Thursday, 29 December 2016

My trip to Iceland — Part B Day 1 in Reykjavik

I got out of the Reykjavik airport and waited for a bus to take me to the Blue Lagoon near Grindavik (vik may be from old Norse meaning inlet or small bay – something to do with Vikings??).  I had already called and made reservation otherwise they don’t let you come in and it is very busy this time of the year.  The large man-made Blue Lagoon is geothermally heated.  It is about 3-5 feet deep and you can walk around in the hot water slowly sipping on a beverage of choice.  The lagoon contains 9 million liters of water. 

The geothermal water originates 2,000 meters below the surface, where freshwater and seawater combine at extreme temperatures. It is then harnessed via drilling holes at a nearby geothermal power plant, Svartsengi, to create electricity and hot water for nearby communities.

On its way to the surface, the water picks up silica and minerals. When the water emerges, its temperature is generally between 37°C and 40°C (98-104°F). The geothermal water has a unique composition, featuring three active ingredients – Silica, Algae & Minerals.

The blue color comes from the silica and the way it reflects sunlight. During summer there can also be a hint of green in the water. This is the result of the algae, which multiplies quickly when exposed to direct sunlight.

I checked into the Blue Lagoon.  They gave me a locker for my suitcase and another one for my clothes for change.  Then I walked into the beautiful blue lagoon full of hot water.  Steam from the lagoon was rising under the Sun presenting a marvelous and mysterious spectacle from out of the world.

The Blue Lagoon was a totally unique and wonderful spa experience.  I doubt that there are many places like this around the world. 

Everybody was in their swimsuit and having a relaxing time.  I stayed immersed in water for an hour. I put silica mud on my face and it was very soothing.  My jet lag left in a hurry. 

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