Our final destination is the Blue lagoon. The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon help those with skin problems. The lagoon is man-made and the water is fed from the nearby geothermal power station.
The entrance fess comes with different package, standard, premium and luxury. During October our charges was 50 euro for standard package which comes with only a towel and locker for storage of our clothing. The warm water was about 38 degree warm so once we had changed into our swim suit, we jump straight into the pool to keep warm. Amazed to see there are lot of visitors enjoying their therapy of hot spa.
The staff put some mineral substance onto a container box where visitors can use it as mask for their faces. We enjoyed ourselves with the mask and soaking in the warm water. During dusk when the sunset appeared behind the mountains created an amazing landscape backdrop for the blue lagoon. Visitors can either soak in the water drinking a glass of wine or having a massage with experience staff provided by the Blue Lagoon.
Would recommend for all my friends to go for it, as it is out of this world experience, as the weather is so cold but once in the warm water, all the coldness disappeared from our bodies. Floating on the warm blue water and looking up at the blue sky, it seen floating in endless blue water.
After soaking for 2 hours we went into town to get our dinner as we were going to enjoy ourselves on our last day by eating out for once. Finished our dinner, we took a walk in the town and some of the shops open late in the night so bought some gifts for our families.
Our flight back to England was 10.00 a.m. and we had appointment to meet our car sale representative at 9.00 a.m. at the airport. Next morning when we reached the airport at 8.30 a.m. and hope to see our sale representative to settle our bill for the damage and problem of the car. Unfortunately, we waited till 9.30 a.m. the sale representative didn’t bother to turn up and been told to leave the keys in the car and they will pick it up later.
It made us so angry and sad that the sale representative was so irresponsible as we wanted to solve and settle our problems with them. We don’t want any problem of dealing with them later. Alas! we had no choice but to take our flight back home.
Reykjanes Peninsula is a geothermal wonder, where lighthouses more than villages. it is also close to the Keflavík International Airport. The Reykjanes peninsula has several high-temperature geothermal areas, three of which have been harnessed to generate electricity. The only place on earth is the junction in the earth’s crust between the European and American tectonic plates as clearly visible as on the Reykjanes peninsula. The area is a veritable hotbed for recreational activities. The dramatic, rugged landscape features volcanic craters, caves, lava fields, geothermal waters and hot springs.
Driving along the coastal road around the Reykjanes Peninsula, we stop at one of the lighthouse. At the beach there were lot of different wild sea birds migrating around this coastal peninsula. We stay a few hours around the beach and off to see “Bridge Between Continents” which is Earth’s Tectonic Plates. The Bridge between two continents at Sandvík is a small footbridge over a major fissure which provides evidence the presence of a diverging plate margin. The bridge was built as a symbol for the connection between The lava-scarred Reykjanes peninsula lies on one of the world’s major plate boundaries, the Mid Atlantic Ridge.
According to the continental drift theory the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are continuously drifting apart with great forces under the gaping rifts. As the plates diverge, linear fractures, known as fissures form due to stresses created by the tension that builds up as the plates move away from each other that is Europe and North America.
Walking along the wooden plank bridge erected with iron steel structure, once cross over the bridge we are in a different country peninsula. On the metal mesh wire fence there are lot of love locks attach to it. The Love lock is represented love was inside the lock. It was cool to see one of this scenic place in the Golden circle.
It kind of wired that we have been traveling on the road for 11 days now and tomorrow will be on our way back home. This journey is totally packed with visiting all the attractions places in Iceland that we got to see and not waste a single day away. By now our passion and energy were totally burnt out and need re-energize it back before we head back home. So next attraction place we need to visit is Blue Lagoon for a warm spa, that is the leisure that I couldn’t stop to look forward to.
We left the town center behind and drove across the countryside to Rjupnabrekkur. Along the way to Rjupnabrekkur, there were smoke coming up from the rivers and hills, There was a small village in the vast countryside areas, there was a signboard showing no cars, motor vehicles are allow in this valley. It was an eco village. We didn’t stop at here but drove all the way to Rjupnabrekkur.
There was a cafe with toilet but it was closed when we were there. We met two men and been told to see the creek or river with warm water up to 38 degree we had to trek for about 45 minutes to reach there. As it was too cold for us to soak the warm water in this weather, so we looked for alternative way for those who doesn’t want to trek/walk through the hills.
The creek runs along the side of the hillside and runs into Hengladalsá River but further down it turns into Varmá-river. It is unknown how much it is used to bath in but far down in the creek a small bathing pool. The water has the temperature of 34 °C but further up the creek it is 39 °C. The bottom of the creek is made from mixed soil.
Armed with the information and direction from the map, we set our navigator with the address, drove as directed by navigator. We drove all the way up onto the mountaintop with ice covered the hills and grasses. We had no ideas how deep snow was but simply carry on as the navigator directed. My heart was in my mouth as all the way up on a single car track, the higher we go the track became narrower.
We couldn’t see any creeks or river from the top of the mountains, we were getting nervous as our car kept climbing up the cliff like road up to the mountains. I have to salute, my husband for driving up into these mountain tops. The beauty of the snow covered mountains were so amazing beautiful that made me speechless. Totally scared and amazed by the view, we had no choice but look for space slightly bigger so that we can turned our car back the way we came through.