The last few days that we spent in Iceland were very relaxed. After the past couple days we had, it was nice to not have any plans and wander to our hearts content. We explored Reykjavik and the different markets that it offered. We also finally made it to the infamous Blue Lagoon. Everyone that we had spoken to on our excursions were raving about the Blue Lagoon. We decided to check it out ourselves as treat for our last day.
We decided to take our time and walk around Reykjavik. After breakfast at our hostel (seriously, I still dream about this breakfast), we headed out to see the sites. Reykjavik has a lot of different sights and all of it is easily walkable.
Although we didn’t go inside Hallgrimskirkja, we did walk to it almost every night. One of the reasons I loved Iceland so much was because of their architecture. The buildings are pieces of art. When we visited, there were also pictures of Fonzie posted around town ,which just made me laugh.
The Solfar Sun Voyager was right down the street from our hostel, looking out at the Atlantic Ocean and Mount Esja across the way. Although it may look like a viking ship, it is meant to be an ode to the sun. I think the best time to see this sculpture was at sunset, when the skyline looks fiery and the voyager looks like it is ready to set sail (even without a sail).
Reykjavik was so full of beauty and art that it spilled out in the form of graffiti on the walls of buildings. Everywhere you walk, you see the creativity of the residents. The bright paintings were a nice pop of color during the gray days. We hopped in and out of the shops while we were wandering around. We were able to pick up some gifts to bring home, including a stuffed monster for my niece, wool slippers for my sister, and lava rock earrings for my mom. There were so many beautiful, unique items that I wanted to purchase but the space in my backpack was tight.
Day 7 was all about the Blue Lagoon. We were leaving the following day and wanted to end our adventure on a relaxing note. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal “pool” where freshwater and seawater combine. The lagoon is normally 98-104 degrees Fahrenheit due to the nearby geothermal power plant. According to the website, the water is self-cleansing – meaning that it renews itself every 40 hours. I didn’t bring my phone in with me as I was scared of ruining it in the water.
When you’re there, you can relax in the lagoon or go to the silica bar. This is where you find the mud for the silica mud masks. You apply the mask to your face and body and when you wash it off, your skin will feel soft as butter.
I recommend making sure you condition your hair A LOT before and after. The water leaves your hair VERY dry. They sell a lot of different products that you could try, but I just used a lot of my own conditioner. They provide shampoo and conditioner in the showers that you’re required to use before entering and leaving the lagoon.
There are also various saunas and steam rooms you can sit in. Personally, I can’t breathe in saunas so I don’t find these enjoyable 🙂 . But to each their own!
The waterfall is something I can get on board with, however. You just stand beneath the waterfall and it helps makes your shoulders and muscles less stiff, which mine always are. That’s what happens when you hold all of your stress in your shoulders 🙂
You can also sit in the relaxation area, away from the lagoon. Take a seat with a drink and look out onto the lagoon.
The whole area is beautiful and kind of unbelievable. When we visited, it was fairly busy so you had to wait for most things. It was still relaxing, though, which was the whole point!
Until next post,