Unexpected Route to the Blue Lagoon

September 22nd

We had saved visiting the Blue Lagoon until our last day in Iceland. The Blue Lagoon is only 20-minutes away from the Keflavik Airport so it makes the most sense to visit either going to or coming from the airport. We left our home away from home in Rekjavijk, finally feeling used to the time difference, and set off to drive to the Blue Lagoon.

Our plan: visit the Blue Lagoon, spend most of the afternoon and evening there (since it costs an arm and a leg) and then head to the airport, drop off the rental car, and check in to flight, sleep at airport and board flight at 5am.

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Like in previous days, we hopped in our trusty rental car and turned on the GPS. GPS said the Blue Lagoon was about two-hours from our current location, which we were fine with as we knew the drive would be pretty. Apparently, and it makes sense that they should, the rental car GPSs have preloaded programmed scenic driving routes, which we didn’t realize until we had gotten ourselves completely lost, passed a Icelandic shark- fermenting plant, and were the only car on the road. It looked like we were on a volcanic moon-scape.

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Not knowing what else to do but to follow the route, we kept driving. We drove past a huge lake with black sand beaches.

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DSC01613We kept driving and started to smell a funky odor. No no one farted. We had driven to the Seltun hot springs. Similar to the hot springs and geyser we saw the previous day but this was way more smelly and less touristy. It’s also in the middle of no where so that is a reason why too.

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DSC01617Realizing it was getting late and we wanted to spend as much time at the Blue Lagoon, we continued driving following our handy GPS and taking pictures at pretty lookouts along the way.

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DSC01657Following GPS directions, we drove into what looked like a gas plant in the exact location that the Blue Lagoon was supposedly located. Confused and irritated, I went in and ask a receptionist from the Northern Lights Inn where the lagoon was. She said, five minutes up the road. Whew.

DCIM101GOPROMore to come on the Blue Lagoon – it deserves it’s own post! Here’s a teaser:

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