Spa at Blue Lagoon -Iceland

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Our final destination is the Blue lagoon. The spa is located in a lava field in  Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula,  southwestern Iceland. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon help those with skin problems. The lagoon is man-made and the water is fed from the nearby geothermal power station.

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The entrance fess comes with different package, standard, premium and luxury. During October our charges was 50 euro for standard package which comes with only a towel and locker for storage of our clothing.  The warm water  was about 38 degree warm so once we had changed into our swim suit, we jump straight into the pool to keep warm.  Amazed to see there are lot of visitors enjoying their therapy of hot spa.

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The staff  put some mineral substance onto a container box where visitors can use it as mask for their faces. We enjoyed ourselves with the mask and soaking in the warm water. During dusk when the sunset appeared behind the mountains created an amazing landscape backdrop for the blue lagoon.  Visitors can either soak in the water drinking a glass of wine  or having a massage with experience staff provided by the Blue Lagoon.

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Would recommend for all my friends to go for it, as it is out of this world experience, as the weather is so cold but once in the warm water, all the coldness disappeared from our bodies. Floating on the warm blue water and looking up at the blue sky, it seen floating in endless blue water.

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After soaking for 2 hours we went into town to get our dinner as we were going to enjoy ourselves on our last day by eating out for once. Finished our dinner, we took a walk in the town and some of the shops open late in the night so bought some gifts for our families.

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Our flight back to England was 10.00 a.m. and we had appointment to meet  our car  sale representative at 9.00 a.m. at the airport.  Next morning when we reached the airport at 8.30 a.m. and hope to see our sale representative to settle our bill for the damage and problem of the car. Unfortunately, we waited till 9.30 a.m. the sale representative didn’t bother to turn up and been told to leave the keys in the car and they will pick it up later. IMG_2736.1

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It made us so angry and sad that the sale representative was so irresponsible as we wanted to solve and settle our problems with them.  We don’t want any problem of dealing with them later. Alas! we had no choice but to take our flight back home.

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Reykjanes Peninsula, iceland

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Reykjanes Peninsula is a geothermal wonder, where lighthouses more than villages. it is also close to the Keflavík International Airport. The Reykjanes peninsula has several high-temperature geothermal areas, three of which have been harnessed to generate electricity. The only place on earth is the junction in the earth’s crust between the European and American tectonic plates as clearly visible as on the Reykjanes peninsula. The area is a veritable hotbed for recreational activities. The dramatic, rugged landscape features volcanic craters, caves, lava fields, geothermal waters and hot springs.

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Driving along the coastal road around the Reykjanes Peninsula, we stop at one of the lighthouse. At the  beach there were lot of different wild sea birds migrating around this coastal peninsula.  We stay a few hours around the beach and off to see “Bridge Between Continents” which is Earth’s Tectonic Plates. The Bridge between two continents at Sandvík is a small footbridge over a major fissure which provides evidence the presence of a diverging plate margin. The bridge was built as a symbol for the connection between The lava-scarred Reykjanes peninsula lies on one of the world’s major plate boundaries, the Mid Atlantic Ridge.

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According to the continental drift theory the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are continuously drifting apart with great forces under the gaping rifts. As the plates diverge, linear fractures, known as fissures form due to stresses created by the tension that builds up as the plates move away from each other that is Europe and North America.

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Walking along the wooden plank bridge erected with iron steel structure, once cross over the bridge we are in a different country peninsula. On the metal mesh wire fence there are lot of love locks attach to it. The Love lock is represented love was inside the lock. It was cool to see one  of this scenic place in the Golden circle.

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It kind of wired that we have been traveling on the road for 11 days now and tomorrow will be on our way back home. This journey is totally packed with visiting all the attractions places in Iceland that we got to see and not waste a single day away. By now our passion and energy were totally burnt out and need re-energize it back before we head back home. So next attraction place we need to visit is  Blue Lagoon for a warm spa, that is the leisure that I couldn’t stop to look forward to.

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Raufarholshellir – Cave and lava tube, Iceland

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Raufholshellir is to see   the  cave and lava tube, it was just worth the journey to visit it as seeing  Geyser and Gullfoss. It is about 15 minutes off of Highway 1, it is worth de-tour from the Golden Circle. We had the entire lava tube and cave to ourselves.  Great ice formations in the cave but unfortunately, we didn’t have the properly shoe or helmet as it was so dark inside that some of the locals advice is best to walk the first portion of the cave only.

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Recommended for people who can handle uneven surfaces and not a difficult hike. Like most attractions, there is no fee to visit. Amazed to see a vast flat land and underneath this land there is a cave, beautiful rocks formations and  ice forming along the rocks inside the cave but couldn’t go inside the see the exact ice standing is my total regret. It is better be safe than risk ourselves without proper outfit.

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The hardest part of this attraction is finding it. There is no signboard for it and when we arrived this place is just a pile of rocks and  it is totally off of the road. When driving south on Highway 39, it will be on your left. Look for a road and gravel parking lot. The cave and lava tube are not visible form the road.

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Before we came upon this cave, using the Highway 39 to Highway 34  there is a beautiful blue sea and and entirely different black sea. The amazing blueness of the sea totally merge the sky with the waterline of the sea. A blanket of blue  with fine sand, water rippling on the sand without any visitors. After the blue ocean we came upon the black sea or ocean.

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Rjupnabrekkur, Iceland

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We left the town center behind and drove across the countryside to Rjupnabrekkur.  Along the way to Rjupnabrekkur, there were smoke coming up from the rivers and hills,  There was a small village in the vast countryside areas, there was a  signboard showing  no cars, motor vehicles are allow in this valley. It was an eco village. We didn’t stop at here but drove all the way to Rjupnabrekkur.

