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This was one of my most favorite vacations of all time. Guide to Iceland set this up perfectly and I ran into no issues whatsoever. I plan to go to Iceland again and I will be booking through this company when I do.
We had the best weather, we were very lucky to be able to see the Nothern lights in weeks before and days after. Nothing was cancelled for us due to bad weather, and our guide made sure this happened as he pushed us all to see everything on time and some things ahead of schedule. The hotels we stayed on, where nice, no issues and the tours and buses where always on time. The people are always helpful eventhough not all very friendly, but you get used to their moods as they are not rude. I recommend this tour 100%, is full of amazing natural sites and the guides make it full with very interesting notes.
We loved everything that Guide to Iceland planned for us. Before leaving the US, my husband read our self-drive itinerary completely and marked his "must see" places on Google maps. Our itinerary included essential Iceland sights as well as some off-the-beaten path ideas. All of our reservations were correct and ready for us when we arrived. I was in contact with Guide to Iceland before our trip because our ticket to Blue Lagoon had the wrong name on it, but that was quickly corrected. We live in Wyoming so we are familiar with winter driving conditions and the 4WD SUV with studded winter tires that we rented helped us feel confident even in an unfamiliar country. Having a wifi hotspot was so convenient and saved us money on international data charges with our mobile company. Thank you, Guide to Iceland, for making our vacation easy and enjoyable.
Imagine walking through a ghostly lava field which better resembles a science-fiction movie-set than anything earthly. The moss-covered, jagged lava creates a moody landscape dotted with mossy greens. Suddenly, you come across a lagoon of milky cyan blue, steaming with naturally heated water, standing defiant and beautiful in the otherwise black barren landscape. Welcome to the Blue Lagoon.
Icelanders have long utilised the geothermal nature of their island for domestic and industrial use. The Blue Lagoon spa was formed in 1976, quite accidentally around the Svartsengi geothermal power-plant. The run-off water from the power plant is sea water, rich in minerals, and as the water ran through the surrounding lava field, it started to deposit silica, forming a mud which effectively plugged the holes in the lava field, creating the lagoon. As the water began to collect, it acquired another of its unique attributes, a particular kind of algae that can sometimes give the water a greenish hue.
By 1981, the first Icelander had braved to bathe in it and not only deemed it pleasant but relieving for his psoriasis.
The lagoon's location next to the airport makes it the perfect stop after arriving or just before departing Iceland, and many airport transfers to Reykjavík, offer a stop at the Blue Lagoon as part of the journey.
If you would rather make a day of it, there are other tours which include a visit to this dream-like place in their itinerary. Why not have a dip in the Blue Lagoon after exploring the famous Golden Circle sightseeing route or after a day of sightseeing in Reykjavík?