Iceland: The Blue Lagoon

We slipped into the lagoon, ducking low to keep our bodies warm in the milky water. As we waded towards the center, the dark clouds overhead gave release, and it began to snow. Flakes drifted around us, sticking in our hair and coating the black lava rocks. In the distance, a patch of orange sunlight peeked out from behind the neighboring gray clouds. I studied the landscape, watching the patch of light reflect off the opaque pool. I could stay here forever, I thought.


Arguably the best part of our trip was our visit to the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a giant hot springs filled with milky blue water, in a valley of black lava rock. It's located about 50 minutes outside of Reykjavik city, but there are loads of busses that head that way for all of us tourists interested in going.
Also: it has a swim up bar. So Grace and I drank our morning lattes IN the lagoon, while it was snowing. I left the lattes out of my aforementioned narrative, as it seemed slightly less romantic in print, but let me tell you - swimming around in a giant hotsprings while it snows with latte in hand is officially the best way to start a day.
Some logistics: try to get to the lagoon at opening, otherwise you'll have to deal with a massive line and big crowds in the pool. Bring your own towel and bathing suit, because it costs an extra 25-euros to rent those at the lagoon. The entrance fee is 35-euros for the most basic accommodation (just the entrance ticket), but you can pay more for other services, including spa treatments and robes.

Notes on photographing the blue lagoon:
I took my DSLR to the lagoon because I didn't want to miss out on photos. You can take good landscape shots without ever stepping foot in the water with your camera, as there are many platforms and bridges to walk out on. However, if you want a close-up of yourself or another person actually in the lagoon, you'll have to take your camera in the water with you. I risked it all by wading around with my DSLR with a wide-angle lens, looking like a total fool but feeling victorious afterwards. Keep in mind that if you go in the winter (like I did), the lagoon creates a lot more steam which makes photos near the water difficult to capture. In this case, wait for a good breeze, otherwise your subject will be covered by the mist (unless that's the look you're going for).

As an added bonus: check out these sunrise photos - aren't they stunning? I'm telling you, Iceland has the best of everything. Best sunrises, best horses, best lagoons... I don't need any more reason to move there.

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  1. Awww these Arctic skies are just the best!! So beautiful! I really hope I'll make it to Iceland next year too :)

  2. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous photos! That purple swathe of cloud through the sky in the second sunrise pic is fantastic.

  3. Omg I'm so jealous! I really want to go there.