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The Secret Lagoon vs. The Blue Lagoon

The Secret Lagoon had a natural local charm while The Blue Lagoon was created to be sexy for tourists. I couldn’t choose between the two so I visited both – just to compare. 😉

 

The Golden Circle tour was a good way to ease into my Iceland trip. Despite it being a bus tour, there was a decent amount of walking: National Thingvellir, Geysir, Icelandic horses, Gullfoss and, finally, The Secret Lagoon. The last stop was the perfect way to end a long, cold day outdoors.

This “secret” lagoon isn’t really a secret given that it’s part of the Northern Circle Tour. It’s dubbed the Secret Lagoon because it was forgotten for about 40 years. The land owners decided to revive it to show visitors what a true Icelandic bath is like compared to its more famous competitor – The Blue Lagoon.

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Meet Caramel, My Favorite Icelandic Horse

Caramel was the friendliest Icelandic horse I met. She nuzzled real close, sniffing the burger sauce I dripped on my jacket while I was at Geysir.

 

You can clearly see by the grin on my face how ecstatic I was to befriend one of these Icelandic horses. These stubby, chubby, furry creatures were the highlight of the Golden Circle tour. I named this one Caramel, after the ice cream I had earlier. She was my favorite.

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Iceland’s Geysers Smell Like Rotten Eggs

I inhaled a cheeseburger while watching Iceland’s most famous geysers, Geysir and Strokkur, erupt with the smell of rotten eggs. No shame.

 

Geysir

 

Iceland’s most famous geysers, Geysir and Strokkur, are located in the Haukadalur valley. Along with hot springs, these geysers were created after an earthquake in 1294 during an eruption from Mount Hekla. About thirty smaller geysers and hot pools are also found in this area, including one called Litli Geysir which erupts every half an hour.

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