After our wander over the bridge between the continents it was time to set off on the next part of our trip and a visit to the one absolute must-do when being all touristy in Iceland.
We set off again through the spectacular volcanic landscape in the direction of Grindavik, a small village on the south coast of the Reykjanes peninsula. A couple of kilometres outside the village lies the Blue Lagoon, a thermal spa which was created in 1976 when overspill from a geothermal power plant, Svartsengi, created a lagoon in the middle of the desolate lava fields near Grindavik. People began to bathe in the pool in 1981 and a company was created in 1992 and the bathing lagoon opened for the public.
It is, of course, mega-expensive at €40 a hit but being tourists we had to go for it and the experience of bathing in the hot (37–39 °C/98–102 °F), milky blue, mineral rich waters of the spa in the middle of a wasted, desolate lava field in Iceland was both surreal and unforgettable…