K.C. was a featured writer for Yahoo! Travel before joining trips to discover in 2013. She is the author of Best Travel Guide for First Time Visitors to Ireland, an Amazon bestseller every year between 2013 and 2016. She has been a featured expert on Newsweek, Travel + Leisure, Travelocity, among others.
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Despite its name, the country of Iceland has become one of the hottest travel destinations on the planet in recent years, and one of its top attractions is the legendary Blue Lagoon. In fact, soaking in the lagoon was named the most popular bucket-list travel experience among Millennials in a recent survey of 5,000 people across the globe aged 18 to 35, beating out the likes of the Egyptian pyramids, the Great Wall of China and gondola rides on the Venice canals.
This very unique natural spa is a lagoon that’s filled with mineral-rich, milky aquamarine waters and surrounded by black lava rocks. The water is self-cleansing, renewing itself every 40 hours.
No matter what time of year you visit, it feels absolutely incredible to bathe in the extraordinary warm waters, though it’s particularly surreal to soak when snow is falling, or on a chilly rainy day, when he mist rises off the lagoon.
While soaking is fabulous, you’ll find much more to do here than that, including in-water massages, and a variety of skin enhancing treatments, like an algae face mask or a volcanic rock scrub.
When you’re in need of a break from the water, you’ll discover several eateries, including the elegant Lava restaurant and a poolside café.
If you don’t want to leave the water, you can simply swim out to the bar that sits in the middle of the lagoon to sip strawberry champagne, enjoy a beer or a creamy Skyrr smoothie.
The Blue Lagoon is actually closer to Keflavik Airport than it is to the capital city of Reykjavik, just a short drive or shuttle bus ride away. That means that even if you’re here on a short layover, if you have four hours or more, you can book a shuttle and enjoy it instead of sitting around twiddling your thumbs. There are locker rooms, shower, blow dryers and other amenities that make it easy to get cleaned up again afterwards.