In Search of the Northern Lights in Iceland travel blog

Icelandic Horse


Blue Lagoon

Entrance to Blue Lagoon

Taking the waters

Blue Lagoon

Today is our last full day in Iceland and our end of the trip highlight - a soak in the Blue Lagoon! Still no Northern Lights! We leave the hotel for the Blue Lagoon and sites along the way! With a detour through the country side we stopped to pet and take photos of some Icelandic horses. The Icelandic horse is a specific breed and if they leave Iceland are not allowed back into the country so as to prevent any diseases to be introduced to the breed. Hafnarfjordur is a port city built on an ancient lava flow (the third largest city in Iceland - 28,200 population) that hosts an annual Viking festival introducing guests to elves and 'hidden people'! It is also Iceland's Rock and Roll capital - apparently when Americans had an Air Force base near here, they could pick up Armed Forces Network and listened to Elvis Presley, the Beatles, etc. Still Iceland's best musicians come from this area! Along the way we stopped for lunch of fish and chips or Icelandic meat soup in Grindavik. We also explored the Gunnuhver geothermal area, an area of mud pools and steam vents with an incredible sulphuric vapor. A unique characteristic of Gunnuhver is that the groundwater is 100% seawater unlike other geothermal areas on the island - the mud pools and water can reach temperatures of 570f. The wind on the coast was the strongest all week, trying to take pictures was very difficult! Ah finally we arrive at the Blue Lagoon, where we would soak for a couple of hours. The pool is quite large with varying degrees of temperature. We took advantage of the silica face mask, which left ones skin feeling very smooth. There is a swim up bar - where each of us had a healthy drink! The wind was blowing rain and at times sleet in our face, but the water felt so warm and getting out was quite chilling! Being completely relaxed we head back to Reykjavik for our group dinner. The Reykjavik Restaurant just across the street was our destination, where we had lamb - delicious!! JC

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