If there was one place I had incredibly high expectations for in Iceland, then it was without a doubt the Blue Lagoon. Wellness-obsessed as I am, and with countless pictures from social media in my head, I was almost unsure whether it was a good idea to go there, despite several years of thinking about getting to experience this special place – I was actually quite nervous.
It was cloudy that day, I had somewhat of a tingeling sensation in my stomach at breakfast. I would not quite admit to Line how great my expectations actually were, it had seemed ungrateful and perhaps a little weird. We talked a bit about it, imagine if it was an insane amount of people there, it could always begin to rain or snow ..all I mentioned and not mentioned – what if it was all overrated, like so much else that goes viral online, tourists traps if you know what I mean. I actually remember the feeling on the bus too, we were both so quiet, I couldn’t quite concentrate. But it was not just us who were being quiet, the bus was almost full and everyone was eagerly watching and waiting- and suddenly we saw it, the steam on the horizon, it was not to be avoided.
Impulsive of me as I am, this was actually an attraction I had booked in advance, as it is abounding with warnings on the net that you won’t be able to experience the Lagoon if it is fully booked. I had ordered Premium tickets for us, as we could avoid a possibly long “regular” queue and could also reserve a table in the restaurant. We barely stood in any queue, and were amazed at how well organized everything was in the wardrobe – finding space and a closet went like a dream. I felt like I was in a bubble of my own while I changed clothes, several ladies stood and took selfies (although this is not allowed in the changing rooms) and geared each other up – they were soon going out into the Blue Lagoon … and that was where we were going too!
I notice that I lack words to explain the feeling of opening the last door and seeing the actual large well-known attraction with its own eyes. The feeling of the warm, salted mineral water that gently embraced the body was something very special. I felt how my whole body was like a kind of floating jelly – something so delicious! I am actually not exaggerating when I say that we were there for 6 hours, neither of us got enough – until we, all of a sudden and simultaneously got saturated.
We enjoyed ourselves and enjoyed every moment. The weather lived its own life – we experienced everything from snow to glorious sun as we lay floating in the wonderful water, in a way it became a little out of this world. Included in the price was also a mask, which was optional from small round bar-like cabins out on the water. We got to choose two different, first a cleansing mud mask then a moisturizing with algae, both with ingredients from the mineral rich water. Just about everyone floated around with something green or white on their face, and possibly a glass of wine in their hands. There was a very special atmosphere, despite the fact that the vast majority took lots of pictures (including us) everything was so relaxed, so energizing. One could just exist and float around like nothing else mattered. I am so glad that we had the chance to eat at their restaurant as well. Lava, right next to large minimal windows with an adventurous view out to the springs where no people were allowed to swim, where we sat in only robes and sipped cava while we filling up our stomachs with just the right amount of food . A gastronomic experience and really fitting with the place we were in.
I can only but warmly recommend a trip to The Blue Lagoon, but do like us and go outside high season – then it might be just as magical as our experience.