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.
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!
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…)