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    2) More on the Blue Lagoon

    by Saagar Updated Mar 10, 2011

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    cont'd from tip 1):

    There is one parking space, one entrance (smack in the middle of lava fields, so sneaking in from anywhere is at your own peril!), a reception where the questions are how many persons, need a towel, bathing suit? and you get a moisturizer to apply after the soak (quite salty, really dries you out). Your ticket is a plastic armband with some kind of chip that serves to lock and unlock your locker in the changing rooms. Self explanatory, but takes some time to figure out. Nothing can go wrong, though. After paying you choose men/women, and then there are several color-coded sections with locker and changing rooms, leave your shoes outside (space for them). Leave anything of metal as even gold will corrode in this water. Remember your section of changing room, go for the lagoon via shower rooms (yep, do take a shower) and you are a few steps from the entry point to the lagoon. Don't jump in, but walk the steps. The bottom is full of volacanic sand and some fairly smooth rocks. As you cannot see the bottom because of the silica and mineral coloured water be careful. Children do have to be with parents to get in. No warnings of "hot spots" in the water, but the spurting artificial geysir and the wooden decks here and there are areas of very hot water.
    For the spa stuff, check out their web site.

    The parking is free.
    The entry ticket is ISK 1500 per adult, less for children.
    Towel rental is ISK 300.
    The cafeteria is not cheap.
    The restaurant is very good.

    The Blue Lagoon is open from morning till 21 in the evening. You can stay in the water until 21.45.

    The Blue Lagoon
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  • New years eve in Iceland

    by icelandphotoblog Written Oct 4, 2008

    Hi Simon, first I would recommend to take a whole day to go what is called the golden circle. That tour will take you to Þingvellir, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir. Northern lights are normally best viewed between 22:00 - 02:00 local time and you need a warm cloths because it gets really cold over the night.

    Now, what to do on New years eve... well it depends but I highly recommend that you see bonfire which are normally located on same places year after year. Can see map here " http://dev.innri.reykjavik.is/Portaldata/1/Resources/svid_og_deildir/framkvaemdasvid/frettir/innri_frettir_2007/aramotabrennur07.pdf " for last year bonfires around Reykjavík. Normally they starts around 20:00 local time.

    People starts firing up their fireworks around 23:00 but the real show starts 00:00 when the sky will be covered with fireworks! Best viewpoints are Perlan or being in Breiðholt at a good place, most drivers know good spots for viewing the firework show.

    Please feel free to contact my directly if you want. :)

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    Modern Viking ship

    by nomadig Written Sep 28, 2008

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    In Reykjavik shorefront, not far from the city center -- nothing is far from anything in Reykjavik -- sits a commanding Viking ship statue. Made of metal, this modernised version of the ships Vikings used to conquer a big part of the northern hemisphere back then is a sight worth not missing. The statue, named Sun Voyager, is made by artist Jon Gunnar Arnason.

    The ship looks very dramatic, and gives a lot of photo opportunities; either with your family or friends, or just the statue with dramatic Icelandic nature on the background. The best time to visit the status is either early morning or late evening on a clear day, when the last rays of sun make the statue turn reddish. We were not that lucky, so you can enjoy only rainy photo. On the other hand, the small water drops on the metal surface were pretty interesting...

    Sun Voyager statue in Reykjavik harbour
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  • Trout fishing

    by sokratex Written Apr 18, 2008

    In the lake called Reynisvatn, a 10 minutes drive from downtown Reykjavik, one can go fishing for rainbow trout. The lake is managed and a license for 5 fish can be bought for around 35 €.
    Fishing equipment and boat can be rented so the fun can start without any hassle. The fish in the lake is from around 2-15 pounds. Overall a beautiful way to relax and enjoy your time in Reykjavik.

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    Austrovollur

    by clouds111 Written Aug 8, 2007

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    Austrovollur is a square in the old town where the first settler Ingolfur Arnarson had his hayfields. There's a stature in the centre of the square of the nationalist that led the campaign for Icelandic independance. Around the square is Alpingi the home of Icelandic parliament and the old church Domkirkja and the art deco Hotel Borg. The square became a bit of an ice rink which was fun after a night out on the town!

