BLUE LAGOON

A geothermal spa located among a lava field in Grindavik, Iceland.

Luis & Sarah posing with the silica exfoliating mud masks.

Luis & Sarah posing with the silica exfoliating mud masks.

We stepped off the bus and into a snowstorm. As I cringed from the 25 degree Fahrenheit temperature I questioned how I would be able to get into a bikini. We checked our luggage inside and 10 minutes later when we ventured back into the snowy abyss I was shocked to see the raging snowstorm had subsided. First lesson learned, weather changes dramatically and frequently in Iceland.

Snowy lava rock strewn walkway into the Blue Lagoon.

Snowy lava rock strewn walkway into the Blue Lagoon.

With a hop in my step, I rushed past the frosted lava rocks and into the lobby of the Blue Lagoon spa where I was handed fresh cotton robs, a white towel, silky mineral lotion, and a special face creme made with natural Icelandic elements.

The temperature outside varied drastically from the lagoon where guests were enjoying the hot springs in bathing suits.

The temperature outside varied drastically from the lagoon where guests were enjoying the hot springs in bathing suits.

Once I had my sunflower yellow bikini on, I ventured outside and was met with the mystical view of steam rising from aqua blue waters encompassed in what is best described as a moon crater. It was freezing and the fresh snow on the bamboo floor  surrounding the lagoon urged me to jump in as quickly as possible.

The lagoon is an average temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, while outside it was 25 degrees so it took a little bit of time to adjust to the water.

Wow! Jumping in takes a moment for your body to adjust to the temperature of the hot spring. The lagoon's average temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit, while outside it was a low 25 degrees. However, it was an incredible feeling being hugged by the aqua blue waters as steam swirled around you gliding up through the freshly falling snow.

The blue lagoon is surrounded by lava fields covered in freshly fallen snow.

A water bar serving drinks (starting at 10:00am) to guests called my name. So we waded our way through the crystal blue waters to order them. I choose a refreshing sparkling strawberry wine, while Luis ordered Guell Beer.  Giggling like children from how unreal this was, we sank into the Blue Lagoon and sipped our intoxicating drinks.

Sipping a refreshing sparkling strawberry wine.

The silica mud masks came next. We drifted through the sapphire waters to a bamboo encased box with a long silver spoon sticking out of it. I grasp the handle and scooped the white silica mud out of it. We swirled the exfoliating mask on our face until it turned to a crispy frost white color. Once it had dried we dipped under the waters of the lagoon, and then applied the sea foam colored algae mud mask.This provides deep moisturizing effects for the skin. Wow was my skin soft for days after!

Modeling with the crisp white silica mud mask.

Overall, our experience in the blue lagoon was something we'll remember for a lifetime. If you are planning on going, I suggest getting the spa comfort package. There are a couple packages available and the price can range from $40 to $180 for one day. The spa comfort package is moderately priced at $55 and includes entrance, a cotton robe, a towel, a skin care trail pack, one drink of your choice, and the algae mask.

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