The Blue Lagoon
26.12.2015 - 26.12.2015 0 °C
This morning we had a much later start which was a blessing after our very late night last night.
The bus picked us up at 10.30 am and we proceeded to the depot to collect our boarding passes and then took the 50 minute bus ride to the Blue Lagoon. As soon as we entered the countryside outside Reykjavik, the scenery changed to lava fields everywhere, covered in snow. The black lava rocks are poking through the snow and it looks like ice cream with chocolate cake sprinkled on top. It is raining and windy but not too cold.
We arrived at the Blue Lagoon and hopped on the queue which moved very slowly, sometimes not at all. The attendant kept making announcements apologizing for the slowness of entry today but everyone seemed to be staying in the pool longer than usual. Two hours is the recommended time, because of all the minerals in the water. Don't wear silver jewellery or it will turn black. Gold jewellery is fine - in fact the minerals in the water clean it and it comes out shiney. We were given water and Iceland Christmas cookies to eat while we were waiting in line.
Finally we made it to the top of the queue and decided to upgrade our standard ticket for a premium one (60 euros more) but that gave us a towel, a gown, a pair of thongs, a free drink in the pool, a pack of body products and a reservation in the restaurant. There is such a rigermorale to go through. We are given wrist bands that open and lock your lockers. Finally, we were in our swimmers and heading for the pool. It is about 38 degrees and just lovely. It is freezing cold outside so it was quite easy to stay low in the water. It rained on us while we were in there. We spent a short while in the sauna but I can't breathe very well in there so we didn't stay long.
We had hung our towels, robes and thongs together on a hook, along with millions of others and of course, when we came back to get them, they were missing. I had actually tied our thongs to the robe belt so we'd be able to identify ours among the hundreds of others but some people don't bother paying the extra for towels and robes and just use anyones. Phil found a towel that was a bit wet and we grabbed two robes that were our size and proceeded to the change rooms.
Our upgraded ticket gave us a reservation at the a la carte restaurant and we had a lovely two course lunch in there.
Phil had lobster and rib eye fillet and I had achar raw fish and rack of lamb. Yummy.
What we found very odd was that some people were in this lovely restaurant in their swimmers and robes! Of course the longer they stayed in their robes, the longer their lockers were in use and the longer the wait in the queue.
By 4.00 pm, we were back on the bus for the 50 minute ride back to Reykjavik. A quick shower and phone call with Enoka about where to meet and where to have dinner together, on our last night in Reykjavik.
We met Enoka at her hotel in the middle of the main street (great location) and walked down to the wharf where we had a seafood dinner at the Fish and Chip Restaurant. Phil and Enoka had Red Fish and I had Lobster Tails. The waitress looked at us cross eyed when we asked was the fish fresh!! Of course it is. This is Iceland and no seafood is imported here.
After dinner we walked back to the bus station through streets lit with lovely Christmas lights. The rain has moderated the temperature and it feels like a cool Autumn night, but anything would seem warm after our -25 degrees wind chill day!
We said goodbye to Enoka and caught the bus for the 2 minute ride back to the Hilton. The ground is treacherous - slippery ice everywhere and yes, you guessed it, just as we were almost at the front door of the Hilton, Phil fell over. He hit the ground with a huge bang and I thought he had broken his back. Luckily some nice Asian boys helped him up. He is in a lot of pain, but we both feel it is muscular as nothing seems to be broken. A pain killer and into bed for him and we'll see how things are in the morning.