It’s 9 am on a Sunday morning in Iceland and the sun is about to rise. There is no wind and the temperature is -5’C which means it’s perfect conditions to go swimming! Yes, we got our swimsuits out and made our way to the Blue Lagoon.

The Blue Lagoon is situated in Grindavik, about a 40-minute drive from the capital city of Reykjavik which is close to where we were staying this weekend. The Blue Lagoon is one of the most visited spots in Iceland as they currently estimate that about 80% of all tourists stop here for a quick dip. We decided to book the early slot to avoid the risk of overcrowding and if you ever visit Iceland, I strongly recommend you do the same as early morning crowds are pretty much non-existent. Even though the physical lagoon is man-made, the natural geothermal waters are sourced from a nearby geothermal field. These warm waters are filled with minerals, including Algae and Silica which apparently are great for your skin, and gets superheated by the Magma that is located almost 2 kilometres beneath the earth’s surface. The water is a comfortable 40’C – 45’C and appears blue due to the way the Silica reflects sunlight.

The dip was the highlight of our trip and we spent over 2 hours relaxing in the warm blue waters. Let’s face it, where else in the world can you swim in a naturally heated hot pool whilst the world around you is covered in snow? It was an experience like no other and definitely one we’ll never forget.