iceland part three - blue water

8/17/2012

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On our last day in Iceland, Donald and I went to the Blue Lagoon in Grindavík. It's an obligatory stop if you're visiting, because who wouldn't want to relax in geothermal sea water? The floor was slippery and felt like the soft inside of a coconut. Although we weren't ready to leave, it seemed like an appropriate way to reflect and say farewell (at least for now) to the loveliest country ever.

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blue lagoon rocks

This beehive mound (as I call it) kept gushing out hot water. I sat next to it of course.

blue lagoon me floating

We did what anyone would do; float aimlessly with silica mud on our faces. You might be able to locate me within the rocks wearing my sunglasses, or perhaps I camouflaged myself well. I loved the silica mask so much, that I bought some to take home and now it's one of my favorite skin care staples. Donald put it on relentlessly and I even caught him rinsing it off in this photo below. ♥

blue lagoon donald face in water
blue lagoon rocks
the crowd

There are far too many superlatives that I could use to describe our time there. Hearing stories from locals of elves living in rocks, really cemented my love for it/them. I'll be in Las Vegas next week so I'll try to win an improbable cash prize to move to Iceland!

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p.s. I've been slightly more active on tumblr lately, so if you haven't added me before, we should be friends. Lately i've been in a pre-Halloween mood, since I'm preparing for my annual need to watch creepy films. Hope you all have a great weekend x

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37 comments

  1. these actually are the first pictures that make me wish i went to the blue lagoon. because yes, i skipped it - even though i was in Iceland for 10 days. i'm still not too sure what the difference is with all the other pools they have everywhere around the country (i went to 3 different ones in Reykjavík, and they were all lovely <3 - which is a great thing when it's said by someone who doesn't like swimming :)), but the whole fact everything is geothermically heated definitely is amazing. as is Iceland. as is this post.

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    1. 10 days sounds glorious! I rarely get to stay that long in one place when travelling. It's certainly a luxury :) I always wanted to go there as soon as I saw photos some years ago. I'm sure the other pools are equally lovely though! x

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  2. These photos are enchanting, I've got urges to go to Iceland big time now! Looks like you had a great time x

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    1. I get the urge to go back when I revisit it through these posts! It was such an overwhelming experience and unlike anything I've ever felt (although Norway was close).

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  3. This place looks amazing! It would be like a giant bath, only cooler. I love the beehive mound especially. Haha, I spot you amongst the rocks.

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    1. The beehive was cool. I'm always a fan of weird earth formations so that was exciting, especially with all the hot water spewing out!

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  5. this is really Blue Lagoon. Divine!!

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    1. Haha I know! It's all natural too, no color dyes or anything. I wish I could had floated there even longer but I had to leave before my ship left me haha.

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  6. I love the photograph of Donald especially!
    thank you so much again for sharing bits and pieces of the way you saw Iceland!
    p.s. enjoy Las Vegas! :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Polly! He hates being in photos so I have to sneak them in all the time haha. I wish he was more willing like your boyfriend! :) I will definitely have a nice little break before brutal school schedules - it's going to be hot!

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  7. I am DYING to go to Iceland. Heavenly pics.

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  8. This is simply unbelievable! I can't wait to go to iceland someday. It's so out of this world. I'm speechless hahaha XD

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    1. It's crazy to think that they are used to such natural wonders. I wish we had something like that around me, but then again I'm sure it would be filled with celebrities or something lame ha!

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  9. oh wow, that sounds like such an amazing time. i'd love to swim around in hot springs, it sounds like the most relaxing thing ever. as always, love your pictures

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    1. Thank you Marlen :) It was quite relaxing although some parts were jagged so I had to be careful!

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  10. Soooo amazing place. Love this.
    Evia x

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  11. I think these photographs are even more stunning than the last.

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    1. Thank you Paula, Iceland does all the work for me haha x

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  12. Ohh, that looks so amazing! I thought you were standing in snow in the first photo. I've never heard of geothermal sea water so I googled it (ha) and discovered it has a steady temperature of about 98 degrees Fahrenheit! It looks so nice and relaxing. And haha, it's always so cute/funny when guys like your beauty products and use it themselves. I'm now putting Iceland on my long list of places to visit one day!

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    1. It sounds so hot but a lot of it was lukewarm (perhaps the wind and amount of people inside). You had to seek out the really hot sections that felt like a hot tub. Haha and I always try to get Donald to use my face products, especially the natural kind because they're so good for your skin! I think guys should make as much effort as the girls :)

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  13. wow, these are so amazing! you are such a talented photographer, valerie. and these pictures make me miss norway and iceland too. j and i have been talking about going to the faroe islands next year, that would be an amazing trip!

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    1. That would be an amazing trip indeed! The landscapes feel like dreams and the sheep are so awesome. I'm sure your photos would be super beautiful from the Faroes as well! You are quite lucky to have come from Norway. I was just a temporary visitor :(

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  14. It was fun trying to spot you two via the blue lagoon webcam that day! Haha. I kept thinking I saw you, haha. Glad you were able to take pics, even with all the geothermal activity. You are committed! :) xx

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    1. Haha I couldn't believe how dedicated you were. I was posting on facebook while I was there, and I saw your comment about the webcam. Couldn't believe you got the time right and everything! I had to take an underwater camera of course, but I couldn't leave without some photographic proof just for myself to believe it! :)

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  15. Wow, these photos are just so amazing.
    You've convinced me to go to Iceland now!

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    1. I'm glad :) Although there are infinitely more amazing photographs out there of even crazier parts of Iceland!

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  16. Ooh, that looks so wonderful! I've never even dipped my feet in a geothermal pool. And I could definitely do with some natural face mask!
    Such beautiful shades of blue :)

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    1. I used to be scared of natural hot springs because of this comical movie scene in "Dante's Peak" which is the world's worst/best movie. In the scene these people die while swimming and I just had this irrational fear that it would happen to me too haha. Oh, movies!

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  17. these photos are just incredible. i can't imagine what it would be like to look around you and actually see these things! it's just breathtaking.

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    1. It's all so surreal, but you get kind of accustomed to it after awhile. You just have to keep pinching yourself!

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  18. Oke, forget what I've said before in comments on your Iceland posts. That blue lagoon looks... - i think every word I'll put here will be an understatement. You've really awoken my yearning to go to Iceland. I would love to see everything you've seen and maybe more. Just to see it for myself, although it's great to see it from your perspective and through your dreamy pictures. (they're amazing)

    I will add you on tumblr, I already like the look of your tumblr!

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    1. Thank you Louise, I've mutually added you as well! I'm so glad to hear that you're now interested in going. Truthfully, it has been pictures that have drawn me to certain locations across the years. A building, a garden, a lake. And then I get the hunger to go until I can see it with my own eyes to make sure it's true. That's the story for every place I travelled this summer. I had the photos plastered on my walls, or on my computer background before I ever visited :)

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  19. I think the blue lagoon was also one of my favorite parts, the surroundings were breathtaking, and the long drive out was fun too (we got lost). Have you seen the Sigur Ros film Heima? We watched it upon our return from Iceland as we were sad our trip was over and thought the film was the next best thing x

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  20. Gorgeous pictures as ever Valerie! I am just catching up! I adore all the colours and what a wonderful place to visit! xxx

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