We booked our trip to Iceland for January, the darkest, coldest time of year so that we would have the best shot at catching the Northern Lights. With all of that cold though, I was really looking forward to visiting the famous Blue Lagoon for some warmth & relaxation. After we bought the tickets to visit Iceland I started booking our excursions. I immediately panicked when I discovered that the Blue Lagoon would be closed for the duration of our visit. It was one of the top reasons for visiting Iceland. By researching further I found that the Silica Hotel, run by the Blue Lagoon would still be open during their expansion & was offering private experiences. It ended up being even better than the regular experience & I’m so glad we were able to do this instead! The Silica Hotel looks like something straight out of a James Bond movie. It was long & low, filled with lots of smoky, sea green glass that matched the hot springs. We were greeted upon arrival & checked in with our personal attendant who then showed us to our room. We were able to change & leave our luggage there. We enjoyed the robes & flip flops given to us to wear to the Blue Lagoon, as well as fresh fruit & water. The best part was feeling confident that our luggage was safe & that we had a relaxing place to shower & get ready for our flight afterwards. If we get a chance to return to Iceland, I’m definitely staying here for a few days!
The view outside our window looked like something from another world! I wanted to curl up with a science fiction book and stay for days!
After changing into swimsuits and robes we headed to the famous Blue Lagoon.
We entered the water in an indoor pool, in the concrete building. It had a outdoor entrance so that you could acclimate yourself to the cool weather. Very helpful! The water was the perfect temperature!
We made sure to snag some floaties on our way in!
Then we headed over to the white buckets full of mineral clay to do a face mask!
We could see the construction to expand the Blue Lagoon off in the distance, but we paid it no mind and continued to float along blissfully! The perfectly warm water was serene to float around in and we were very happy to be in our more intimate portion of the lagoon.
Well bundled up lifeguards kept a careful watch over the swimmers. They patrolled the deck wearing full winter gear! Not the same as our lifeguards in the states. Luckily it never got very deep.
When it was time to go, we too one last look at the Blue Lagoon, wishing we could stay longer, then headed in to get ready to head to the airport.
We stopped at the famous LAVA restaurant at the Blue Lagoon for one final taste of the incredible Icelandic fresh fish before leaving.
We were able to see more of our drive to the airport now that it was light outside. There were unique totems left by hikers all along the way as well as a giant mall. We passed the Viking Museum, wistfully wishing we could stop in. We will just have to come back!