There is no better way to follow up an international red-eye than to soak in the 102° waters of the Blue Lagoon.
So when Jordan and I landed Keflavik International Airport, semi delirious with jet lag at 6:000a Icelandic time, that was exactly what we did.
The waters usually hover around 98-104° and are a completely opaque, milky white that glows blue in the sunshine.
The lagoon is about 20 minutes by bus from the airport, and another 40 minutes downtown to Reykjavik. The company we used, Flybus, had shuttles that ran every hour, so we were comfortable to just relax as long as we liked without fear of missing our booking.
Though a bit pricey, a trip to the Blue Lagoon is a must for anyone who visits Iceland. And I can’t recommend it enough as a post-flight activity: you spend a few hours warm and relaxed, with a smoothie in hand, and leave feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever adventures may be in store.
What’s more, if relaxing in the bath isn’t enough, the entire place doubles as a high end spa – so you have the option of getting an in-water floating massage between trips to the sauna and waterfall.
If you don’t have a spare 100€, you can go the natural DIY route with the white silica mud that’s found in the pool. Smearing it on as a face mask, though a little ridiculous looking, actually works miracles to exfoliate and renew your skin.
All in all: heaven (even if it did smell fairly sulfurous… a small price to pay). We couldn’t have asked for a better start to our trip – so be sure to check out the Blue Lagoon when you visit.