Category Archives: Reykjavik

Silica and Sulphur at the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa just outside of Reykjavik and it’s quite a fascinating place. I read a lot of reviews when I was deciding whether or not to visit and they were all over the place, some people loved it and some people hated it. The opinions were so polarizing that they ended up being my main reason for going!

The weather was pretty dreary but I went out there for half a day to see what all the fuss was about. It’s a bit of a tourist trap but it’s also really unique and interesting. The lagoon is man made, fed by water rich in minerals such as silica and sulphur that comes from a nearby geothermal power plant. Say what? That’s right this giant spa facility only came about because of a pool of waste water that formed near a power plant back in 1976! People started bathing in it for health benefits and in 1992 they opened it up properly to the public, crazy town!

I’m not a big spa guy and I don’t know much about the health benefits but it was definitely relaxing, add that to the crazy landscapes and interesting history and I personally think it’s worth a look if you’re not too squeezed for time and money.

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Hallgrimskirkja on a Wild Morning

I’m staying right across the road from this incredible church here in Reykjavik called Hallgrimskirkja. Other than being impossible to spell correctly, this thing is just amazing! It kind of looks like a spaceship, and on this wild morning of swirling clouds it actually looks like it was blasting off!

Hallgrimskirkja on a Wild Morning

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Reykjavik Seashore at Night

I arrived in Reykjavik pretty late but I really wanted to get out there and have a look around so that’s exactly what I did! Luckily for me it doesn’t get dark until late here during the summer, it was close to midnight when I took this photo but as you can see there was still light on the horizon. I could have easily had an early night at my hostel but it was a gorgeous evening so I’m glad I got out there and made the most of it!

Reykjavik Seashore at Night

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