Monday, 28 November 2016

The Magic of Iceland's Blue Lagoon




You know when you have an ultimate bucket list "to do" that you never actually think you'll get to do? Well for me, that was the Blue Lagoon. I scrolled through Instagram photos and travel photos enviously, thinking about how much I'd love to go and relax in the milky blue waters and finally, I got to tick this one off. The Blue Lagoon was one of the things I was looking forward to most about my trip to Iceland and it did not disappoint in the slightest.
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa located in the south-west of Iceland, about a 50 minute to an hours drive from Reykjavik. The water is brought up from underground close to a lava flow and whilst it is also used as a research facility, the water has been used for it's relaxing and healing properties. It's full of minerals, such as silica, and yup, the water is actually warm!

Grayline is the tour company that most people I've seen visit book through and we upgraded to the premium package so that we got the silica face mask and the algae face mask, something which I'd definitely recommend as my skin felt amazing afterwards. We also got a drink included at the bar (banana smoothies!) and were also given towels to use around the water and quite frankly, it's probably up there with the most amazing things I've ever seen.






The Lagoon is very strict about hygiene so you have to shower and condition your hair before you get in and it may sound silly considering we were stood in Iceland in our bathing suits, I was surprised at how frickin cold it was between the door and the water! I think I actually cried out as my bare feet hit the frozen floor because it genuinely hurt, it was that cold and I was expecting to still be cold in the water but nope! The water is actually warm, with warmer and colder bits throughout depending on where you swim and I cannot describe how relaxed and chilled out it makes you feel. It drizzled on  the morning when we first got in the pool but it didn't ruin it at al and on the contrary I didn't even realise it was raining after a minute in the serene waters.

Everyone seems to move at half of their usual pace when going through these blue waters and it's both bizarre and amazing at the same time as you're literally outside in Iceland in the middle of winter, in your swimming costume. The silica face masks are in big tubs for you to help yourself to and when you pay for the upgraded package, you get given the algae one afterwards. Simply put the masks on, lie back and chill in the warm water before washing it off in the Lagoon and continuing on your day of doing nothing but floating. It's absolutely surreal, beautiful and fascinating all at the same time.

I would 100% recommend the Blue Lagoon to anyone visiting Iceland - I'd go back in a heartbeat (and plus the Instagram content is outstanding!) and the photos really do not do it justice whatsoever.

Where is your ultimate bucket list place?

Amy x
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