Category: South Iceland

Blue Lagoon – Geothermal Spa in Iceland

There are lots of great places to visit in Iceland, but high on the list of popular tourist spots is the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula in the southwestern part of the country is where you will find the lava field where the spa rests. The Blue Lagoon is very nicely situated, and is just 13km from Keflavik International Airport, and just 39km from the city of Reykjavik, making it easy to see why so many flock there.

Blue Lagoon Iceland

The geothermal waters of the spa get their start well below the surface. We are talking 2,000 meters down, which is where freshwater and seawater collide at extreme temperatures. Holes are drilled so that the geothermal power plant in Svartsengi can use that power to deliver electricity and hot water to the surrounding area.

Silica and minerals mix with the water as it heads to the surface, at which point it is a relaxing 38°C (100°F).

The blue water of the lagoon

The composition of the geothermal water is truly unique, with 3 active ingredients – Silica, Algae, and Minerals – all in play. The distinctive blue color of the water comes when the silica reflects in the sunlight. The summer months show little bursts of green in the water, too, as the direct sunlight multiplies the levels of algae in the water.

Despite these colorful bursts, the water is in fact while. If you were to scoop up the water in a clear glass, you would see that it is indeed milky white. It is the sun that is responsible for the shade of blue you usually see.

Blue Lagoon Iceland

Keep in mind

While the water delivers a number of great benefits, there are some things you need to keep in mind:

  • Drinking water is crucial, as spending any a lot of time in the warm water can lead to dehydration.
  • Your hair will not be harmed by the lagoon water, but it will dry it out. Keep your hair soft and silky by using conditioner before and after your dip.
  • The water can have an adverse effect on certain types of jewelry, so remove it all and keep it in a private locker before jumping in.
  • It’s very cloudy under the surface, so goggles and underwater cameras really serve no purpose.
  • When the sun is out, there can be some real glare that comes of the water. We recommend that you always pack sunglasses.

Blue Lagoon

Good to know

  • No matter the time of year, the water temperature sits at 37-40°C (98-104°F).
  • There are 6 million liters of water in the lagoon.
  • No cleaners required here, as the water renews and self-cleanses every 40 hours.
  • At its deepest point the lagoon goes down 1.6 meters, but the average depth is 0.8-1.2 meters deep.

Blue Lagoon - Iceland

If you are in the area and have a few hours to spare, you really need to find a way to get to the Blue Lagoon. This is a popular last stop for many on their way to the Keflavik airport, as it’s much less expensive and time consuming that making the round trip from the capital city.

Iceland Travel Guide Team – Reykjavík (Iceland)

Most Popular Tours in Iceland

Iceland is filled with natural wonders, with glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, and geysers all on the “must See” list for every visitor. Besides these amazing natural wonders, Iceland is home to a host of other attractions and stunning natural beauty, all of which are just waiting to be explored.

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Let’s take a look at just a few of the attractions that we believe everyone should find time to visit while in Iceland:

Golden Circle

Some of the most amazing sights available in Iceland can be found on the Golden Circle tour. It all begins at the Strokkur geyser in the Geysir geothermal area, where water shoots as high as 30 meters (98 feet) in the air every 4-8 minutes. You barely have time to catch your breath before you visit the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall. As part of the river Hvítá, the falls cascade into crevice that is 32 m (105 ft.) deep.

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Also included in the Golden Circle tour is the geological marvel that is Thingvellir National Park. This is where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are gradually being pulled apart, at a rate of a few centimeters annually.

If you plan on visiting during the winter months, add the Northern Lights tour.

northern lights tour iceland

Landmannalaugar

The Landmannalaugar are geothermal nature baths that are located in the South Highlands of Iceland, and are a definite addition to any travel itinerary. They are a geological wonder that really should not be missed.

One of the greatest ways to get a look at this spot in the winter and summer months is via a Jeep tour. If you are running on a budget, or don’t have a lot of time, we suggest you start this particular tour in Árnes.

landmannalaugar tour
If it’s hiking you are interested in, Landmannalaugar is usually where the 5-day hike known as “Laugavegurinn” begins. Remember to pack a towel!

Whale watching

Húsavík is located right on the edge of Shaky Bay, and is considered to be one of the world’s prime locations for whale watching. If it’s whales you are after, there is no better place in Iceland than Húsavík.

