The Blue Lagoon

We waited until our very last day to venture to Blue Lagoon because it's located right between Reykjavik and Keflavik International Airport. After three days of gallivanting all over Iceland, we couldn't wait to relax in the geothermal spa and prepare for our long flight home.

We planned on purchasing a Standard ticket but instead opted for the Comfort ticket, which included a bathrobe, towel, free drink and algae mask. After receiving our wristbands, we split up to shower and change. The locker rooms were modern and sleek, offering digital lockers, dressing rooms and vanity tables with blow dryers and towels. The most surprising part of the locker room was the shower area. Right before entering the lagoon, you're required to wash off. Most of the women were completely nude, which surprised me! I kept my bathing suit on, but the unapologetic nudity was refreshing. The employees urge you to condition your hair before and after swimming, and I seriously urge you to follow their directions. I planned on keeping my hair in a ponytail so I rinsed off in the shower, skipped the conditioner, and was on my way. Predictably, my elastic band broke when we entered the lagoon, and my hair was soaked. Even after a deep conditioning after our swim, my hair was stiff and dry. That's because of the water's high silica content. Fortunately, with the help of some coconut oil, the dryness subsided after about a week.

Stepping into the open air after showering was quite a shock. We went directly from heated tile floors to icy concrete and freezing winds. It was 35 degrees outside, and being in a bathing suit was excruciating. I literally threw my bathrobe on a wooden rack and went straight for the lagoon. Wispy steam rose slowly from the milky blue water, and it felt amazing! Some parts of the spa were warmer than others, so we gravitated toward the heat. We made a pit stop at the floating bar and grabbed our complimentary drinks before exploring the lagoon. Michael got a beer and I ordered a delicious green smoothie with kale, spinach and pineapple.

Surprisingly, the wind was really strong during our visit. I'm not sure if that's normal or if it was just a random occurrence. It was hard to venture around without shielding our eyes because the water was splashing around like crazy. After we got our drinks, a gust of wind tossed half my smoothie all over my face. It was in my hair and my eyes; I couldn't see where I was going, and Michael couldn't stop laughing. That was fun!

Eventually, we made our way to the edge of the lagoon to experiment with the silica mud. After rubbing it all over my body, my skin felt incredibly smooth. Unfortunately, we ended up having to skip our algae masks because we were in a rush to get to the airport.

Before coming to Iceland, a friend said my limbs would feel like jello after leaving the lagoon. He was right! My entire body felt extremely relaxed and refreshed. The mineral-rich water combined with the beautiful, mountainous scenery created the ideal environment for a spa. I only wish we had been able to spend more time in the water. It was the perfect ending to our trip after spending three days in the Nordic cold. If I ever get the opportunity to return, I'll definitely devote an entire day to the Blue Lagoon. It's an incredible experience you don't want to miss if you're visiting Iceland.