Backpacking in Iceland: The Blue Lagoon

Backpacking in Iceland – the Blue Lagoon

A thermal swimming pool in Iceland! Most people have heard of The Blue Lagoon haven’t they? Well I’d heard of it and when I realised I was in Iceland, suddenly it would have been stupid not to visit it. So without swimming trunks I didn’t want to go in naked, so I had to buy a pair of pink ladies pants with I LOVE ICELAND written on them. Great stuff, though the mates I was with found them a little gay and didn’t actually think I’d wear them.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

With the lads enjoying the thermal water of the Blue Lagoon.

I enjoyed wearing pink pants actually. Anyway it’s a thermally heated swimming pool, around 40 degrees Celsuis, couloured slightly blue and in the middle of hot volcanic rocks and activity. It’s not even that expensive to be honest as it’s a once in a lifetime visit and you can stay in as long as you like.

There is one main pool section, with many rocks and natural creams to rub on your face while you’re in the water. I did this as it’s good for your skin. The base of the pool is also soft white stuff, which is weird, but one of the unique things about TBL. I also tried the Sauna, the Steam Room and a wee waterfall as well as a cave (this would be ideal for a romantic snog or a wedding proposal). You can also visit the bars and restaurants if you have enough money.

It was great to see The Blue Lagoon. The only thing I can really say is if you go to Iceland, do it!

Bars Visited – None.

Beers Tried – None.

Transport Used – Car, Swimming.

Nationalities Met – Northern Irish, Icelandic.

Strange Currencies – Icelandic Kroner.

Where I Stayed – I didn’t, it was the last ‘stop on the Golden Circle tour.

Average Price of a Pint of Beer – No idea. Go there and buy some. Who goes to a swimming pool to get blocked anyway?

Favourite Food – Mars Bar.

Favourite Drink – None.

Favourite Thing About The Blue Lagoon – the fact it’s good for your skin. It did feel like that.

Moving Moment – My mates seeing the pink pants for the first time. They were in stitches laughing.

Key Song – The Pink Panther Tune.

FACT – The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help many people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 40 °C (104 °F).

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