    Domkirkja at night Alpingi

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    Flea Market

    by clouds111 Written Aug 2, 2007

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    There is a large flea market that takes place at Tryggvagata down by the harbour every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year, from 11am-5pm, where you can buy almost anything - clothes, books, jewellery, souveniers and food/snacks. You will also find a few stalls in the food quarter where you can get some Hakarl, the Icelandic delicacy of putrid shark meat... I didn't try any. The most pleasant thing about the market is the prices, although more than the average flea market around the world, by Icelandic standards it's cheap!

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    Amazing waterfalls

    by clouds111 Updated Jun 24, 2007

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    Gullfoss waterfall is a must visit and even in the winter when there's a lot of ice and snow it's still spectacular. The waterfall tumbles 32m down into a gorge, throwing up an immense spray which then freezes on the side of the canyon. I would recommend wearing some walking boots because it can be a bit icey on the walk up to the viewing point - I wore some cozy snow boots and was very thankful for them. There's a cafe there too where you can have welcome bowl of Icelandic soup to warm up.

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    Blue Lagoon

    by clouds111 Updated Jun 24, 2007

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    Geothermal spa are rich with blue-green algae, minerals and silica mud which are all really good for your skin and gives the water an odd colour. The water is constantly around 38 degrees celsius, some parts are extremely hot! When you get there you pay and you can rent towels and robes which come in handy when you need to dash from the pool to the building in just your bikini and it's minus something degrees outside! Bizarre feeling when your in really hot water and you've got freezing wind beating in your face. Once your in, there are tubs of silica mud (also found at the bottom of the pool, you'll feel it underfoot - very sludgey!!) that you can scoop out to put on your face. Truely surreal experiance, especially if you're there early enough to watch the sun come up.

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    Modern cathedral

    by clouds111 Written Jun 12, 2007

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    Worth a visit to this unusual modern cathedral that dominates the skyline of the city. Take the lift to the top for great views across the city and harbour. It is extremely windy up there and in the cold December wind it can be really difficult to take pictures without getting frost bite or shakey pictures!!

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    Snowmobile on Langjokull!!!

    by GandalfOnTour Written May 30, 2007

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    For a bit of fun I would highly recommend going on a snowmobile on Iceland´s second largest glacier, Langjokull. Blazing across the white plains is quite an experience, especially seeing as I havd never driven a snowmobile before. It is very much like a motorbike and I was soon holding the accelerator down at maximum. Thank goodness we were given suits, gloves and helmets because it was unbelievably cold, even with the gloves on my hands were absolutely freezing. The barren landscape is breathtaking. At times I wanted to stop and take photos but flying around at high speeds made it impossible. I must admit that it is fairly expensive but then again how often do you get to roar around on a glacier???? It was an experience that will live on long in the memory of this beach- born, sun-loving South African.

    Ready to roll!!! Langjokull's barren landscape The machines After the fun Kerry and Jason on top of the world
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    Sólfar - Sun Voyager

    by GandalfOnTour Written May 30, 2007

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    If you are taking a walk along the waterfront to the East of the old harbour you will come across the striking Sólfar or Sun Voyager. Reykjavik boasts many sculptures and statues scattered around the city but this is by far my favourite. It was created by artist Jón Gunnar Árnason and unvieled in 1971. The huge shinny steel structure is intended to be an abstract representation of a viking ship.

    I think it is a beautiful piece of art. The sharp, symetrical lines of the work contrast nicely with the natural lines of the sea and the mountains of Akrafjall and Esjan in the background. The sculpture is also interactive in that you can climb and walk around 'inside it', and it is very big as you can see with me leaning against it in the photos.

    Inside the 'ship' Great setting Wonderful view of the Solfar and the sea
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    A distinctive looking church

    by GandalfOnTour Updated May 30, 2007

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    One fo the first things that you notice when you first enter Reykjavik is the striking building that overlooks the city. This is the famous Hallgrimskirkja church and it is Reykjavik's main landmark, which is not difficult to understand as it literally jumps out at you wherever you are in the city.

