Iceland is known for its green-energy initiatives, most notable its geothermal production of electricity. The byproduct from the nearby geothermal power station provides the Blue Lagoon with temperate, mineral-rich milky blue water for visitors to frolic in.
The Blue Lagoon is one of the Wonders of The World and Iceland’s most sought after destinations that tourists flock to for a memorable and relaxing visit. The surrounding landscape resembles a volcanic wasteland dotted with sparse shrubs and the strong smell of sulfur. The initial impression of this country is a bit confusing, but Iceland quickly grows to become a favorite destination for many.
Getting to the Blue Lagoon is very easy from Keflavik International Airport in southwestern Iceland. From Reykjavik, it’s about a 50-minute drive, and the roads are well marked to get you to this fantastic destination.
After check-in, you shower and make the journey outside and into the 100F (38C) mineral-rich water in a resort-style setting is one of the most relaxing and stress-free things I’ve experienced.
Thirsty? There are swim-up refreshment stands that serve your typical beverages. If you’re looking for something fun, get the frozen drinks – they are tasty and help regular your temperature in the warm water.
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I am not a fan of theme parks or super touristy things – I’m not too fond of large crowds. The Blue Lagoon is impressive, and anyone with a similar mind-set should suck it up and visit this place.
The few times I have visited this one of a kind destination have been some of the worst weather days. Cold winds and blustery conditions over 65mph (104kph) made the experience less than ideal, but getting an in-water massage near the waterfalls made everything better.
While aimlessly floating around the Blue Lagoon, I met some great people from London, China, and Chicago. Everyone saying the same thing, “Wow, this place is amazing!”
Many airlines permit stopovers in Iceland en-route to popular European destinations. Even if your airline doesn’t allow a full-day stopover, the Blue Lagoon is very close to the airport – with a solid 6-8 hours you could get through customs, take a cab to the Blue Lagoon, float around for a few hours and be back at the airport in time for your connecting flight!