Hipster Excuses for Skipping Iceland’s Blue Lagoon


Image courtesy of Nordic Visitor Travel Experts

If you’ve listened to our latest episode on Traveling with Parents, you know that when we were in Iceland, my folks and I skipped the Blue Lagoon. The reasons we skipped it are simple: tickets were sold out weeks in advance and, to be honest, it was a little pricey for these budget travelers in comparison to time and money spent on other activities. Instead, we found a neighborhood hot pot facility and spent an evening soaking with the locals (which I realize, after rereading this sentence, makes me sound like a total hipster).

But, were I a true, off-the-beaten-path, authenticity-seeking, one-upping hipster traveler, there’s no way I would reveal these hum drum justifications. Instead, I probably would’ve casually referenced any one of the following activities that I did instead of visiting the tired Blue Lagoon:

  • I tracked a herd of reindeer so I could milk them and learn to make artisanal cheese from a 107-year-old Icelandic cheesemonger.
  • I knitted a wool cap out of yarn traipsed upon by fairies so I can wear it to Coachella where it’s 90 degrees.
  • I chased  a pod of whales on a speedboat to record their songs on vinyl so we can remember what they sound like after you “tourists” go and destroy their natural habitat.
  • I hiked a glacier without crampons because if death is gonna come for me, why am I gonna fight it, man? Circle of life….
  • These wildflowers I picked while I was living in the moment (unlike you a-holes who live life through your camera’s viewfinder) aren’t going to make themselves into flower crowns – gotta ship ‘em off to China so that kids with tiny hands can prep them for sale in my Etsy shop.
  • I collected puffin tears to distill and make into bitters.
  • I was busy taking credit for developing geothermal power – I’ve been harnessing energy generated and stored in the earth waaaaay before you were, Iceland – like, since 2009.
  • I sat outside blindfolded during the Aurora Borealis and tried to hear the Northern Lights because, dude – anyone can see them, but can you hear their song?
  • I called my parents for money from my trust fund because a spelt bagel with smoked trout costs like $20, which is still way cheaper than Brooklyn, brah. (Editor’s note: Joking aside, the $20 smoked trout spelt bagel is legit – and delicious!)
  • I was Snapchatting…while luging.
  • I opened a wood-fired, reindeer mozzarella pizza place/penny-farthing bike repair shop/co-working space in Greenland because Iceland is, like, sooooo 2016.

– Kathy

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