The Blue Lagoon, just outside Reykjavik (map), is one of the most extraordinary spas I’ve ever been to and I can definitely recommend a visit for anyone planning a trip to Iceland. The lagoon consists of a series of aquamarine blue pools (this amazing colour is created by the silica, algae and minerals in the geothermal seawater) that are shrouded in mist and surrounded by a barren, rocky lava landscape. There are several waterfalls and even a geyser and a lava cave (which has been transformed into a unique steam room) around the edges of the lagoon.
As you approach the spa, the stark white buildings contrast sharply with the surreal moon-like landscape, seemingly right out of a science fiction movie. The spa has a variety of wellness programmes but it’s fantastic to just soak in the pools, sit under the numerous waterfalls, or grab a handful of the white silica mud from the pool-floor and give yourself a face or bodyscrub. The Blue Lagoon is indeed an enchanting experience!
If you’re flying with one of the Icelandic airlines (North America to Europe or vice-versa) and you’re just stopping over for several hours at Kevlavik airport, it’s possible to book (in advance or on arrival) a quick visit to the Blue Lagoon which isn’t too far away from the airport.