I did my research before heading to Iceland. I read about the ever-changing weather of Iceland. I read about the harsh cold that might be expected. And in lieu of all my research, very thoughtfully I packed a nice warm jacket in my hand luggage and suggested the same to my troop just in case it would be needed as we exited the Keflavik International airport!
You must be assuming this was such a well thought out plan, well so did I right up until the moment we actually stepped out of the Airport! What I did not know or let's say did not assess well about Iceland was how strong the winds can be! For a moment there, all hell broke loose as 16 of us were absolutely taken aback as we stepped out of the airport gates. We were LITERALLY taken back inside due to the mighty force of the wind and rain and bone-chilling cold! This was far beyond what we had expected. Pushing the luggage trolleys up to our conveyance, against the force of winds and loading all the luggage with freezing fingers was one struggle neither of us will ever forget!
People glared, some hastily tried to warm their hands and dry their heads, and some others just laughed uncontrollably at our own misery. Nonetheless, spirits were lowered and we were reconsidering our plan to go to The Blue Lagoon, but since we had already bought our slots, we decided to give it a shot!
Now let me tell you a little about The Blue Lagoon. It is a geothermal spa in southwestern Iceland in a lava field near Grindavík, approximately 20Km from the Keflavik International airport. The lagoon is the largest man-made lagoon in the world and is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed every two days. The lagoon is used for both recreational and medicinal users to bathe in.
As we drove from Keflavik to Grindavík towards The Blue Lagoon, all we could see around us was luxurious green rain drenched moss fields. All this while the rain poured down mercilessly and the winds seemed to be trying to shove the coach to the edge of the road at times! We were getting a feel of the power in nature's fury for the very first time! We were informed by our driver cum guide that the wind speed at that point was around 21Km/Hr, and temperature ranging between 4-8*C!