with psoriasis noticed an incredible improvement in their condition and the idea to build a bath/spa around it came it… so we would call it an accidental man-made wonder. The water is very rich in minerals and has an amazing effect on your skin, and in fact – there is now a psoriasis centre here as well with clinically proof that bathing here actually helps the skin condition! Therefore, it didn’t surprise us when we came out soft like baby-bums!
We can’t wait to come back here for a whole spa weekend!