Iceland: White Christmas in the Blue Lagoon


Day 4: The Blue Lagoon

Christmas day was relaxing at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s most popular tourist attraction. We arrived just as the spa opened. After being ushered off the bus, we followed the pathway towards the entrance. It was still dark, and a strong wind was blowing frozen rain against us as we lined up outside.

The entrance to the lagoon.

The blue lagoon is a man-made geothermal pool. The heated water is actually coming from the powerplant attached to the spa. Because of this, the water has tons of minerals and the smell of sulfer is strong in the air as you come towards the pools.

By the time we got into the pools, the wind was even stronger and the snow was falling heavily. The water in our hair froze as we sat and soaked in the warm, turquoise waters.

The wind and snow on Christmas Day.

We met some new friends and sat and chatted over drinks in the pools. Time flew by and soon our fingers had become wrinkly from hours of soaking.

We traveled back to Reykjavik to sample one of Iceland’s most famous foods: the Icelandic hotdog. This “world’s best hotdog” can be found in a small parking lot next to the concert hall, and at 340 Kroners it was one of the cheapest and best tasting meals we had.

Reykjavik is a sleepy town, but even quieter on Christmas Day. It was good to relax knowing we have to catch an early flight into Glasgow in the AM.

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