The Blue Lagoon

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...But not completely. My flight back to London wasn’t until 4:00pm, so I had more than half the day to explore more of Iceland. I had read about a place called the Blue Lagoon and that it was a must see in Iceland, no matter how long the stay. It is located very near the airport and many busses run shuttles between Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon as well as between the airport and the Lagoon. I checked out of the wonderful hostel and headed for the bus station.

There was a short confusion about the departure time, but I made it on an 11:00am bus straight to the lagoon and booked the 2:15pm shuttle from the lagoon to airport. The ride takes about 45 minutes. Again, we went through the moon-like countryside before pulling up to a body of water with steam pouring out of it.
The amazing lagoon


This is no ordinary body of water, however. There are no words for the color. It was white with shades of light blue scattered about. The Blue Lagoon is known worldwide for it vitamins and minerals that heal the body. According to readers of the “Conde Nast Traveller” magazine, it was voted the best medical spa in the world. When we arrived, I received my bracelet for entry as well as a locker. I changed into my bathing suit and made my way into the chilly air to the lagoon.

I’ll let the pictures explain the lagoon. I’ll describe what couldn’t be captured in the pictures. The water temperature was perfect. It was a huge hot tub with tons of minerals floating around. There were areas around the lagoon where you could grab some silica and give yourself your own facial.
Definitely worth the trip
There I was, sitting in the number one medical spa in the world, white silica masking my face, remembering the amazing time I had this summer. It was surreal. Back on May 20th, I never imagined what I would be thinking or where I would be on July 28th after traveling through Europe (with a stop in Africa!).

I could’ve fallen asleep in the lagoon but decided it was time to shower and pack up. In the showers, we were provided “Blue Lagoon” body wash. I freshened up and made my way back to the bus stop for my ride to the airport. Another cool thing about Iceland is that they offer tax free shopping for non-residents. All I had to do was fill out a simple form for each receipt I had and return it to the tax refund center at the airport. I picked up an extra $30!

The flight to London was on time and very uneventful. I purposefully booked the hostel in London for the night that I had stayed at my first night of the trip. It is a great hostel with friendly people, plus the nostalgia would be present. I took the tube back into town and found myself doing the same walk to the doorstep that I had done some 68 days prior. I had a bunch of Australian and Kiwi roommates that were just beginning their trip. I spent an hour or so in the lounge area hanging out with fellow travelers, sharing stories and drinks. I’m going to miss the hostel life.
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Entrance
Entrance
The amazing lagoon
The amazing lagoon
Definitely worth the trip
Definitely worth the trip
Salt has built up on the rocks
Salt has built up on the rocks
Check out the color and the hot sp…
Check out the color and the hot s…
Walking path
Walking path
This part holds the same water as …
This part holds the same water as…
I cant get over the color
I can't get over the color
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photo by: MadeleineGL