Blue Lagoon

More of our adventures in Iceland: Brewery, Whale Watch, Golden Circle, Aurora, Snaefellsjokull

We managed to work in a trip to the famous Blue Lagoon.
We got there in the evening but Iceland has a long twilight that gave us some light.
The lagoon is big, several acres, but it seems much larger because of the irregular shoreline with many bays.
The greatest dimensions are about 1300 feet long by 700 ft wide.
The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur which gives it the blue color.
 The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 C (99–102 F)
, very pleasant.

However, you can get some idea of the air temperature from the heavy coats these folks are wearing.

Nearly ready to get in.
The wind was between 30 and 40 MPH (48 and 64 KPH).
The temperature was well below freezing.
It is what you can expect in Iceland in February.

There is a ramp for those with mobility issues.

The water was very pleasant but the wind accompanied with sleet was brutal.

A quick look around from in the water.
Note, people all have their backs to the wind.
The guy with the hat had a good idea.

Two videos from a different perspective so you can see the waves and get a better appreciation of the environment.

Lifeguards were at risk of hypothermia if their relief didn't show up on time.

The bridge didn't give much respite.

I didn't stabilize this video to show the effect of the waves beating on me as I tried to stay steady.

There is a grotto that you can swim through to an area that is protected from much of the wind.

I hope you enjoyed visiting Iceland with us.
If you did check out our Travels page for more of our adventures.

More of our adventures in Iceland: Brewery, Whale Watch, Golden Circle, Aurora, Snaefellsjokull

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