In 1627 the Algerians, which Icelanders believed to be Turks back then, attacked Iceland, including Grindavík, and took away with them slaves from here, 12 Icelanders and 3 Danes. These people were sold into slavery in Salé in Morocco.This attack has always been called Tyrkjaránið or The Turkish abduction- even though it is now known that they were...more
As in every hamlet in Iceland there is a memorial for fishermen in Grindavik. It is called Vonin or The Hope, and shows a woman with two kids waiting and hoping for her husband to return back from sea. It is heartbreaking seeing this, as so many women lost their husbands at sea and so many children lost their father at sea. And many sons drowned...more
Iceland is known for all kinds of geothermal water appearing in the country. The Blue Lagoon is a place where salty water is used to cure minds and skin :) This rather big and popular pool could be a nice place for anyone: people stopping by in Iceland for a day or two, couples, or just simply tourists. It's one of the best Spas in the world. This...more
By the road leading to the Blue lagoon and Grindavík there is a parking lot with information signs and a lava cave with a ladder so you can walk down into it.This whole area is a lava area and there is a volcano right next to the town of Grindavík. There is a small path for walking on the lava there by the cave and it is very important to stay on...more
This was the only place that I visited in Grindavik. It was a fairly easy journey from Reykjavik by bus and I have to say that when we set off there was not one flake of snow to be seen. En route it started to fall and by the team we arrived it was fairly heavy and the clear skies had disappeared.The facilities available to visitors are good - and...more
The Blue Lagoon is a big 'pool'. The water is between +37C and +39C all year long. There are several pots that have mask stuff in it. You can put something out and put it on your face.This Blue Lagoon is really great. When I was there, the outside temperature was +2C. So, it was delightfull to be in it. :)The ticket for entrance was in September...more
This IS a must, I don't care if some people would call it a tourist trap (never heard so far though). After a whole day driving, it was like heaven to go to the warm water and just to be there, doing nothing.There where a couple of wooden pots from which you could take the white "mud" as a mask to your face and body parts, let it dry and then rinse...more
Some friends and I came across a cave that leads deep into the earth. We took our flashlights and explored for a bit. We walked / crawled / scooted back for about a half an hour, then decided we should head back out. I don't know how far back the cave leads. There were areas where you could see light from above; and snow had fallen through the...more
The blue lagoon is a natural geothermal spa which was created by the run-off from the Svartsengi power plant, which pumps up the geothermally heated water from a full mile below the surface. After being used to generate heat, the excess is ejected into the lagoon. It's an absolute must see and is a very popular trip on the way to or back from the...more
I enjoyed dining at Sjavarperlan. When my friends and I first entered, we were seated on plump leather couches and our drinks were brought over. Then we ordered our meals. We sat on the comfy couches and chatted until we were beckoned upstairs. We were then seated in the dining area to enjoy our meals. Service and food was outstanding. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
As you leave from a time well spent in the lagoon, you have to go out through the shop...
Yes, you'll definetelly leave a thousand more Kronur there.
What to buy: There's a lot of skin treatments to choose from as well as some clothing (including Blue Lagoon T-shirts) and other Icelandic souvenirs.
Open public showers can be a shocker for many. It's a good thing that at the Blue Lagoon there are stalls with doors where you do have some privacy when showering and changing. Having said that be prepared for a lot of naked bodies all over the place although most people try to be more discrete. I managed to get myself pretty covered from shower to changing so the whole experience wasn't too traumatising.