Want a quick meal while you are waiting to arrive to your destination? Try the drive thru or sit down inside. How about a hot dog and a Coke for 595 ISK (Iceland Krona) or about $5 USD? Or maybe you're looking for a meal and want a steak and fries for 1990 ISK or about $16 USD. Perhaps you're really hungry and can devour four cheeseburgers, fries, and a 2 Liter Coke for 3990 ISK or about $31 USD. Although I admit to being horribly curious about strange food from different countries, I'm kind of glad I didn't go into the restaurant, Fljótt Og Gott, inside the terminal. Apparently, in addition to being a "restaurant, net cafe, bar & kiosk," they also serve traditional Icelandic food including sheep's head.
|Walkway up to the entrance of the Blue Lagoon|
What is the Blue Lagoon? From the Blue Lagoon website:
The Blue Lagoon was accidentally formed in 1976 during operation at the nearby geothermal power plant. In the years that followed, people began to bathe in the unique water and apply the silica mud to their skin. Those with psoriasis noticed an incredible improvement in their condition. Over the years, Blue Lagoon has been innovative in harnessing this gift of nature to develop different spa services and products. Today, Blue Lagoon is recognized as one of the wonders of the world.In addition, the Blue Lagoon is among the most remarkable places in the world, according to National Geographic magazine. The lagoon was included in the magazine’s special edition on wonders of the world. National Geographic calls The Blue Lagoon a geothermal paradise and a gift of nature. “The steaming turquoise pools of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, trapped in volcanic rock represent an otherworldly vision.”
|Check in desk at the Blue Lagoon|
At the Blue Lagoon you can expect to pay anywhere from 33-40 EUR for general admission, depending on the time of year. They have plenty of add-ons (towel, bathing suit, bathrobe, slippers) as well as extras (mask or scrub at Lagoon Bar, Blue Lagoon Cocktail, guided tour, massage and treatments, or lunch at LAVA Restaurant) so if you want to drop a few krona, euros, or dollars, you can definitely do that here. If you can't bear the thought of leaving, you can stay at the Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel, just a ten minute walk away from Blue Lagoon.
There are separate locker rooms for men and women. When you go in the locker room, locate a bank of lockers with a free locker. You can then take off your shoes and put them with the other shoes outside of the locker area. After you undress, push your locker shut and then hold your wristband up to the digital display. It will lock your locker and you will have to hold it up again to unlock it. There are instructions on the inside of the locker as well as on the wall, but many people seem to miss this.
WARNING to any of my possibly puritanical American readers: You can expect to see lots of fully nude people here. Everyone will be comfortable with themselves, but for you. Paranoia may set in and you may begin to believe that people are looking at you, but believe me, they aren't. Go about your business as they will be doing likewise and all will be good with the world.
Prior to entering the water, it is necessary to shower off before putting on your swimsuit and going outside. I met Rich outside of the locker rooms and he was carrying both his towel and camera. Having visited earlier in the year, I knew the best way to hold onto your towel was by leaving it in your locker. All of the towels look the same except for the ones that people bring so there is no way to know which is yours and which is someone else's. He took a few quick pics and put his camera and towel back in his locker. When he returned, he mentioned that there had been a fun loving group of German men in the men's locker room singing "YMCA." I'm glad that they were having a good time despite the bitter cold weather!
We moved around trying to find less populated and hotter spots in the water. There will always be the occasional person who wants to get loud and drunk like they're in Cancun. Don't worry as security is there to keep them under control. You'll be able to spot them quickly as security are the ones fully dressed in heavy coats, hats, gloves, etc. The overall vibe is laid back with people kind of floating around and enjoying themselves and the atmosphere around them.
There is an inside pool area just before the locker rooms and I ran over and stuck my feet in to try and regain feeling back in them. Yes, it really was that cold! We each made our way to our respective locker rooms to shower off. In the showers you can find Blue Lagoon products like shampoo. There are plastic bags so you can put your wet suit in that instead of directly into your bag. They also have hair dryers and lots of mirrors and chairs so you can get dressed and do your hair and makeup before you exit the locker room. Be sure to drop your blue towel off in the towel bin before you leave. After you exit the locker room, you'll need to go through the turnstile to go to the café, restaurant, or gift shop. Hold up your blue wristband to the machine similar to the one in the locker room and a small door will open to allow you to deposit your wristband inside. before exiting.
From here we browsed the gift shop, made a small purchase, and decided to grab something to eat at the Blue Café before leaving. They had everything from wine, beer, Gatorade, Doritos, sandwiches, hot dogs, and more. We shared a veggie ciabatta sandwich and each had a beer and we also bought a small caramel cake. Total cost? 3230 ISK or about $25 USD. This is where I developed my instant attraction to Borg Bjartur Blond bjór Nr. 4. Not normally a beer drinker, this beer was just what I needed at the end of the day.
There are tables in the Blue Café where you can sit and eat in a cafeteria style setting and look out on the water. It's very casual and clean as someone is always cleaning tables and chairs. If you are looking for more of a sit down restaurant, try LAVA Restaurant which "combines modern design with the wild spirit of Icelandic nature."
|Blue Lagoon Caramel Cake|
|Blue Lagoon at night|