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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Grindavík April 18th 2006

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa where you can pay to go in and deepen and immerse yourself in a lagoon filled with steamy hot water (about 100 F or 40 C) from nearby Svartsengi power plant. Why blue ? because of high concentration of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). These bacteria could not thrive as the tempt cool in the air. It claims that the dead algae in the lagoon combined with silica mud can be cured certain kinds of skin condition. On that day in mid-april when I was there, the air tempt is cold (about 45 F) and the water tempt is hot (98 F). Make an appointment to have a silica in-water spa treatment in the open air lagoon. Laying down on a wooden bench subimmersed in hot water, you are pampered with ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Nesjavellir April 17th 2006

Today taking the Golden Circle trip to visit some of the most famous natural attractions of Iceland. Got picked up at the guesthouse at 8 AM and the tour starts a few minutes before scheduled to depart at 830 AM. We are leaving the cosmopolitan behind on route to the Nesjavellir power plant. We are passing vast areas of snow-covered ground as the winterly cold season is still upon us. It is a beautiful lanscape of snow-covered peak mountains and nature blended together. very scenic. It is seemed untouched and is still like as in its original stage as of the early days. The Nesjavellir power plant opened in Sept 1990 by ultilizing the extremely forceful steam pouring out from the deep holes in the borehole field 2000 meters below the ground to generate electricity. It ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík April 16th 2006

Arrive in Reykjavik in the early morning. It is cold, tempt 32 F degree, occasionally snow shower. I asked myself why I travel from a warm place (70s F at Baltimore to 30s in Iceland). Did not sleep much throughout the flight. Iceland is only 4 hours ahead of NYC Eastern standard time zone. It is quite a long walk from disembarking the aircraft to the customs and to exit to collect the luggages. There are other flights from the US arriving here (from Minneapolis and Boston) arrving at the same time. There are few carousels working nonstop to deliver the luggages to their rightful owners. Make sure to wait at the right carosel assigned for your flight. Don't know where I can buy the airport-to-city shuttle ticket. The tourist information is not open yet. Locate ... read more
arial view of Reykjavik

Europe » Iceland April 15th 2006

Day 10: April 15 - Reykjavik, Geysir, Guilfoss Accommodation: University of Iceland residences (Couchsurfing.com) So today was the first day I was going on a tour in Iceland, which I booked on the internet before I left Australia. The jeep usually picks up at hotels but I gave the address and they said they’d pick me up at 8:30am. So I got out there a bit earlier and I waited and no-one showed up. About 8:45am I called the booking office to ask what the deal is and they said my tour had been cancelled, but they declined to actually contact me about it. Although at the last minute they were able to fit me onto another tour so that was alright. Luckily the jeep hadn’t left yet and they called the driver to pick me ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík April 14th 2006

Day 9: April 14 - ENGLAND - London; ICELAND - Reykjavik & Keflavik Accommodation: University of Iceland residences (Couchsurfing.com) After leaving Toronto airport at 8am I arrived in London Heathrow airport at what was actually 8am UK time but I was still on Canadian time which was 3am for me, so in waiting for my next flight some 5 hours later I was very tired and tried to catch a nap. Heathrow Terminal 2 wasn’t as inviting as I hoped it would be, and the rain seemed to be following me in most places I visited, but I managed a bit of a nap. I got on my Icelandair flight just before 1pm and I was very excited about finally getting over to Iceland and my first actual European country (not really counting the UK which ... read more

Europe » Iceland April 7th 2006

If I die and have been a good girl, then Heaven will most definitely be Brighton. You walk along the beach and it is nothing but pebbles - no sand - it is amazing! The feeling of the rock crunching underfoot is something I can't really describe, and the sound that the water makes as it pulls back through all the pebbles is hypnotic! People lay all over the place, sleeping with a can of beer beside them.. my place to be - there really is no question! Walking along the promenade beside the ocean, there are seafood carts selling the freshest mussels, prawns, funny snail things etc. in little cups with vinegar and seafood sauce and tabasco and stuff - you pay one pound fifty for a cup and walk along looking out over the ... read more
Fish Lady
Pebbles
Lower Promenade

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík March 18th 2006

Rob, Colin, Jenny and I went to Iceland for 4 days.... read more
Jen and Rob
Snowmobiling
Snowmobiling 2

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík March 16th 2006

Knowing that this was possibly our last year in the UK, we decided to make a few trips to places we have always wanted to go. Seeing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis for you boffins) has been a dream of mine since I first heard about them. Northern Lights don't occur very often, as they require very specific weather conditions: very cold and very still and very clear. Typically visible between December and March, I was crossing my fingers that we'd be lucky enough to see some. Of course, I didn't realise that they coincide with periods of solar activity, which is in an 11-year cycle, and we were there at the least active period (it peaks in 2011, with the next predicted Aurora starting in 2008!) Whoops, talk about bad timing! Besides which, the weather ... read more
View from the oldest Parliament in the world
Where's my wetsuit?
Me in front of Gullfoss

Europe » Iceland September 9th 2005

Iceland is absolutely beautiful... and I recommend it to everybody. The low-down is as follows... - so much nature and beauty to see (I need more time!!!) - awesome hot springs / geothermal pools... but they smell like rotten egg from the sulfur - pricey, pricey, and pricey... you had better save up if you want to see everything. - Key attractions are: the Blue Lagoon, The Geysir, Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall (all of which I saw). - what I didn't see: The vast wild bird life (like Puffins... on local islands), whale watching, the northern lights, glaciers, dog-sledding, horse back ride, and believe it or not... much more. - night life: people kick it hard on the weekends. mostly a younger crowd on friday night. Girls are pretty hot. anyways... I hope this isn't ... read more
Blue Lagoon 2
Thingvellir
The Geysir

Europe » Iceland August 23rd 2005

Arriving into the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, at 6:30 a.m. is like entering mars with no sound of human existence. A bus took Joe and I from the airport to the bus station where we were suppose to jump onto a connecting bus to our city hostel. After waiting an hour, we finally decided to take a taxi instead to the hostel only to find out we had to wait another 4 hours until check-in. Maybe a coffee and some breakfast would tie us over until then, so we walked and walked and walked to find somewhere that was open. After finishing our toast, the only thing served before 10 a.m., we walked a bit more around the quiet city center. Now it was time to check-in—wrong—one of the managers yelled at us for coming too ... read more
The Blue Lagoon
Looking into the Keiro Crater
The Great Geyser




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