Iceland Pictures by Jim
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is a big and brilliant geothermal spa surrounded by black, crusted lava, a fantastic frame for the ice-blue waters. The lagoon was created from pumped-in seawater and geothermal power plant runoff. The plant is visible, smoking in the background.
Smearing poolside white silica mud over your face and/or body from poolside buckets (in the busy public pool) or more naturally from the pool floor itself (in the hotel’s private pool) is one of the popular, free, lagoon activities, along with more proper beauty treatments, lazing in the steamy water or knocking back some pricey Icelandic schnapps from the poolside bar.
The Blue Lagoon is about 40 minutes’ drive southwest of Reykjavik near Grindavik and the Viking Museum. It’s also 20 minutes from Kaflavik airport.
A comfortable hotel, almost invisible from ground level, opens onto The Blue Lagoon with balconies over the public waters and access to private bathing areas. It costs a couple of hundred euros a night but Jim thought it was worth the money.
Best tourist season: July and Augustwith average lows of 8C (46F) and highs of 13C (55F).
Worst: December – March, cold temperatures with average lows of – 4C (24F) and highs of 2C (35F).
OK: June, and up to 15 September – everything shuts after that, though December is lively in Reykjavik.