The Blue Lagoon and Reykjanes Peninsula

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is the most popular tourist attraction in Iceland situated in between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik.  The Blue Lagoon and surrounding area of Reykjanes Peninsula offer the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • The Blue Lagoon spa
  • The Blue Lagoon lake
  • Grindavik
  • The bridge between continents
  • Gunnuhver Hot Springs
  • Reykjanesta
  • Gardur lighthouse

Most people visit the blue lagoon on a trip from Reykjavik, it’s also possible to visit on your way to / from the airport as they have left luggage stores.

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Iceland

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Iceland

The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is the most popular thing to do in Iceland.  It says on the website that it’s one of the 25 wonders of the world, I thought there were only 7 wonders of the world but I guess there are now 25!  Because of it’s popularity you must book well in advance.   Parking at the site is free of charge, as is hiking around the natural lake, visiting the visitor center, viewing the spa and souvenir shop.  If you plan on bathing in the spa, the official site has up to date information and pricing.

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon

When it comes to the Blue Lagoon everyone talks about bathing in the geothermal spa and enjoying a cold beer, maybe putting on a mud mask.  I had no idea before visiting that it’s possible to take a small walk around the natural blue lagoon.  The natural blue lagoon is stunning, especially when the suns out, making perfect Instagram pictures.  The geothermal water comes from 2,000 meters below the surface which is where freshwater and seawater combine at extreme temperatures.

The lake gets its blue color from silica, algae & minerals.

Bryggjan Restaurant, Grindavik

Bryggjan Restaurant, Grindavik

The nearest town to the Blue Lagoon is Grindavik.  I wouldn’t normally mention it but there is a good reason to visit Grindavik and that’s cake, chocolate cake!  The restaurant which serves this delicious chocolate cake is called Bryggjan and located on the harbor in Grindavik.  There’s a pizza buffet everyday, Icelandic soup and a variety of hot beverages available.  However, I went for a piece of chocolate cake and a coca cola.  This was delicious and exactly the sugar rush I needed to continue with the rest of my day.  Be sure to check out the menu at Bryggian, it’s updated monthly.

Gunnuhver Hot Springs, Iceland

Gunnuhver Hot Springs, Iceland

Gunnuhver hot springs are the equivilent of Geysir on the golden circle but without the tourists.  Strokkur geyser at Geysir erupts every 5 minutes and is quite calm.  The fumarole at Gunnuhver hot spring however is constantly and violently letting off steam.  For this reason, Gunnuhver hot springs are a must.  There’s a wooden walkway so you can safely walk around the area, the old wooden walkway has been thrown on top of the fumarole which is quite worrying (above).  As I was walking around I was thinking, has the old walkway been thrown there or did the fumerole suddenly move?

Not far from Gunnuhver hot springs you’ll find Reykjanesta which is the most south westerly point of Iceland.

The bridge between continents, Iceland

The bridge between continents, Iceland

Everybody knows about Þingvellir, it’s part of the golden circle of Iceland and it’s very busy.  Not many people know about the bridge between continents located in Sandvík which is essentially the same as Þingvellir.  The main difference is that you’ll be walking in between the tectonic plates of Eurasia and America alone whereas at Þingvellir you’ll be joined by large groups of tourists.  Because this area is so quiet you can take wonderful Instagram photos from the crack between the tectonic plates.  There are signs on the bridge between two continents stating if you’re on the Eurasian or American side of the it.

The bridge between continents is also known as the Leif Lucky Bridge.

Gardur Lighthouse, Iceland

Gardur Lighthouse, Iceland

Located in Garður is the Garður Lighthouse (in fact there are 2 lighthouses).  Certain times during summer you can go inside and to the top of the lighthouse.  When I was there in winter it was closed and incredibly windy, the sea was as rough as any sea I’ve ever seen.  There’s a folk museum, a hotel and a restaurant located in Garður but most people will only visit the lighthouse if they visit Garður at all.

2017-04-13T08:09:30+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Iceland|15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Kellyn April 13, 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I was a little nervous about the Blue Lagoon, so these tips are very useful. I was not aware I had to book in advance. The lighthouse pictures are also stunning. Can’t wait to be there.

  2. Iza c/o Fill My Passport April 14, 2017 at 8:13 am - Reply

    I got excited when I read that there is a pizza buffet there. We need lots of energy when we travel so good food is a must. I have seen lots of Blue lagoon photos all over the internet. It all makes sense that you need to book in advance to go there. I hope that I can visit this place someday.

  3. Bhushavali April 14, 2017 at 8:15 am - Reply

    I’ve heard so much about the Blue Lagoon Spa, but I’m a bit apprehensive coz I really don’t like the crowded tourist places. Walking on bridges across islands?! That sounds thrilling!

  4. Alice Chen April 15, 2017 at 1:24 am - Reply

    I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland! These pictures are absolutely beautiful!

  5. Arzo Travels April 15, 2017 at 5:38 am - Reply

    I am not a fan of crowded places but since it is a world wonder (or better one of the 25 world wonders, haha) I definitely wanna visit. Iceland is very high on my list, and so is the Blue Lagoon. Thanks for the background info.

  6. Gareth April 16, 2017 at 1:51 am - Reply

    Been skirting around the idea of Iceland for a while not and always kind of didn’t go there due to the expense of things. And while it’s not ideal to see huge numbers of tourists anywhere of such outstanding natural beauty, perhaps their presence will push down prices. Anyway, thanks for sharing and you really have included some really beautiful shots of the country

  7. Anantha April 16, 2017 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    This is a country top in my bucket-list and thanks for all these info !

  8. Kristine April 16, 2017 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    I love reading posts on Iceland! The country has been on my bucketlist for a while and obviously visiting the blue lagoon is one of the top 5 things I’d like to do in Iceland. Thanks for sharing this informative and inspirational post!

  9. Reshma April 17, 2017 at 5:00 am - Reply

    The Blue Lagoon looks so stunning! Thanks for some useful tips, didn’t know that it’s best to book in advance. Gunnuhver hot springs looks like a must-visit place in Iceland. The pictures are too gorgeous!

  10. Rashmi and Chalukya April 17, 2017 at 8:17 am - Reply

    The blue lagoon sounds great to relax after the strenuous journey as it falls on the way from airport 🙂 Gunnuhver hot springs and a visit to the Sandvík is now added to our list of must visit in Iceland. The chocolate cake of Grindavik sounds tempting too.

  11. Sonja April 17, 2017 at 8:36 am - Reply

    I went to Iceland before it seems to have blown up everywhere, and I really really want to go back! I keep seeing posts like this and it just makes me want to go even more. The Blue Lagoon is such a stunning place.

  12. Alice Nettleingham April 17, 2017 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    I have viewed at the pictures from the Blue Lagoon longingly. Nice! Thanks for sharing your insight.

  13. Danijela WorldGlimpses April 27, 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your tips! Didn’t know about Sandvík, I’ll write it down somewhere not to forget. Love your fisheye lens photos! 🙂

  14. Miranda May 2, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    It’s been a few years since I’ve visited Iceland, so I always love reading about it! Unfortunately, we were only there for 5 days, so we just hit the popular touristy spots that you’ve mentioned. Gunnuhver Hot Springs sounds really cool, and if I ever get to go back to visit, it’s going on my list!

  15. Harsh Gupta May 7, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    The Blue Lagoon looks like an out of the world destination to explore in a surreal country, Iceland. I love all the colorful pictures that you took and they make me want to visit Iceland soon.

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