    The tower, which stands over 73 metres high, offers great views over the city and the surrounding areas. It is open to the public every day from 09:00 - 20:00, with adults paying about 350 ISK and children between 6 and 12 years old about 50 ISK.

    The church itself is the largest church in Iceland. It was designed by Gudjon Samuelson, the former state architect, who took his inspiration from the volcanic basalt rock formations found around Iceland. It contains the biggest organ in Iceland, we were lucky enough to hear it being played. The church was opened in 1986 and is named after Reverend and hymn writer Hallgrimur Petursson.

    Not to be missed is the statue in front of the church. It is of the great explorer and discover, Iceland-born Leifur Eiriksson. He was the first European to discover American in 1000 AD, long before Christopher Columbus.

    In front of the Hallgrimskirkja church View form the church tower Statue of Leifur Eiriksson
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    Views from Hallgrimskirkja Church over Reykjavik

    by GandalfOnTour Updated May 30, 2007

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    For some of the best views of Reykjavik you can't go wrong with a trip to the top of the famous Hallgrimur's Church tower (Hallgrimskirkja), Reykjavik's main landmark . The views from the tower are simply stunning, giving you a complete 360 degree view of the rooftops of the town and the surrounding sea and mountains.

    The tower stands at an impressive 73m at its highest point. It is open every day from 09:00 - 20:00 with adults paying about 350 ISK and chicldren between 6 and 12 years old paying 50 ISK. It felt like we could see for hundreds of miles, thanks to the lovely clear weather that we had during our stay in Reykjavik.

    Reykjavik from the top Hallgrimskirkja's tower Lovely views I liked the different colours of the roofs And the mountains are impressive
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    The Geysers of Iceland

    by GandalfOnTour Written May 30, 2007

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    Iceland is famous for its geysers and the term geyser was first coined in Iceland, after the Great Geysir. As a bit of a research before my trip to Iceland I found out that Geysers are found in active volcanic areas or land that is prone to earthquakes. The steam that shoots out fo the ground is the result of the process whereby surface water seeps deep underground and collects in caverns where it is subsequently heated by the surrounding 200°C volcanic rock this eventually converst the water to stream and it forces its way back out through holes in the ground.

    The Great Geysir doesn't erupt that frequently, about every 8 to 10 hours and in fact it has ceased to erupt back in the early 1900s and it was only after a earthquake in 2000 that the geyser was 'reawakened'. At its prime it could erupt water to a height of 60m but nowadays it is more like 10m.

    Luckily for us travellers who don't have 8 to 10 hours to spend sitting around waiting for an eruption there is the dependable Strokkur geyser right next to the Great Geysir. Strokkur erupts approximately every 8 minutes and sends an impressive column of water and steam about 20m in the air. It is great to watch, especially the bubble that forms right before an eruption.

    The Geyser park has a numebr of other smaller geysers and steam vents that are worth seeing. Make sure you don't miss out on nature's little water and steam show when you are in Iceland.

    Strokkur erupts Strokkur again Amazing colours in the water Strokkur getting ready Steam everywhere
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    Gullfoss Waterfall

    by GandalfOnTour Updated May 30, 2007

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    Gullfoss was the second last stop on our superb Golden Circle tour. The waterfall is apparently Europe's most powerful falls and is fed by waters from the Langjokull glacier. Looking down on the falls it is astounding to think that this beautiful sight was almost lost to us when plans to build a hydro-electric plant very nearlly went ahead. We were at the falls in early March and it was VERY cold walking around as the spray from the falls turns to ice and the wind whips it up and into your face. The white around the falls in the photo is ice and not snow and it just adds to the beauty of the place. It is a wonderful sight and we were lucky enough to see a rainbow despite it being so cold.

    This is a very special location for Kerry and I as it was down at the top of the falls that I propsed to her and luckly for her she said yes, I threatened to push her into the rushing water unless she say common sense and said yes.

    The falls are one sight that you have to see if you come out to Iceland!!!

    A rainbow over the falls Gullfoss in a chilly -5 degrees C Pretty powerful stuff!!! Ice everywhere After Kerry said YES to my proposal
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