Reykjavík and the Blue Lagoon

On our trip to Iceland this past summer, we flew the easy-as-pie red eye from Boston to Reykjavík, and headed straight to the Blue Lagoon!

Where: Reykjavík, Iceland

When: July 2016

Stayed: 101 Hotel

Instagram: #wellsiniceland

Our experience at the Blue Lagoon was super calm and relaxing. We purchased tickets for the opening time, and there were very few people there that early. We put mud on our faces, looked like mimes, (naturally then pretended to mime), and floated through the milky water with ice cold drinks. When we were leaving, however, the locker rooms were packed to the brim, with long lines everywhere. If you are able to, I really recommend booking an 8am reservation and avoiding the crowds.

Post thermal-soaking, we continued on to Reykjavík to explore! The streets are lined with colorful, corrugated steel homes, and there is street art everywhere. We stopped at Reykjavík Roasters for perfectly brewed iced coffee, and then continued along the streets (picking up some Icelandic sweaters and mittens along the way)! Lunch was at the famous Bæjarins Beztu, while dinner was at the mouth watering Icelandic Fish & Chips; and with 23 hours of daylight, the night was forever young! We had a few beers at Kaffibarinn, then stopped by Kaldi – but Mikkeller & Friends was our favorite spot. On the second floor, there is a no-name pizza and cocktail bar, mixing up beautifully presented drinks. On the third floor, you will find all of the sours and saisons your heart could desire. We watched the midnight sun from here, before wandering back to our hotel a few doors down.

During our time in the city, we discovered a few more tasty gems: Sandholt (bakery) and Stofan (coffee). Dill (dinner) and Bergsson Mathús (breakfast). Valdís (ice cream) and Krás Götumatur (open air food market with everything from frites to tacos to popcorn)!

Next stop: Southern Iceland!

Lauren

  1. Terri

    Did you find it necessary to rent a car will in Reykjavik? I am in the beginning stages of planning a surprise trip for my husband and the car issue is the only thing I can’t wrap my brain around. If you did not rent a car would you share your transportation success stories

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    • Lauren

      What an amazing surprise! I would DEFINITELY rent a car. We were only there for 4 nights, so we drove all over Southern Iceland and the Western Fjords. If you have longer, I would definitely do Ring Road. We also made the somewhat inconvenient decision of basing ourselves out of a hotel.. the next time we visit, we would 100% either rent a campervan, or just stop at random hotels along the way. (We drove about 10-12 hours a day)! But yes, definitely rent a car, and ideally one with 4WD. Driving is so beautiful and so easy, and you will love the flexibility of stopping as you please. We rented from Geysir (I was on the hunt for an automatic transmission Wrangler), but did not have a good experience. The car was extremely old and unstable, and the service was really poor. So I would stick with a more well known rental company, but really anything from the airport! Have so much fun!

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  2. Beautiful pictures, I can’t stop looking at them! My fiance and I got engaged in Iceland in June, we haven’t stopped thinking about Iceland ever since. It’s truly an unbelievable country. Can’t wait to see your other Iceland pictures.

    Quick question if you don’t mind me asking: what kind of camera and lens do you normally shoot with? And do you edit your pictures using Lightroom? I love the look of all the pictures you take! 🙂

    Thank you!

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    • Lauren

      What an incredible place to get engaged! Thanks so much for the kind words and for reading! I use an iPhone, and edit with VSCO on my phone. 🙂

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  3. Gorgeous! I can’t wait to visit someday. This looks like such a divine trip you and your husband were able to take! Did either of you speak Icelandic or were you able to get by on English?

    xo

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    • Lauren

      It was so beautiful! We do not speak Icelandic, and we had no trouble – English is very widely spoken!

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  4. Vanessa

    Can’t wait to see the rest of your trip!

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    • Lauren

      Thanks so much for reading! 🙂

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  5. Lana

    Where did you get this cute swimsuit?

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    • Lauren

      It is Marysia! 🙂

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