Hidden Geothermal Oasis: The Blue Lagoon

In 2015 the Blue Lagoon and one of 25 wonders of the world attracted over 919,000 visitors. It's no mistake why this luxury man-made geothermal fountain of youth is so sought after. The Ciel-blue soaking quarters is infused with sea water, silica, algae and, various minerals and is in-caved by volcanic rocks. On my recent excursion to Iceland, I got to experience all the health benefits the Blue Lagoon had to offer and then some.

Before arriving at the facilities I had the option to explore a trail on the outskirts of the spa. The trail was carved out by the water remnants and provided insight into what the land looked like pre-Blue Lagoon. The volcanic rock terrain guided me back to the entrance.

Upon arrival through the facilities sizable raw wood doors, I was waited on by knowledgeable staff members. A woman, with platinum blonde hair and eyes like the lagoon it's self, patiently explained the change room and shower quarters. An electronic wristband, used for payment for food and amenities, was attached to my wrist and I was on my way. I slipped on my little black bikini after the pre-lagoon rinse and locked my belongings in one of the complimentary lockers, also controlled by my wristband. My arrival time was 7 pm on the dot, the sun had since then gone into hiding for the night and the moon sparkled an ambiance as it's reflection kissed the water. A brisk breeze whisked away the vapor forming over the body of water. I took this as my opportunity to drop my towel and jolt into the lagoon before my body went into shock from the thin layer of ice on the deck. The thermal waters created the perfect blanket of warmth, it's usual pastel blue color was undetectable under the stars and night sky. Visitors slowly circled the facility every so often carrying small glasses of wine and Skyr smoothies from the poolside bar. I found solitude in a corner of the pool while I listened to the soothing words of a group of people conversing in dutch. I ran my feet against the bottom of the lagoon grazing the minerals and salt resting at the bottom, creating a sort of exfoliating experience for my heels.

After soaking in the fountain of youth for 40 minutes or so I crossed my way to the mask bar. My pores had blossomed from the heat so applying a mask at this point was essential. The majority of the guest already had their masks applied and looked a little reminiscent of a Halloween party. The guests in the "Lava Restaurant", overlooking the lagoon, watched us swim around in our silica warpaint.

Before I left for the night I took advantage of the saunas on site. I had been informed saunas were a very large part of Icelandic culture. It's not uncommon in Nordic culture to spend some time in the sauna after a hard days work to relieve aches and pains. I grabbed my flip-flops and robe after my sweat session and quickly ran to the change room to shower and gather my belongings. The Blue Lagoon provided their signature shampoo and conditioner to wash the silica residue from my hair, which was much needed as the silica made my hair impossible to comb through.

Guests hurried out of the change rooms to return to the warmth of their suites in the Silica Hotel. The remainder of the travelers, including myself, stayed back to take one last look at the gift shop. An elderly woman tried to savor the fountain of youth by purchasing 3oz sized bottles and tubes of the geothermal concoction. Others opted for a warmer souvenir of wool scarves and clothing from the Icelandic brand 66 Degrees. For myself, I purchased a simple postcard and magnet as I knew this would not be my last time at The Blue Lagoon.

With bag in hand and my parka zipped, I followed the dimly-light volcanic and moss trail back to the empty parking lot. I took time to marvel at the volcanic eruptions in the far distance as I began the cautious drive back to Reykjavik.

I would love to hear about your time at The Blue Lagoon, be sure to send me an email or comment down below about your stay.

What To Do On A Long-Haul Flight

I sincerely love the whole process of travel, especially the flights. I find it painfully easy to get work done and to catch up on some much-needed rest while in the air. For others, maybe even yourself, flying is a big inconvenience and a time-consuming activity that you'd rather not take part in. Here are my go-to activities when the flight is just unbearably uninteresting.

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One Night: Fairmont Palliser

While on my trip to Banff I managed to visit Calgary for a couple of days. I got to stay at two hotels during my time there, The Delta and The Palliser.

The Brewster bus took me from YYC directly to The Palliser. Upon stepping on to the pavement in front of the hotel a bellhop asked to take my luggage, I respectfully declined the offer and wheeled my spinner past the cheerful doorman who held the golden doors to the hotel. I was surprised to see the lobby filled with people that seemed to be in a rush to get to their parties and events, I should have known better since it was the holidays of course. Luckily for me and the other guests, there was a healthy amount of receptionists ready to check us in quickly and, that I did. Before rushing to my room I took a few minutes to marvel at the Christmas decorations the in the ever so grand seating area, past the reception. There was a stunning 8-foot or so Christmas tree anchoring the room and, garland, lights and champagne colored bows accessorized it.

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Five Insta-Worthy Locations in Morroco

Nearly all vacations happen with an endless parade of photos, from food to latenight outings. For a magical place like Morocco, it’s just too hard to narrow down your choices of postcard-worthy backdrops for your next envy-inducing Instagram post. Morocco is just one of the few countries that will always leave you in awe no matter how many times you travel there and for a good reason. This country takes pride in its colorful culture, delectable spices and cuisine, as well as architecture and history. It is teeming with wonders that you can never resist to discover, which is why it's always at the top of the list of luxury holidaymakers around the globe.

So you’re planning to recreate a memory of Morocco through photographs? Great. Because in this blog, I’ll take you to the top five most photo-worthy locations so you can capture your next #instastory Moroccan style.

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