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Family Trip Idea: Take the Kids to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Visiting the Blue Lagoon

Bridge over Iceland's Blue Lagoon

In Iceland, my favorite attraction was the Blue Lagoon. You goofy goober SpongeBob Squarepants fans out there, I am NOT talking about his beach. What I’m talking about is a geothermal pool located in Reykjavik, Iceland.

When we first got there, I was glad that the parking lot was only half full. I liked that the facility was nicer than the kid-friendly pool we had visited the day before. I hoped that meant that there would be shower curtains in the locker room where you take the required pre-swim shower. It turns out, it did have shower doors, but that still didn’t erase the previous day’s horrifying experience when we learned about Iceland’s rules for swimming in its geothermal pools.

Out of the cold!

The Blue Lagoon is an opaque, light blue color that is surprisingly warm (and in some places even hot). The temperature feels like a hot tub, and is heated when a cold mixture of seawater and groundwater meet inside Earth, and is quickly heated while it moves to the surface.

Blue Lagoon's swim up bar
Thirsty anyone?

We scurried in our bathing suits out of the locker room and hopped in the pool. We noticed that about half of the people there had smeared white stuff on their faces, and another visitor directed us to the mud buckets. As I ladled out globs of white silica, I read that it was supposed to “renew and rejuvenate your skin, leaving it soft and silky.” Really though, all it seemed to do for me was to make my chin rough and dry, and it burned under the water.

All in all, I really enjoyed the Blue Lagoon. This overpriced tourist attraction was a great way to “chillax” before our next flight to London.

To visit geothermal pools on the other side of the world, visit Hot Water Beach in New Zealand

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