Comino Island and the Blue Lagoon.

Today we were shifting away from Gozo life, and heading out to Comino Island, located between Gozo and Malta, it has a population of 3! It’s named after Cumin seeds but it was formerly known as Ephaestia.

We took the bus down to Mgarr early and got a coupe of prices from the guys at the harbour. It cost us about 10 euro each round trip.

So after waiting for a few more people to sign up off we sped to Comino! It’s famous for the blue lagoon, a shallow stretch of water between Comino and a smaller island called Cominotto.

It only takes about 15-20 minutes, and it was exciting as we got our first views of the lagoon heading into the bay.

There’s a small jetty to disembark and a few food and drink stalks dotted around here. There’s actually not much beach and the little there was already filled with people. This is May, so I can’t imagine what it would be like in the height of Summer.

We walked along the cliffs, this is where most people set up for the day so we found a spot and immediately went for the water. It’s so blue, so clear, we couldn’t believe how beautiful it was.

So we swam over to little Cominotto and had a little explore around the rocks there, just watch out as there were a few jellyfish around.

There were some lovely little snorkelling spots around here and we sat enjoying the sunshine and the gorgeous setting.

Back on Comino, we lounged on the rocks for a while and took another dip. Then decided to go explore more of the island.

We headed South, past the beautiful crystal lagoon, with some private boats dotted about the bays. There were even a few people cliff jumping!

Our wandering took us to St Mary’s Tower, an ancient watchtower with panoramic views of the island from the rooftop. It’s 5E to go in and have a look.

We wandered back as we had been given set times to return and we didn’t want to get back too late. So after enjoying the blue lagoon a bit longer we got a beer at the jetty and sat waiting for our boat.

It’s a bit of carnage at this point with lots of boats and different queues, just relax and you’ll be fine. So off we went, back to Mgarr ready to head over to the Gozo capital Victoria.

I had read about a few nice sounding restaurants on culture trip, but after checking 3 of then out, I realised the article was pretty old, 2 of them were closed down! We did get some lovely late evening views though.

Not to be deterred we took the bus back to In-Nadur and found an amazing place just off the main square called The Fat Rabbit.

The wine was amazing, we got a huge free starter of rice salad, bean salad, cheese and bread!

Then we had pasta to start, which were huge followed by pizza which we couldn’t manage most of. Obviously we finished the night with a brownie to share. The service was really friendly too, and the stroll back to the hotel was lovely on a warm night.

Lava and Lagoons in Iceland.

Today we were up early to catch a bus into Reykjavik, well to the bus station just on the ourskirts. We left with plenty of time so we decided to wander round the nearby park as we were early. We were getting the coach out to the Blue Lagoon, 1 of the main tourist points to tick off in Iceland. 

It takes around 45 minutes, back out towards the airport through the space-like lava fields. The coach passengers started murmuring as we spotted steam rising behind some rocks, but it turned out to be the geothermal power plant that feeds the nearby lagoon. 

We arrived and it seemed busy as we were given our e-bracelets and towels and shown to the changing rooms. It’s an open changing room so be prepared for nudity! Separate rooms for male and female though. Excited we had our swimwear on and walked out into the freezing air and plunged ourselves in the hot pale blue sulphuric waters. 

The water was the perfect temperature and it didn’t seem so busy once we were in the pool. We half walked half swam to the far end and lay down in the shallows with only a few other people nearby. You can relax at a bar, find your own little pool to steam up in, or you can get a silica face mask. It’s fun wiping the stuff all over your face and seeing how funny people look. We wandered a bit more eventually washing our faces in a waterfall (man made) and going back for the algae mask we had paid for.

Our package also included a free drink so we headed to the bar, I was all up for getting a beer until I saw they did super healthy smoothies and decided that would be more fitting. 

They were so good and after a day and a half of clouds and rain the sun began to peak through which was ace. 

We stayed for another hour or so before we went back, showered and changed and explored a bit of the surrounding area. There are regular buses back with whichever tour operator you go with so there’s no rush. 

We got off in Reykjavik near the seafront, looking out over the mountains in the distance again. We walked over to the main street and I got a hotdog from a little shop while Peter got a sandwich. This was our budget lunch and I remember my Dad saying he lived off the hotdogs while they were here as they’re the cheapest thing to eat at £3 a pop. 

As we had seen most of central Reykjavik at this point we wandered down a couple of streets we hadn’t seen yet hoping to find some hidden beauty. We found ourselves at the far end of the main street behind the docks and there was a really pretty street with lots of coloured houses, a nice church and some statues/streetart. 

It was nice but for such a massive tourist destination there isn’t a lot to see in the centre. It’s definitely a get out into the countryside place to visit, as we would find out the next day.

We were renting a car for our last day to really get out and see what was happening. Peter had planned an Orca spotting boat trip which was canceled due to bad weather so we had to plan out the whole day, having a car made this a lot easier. We walked the entire length of the bay to the car rental, seeing a couple of landmarks on the way. 

The house is where the cold war ended, with Gorbachev and Reagan negotiating enough to eventually sign a nuclear treaty. It’s called Hofdi and has quite a varied history.  

The views from further along the bay were amazing, the scenery in Iceland is definitely up there with the best I’ve seen. 

After picking our car up and going to the supermarket to get stuff for our adventure tomorrow we did some more planning and weather checking. I’d read there was a cool hill we could drive up and see all of Reykjavik from so up we went. 

The clouds had come in again and it was freezing up there. The main building with a viewpoint was also closed for renovation so we didn’t linger for long. 

I had found a cool sounding pizza place on the main street for tea so we parked up and found it easily. The pizzas were pretty good but again, £60 for two pizzas, garlic bread and 2 soft drinks is ridiculous. 

It was then an early night as we had a lot to do tomorrow and I didn’t see the point in spending crazy amounts on a beer or two. I feel like a bit of a cheap skate but sometimes you just can’t justify spending the kind of money Iceland expects.