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July 30, Reykjavik, Iceland

The "must do" thing in Iceland is to make a visit to the Blue Lagoon, a very large geothermal pool located in a lava field about 45 min. south of Reykjavik. Our booking was at 9:30 so we had a really early start as the bus picked us up at 7:30 am. The Blue Lagoon complex is very modern and high tech. When you check in you are given a chip bracelet that gives you access to a locker and keeps track of any purchases you might make. Once you enter the Lagoon you are allowed to stay and soak up the mineral waters for as long as you like. There is a wade up bar and a silica and algae mud station where you can scoop up mud to spread anywhere on your body. Almost everyone wades around with white masks on their faces and necks. You leave it on for 10 min. or so and then wash it off. It is all supposed to make everyone look and feel 10 years younger! We stayed in the pool for about 40 min then showered and dressed and went for a beer on the outdoor patio.
We caught the 11:00 shuttle back to Reykjavik and made it back in record time. We had a young Polish driver who drove at breakneck speed and passed everything on the road while constantly eating sunflower seeds. I saw my life flash before my eyes a couple of times. No one on the bus was talking, I think we were all holding our breath or, Avis says, praying. We had a young driver like that the night before, too, he was travelling at speeds up to 120 in the city. I might have to write a review about that company (Grayline) for Trip Advisor. We wouldn't choose them again.
To celebrate being back to the pier alive and in one piece I did some shopping at the store right there on the dock and picked up my third Scandinavian sweater (got one in Bergen, Norway and another at the Gullfoss waterfall site).
Today, July 31, we are sailing on rough seas to Edinburgh, Scotland, our last stop before returning to Amsterdam. We had 50 knot winds and 12 foot waves so the ship has been rolling a lot. Avis and Pat were horizontal most of the day but Charles and I are fine. When I went for breakfast this morning there was hardly anyone there. It has calmed somewhat so everyone should recover in the next while, hopefully.
I will post one more blog from Edinburgh. We arrive there the day after tomorrow. Thanks for your comments. We appreciate hearing from you.

The walk to the Blue Lagoon. Those are lava formations on each side of the path.
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The Blue Lagoon
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Posted by linfays 08:59 Archived in Iceland

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Happy to hear you are a good sailor--no seasickness! Yes, comment on the reckless driver. That behaviour is inexcusable. Enjoy Edinburgh.
Marilyn

by Marilyn Heffernan

What beautiful scenery you have posted from the last few days! Thank you for sharing. The horses are beautiful. I'm like you, Linda, one of the few who remain standing when the seas get rough!
Safe travels in this final leg!

by Erin H

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