July 6-7, 2014
Blue Lagoon is Iceland's best known hot springs. It is located in
the midst of a huge lava field just outside Reykjavik. Its mineral
rich waters are said to have great healing power. It is actually
not a natural hot springs. Rather it was formed from the output
of the nearby hydroelectric plant. We really enjoyed relaxing in
the pool as it was a perfect temperature - nice and warm but not
hot. We also coated our faces with the mud which is supposed to
take ten years off your looks. Don't think it did that but it sure
made our faces nice and soft.
were on our own for the afternoon in Reykjavik and took the local
bus back into the downtown area. The weather was beautiful - sunny,
light breeze, and about 60 degrees. We had lunch at our favorite
hot dog stand and then strolled back to the hotel, stopping at the
shops along the way. Barbara bought another spoon for her collection
and a Christmas ornament. The beautiful Icelandic woolen goods were
just way to expensive to purchase.
We had our farewell dinner with the group at the hotel in the evening
and said farewell to the 10 who are not going to Greenland with
next day, before flying to Greenland in the afternoon, we took a
tour of the National Museum. This is a beautifully laid out museum
that shows the history of Iceland from the time of the settlement
by the Vikings, through their conversion to Christianity, and then
the reformation which abruptly changed the country to Lutheranism.
The displays were interactive in multiple languages and there were
displays of wonderful artifacts that have been dug up by archeologists.
It was a great summary of all that we had learned along the way
on our tour. And Fred got to try on a Viking outfit.
In the afternoon we boarded a 2 engine, 52 passenger prop plane
for the 2 hour flight to Greenland.
To view more photos from our trip to the Blue Lagoon, please go
to Blue Lagoon Photo Gallery.
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