blue lagoon

Many people ask about hotels near the Blue Lagoon in southwest Iceland. While I personally don’t think it’s worth it to stay at one of these hotels (they, and the Blue Lagoon, are about 40 minutes from Reykjavik and they are absurdly expensive for what you get), if you plan on spending a lot of time at the Lagoon or […]

Hotels Near the Blue Lagoon

Visiting Reykjavik and not visiting the Blue Lagoon is like visiting Paris and not going to the Eiffel Tower. While some people undoubtedly do it, the Blue Lagoon is considered the largest tourist attraction for those visiting Reykjavik, though it’s not actually located in Reykjavik. The Blue Lagoon is actually about 4o minutes from Reykjavik. Because it is so close […]

Getting from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon

Though the days when jets had to stop in Reykjavik to refuel on their way from North America to Europe are gone, it’s still easy and cheap to plan a short stopover in Iceland on your way to or from Europe. Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, New York, and Seattle, and seasonally from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, Halifax, and […]

How to Plan a Stopover in Iceland

The Golden Circle is the name given to the tourist track that starts from Reykjavik and ventures to Þingvellir National Park, Geysir, and Gullfoss. Dozens of tour companies, like Reykjavik Excursions and Grey Line Iceland, offer bus tours to go see these beautiful natural wonders. The tours vary in duration from 6-9 hours and may or may not include lunch […]

Exploring the Golden Circle

The Lake Mývatn region is one of Iceland’s most geologically active. The area is dotted with volcanic craters and bubbling mud pits and is one of the most-visited areas outside of Reykjavik. One of the most-popular attractions in the region is the Mývatn Nature Baths, one of Iceland’s newest geothermal spas. Opened in 2004, the Mývatn Nature Baths, are similar […]

The Mývatn Nature Baths

Swimming is one of the most popular activities in Iceland. In fact, all Icelanders are required by law to learn swim and there are hundreds of pools located all over the country, with dozens in Reykjavik itself. Like the Blue Lagoon, these pool aren’t naturally occurring hot springs, but the water does come from sources deep below the ground. All […]

Reykjavik City Pools

The Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most famous attraction. A pool of superheated neon blue water, it is believed to have restorative effects and is visited by over 400,000 people each year. What is the Blue Lagoon? A popular misconception is that the Blue Lagoon is a naturally occurring hot spring pool, and while the country does have many, this is […]

Soaking in the Blue Lagoon