|Photo by Jonathanpercy|
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland near Reykjavik is a giant spa complex built around a natural thermal pool. Its posh changing rooms have showers equipped with luxury shampoo and conditioner, downy towels and comfy bath robes. There are also numerous indulgent massage treatments to choose from.
The lagoon is accessible from an indoor wading pool, from where you can swim outside through a swinging door. This was especially convenient as the temperature outside wasn't exactly balmy, more like sub-zero. The water has a milky appearance and is rich in silica and sulphur. The temperature is around 37-39 degrees Celsius. A good reason to stay submerged.
We swam through a grotto where after a push of a button a sultry voice explained the origins of the Blue Lagoon. We lathered ourselves with purifying mud, (at least that's what the signage said what it was), while admiring the snowy/icy surroundings.
Overall it was a very relaxing experience, however I do have one tip for the ladies (and other people with long hair): Do make excessive use of the conditioner provided! I mean excessively drown your hair in the stuff. If you don't your hair will end up looking like a bird's nest. But don't let that spoil the fun!