Before you immerse yourself in the Icelandic experience, you have to immerse yourself in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon. Before the cold in the air of Iceland could give us a snap as soon as the airplane doors opened, we knew we had to seek the warmth of the geo-thermal waters in Blue Lagoon as soon as our arrival in the “Land of Fire and Ice” to celebrate Shehzaad’s coming of age for another year – birthday that is.
Glad we visited the Blue Lagoon Iceland on day 1 of our 10 days road trip in the country. Our visit was everything we had imagined, in fact more, packed with beautiful memories and stories to tell to friends and family-on and off line. This is a must-do when in Iceland. Mind blowing facilities inside. Expensive but worth every penny. #onetimefashionistagoestoiceland #travelblogger #travelphotography #traveldiaries #wanderlust #worldtraveler #worlderlust #photooftheday #passionpassport #traveltheworld #londonblogger #iceland #bluelagoon #instatraveling #instamood #silica #geothermal #natureswonders #nature #nature_perfection #instacool #blue #icelandic
Some keep it till the end, the dip in the blue waters of this fascinating lagoon, to refresh their senses before bidding au revoir to this magnificent country. But we planned to do the opposite. Given the fact that the Blue Lagoon is situated some 15 minute drive away from the Keflavik Airport, it was common sense to drop by here straight from the airport, even before checking in to the hotel in Reykjavik.
We picked up the rental car from the airport and the staff advised us to keep an eye around the road from where we could see steam coming up as that would be the Blue Lagoon! The weather on our day of arrival in Iceland was so awful that when we were driving through the vast lava fields, the surrounding landscape with a depressed grey sky, combined with chilly rain and restless wind – all made the setting look borderline scary.
Every cloud has a silver lining – or rather a ‘sulphur’ lining in case of Iceland may be. Since the adverse weather above ground meant that staying warm in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon was the perfect activity on day one. Moreover, because of our flight from London being in the wee hours, we were sleep-deprived so an aquatic recharging in the Blue Lagoon was the perfect prescription.
Worth noting here that we had to reserve online a Premium Package for our day-experience at the Blue Lagoon. The package cost was around £150 for 2 persons which included
– Entrance to Blue Lagoon
– Silica Mud Mask (Delivered at the Silica Bar in the lagoon)
– Use of bathrobe
– Use of towel
– Algae Mask (Delivered at the Silica Bar in the lagoon)
– Reserved table at LAVA Restaurant
– Sparkling wine at LAVA Restaurant (Complimentary with the dinner/lunch)
– One drink of your choice (Valid only at the in-water bar and Blue Café. Not valid for drinks at LAVA)
Upon arrival we were handed over a wristband which allowed us access to all the services above and we were given detailed instructions on how to maximise our experience at this unique location in Iceland. We headed to the respective changing rooms to keep our belongings. Clean and adequate facilities were very nicely in operation. Taking shower was compulsory before and after getting into the lagoon. What was strongly advised was also to use conditioner to prevent the hair from hardening as a result of high sulphur in the water. So after a thorough wash, we put on the bathing gown and the slippers to head down to the main entrance to the waters.
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Surely you will try the waters with your toes first and it will convey the warmth from the heart of the Earth with a perfect 38° Celsius to entice you to dip in. Once you will submerge your body up to your shoulders, the warmth of the water will take you over. You will make your way slowly to the main premises under open air to join the other equally amused bathers. Note that there is no need really to swim, it is a lagoon and not a pool where you could manifest your diving or swimming skills. It is best advised to just keep submerged in water up to your neck to keep teasing the chill in the air which will try so hard to scold you cold. You will surely want to capture this amazing moment, so either you could be as innovative as the Chinese tourists who were carrying their iPhones in waterproof transparent bags doing FaceTime or you could simply carry your waterproof camera like us. It is recommended that one of you take some photos before getting into water while the other party can happily strike some watery pose inside the Lagoon!
The Premium Experience package implied that we were entitled to two different types of mask to apply on our face. One was a silica mud and the other one was an algae mask, both of which supposedly were full of natural anti-ageing minerals, beneficial for the skin. You could get these masks from the Silica Bar in one side of the lagoon and if you like them much, buy a pack from the skincare shop inside the Blue Lagoon on your way back, or online.
At the same place, you may find a staff with an iPad taking photos of happy ‘lagooners’, some with their face-mask on. She would happily oblige to capture the moment of your unique experience and email to you straight-away so that you could share the moment with your social networks. Then you could lazily kneel, crawl or knee-walk to the other side of the Lagoon at the Blue café to get your free glass of wine. The feeling of pretty much navigating through blue waters to reach a bar to get some wine is one of the best feelings, hard to get on dry ground in any conventional bar.
In another side of the Lagoon, there is an artificial waterfall under which you could position yourself for a short while to assess the force of water to ease the pain in your joints.
After all these experiences are ticked off, look for your quiet corner somewhere in the Lagoon to close your eyes and really feel the phenomenon which you will find yourself immersed into. The super heat generated from deep inside the Earth, converted to provide energy for human and industrial consumptions, full of minerals straight from the core of this planet, now all over you, all around you, keeping you warm defying the chill of the jealous Icelandic wind. You will really feel what a ‘Welcome’ means in Iceland only when you are inside the Blue Lagoon. Iceland is the land of fire, water and ice, be ready for the exploration of the lifetime as soon you will step out.
Given it was Shehzaad’s birthday weekend, we had to celebrate and the perfect location after coming out of the water was the in-house Lava restaurant which was spearheaded by an award-winning Scandinavian chef. Undoubtedly pricey but the fine dining experience while seeing the gentle steam fly off the warm water of the Blue Lagoon was certainly worth it.
#Throwbackthursday In an attraction as busy as the Blue Lagoon, it is unexpected to find a restaurant with such good service and outstanding food as this. We chose the Premium package, so had a complimentary glass of #Wine 🍸 and a table booked. We ordered starters,main courses for each one of us and a desserts to share because the portion was very generous. The service was exceptional. The best way to end the blue lagoon experience is with the fine dining experience at the Lava restaurant. High-end pricing but perfect for celebrating special occassions as we were kicking off his birthday voyage. #onetimefashionistagoestoiceland #travelblogger #travelphotography #traveldiaries #wanderlust #worldtraveler #worlderlust #photooftheday #passionpassport #traveltheworld #londonblogger #iceland #birthday #voyage #bluelagoon #tbt #finedining #throwback #couplegoals #coupletravel #instadaily #instatraveling #dinner #expensive #lavarestaurant #highend
Cheers to beautographer's birthday weekend! 🍸#onetimefashionistagoestoIceland #love #londonblogger #lavarestaurant #scandinavian #coupletravel #couplegoals #birthday #cheers #friday #weekend #travelphotography #traveltheworld #travelblogger #traveldiaries #wine #finedining #bluelagoon #iceland #photooftheday #passionpassport #wanderlust #worldtraveler #worlderlust
Blue Lagoon is the best introduction possible to any newcomer to Iceland. It refreshes, rejuvenates and gets every traveller on course to explore in the next days this country full of natural wonders both above and under the ground!