Redefining layovers-- 6 to 8 hrs in Iceland.
Updated: Aug 4, 2019
We all hate layovers! They're annoying, tiring and add extra time to our travel. But what if that layover was in Iceland? What if you had 6 to 8 free hours at the airport? and - What if the time you landed was between 7am and 8pm?... Well, then read on 'cause this blog is just for you. I'll tell you how to make the most of your layover and enjoy some relaxing time in Iceland's Geothermal pools.
Just a 20 min drive from Icelands Keflavik airport is The Blue Lagoon-- a relaxation paradise and dream come true for those with very little time in Iceland.
Did you know that if you travelled through Iceland air you could ask for a stop over in Iceland ( for up to 7 days ) at no extra charge? -- Free way to add one more destination to your itinerary.
So you just landed in Iceland and don't have much time? Rent a locker at the airport and leave your bags behind. All you'll need is a swim suit and your wallet. Outside the airport you'll find buses that take you directly to the Blue Lagoon ( open from 8am - 9pm) or you can opt to book a tour that includes round trip transportation from Keflavik airport to The Blue Lagoon and entrance fee. Whatever you decide 20 min away-- awaits a relaxing wonderland.
Once at the Blue Lagoon you can choose from different packages; from Comfort to Premium to Luxury. We opted for Premium and our package included: Entrance to the Geothermal Spa, a Silica and Algae mud mask that you put on while soaking in the water, use of towel, slippers and bathrobe, 1st drink at a swim up bar so you can soak, relax and have a drink at the same time and reserve seating at Lava ( their onsite restaurant ) with the fist glass of bubbles on the house. That package worked out great for us and did not break the bank. We swam, had facials, drank and ate instead of being stuck at the airport with a layover.
The Blue Lagoon is a man made geothermal spa with mineral rich waters that heal and repair damaged skin. On premise you will also find a sauna, steam rooms, a pressurize massaging waterfall and a relaxation area over looking the lagoon in case your get tired of Swimming.
After your swim and before your flight head on to Lava Restaurant overlooking the lagoon. They offer contemporary dishes from natural Icelandic ingredients. Fresh sea food ( caught daily ) and delicacy meats. They also have a great selection of wines that will complement any meal. This hands down was the best short layover I've ever had. Normally 6 hours is not enough time do do anything - but not in Iceland. Here anything is possible!
Have a longer stay in Iceland? Check out my Blog " Dreaming of Snow — 4 days in Iceland" for inspiration and a guide of things to do and the best tours to take. Till next time!