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A Visit to Iceland: Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon Inside Iceland | Umami Girl

Hello! It’s still the weekend, yes? I thought I’d post this on Sunday, but the bottle of Chandon I drank from nose to tail on Saturday night (to be an amenable host, naturally) had other plans. Maybe if this post had been a live feed of me dipping into the purifying geothermal waters of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, I could’ve made it happen. Writing about Blue Lagoon from a suddenly frigid New Jersey suburb, though? That could wait. 

This will be a quick little ditty about one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations. A scant hour’s drive from Reykjavik and a mere 20 minutes from the airport, Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the 25 wonders of the world according to National Geographic magazine. Maybe that’s why it was positively teeming with riffraff like us.  

Blue Lagoon Overhead Iceland | Umami Girl

Some answers to questions you may have:

  1. Yes, it’s very touristy. Très touristique. Teeming, I say.
  2. Yes, you should probably go anyway.
  3. Yes, you should definitely book ahead of time here. (Psst…you don’t need to shell out for a Premium visit to get a bathrobe if a bathrobe is the only thing pulling you in the Premium direction. You can rent one à la carte at the front desk when you arrive.)
  4. Yes, bring sunscreen.
  5. Yes, bring your bathing suit. They have rentals, but come on.
  6. No no, it’s definitely man-made. The water is runoff from a neighboring geothermal power plant. They don’t try to hide this fact at all, but somehow after you’ve looked at the marketing material, it’s still surprising.
  7. Yes, that’s a bar in the lagoon. You can use your entry bracelet to get a green smoothie or a glass of something more libationary. 
  8. Yes, there are a variety of dining options, including some meh sandwiches at the cafe and at least one sit-down restaurant that looked pretty good, but we didn’t bother with it.
  9. Yes, there are hotter parts and cooler parts of the lagoon, but it’s all reasonably comfortable, even for kids.
  10. No, you don’t really need to spend the whole day there. A few hours should do it.
  11. Yup, you’re about to see the same photo as the previous one, except with my toes in it. Damn internet.

Blue Lagoon Overhead with Toes Iceland | Umami Girl

What else? Yes, if you’re under four feet tall, you’re very likely to be bludgeoned in the head with the business end of someone else’s selfie stick while waiting to enter the building. It’s selfie stick HELL out there, people. Protect your eyeballs.

Then go out there and have some fun. Iceland is good-weird, and Blue Lagoon is no exception. Soak it in. See you soon.

Blue Lagoon Sign II Iceland | Umami Girl

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Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.

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