Iceland Part 1: The Blue Lagoon

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I am excited to finally write about our trip to Iceland! I can honestly say, Iceland was seriously the most amazing/beautiful place I have ever visited. Colin and I didn’t plan to go to Iceland this year or anywhere outside North America. We just bought a house and were planning on taking a small trip down to the Bahamas in December. However, one day I landed on a site about Iceland and started looking up flights. I texted Colin that night asking if he would be up for going to Iceland. I was partly joking but when he texted back yes, I couldn’t get it out of my head! We ended up on a plane to Iceland 3 weeks later. 

We landed at 6am and it was pitch black out. After hopping into our rental car we headed to our first stop, the Blue Lagoon…

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I was pretty skeptical about visiting the lagoon at first.  Everywhere I looked online people left awful reviews about their experiences and horror stories about the locker rooms. Everyone saying it was over rated. Seriously, go to TripAdvisor and just read them. However, I like to decided on my own. I purchased the most basic package there was and brought our own towels and slippers (I recommend doing this if you go, saves you a lot of money. Plus, you won’t get it confused with all the other hundred white towels they provide). If I ended up hating it, at least I didn’t spend $200 on tickets. Colin and I arrived an hour before our check in time and had breakfast in the cafe. Colin was super eager to get in the water, so right at 9 on the dot we checked in. I was dreading going into the locker rooms because of the reviews. However, I didn’t experience anything close to what I read. I didn’t see a single person in the locker-rooms, easily found a locker, showered and was out before Colin! 

It was still dark out when we entered and it didn’t get much lighter the 4 hours we were there. I had to lighten the images a good bit.

My tips for visiting the Blue Lagoon

  • Bring your own (colored) towels and slippers.
  • Tickets are for whole hours, so arrive 30 minutes after the hour listed. There will not be a line and locker rooms will be empty.
  • Put your hair up and use the provided conditioner before getting in.
  • Enter the lagoon through the side door, then you don’t have to go outside in just your suit.
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Overall, I would visit the Blue Lagoon again. If I ever do get the chance to come back, I will even stay at the hotel there.  It may get crowded with tourist (it wasn’t too crowded when we were there), but there is no other place like it. 

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After leaving the Lagoon, we headed into Reykjavik to find some lunch. I was in search for the famous hotdogs at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur(Translates to “The best hot dogs in town”). This is the cheapest meal you will find in Iceland. I’m actually still dreaming about these hotdogs and wish I had them more than once. I asked for the hotdog with everything, it included ketchup, sweet mustard, fried onion, raw onion and a mayonnaise-based sauce with sweet relish and it was delicious! 

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We started to lose our 5 hours of daylight and raining harder, so we decided to head to our hotel for the night before it was too dark. Our hotel was about two hours away in Hella and we had one of our best meals in the most random/empty restaurant there. The next day we visited the ice caves that I will post about next!

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