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There was a cafe with toilet  but it was closed when we were there. We met two men and been told to see the creek or river with warm water up to 38 degree we had to trek for about 45 minutes to reach there. As  it was too cold for us to soak  the warm water in this weather, so we looked  for  alternative way for those who doesn’t want to trek/walk through the hills.

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The creek runs along the side of the hillside and runs into Hengladalsá River but further down it turns into Varmá-river. It is unknown how much it is used to bath in but far down in the creek a small bathing pool. The water has the temperature of 34 °C but further up the creek it is 39 °C. The bottom of the creek is made from mixed soil.

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Armed  with the information and direction from the map, we set our navigator  with the address, drove as directed by navigator.  We drove all the way up onto the mountaintop with ice covered the hills and grasses. We had no ideas how deep snow was but simply carry on as the navigator directed. My heart was in my mouth as all the way up on a single car track, the higher we go the track became narrower.

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We couldn’t see any creeks or river from the top of the mountains, we were getting nervous as  our car kept climbing up the cliff like road up to the mountains. I have to salute, my husband for driving up into these mountain tops.  The beauty of the snow covered mountains were so amazing beautiful that made me speechless. Totally scared and amazed by the view, we had no choice but look for space slightly bigger so that we can turned our car back the way we came through.

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik

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Early in the morning, we came into the town center of Reykjavik. The first thing that caught my eyes was the Hallgrimskirkja standing tall in the middle of the town center. It is the largest church in Iceland, about 244 ft tall in height.  It took 38 years to build the church. It is one of the city best landmark and visible throughout the city.

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Inside the church house a large pipe organ. The church was also used as an observation tower. The observer can take a lift up to the viewing platform and view the mountains and city of Reykjavik.

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It is a beautiful town and the shops and houses are painted in brightly colors paints. It kinda of interesting to see the owners do maintained the upkeep of the shops and houses.  We took a stroll into the town center but didn’t stop for breakfast. It would be great to enjoy my breakfast in one of the shop and watching the passers-by walk pass our table. I having fun in trying street photography in this glorious city.

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The art decor/sculptures by the local artists and it look amazing with the natural environment.  Wish  I have more times to explore this area.

Reykholt, Iceland

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I have spend my 3 months Summer Holidays in the exotic Far East, Asia and Europe. I missed my blogger as i have not written a single word during my non-stop travel. I am so happy to back home, sweet home but unfortunately, I am lost as what am I going to write? So I  going to carry on with my Iceland trip which I enjoy so much and wish can be there again soon.

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After our visit to Gullfoss, we proceed with our journey to Reykholt as we didn’t want to look for our hotel in the dark.   On our way to Reykholt, we saw lot of brightly lighted glass houses. Due our curiosity about the glass houses, so my husband stop the car near to the glass houses.  Approach the workers unloading the goods and ask for permission, if we can go into the glass houses for a look around.

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The friendly workers granted us the permission and we walk into one of the glasshouses, we are so happy to see vegetables and fruits grown here with strong lighting  shinning on the vegetables.  On our way to our hotel, the scenic view was so captivating that i spent an hour walking in the wildness of the countryside.

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Our hotel is situated in the city center  and it was a bit chaos for as us as we don’t understand a single words wrote for parking so we decided not to stay in town and just go straight to our accommodation.

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Strokkur and Gullfoss, Iceland

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Opposite the rental cottage, is the national park of Pingvellir, early in the morning I went for my walk and came upon this gate.  The forest look so peaceful and beautiful with Autumn colors and mist and at the side of the walking tracks where there are gravestones. Came upon this open gate and it seen to invite you to walk through this “Gate”. To me it represent two choices, Heaven or Hell and do I dare to step through it. I didn’t dare to walk through, so packed up and go back to the cottage.

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Strokkur  is a fountain geyser in the geothermal area beside the Hvita River  in Iceland, in the southwest part of the country, east of  Reykjavik.  It is one of Iceland’s most famous geysers, erupting about every 4–8 minutes 15 – 20 m high, sometimes up to 40 m high. Standing in front of Stokkur and waiting for it to erupt was  fascinating, to stand there and suddenly the hot water (Geysers) erupted from the ground and soaring about 40 m high.  There is rope barrier around this Geyser so that tourists won’t walk too near to it. It is dangerous but it seen the spray was contained within the rope barrier.

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Utterly speechless to see this awesome sight,  to think how the people living in this country working and staying side by side with this nature, not knowing when it is going to erupt.  The farmers flourish in this rich and fertile soil from these volcanic lands It is a must to view this sight if you are in Iceland for holiday.

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After 2 hours at Strokkur we drove to Gullfoss. Gullfoss is a waterfall located in the canyon  of Hvita river in southwest Iceland. Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland.

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The wide Hvítá rushes southward. About a kilometer above the falls it turns sharply to the right and flows down into a wide curved three-step “staircase” and then abruptly plunges in two stages (11 m and 21 m) into a crevice 32 m (105 ft) deep. The crevice, about 20 m (66 ft) wide, and 2.5 km in length, extends perpendicular to the flow of the river. The average amount of water running over this waterfall is 140 m³/s in the summertime and 80 m³/s in the wintertime. The highest flood measured was 2000 m³/s.

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The water vapours  from the waterfall, formed irregular shapes of ice onto the grasses on the hills. The white sparkling ices looks like diamond on the white carpet. This waterfall is so strong and powerful, the governments used the power made by the waterfall to create energy.

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Together with Þingvellir and the geysers of Haukadalur, Gullfoss forms the Golden Circle, a popular day tour for tourists in Iceland.