There simply isn’t any other spot in the country where you will have a better shot at seeing whales in their natural habitat. Whale Watching tours in Husavík from only 49€.

whale watching iceland

Horse riding

You don’t have to be a riding enthusiast to get a kick out of taking a ride on an Icelandic horse. These strong little horses are about as cute as it gets, but they are also strong and steady on their feet. Even if you ridden a horse before, you will not have experienced that unique gait called a tölt, of the Icelandic horse. This is the only breed of horse that can run this way, which is faster than a trot, but totally smooth.

horse riding iceland

Volcano experience

The Bárðarbunga volcanic system North of Vatnajökull Glacier is home to Holuhraun, where a volcano has been active since August 2014. The eruption has maintained a steady strength and volume since day one, and shows no sign of slowing down.

You can even get to watch the volcano from the comfort of your own home.

volcano tour iceland

Dive in Silfrá

As mentioned earlier, the North American and Eurasian plates sit on a rift in Iceland, and they are slowly but surely moving apart.

One of the best vantage points of what is going on can be found underwater. The glacier fed lake of Silfra contains water that is about as clear as it gets. Dry suits are an absolute must in the frosty waters of the lake. Amazing tour in Silfrá!

Dive in Silfrá iceland

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Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir is one of the national parks that are on the northern shore in Iceland. Furthermore, it is one of the oldest existing parliaments in the world, which makes it important in Icelandic history. Þingvellir is also labelled as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir is important because of its history yet it is also famed for its unique geology and natural features. The Almannagjá canyon is found here between two tectonic plates, which provide a visual display of continental drift. Tourists love coming to Þingvellir to fish and scuba dive.

Various fish and other water creatures are found in Iceland’s biggest lake, Þingvallavatn, since the regular influx of groundwater allows the condition of the water to remain good. This lake is said to be home to the largest brown trout and chair that is available in the world.

Þingvellir National Park

Travelling to the National Park

There are several ways to get to the national park, which is about forty-five km northeast of Reykjavik.

First, you have to get on road no. 1 and head north to leave Reykjavik. Once you have passed the town of Mosfellsbaer, you will then take the first exit on your right when you reach the roundabout. This will put you on road no. 36 heading towards Thingvellir. This is the main route to reach the national park, and during the winter season, it will be clear for driving.

Alternatively, if you are visiting during the summertime you could head towards Hveragerdi/Selfoss on road no. 1. Once out of Reykjavik, turn left on road no 431 and follow it until you get to road no 435. This road will allow you to see some scenic areas of Iceland such as the Hengill volcano, where you can see amazing views of Lake Thingvallavatn. When you get down the mountain, you will want to make a left turn on road no 360 and drive approximately 11 km and turn right onto road no 36. This road will carry you about 8 km and then you will see the visitor’s center of the national park.

Þingvellir National Park

When taking this route – road no 435 – remember that it is closed during the winter because of snow. You should always make sure you check the conditions before driving this route too.

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Camper Iceland – Camper Rental in Iceland

Tourists love traveling around Iceland in campers. This is because when you travel this way you are able to see a lot more of what Iceland has to offer for a reasonable price and it cuts down on the amount of planning that you have to do.

Camper Iceland

Keep in mind Hotels are usually booked as soon the spring season begins. Therefore, finding an available hotel means you have to book months before your trip.

Below you will find eleven reasons to rent a camper van when in Iceland.

  1. It saves you money from having to rent a car and pay for an overpriced hotel.
  2. Iceland allows tourists to park their camper vans anywhere for one night.
  3. You are able to meet other friendly people.
  4. Iceland’s weather is always changing; therefore, you want to make sure that you are mobile and ready to go at the drop of a hat. Imagine how horrible it would be if it started raining while you were asleep in your tent and had to pack up the tent and remain wet inside of your car.
  5. You can enjoy nature without having to deal with the hassles of having tents.
  6. If you have children, a campervan allows them to be able to experience more activities, so they do not tire out and become fussy during the drives
  7. You can go anywhere you want and sleep wherever you want
  8. Iceland has roads made of asphalt, which is ideal for any type of camper.
  9. You do not have to plan your trip. You can just go wherever your heart desires.
  10. You have great views at all times since Iceland does not have many trees.
  11. You save money by having access to be able to cook instead of eating out every day.

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Closing Thoughts

Iceland is a beautiful place for you to experience nature at its finest. For some tourists it is an expensive place to visit yet if you rent a camper van (Camper Rental Iceland), even a luxurious one (Campervan Iceland), you will find that you will enjoy your trip to the fullest and you will have saved yourself a lot of money too.

Campervan Iceland

Travel Guide Iceland – Reykjavík (Iceland)