Grindavík, Iceland— In May of 2014 a group of friends and I decided to head to Iceland. We called ourselves “The Fellowship” (Lords of the Rings quotes were recited on every hike) and embarked on a trip around Iceland’s Route 1 aka “The Ring Road”. Route 1 loops around the entire country spanning lava fields, hot springs, geysers, volcanoes, waterfalls, black sand beaches, sprawling farm land, ice caves, glaciers, quick sand, lakes filled with ice bergs, wild reindeer, and well I think you get it… and you probably already want to go. As you should!

Blue Lagoon was our first stop. Under 30 minutes from Keflavik International Airport, this man-made thermal pool is a refreshing start or relaxing finish to a long trek through Iceland. Having been routed to Manchester on the way to Iceland from our home base in New York due to a pilot union strike, we had been awake for almost 24 hours when we arrived, taking sporadic naps in abandoned gates at the airport. The Blue Lagoon was the first thing on everyone’s mind.

Two of us started with the “Standard Experience Package” which was 35 euro (about 47 US dollars). With the standard we had to pay an additional fee for a towel which was still cheaper than the next package but if you can bring your own towel you’ll save around $5. The other two went with the “Comfort Experience Package” which came with a robe, some skin care products, and a free drink at the swim-up bar (fancy stuff). Nonetheless, the lagoon is incredibly warm and one of the highlights of our trip to Iceland. Wander to the far corners of the pool to find some bubbly mud and higher temperatures near the heaters! Rates and more information can be found at www.bluelagoon.com