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Denmark/Iceland Day 9: Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik

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Reykjavik has 21 hours of sunlight this time of year, and even after the sun set last night, it was still a little light. Flipside in winter must be tough.

This morning we drove back to the airport to return the car. Next, was our 3rd visit to Blue Lagoon. It’s fed by geothermal waters, so even with a 55°F outside temperature, it is warm and relaxing. We walked around the pool for about an hour, then had 1/2 hour in-water massages. Takes all the stress away to float on air mattress in the water and get a massage. They have this natural silica that results in the obligatory selfie.

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A bus ride back to the city, we then set out to walk and explore. This is the harbor right across from our hotel.

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The Harpa Concert Hall is also right on the water. We went in, it’s full of mirrors and glass and reflects the water and the city.

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A walk up the hill took us to the church, Hallgrímskirkja

. This time we went in. Plain on the inside.

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Last thing was a nice dinner, and we certainly had that at 3 Frakkar. Ellen had smoked cod, I had (and I took a picture of the menu so I could describe it for Rebecca) panfried salted fillet of Cod with cashew nuts, raisins, tomato and apple. We both thought our dishes were excellent, the sauces made them especially flavorful. We shared an ice cream sundae for dessert.

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We got the idea tonight that I should look for an Iceland football jersey. We tried a few stores before dinner with no luck. Ellen made it a mission, looking at all the stores on the way home, and lo and behold, we found one. So my collection now includes jerseys from Barcelona, Argentina, Poland, Denmark & Iceland, with a rugby shirt from Ireland.

Tomorrow, we have to come home. Glad to see Colby, but wishing this great vacation didn’t have to end.

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Vacation Day 10: Blue Lagoon and Home

Today was an easy day to write about. We got up, packed up and took a van to the Blue Lagoon.

Located just 20 minutes from the airport (and 40 minutes from Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon is a spa, fed by geothermal water. They are set-up to make it easy to stop there either on the way to or from the airport. We had made it the last stop of our vacation two years ago, and decided to repeat the visit.

Even though it was 55 degrees, overcast and with another vicious wind, you could stay in the water and it felt great. Image

And this year as a special treat, Ellen put some tutoring money to cover in-water massages. They put you on a float, put a towel on top of you to keep you warm, and gave the massage while you lay on your back. It was 30 minutes of heaven!

Blue Lagoon is known for all sorts of minerals. They have silica available, that you let dry on your skin. Here is the obligatory picture.Image

We then shuttled to the airport. We took care of getting our VAT refund, buying a couple of things in the duty free store, hanging in the lounge, then waiting for our flight. It was about 1/2 an hour late because of a computer problem with the boarding computers, but otherwise a fine flight.

Feels good to be home. Back to work tomorrow! In fact, going through Immigration, I was asked my occupation. Then my industry. Then my company. When I said FrontPoint Security, the agent said he was a customer and loved his system! That was a nice welcome back.


Day 12: The Blue Lagoon and Coming Home

So all good things, and this vacation was really good, must come to an end. We checked out of the hotel, but had one last stop before coming home.

We took a bus to the Blue Lagoon. It is a man-made lake/pool, filled with the geothermal water. It is located close to the airport, so they are set up to store your luggage. It’s a high tech operation, where a wristband with a chip gets you in, locks your locker, and you can even buy drinks and charge them. The water varies in temperature, from warm to hot, the bottom is uneven so you have to be careful, and they feature a silica/mud mixture that you can use to exfoliate.

It was a great place to relax before heading home, as we don’t really do that on our vacations. After being in the water for about 1.5 hours, we showered and had lunch there. Our bus then takes you from the lagoon to the airport.

We had no trouble checking in, did a little shopping at the airport, then took advantage of Icelandair’s lounge before our flight. We again had business class seats for an economy comfort price, which was a great deal. We got in to Dulles about 7:15pm, and the passport/luggage/customs thing worked out fine.

We had to wait about 20 minutes for a bus to the Hampton In where our car was parked, but paying $20 for 12 days of airport parking made that worth it.

We were home before 9:30, to chat with the kids before collapsing.

I have been collecting thoughts from the travel here, will be adding to them as things occur to me. I’ll probably have one more wrap-up post in a day or two.

Thanks for reading along!

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