I love everything about traveling, history and experiencing new cultures. I am a firm believer one should see the world while they are physically and mentally able! When my girls told me they found some amazing flight deals to Iceland I said…. Why not! Iceland has always been on my bucket list of places to visit, primarily because of the “Blue Lagoon”. After lots of research and planning, I learned the history, culture and what adventure was waiting for me. We started with a basic list of all the things we each wanted to see and narrowed it down based on time and budget. After discovering cheap flights from Iceland to almost anywhere in Europe, we had no choice but to include London on the itinerary.
We landed in Iceland at Reykjavik airport and within a 15 mins shuttle ride we had arrived at Blue Lagoon Spa. ( Be sure to get advanced tickets). If you have never been please do your research in advance to understand what is expected and you will not be taking by surprise. This is by far the best way to spend the first couple hours in Iceland. Blue Lagoon is the most relaxing experience as the water is about 95 degrees.The water is enriched with silica, blue green algae, and mineral salts. These ingredients help cleanse, exfoliate, nourish, and soften the skin (all while you are transported to a different mind set within the heavenly warm water). While soaking, many people make silica mud masks to give themselves facials. We also opted for comfy robes and flip flops just to give it a more spa feel.
The water was crowded with people from all over the world but it didn't feel overcrowded and everyone was very friendly. There are many places to refresh around the Blue Lagoon, such as the Lagoon Bar. The bar has great drinks from wine to cocktails to help one cool down in the warm water.
We soaked for hours and then made our way into Reykjavik to experience the city. Reykjavik is a fascinating city with many attractions to visit. The bar scene, restaurants and nightlife is excellent. After getting settled, we jumped on The Golden Circle Tour. The Golden Circle tour allows you to visit some of Iceland‘s most stunning sights; Geysir geothermal area, the waterfall Gullfoss, and the UNESCO site Þingvellir National Park.
We closed out our final days of vacation by taking a pilgrimage to London. I had always heard the the weather in London was awful but the good Lord shined down on us with amazing weather to make great memories. I thought New York City was large but I was in for a rude awakening with London’s vast population, history, culture and dazzling attractions to visit. You have to remember that you cannot visit everyplace but prioritizes what is important to you and within your budget. From Big Ben, The London Eye, walks around Buckingham Palace, yummy restaurants, bike rides in Hyde Park and lets not forget the must have “red phone booth” picture! Now it is time to go back to the USA!!
The next time you are in need of a short vacation add Iceland to your list!!