The Blue Lagoon, or the Blaa Lonio in Icelandic. We had to learn the Icelandic name because all the signs were in Icelandic. As well as all the place names in the GPS. Good thing I pick up foreign languages fast…sort of.
Anyways, this famous geothermal spa was about a 30-minute drive from Keflavic airport, where we landed.
At 6:30am local time. The spa didn’t open till 10am.
People were lining up outside the door when we got there. I decided to save some money by bringing our own towels and bathrobes. Turned out to be a smart move because everything in there was very expensive.
Now I’ve been to Japanese onsens and they require showering before entering the spa. This was very much the same, except you do wear a bathing suit.
We spent about two hours at this very hot geothermal spa, though we maybe only soaked for 30 min. There’s an inside pool which is very small, and an outside pool, which is huge. The water outside was so warm that you could literally feel “hot spots” and see the steam rising from the water. The water itself was very rich in minerals, and I had o shower for a long time afterwards.
The sun was very bright so we brought sunglasses. They served drinks at a little booth wedged under a bridge in the middle of the lagoon. Wonder what it would be like to work there for a summer…
We were very relaxed afterwards and enjoyed some pure Icelandic water from the water fountain. They also had a bar and restaurant, and hotel rooms in the upper levels.
Afterwards, we walked around the lagoon; there was a walkway through the cooled lava field, which is called basalt. I tried to recall everything I learned in Environmental Geology, about rock cycles and basalt formations. Overall, a good experience and now I want to visit other geothermal spas around the world. Maybe Taiwan…