DAY 1: ICELAND ROAD TRIP

The Blue Lagoon

Last month, Phil and I went on the most incredible 10 day road trip around the coast of Iceland. Since we returned back home to LA, so many people have reached out asking us questions about our trip. I’ve finally had the chance to collate our itinerary to share in case anyone is hoping to head out to Iceland soon. Sharing the first day of our itinerary with you today and stay tuned for more!

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THE FLIGHT: Phil and I flew into Keflavik International Airport (KEF), which is just outside of Reykjavik.

CAR RENTAL: We rented an SUV from the airport and drove directly to the spa.  We highly recommend that you rent an SUV too if you’ll be road tripping around Iceland because we did run into some dirt roads along our journey. Our SUV was a big help in getting us through and it was also great to have in colder areas where there was snow or ice.

BLUE LAGOON: After a 10 hour-plus flight from Los Angeles, the Blue Lagoon was our perfect first stop.  This amazing geothermal spa is known for its milky blue waters and it looks like it’s right out of a dream.

The best part? It’s only 25 minutes away from the airport and it’s the perfect place to sit back and relax after a long flight.  We pre-paid for our entry fee and also scheduled massages a few weeks before our trip. If you think you’ll be interested in getting a massage, we recommend you book one ahead of time too because they fill up so quickly and they’re totally worth it.

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When you check in at the Blue Lagoon, you’re given a key to a personal locker, flip flops, a towel and a robe. All you need to bring is your own bathing suit. Once we made it to the lagoon, we swam straight out to a little kiosk that dishes out two different types of healing mud. The Blue Lagoon’s water is known for its high-mineral content and its mud is known to aid people with skin ailments such as psoriasis.

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BLUE LAGOON MASSAGES: We booked 30-minute massages and they were epic.  You lie on a blue foam float in the middle of the blue lagoon and a masseuse covers you in a cozy towel. In order to keep you warm in the cold Icelandic air (it was in the 40’s with a big wind chill when we were there!), the masseuse will keep dipping you into heated waters to warm up your towel and I was surprised that I didn’t feel cold at all throughout the whole experience.

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LUNCH: After our massages, we had an amazing lunch at the Blue Lagoon’s restaurant. As a vegetarian and health nut, I was so impressed by the food at this restaurant. It was light, delicious and by far, one of the best meals we had during our trip. Once you get out of Reykjavik and start driving into more remote areas, restaurants like this do not exist so you may want to stop here while you can!

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HOTEL: Next, we dropped off our bags at our hotel for the night, the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica. This hotel was not in the heart of Reykjavik but it was perfect for our purposes. We knew we would be hitting our pillows that night and leaving bright and early on our road trip before we knew it.

DINNER: At night, Phil surprised me with reservations at a beautiful restaurant called Perlan.  Perlan is located in Reykjavik in a building made entirely of glass. The whole restaurant rotates 360 degrees around and diners are able to look out at a beautiful panoramic view of the city. Since it never officially gets dark during the summer in Iceland, our views throughout dinner were especially beautiful.  

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REYKJAVIK: To top off our evening, we took a beautiful drive around Reykjavik. We were so jet lagged by this point but we wanted to use every minute to its fullest.  Thankfully, we knew we’d be ending our journey back in Reykjavik about 10 days out so there would still be time for us to get to know the city better.

We drove by Harpa, a beautiful glass building with amazing architecture, Hallgrimskirkja, a famous church in the heart of Reykjavik and a bunch of shops I couldn’t wait to visit the following week.

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