Showing posts with label iceland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label iceland. Show all posts

Monday, February 4, 2013

Blue Lagoon

Ah, the Blue Lagoon. Thus far I'd say it's been my favorite spot in the world and I hope to one day go back. Luckily, it's close enough to the airport (8 miles away) that you can book a tour that picks you up and drops you off at the airport. So maybe one day I'll make it back?

If you spend any time on pinterest, you're likely to have seen snapshots of this place and for good reason! The fog coming off of the water provides some pretty beautiful photos. Nearby the Blue Lagoon is a geothermal power plant (most of Iceland runs off geothermal power) and after it's done with the hot water, it's channeled into the Blue Lagoon. This keeps the water at a deliciously warm 100 degrees. All around the lagoon there are buckets of silica that you can slather onto your face for a nice face mask (and of course you can then buy it, which yessss, I did, and no, I don't regret it!)


Over the past couple years I've had my (more than fair) share of trips so I'm often asked, "where was your favorite?". The answer is easily Iceland. In 2012, only half a million people visited this magical location. I use the word magical as the Icelandic Tourist Board claims that 80% of Icelanders are willing to believe in fairies or elves. I'm telling you all of this because after going to Iceland, I see where they're coming from.

Iceland is the root of my wanderlust. Before Iceland I had been to a few places but they all felt comfortable and predictable. Iceland was the first experience I had where I was blown away by what I saw. The landscape went from lush to volcanic in only minutes.  Iceland is often overlooked for more exciting and popular locations but I can promise you no time you spend in Iceland will be a waste!

Getting There
We flew IcelandAir into Keflavík International Airport (KEF) and easily booked a seat on the bus to Reykjavík which dropped us off at our hotel, Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura.

we saw the northern lights from the airplane,
unfortunately, that's the only time we saw them =(