For the 4th and last day in Iceland we had picked up one of the main attractions of the island: the Blue Lagoon in Grindavik near Reykjavik.
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Things to know about the Blue Lagoon
The blue lagoon is created by the thermal water of a nearby geothermal power plant. After its use for power generation, the water is directed to the surrounding lava field and forms a saltwater lake with many minerals in the typical blue-white color. As the “Blaa Léni” is only about 20 km away from Keflavik International Airport, it was a relaxed conclusion for us before the onward flight to the USA. The water was up to 42 degrees hot and had a light blue milky color.
The saltwater lake and the thermal bath
Unfortunately, even today the weather did not quite play along and sun, hail, fog and snow alternated almost every minute. Nevertheless, a visit to the Blue Lagoon is really great, as the colors of the water are really extraordinary 🙂
After four hours we went to the airport completely relaxed and then with a lot of delay to Boston and on to Orlando.
Our conclusion about Iceland in winter
Iceland in winter is definitely worth a trip and has a lot to offer in terms of landscape. However, the short bright times of the day in winter and the constant sometimes violent weather changes are somehow in need of getting used to. In the three days we drove a good 1,000 km with our small Hyundai and have really reached the limits many times. If you are almost swept off the road by strong wind gusts with icy smoothness and still have visibility of less than two meters, then driving the car is not really fun and is incredibly strenuous. But the winter landscape of Iceland, the partly frozen waterfalls, the Strokkur Geyser, the blue lagoon, the northern lights in the sky above Reykjavik and of course also the ice caves of Skaftafell we found beautiful. For us, a perfect start to the world tour! 🙂
All travelogues from IcelandIceland actually came relatively spontaneously to our world trip. We were looking for a cheap flight to the USA or directly to the Caribbean and found a really good offer from Icelandair from Frankfurt via Reykjavik to Boston and Orlando. Since stopovers at Icelandair are mostly without extra charge, we thought, ok, why not discover Iceland for a few days at take off and make three days out of the actual three hours stopover? Especially in winter this island should have its very special charm. So we had done some research and found the idea good. Day 1 Reykjavik – Tourist Attractions & the beautiful Northern Lights (Iceland)
Day 2 Golden Circle Route – Thingvellir, Waterfalls & Geyser Strokkur (Iceland)
Day 3 Skaftafell National Park – The blue ice caves of Vatnajökull (Iceland)
Day 4 The Blue Lagoon – The famous thermal bath at Reykjavik (Iceland)