Every year my brother and I go on a sibling reunion. Last year we visited the Grand Canyon, and this year we decided to go international! Follow along on our 5 day trip to Iceland!
We arrived in Iceland at 1pm on May 15, 2017. It was both of our first times traveling to Iceland, so we didn’t know what to expect! After picking up our rental car we decided to take a dip in the Blue Lagoon! If you are heading to Iceland, this is a can’t miss tourist stop. It is located about a third of the way in between Keflavík Airport and Reykjavik. I’d definitely recommend going either on your way to or from the Airport as it is a little bit out of the way from the other points of interest in Iceland. On the drive to the Blue Lagoon, we already in awe of Iceland’s other worldly landscapes. The lava fields covered in moss stretch as far as the eye can see and can only be describes as looking like something from another planet.
Upon arriving at the Blue Lagoon, we were welcomed with a smell that became all too familiar throughout our entire trip on this amazing island: the sulfuric smell of raw eggs! The water in Iceland is heated through natural geothermal vents which is what allows so many lagoons and natural hot springs to occur throughout the country. (Even by the end of the trip, we couldn’t get used to the smell of showering the the pungent water…don’t worry though. The water didn’t seem to stick to our skin too much.) Even though the smell is unavoidable, it’s not a problem in the slightest.
The Blue Lagoon was such a treat after our nine hour flight! We probably spent about an hour wading around the warm waters. We were lucky that it wasn’t too busy while we were there. Also, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be happy to know the minerals in the water didn’t effect our bathing suits at all. For those of you with long hair though, you’ll be instructed to tie your hair up so it does not get too much contact with the water. Apparently it can have really harsh drying effects…?
After bathing in the blue water, we headed to Reykjavik in search of some food. We only had the energy for a little exploring because we were exhausted. With that being said, we were able to take a short walk to visit the Sun Voyager (which was on the side of the road! haha). After that, we pretty much just wondered around the quaint city until we found a yummy place to eat!
Just being in the country for a few hours, was such a teaser for what was to come in next few days!!
Want to experience all the fun with us? I vlogged our trip! Check it out here: