The Blue Lagoon you wonder? Do I dream of being stranded on a tropical island with a virile, good looking, sexually charged young man sporting only a loin cloth? While this sounds tempting (and believe me it does), I’m not talking about the infamous 1980 movie starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins.
Next up on my travel bucket list? Traveling to Grindavík, Iceland to take a dip in the geothermal sea water at The Blue Lagoon.
The Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s number one tourist attraction, bringing over 400,000 visitors annually. A mere 40 minute drive from the capital Reykjavík and a 20 minute drive from the airport, locals and tourists alike come to bathe in the 5000 square meter pool, filled with 6 million liters of warm sea water, which averages temperatures of 37–39 °C.
The water is known to have healing powers, being especially good for the skin, effectively treating psoriasis. The spa has even developed a line of products and services centered around ingredients found in the water (minerals, silica and algae) and opened up a special clinic for those suffering from psoriasis.
Imagine bathing in the warm waters, relaxing and letting your worries melt away, gazing out at the beautiful Icelandic landscape, breathing in the cold fresh air, all the while rejuvenating your skin.
Interestingly enough, you’ll be bathing at the bridge between two continents – European and American tectonic plates meet at the Blue Lagoon. You’ll stare at your companion a few feet away and one of you will be in Europe while the other will be in North America.
Gaze at these pictures for the full effect of what your experience would deliver:
Be sure to make the most of your time at The Blue Lagoon – aside from experiencing the wonder of the geo-thermal waters, you can stay at the Clinic Hotel, book a service (or two) at the spa, drink at the outdoor bar and eat in the restaurant which offers stunning views of the lagoon and beyond. Visit their Blue Lagoon’s web site to learn more.
What else does Iceland have to offer? I’m sure that this country located in the Arctic Circle doesn’t rank that highly on most people’s travel bucket lists. To be honest, it didn’t rank that highly on mine. However, after reading a recent New York Times travel piece on the country, I changed my mind. I want to go there NOW!
Visiting the Gullfoss waterfall, partaking in winter sports, channeling your inner cowboy with some horseback riding, going on an Aurora Borealis night tour, experiencing the magic of a Christmas festival, attending the opera … these are just some of the things that Iceland offers to visitors.
What do you think? Do you want to visit Iceland? Do you want to take a dip in the Blue Lagoon? Believe it or not, this is one of the best times of the year to go. Iceland’s high season for tourists is between June through September – visiting during the off-season means lower prices on airfare, accommodation and excursions.
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