07 Jan Visiting Reykjavik & The Blue Lagoon In Iceland
Visiting Iceland has always been on my bucketlist. I had seen numerous pictures on Pinterest of The Blue Lagoon and the beautiful glaciers. Iceland is located on the continent of Europe in the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Greenland.
How it began…
The woes of standby life can be often looked at as a negative in the flight attendant world. However, there are times when you are called for duty and get the most amazing assignment. It was a regular day on standby for me. I was in my Queens crashpad watching Netflix. Excited that several seasons of A Different World was now available for me to watch. It was close to almost 4pm and I still hadn’t been assigned anything. I reached out to my brother to see what his plans were for the rest of the day. He only lived about 15 minutes from my crashpad. As soon as I sent the message to him my phone began to ring. It was crew scheduling calling (rolls eyes). I answered and listened to the automated recording deliver my assignment. My eyes lit up and I jumped up and down with excitement. I WAS GOING TO REYKJAVIK, ICELAND!!!!!!!! I could not believe it and it was a nice 48 layover. WHOOO HOOO!!! The first thing on my list to do was book The Blue Lagoon.
When we finally arrived in Reykjavik we deplaned outside. OMG!! No better way to get you braced for the arctic cold. The ride to our hotel was an hour long. The roads are completely deserted and very few street lights. Talk about scared to break down out there. We arrived at the hotel, have breakfast and get some sleep. There is a 4 hour time difference from eastern standard time so I still needed to rest. I was beyond thankful my layover was 48 hours so I didn’t have to rush and do everything in one day. I booked the lagoon for the next day so I could explore what was in close proximity to me.
The strange thing about Iceland is the sun didn’t even come up until 9:30am. Actually, I wouldn’t say sun, more like a dim gray light. I never saw the sun the entire time I was there. Downtown Reykjavik reminded me of a little town that was built on top of a table. The cute buildings and lava rocks that covered the streets were all so breathtaking. I ate fresh salmon and vegetables on a skewer. It was divine. After dinner, I ventured into some of the cute gift shops that were overflowing with Puffin souvenirs. I must say this layover is the most expensive to date. Iceland is pretty pricey. I did still grab something for my girls before I left.
The day I had been waiting for was finally there. It was Blue Lagoon time!!! We booked our transportation through Reykjavik Excursions. Our bus picked us up and we traveled an hour away from town. Most of the ride was deserted except for the Port town of Hafnarfjordur. Walking into the entrance of the lagoon was more than I had anticipated. We had to walk about 5-7 minutes through the lava rock like maze. That time may seem short to you, but when the wind is blowing and it feels like the Polar Express outside it felt more like 50 minutes. We hurried to get changed into our swimwear and headed outside. You won’t have time to stand around and contemplate what part of the spa you want to enter first because the cold on your skin will make you want to swan dive into whatever part you can get to first. Once in the hot springs my entire soul was held captive. The feeling was amazing. I do recomment purchasing a waterproof phone case to capture the moments in the water. I bought one there since I didn’t know I would be taking this trip before hand.
The warmth of the water was so comforting and soothing. It was heaven on Earth. I made my way over to the Silica mud mask bar to give my skin a little mini facial. I had a glow for days after this. It was truly amazing!! For a few more hours I floated through the water thinking nothing about the worries of the world. I let go of any stress and just let my mind and body relax. The feeling was overwhelming.
I still think of those moments often. I pray I can go back and take my family. Everyone should experience that feeling as it was like no other. If you loved this post don’t forget to comment and share. You can also save this to your Pinterest travel board.
I still think of those moments often. I pray I can go back and take my family with me. Everyone should experience that feeling as it was like no other. If you loved this post don’t forget to comment and share. You can also save this to your Pinterest travel board.
Reykjavik Excursions https://www.re.is/
The Blue Lagoon https://www.bluelagoon.com/