Wouter’s 13-day journey around Iceland takes you to the main sights of this fascinating island, which is earning an increasingly high profile as tourist destination.
The route is almost entirely paved; you can drive perfectly well by normal car on both asphalt and gravel during the summer. They made the trip in May.
They have chosen to travel counter-clockwise on the ring road, and started in the south, which is the most visited part of Iceland. Although the roads have signposts, they still recommend the use of a GPS.
You can stay in Iceland for up to 7 days during your transit . Iceland air even provides a Stopover Buddy Service! It is the ideal quick introduction to this wonderful country. You could also do the Golden Circle tour. For this, follow the first two days of this creative local travel guide, and from Selfoss, drive back to the airport.
One of the the day activies from this guide is the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal lagoon that is approximately 20 km (about 20 minutes) away from the airport. Take Route41 towards Reykjavík. Turn right after 11 km towards Grindavík / BláaLónið (Highway 43) and after about 8 km take the Blue Lagoon (BláaLónið) exit.
The Blue Lagoon (BláaLónið) is located in Grindavík on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland. This geothermal lagoon, which is really an artificial lake, is located in an old lava field overgrown with moss. The water has a temperature from 37 to 39 degrees Celsius.
The lagoon was formed in 1976 when cooling water from the Svartsengi geothermal power plant (“Black Meadow”) was discharged into the moss field.
From the early’80s people began to swim in it, and the Blue Lagoon was commercialized in the ’90s.
The water is rich in minerals, salts and blue-green algae, giving it a light blue colour. It’s said to have a healing effect on the skin. Alongside the pool are wooden boxes with white mud, which you can rub on your face and the rest of your body. After ten minutes of drying the effect is amazing.
The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s biggest tourist attractions, with more than 600,000 people visiting every year.
At the entrance you will receive a wristband with a chip that can be used to open and close your locker or to buy a drink at the bar. Swimwear and towels can be rented, and there are armbands available for toddlers. As with any pool in Iceland, it is mandatory to shower naked before and after bathing.
We recommend that you do not wear any jewelry when bathing and while washing your hair afterwards.
- Open daily from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (closes earlier during winter season)
- Paid entrance. Reservation mandatory.
- GPS: 63.880047, -22.449305
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