Southern Iceland

Birds of Jökulsárlón

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is set in a dark lava field and holds cloudy, sulfur-rich water. Descriptions of it range from ‘otherworldly’ to ‘a tourist trap’ (the latter due to raised prices and its number of visitors). Nonetheless, the positives certainly outweigh the negatives – the Blue Lagoon is a truly unique destination; one that should not be missed if you are in Iceland. Located in South West Iceland on the road between Keflavík and Grindavík, its water is heated by a geothermal plant called Svartsengi. It can easily be accessed by bus tours or hired vehicles.

Overall, the experience was one that I would not have missed for the world, despite the awkward naked pre-pool showers (which apply in all Icelandic swimming pools). If you have eczema as I do, I highly recommend that you access some of the silica mud stored in buckets around the lagoon. It is particularly soothing and makes for wonderful face masks.

 

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Nikon D3200 f/11, 1/400 sec, ISO-400, 34mm

Nikon D3200 f/11, 1/400 sec, ISO-400, 34mm

Animals of Iceland

The animals you’ll encounter in Iceland range from the everyday elegant feline to gorgeous, liquid-eyed seals. In this post, I’ll be writing about the animals I saw in Iceland, including native, migratory and introduced species. Nothing excited me like seeing these animals, and so I hope you will enjoy the photos I am about to share. If you wish to see the animals of Iceland, stay sharp and observant and visit in summertime if possible; this is the best time for wildlife watching. Migratory animals like birds often settle in Iceland during this period. Without any further ado, I present animals of Iceland!

1. Seals

Seeing these gorgeous and playful creatures was one of the highlights of my trip. I was fortunate enough to see seals on three occasions in Iceland – once in the Westfjords, twice in Jökulsárlón, the glacial lagoon of southeast Iceland and for an extended period of time in Reykjavik Family Park and Zoo. (more…)