May 19, 2007

Iceland - Keflavik Airport & Blue Lagoon

An example of Icelandic sculpture at Keflavik airport.

Per wikipedia: "The Blue Lagoon ("Bláa Lónið") is a geothermal spa fed by the water output of a nearby geothermal power plant. Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal hot water heating system. Then the water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users". This informational poster at the spa assures us that the heat kills dangerous bacteria and therefore there is no need for chlorine.

For us, we paid our fee and headed for the changing rooms. From the changing rooms we quickly ran to the outdoor towel hooks and left our towels there, and got in the water ASAP. The outside weather was freezing and windy. We spent a lot of time roaming around the lagoon searching for the "hot spots". Some other bathers showed us where to find the white silica mud to place on our faces. When we had to leave, we found that our nice dry towels had been taken and some stranger's wet towels left in their place. We showered with special Blue Lagoon shampoo, cream rinse, and shower gel. A very nice way to start our vacation.

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