I am finally sharing with y'all our pictures + adventures from Iceland. Starting off with the Lagoons we visited.
Taking a dip in the Geothermal pools at the end of each day was my favorite thing to do!
You can see below our pictures from our visit to The Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik, The Secret Lagoon : Gamla Laugin and The Abandoned Lagoon : Seljavellir Geothermal Pool.
The Blue Lagoon
A HUGE tourist destination....but seemingly- there will be tourist everywhere you go (in Iceland). The Blue Lagoon is literally the first stop in (coming from the airport). So I suggestion making it the first destination of your trip (or the last, on your way out).
If you are anything like us and traveling for 10 hours. a nice long soak in sulfuric water is just what the body will want.
If i remember correctly, it is about $40 per person (the most expensive one you'll visit) but you can stay as long as you like and theres plenty of food, water and alcoholic beverages to take your time and stay a while. (psst! : book ahead!)
The Shower Situation :
So as you may or may not know before entering these geothermal pools, one must shower...naked...in a community shower. Yup, thats right folks! #myeuropeanvacation
Luckily, the Blue Lagoon is like a 5 Star Spa and a great way to get acclimated to such customs! Yes, you need to be prepared to be naked in front of others and/or see others naked. It is unavoidable, really. However, being naked is freeing and totally normal there. If you are 100% no-way-jose' will I get naked, the Blue Lagoon does have a few private stalls that you can wait for, but no matter what- you'll see other naked bodies.
And yes, of course men + women have separate locker rooms.
swimsuit c/o : Red Dolly Swimwear
The Secret Lagoon : Gamla Laugin
The Secret Lagoon aka Gamla Laugin was the best. It was the most private- we had it to ourselves nearly the entire time we were there. It was very hot, but not too hot. Some of the lagoons we went to the temperature wasn't quite warm enough for me, however this was one great!
It also has (alcoholic) beverages + snacks for you to enjoy during your stay as well as a pretty nice shower area with hair dryers and all! You will need your own shampoo/conditioner and towels here.
Also, I learned after day one at the Blue Lagoon, no matter how much conditioner you put in your hair- do not get it wet. It will make the texture of your hair so nasty, do not say I didn't warn you!
swimsuit c/o : Red Dolly Swimwear // photos by : Chris Burden
The Abandoned Lagoon : Seljavellir Geothermal Pool
This lagoon by far, hands down had the best views and it was an adventure in itself to find! You park your car in what seems like the middle of nowhere (as does all of Iceland) and get out and start walking.
All Chris and I had read up about this place was to follow a stream to your left around a curve. So we walked. We saw the stream and kept following the curve. Then we spotted a pipe in the side of the hill to the left of us, and started following that. Sure enough, it lead to this whimsical pool in the mountains.
Like I said, You can't beat the views here, however- this lagoon wasn't my favorite. The water was at best luke warm AND it was kinda slimy. Also, at this point in our trip I had blisters from all the hiking and I was a bit nervous about infection from the water or....well the changing house was in awful conditions. Still standing, but certainly abandoned with trash and weird smells. I suggest bringing BIG (+ extra) towels and wearing water shoes of some sort.
It is worth it to say that you did it, but do not expect much as far as 'spa' standards go. It is truly a rustic out door abandoned geothermal pool experience.
Oh, and obviously, no snacks + drinks for sell at this place- but BYOB!
I hope you enjoyed these pictures and that this post helps you in planing your trip to Iceland! Please feel free to ask me any questions in the comments!
I'll be posting more from this trip soon!
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