Diary of an Ass Monkey (assmonkeydiary) wrote,
Diary of an Ass Monkey

Icelandic Saga III: Hveragerdi and Keflavik

Last tuesday was a bit of a bust. We drove down to Hveragerdi for the hot mud baths only to be turned away without explanation, despite having reservations. We ate some fish and chips, then headed down to Raufarholshellir, a mile long lava tube where there are supposed to be interesting ice formations, only to find the cave entrance completely filled with deep snow. I was pretty sure I could get in, but nobody was convinced I'd ever make it out, so we headed home and drowned our sorrows in the hot tub. Then our friends cooks up some lovely fresh salmon for us.

Wednesday, K. and I packed up our bags for the next leg our journey, and then we all headed west for what would be the best part of the trip. Built next to a geothermal plant, the Blue Lagoon is the most fun you'll ever have swimming in industrial wastewater. The water in the spa is warm, bluish, salty, slightly milky and fills the air with steam. It was a bit chilly running from the locker room to the water, but it's fantastic once you're in. The man-made lagoon is huge and the temperature varies from heated swimming pool to hot tub depending on how close you get to the vents. There's supposed to be all sorts of healing properties to the water and there's silica mud that you can cover your face with while you soak, swim, and explore. There are also steam rooms and saunas, massages, and a restaurant/bar. The water is totally obscuring so nobody notices when you slip off your swimsuit unless you happen to bump into them. The best part was when it started snowing. It's totally weird to be swimming outside in a snowstorm while steam and snow do battle all around you. If we ever go back to Iceland, we're going to hit the Blue Lagoon at the beginning and end of our trip.

After the lagoon, we ate a nice seafood dinner at the nearby Northern Lights Inn. My pasta had langoustine (mini lobster), shrimp, scallops, crabstick, and cod in it. Yummy. The snow kept coming without stop, so we were glad we booked a hotel room near the airport. The next morning we were off to Amsterdam!

Tags: food, travels

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