My sister & I had gone to Iceland for a long weekend in February to see the Northern Lights. On our way back to the airport we stopped at the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal hot spring located not far from the nation's capital: Reykjavik.
The morning was cold, snow covering the ground, and only patches of gnarled black lava rock broke the blanket of white. Walking up a long brick walkway the spa isn't visible right away & it feels a little alien to be there in the hushed morning hours.
Cresting a low hill the contemporary glass façade comes into view & you enter into the bustling interior which feels anything but relaxing as you are ushered through the check in, given a towel & directed to the locker room to shower before entering the lagoon.
Donning our swim suits we made our way to the stairs that led into the warm mineral laden waters inside a glass atrium, & from there we paddled outside. The milky turquoise water is dense with minerals & the bottom is a silky, silt-like texture (which will temporarily tarnish your silver jewelry). Boxes of silica are placed around the perimeter for the purpose of smearing on your face as a mask. You can choose to get a shoulder massage under the pounding waterfall or relax in the wet or dry sauna in addition to the lagoon itself.
The water will make your hair feel a bit dry so when showering afterward a quick wash may be a good idea.
This was absolutely a well spent couple of hours before boarding an airplane!