It was the last stop on a 10 day U.K., Iceland trip. I was sick, an ear infection left me with less energy. I was looking forward to being pampered. When I woke in the morning, the weather was not cooperating. It was windy, rainy and cold. I was still going, there was no way I was missing this.
The Blue Lagoon was on the way to the airport from the Hotel Holt in Reykjavík where I had stayed. The tour bus picked me up promptly. As we arrived at the lagoon, even though the weather was not ideal, the glowing blue water validated my decision to come.
Let me share with you the biggest mistake I made on this trip. I get to the lagoon and realize I FORGOT TO CHARGE MY WATER CAMERA – I still can’t talk about. I mention it only because it may help you to not make the same mistake.
Getting back to the experience… I’m sick and waiting in the luggage line. It seemed that a few buses pulled up at once and the line took about 20 minutes. Finally, with luggage checked, I make my way to the lagoon. Rain pelting me (why didn’t I wear my water proof pants today?) I begin the walk which was not short. Now very wet, I enter the spa facility and find there is yet another line. I’m feeling worn out. A woman approaches the line from the staff. On a whim, I ask her if a luxury room is available. She says yes and whisks me off the line. I don’t usually over indulge and I’m sure Harry’s head would have exploded, had he been there but I WAS SICK and money was helping. It was expensive but at that point I needed no more lines and extreme pampering. Here are the pictures….
My escort and personal matron brings me up the stairs into this hall. On the left are the shower rooms on the right is the toilet – no lines. She explains the ins and outs of this room and then leaves me to get ready. She will check in on me periodically to see if I need anything.
Here is the shower area. The shower is huge with a stone seating area. There’s room for my gear. Towels, a personal robe and slippers (flip-flops) and a sampling of products from the gift shop line the shelves. I got to keep the slippers and the product packs and since I paid for two people I took all of it.
On the other side of the room there are chairs that come out from under the vanity. There is a blow dryer and other products for hair and face. I shared with the matron that I left my brush in my luggage. She went and got me a brush. On the door panel to the right are the controls for the room. The bracelet they gave me opened all the doors.
Down the stairs is the common area and the private entrance to the Blue Lagoon.
Luxury Common Area Blue Lagoon
There is fruit and a variety of beverages. On the left in front of the chairs is a fireplace. Later I would order lunch and sit in front of the heat of the fire to eat, sorry at that point camera and phone were upstairs and I had no energy to go get them.
Here is where this room earns its huge price tag – the private entrance to the blue lagoon. My bracelet opens this door too. The water is warm. It is all very civilized.
My robe goes here…
Window view of the lagoon.
As soon as I opened the lagoon door, I was in the lagoon, near the cave.
I see people emerge from the main area of the spa. They are hanging up their robes and running for the water.
This lagoon is so big I had to ask one of the life guards how to get back to the room! I walked the entire perimeter, stopping to go into the steam bath which was heaven. (There is also a sauna.) The water is warm with some areas warmer than others. I went in search of the silica. It took some time to find then I saw someone scooping the white clay from a wooden box. I did the same and applied it to my face. I did this too. The water felt great until I used it to remove the silica, then it stung. Five minutes in the steam bath got rid of the slight stinging. I wore a bathing cap as I had read much about what the silica in the water can do to your hair and just didn’t want to deal with that. As I walked I found some areas were deeper and, at one point, I had to swim – my feet were not touching the ground. The bar closed in the beginning later opened.
One of the workers told me that it is busier at the lagoon in inclement weather. I guess most sites are outside and the warm water of the lagoon makes it the least unfavorable in bad weather? I was also surprised that Icelandic people love the Blue Lagoon and do not consider it a tourist trap. A few told me they find it too expensive and go to the smaller spas because of price, but still think it is amazing.
I just love this country where people ride horses and swim year round despite cold, rain and lack of light.
One or two hours in the water was plenty for me. My bus was leaving at 2pm and I had to leave time to take a shower, blow dry my hair and retrieve the luggage. Was the price tag worth it? It was for me. I left the Lagoon relaxed and knowing that I would return, maybe with my daughter, at another time.
What about you – have you wanted to go or have you been to the Blue Lagoon?