Europe Trip 2015 – Day 29 – Blue Lagoon, Iceland

April 26, 2015

Today was my first day in Iceland! I’ve wanted to come here for years, and it’s finally a reality. One of the attractions that ranks high on the “must do” lists for Iceland is the Blue Lagoon, located partway between Keflavik (where the airport is located) and Reykjavik (the main city in Iceland). I decided to go ahead and do it first-thing when I arrived, since I wouldn’t be able to check into my hostel until 3pm anyway. But it was an amazing way to start the day!

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My first view of the landscape of Iceland from the bus.

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Selfie in the Blue Lagoon! The cost of admission is rather high (€35 for the cheapest package), but it was worth it. It’s the most relaxed I’ve been this entire trip.

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Guests relaxing near an artificial steam vent on the lagoon.

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A close-up of some lava rocks near the water’s edge. The white that you see is silica, which is abundant in the water.

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The lagoon itself is actually artificial, a by-product of a nearby geothermal power plant. Because of the water’s mineral content, it can’t immediately be recycled, and has to be returned to pools in the surrounding landscape.

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