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13 October 2013 @ 02:30 am
Into the Blue - Day 12 of Iceland  
For my last day in Iceland, I had one last excursion planned - a stop at the Blue Lagoon! The Blue Lagoon is, technically, the cooling tanks from a geothermal power plant, but the water is full of minerals and algae and is supposed to be extrasoopergood for your skin. It's a pretty common thing to either stop on the way from the airport or to the airport and a number of tour operators run buses between the two locations. I decided to splurge for the full experience - entry, soaking, lava mask, drinky-drink, buffet lunch, robe and towel rental... I didn't go so far as to get a massage or a private room, but it was pleasant enough. They actually had a pretty cool system where you were issues a wristband that served as a tracking device so if you wanted anything in addition to your package (another drink or treatment, for instance), you could just click your wristband and pay upon exit. I'm not a huge spa-goer, but the chance to unwind and relax before my big day of travel was nice and the masks and treatments DID seem to make my skin markedly softer for several days. (On the other hand, the minerals in the steam eventually interfered with my contacts for some reason and I had real trouble keeping them in. If I were ever to go again, I think I'd wear my glasses.) There were A LOT of couples, which made it a little odd to be there alone, but it also meant that the other single folks were pretty friendly. The buffet was nice, but a little overpriced even for Iceland, but then again, I don't eat shellfish and there was a lot of sushi on the menu. I made up for it by trying to eat my own body weight in lamb. Om nom nom. The lamb in Iceland... Oh, I'll dream of that for a long time... The surroundings in the Lagoon are very interesting - there's a lot of fog coming off the water and you're in the middle of the southern Icelandic moonscape, so the whole place feels very unearthly. No photos of today's adventure - while some people were taking pictures, I felt that was sort of creepy.

Finally, it was time to leave to catch my plane. The trip from the Blue Lagoon to the airport to my plane was uneventful enough. Happily, I got through the line *just* before a whole herd of poorly behaved schoolchildren. I have no idea where they were going, but thanked all the gods that it wasn't on MY flight. I stopped in the Duty Free long enough to pick up a fine selection of Icelandic alcohols (rhubarb, juniper, crowberry, licorice, and birch!) and then soon was boarding the plane. I had a whole row to myself but no one was interested in moving anywhere near me because the rows surrounding me were PACKED with kicking, screaming, oversugared little brats. (For serious, eight of eighteen seats filled with toddlers or horridly behaved middle schoolers.) It was hellish, but the flight was full, so there was nothing to be done about it. (I *know the flight was full because one of the other ladies within earshot asked to be moved and the seats next to me, at ground zero, were the only ones available. I was very glad that the licorice liquor had been purchased in airline bottles. :P

Deplaning and collecting my luggage went very smoothly, at least. I got through passport control and customs without incident and shortly was being collected by Edward and Deja, because I was just insane enough to be headed directly to Coronation in the UP of Michigan rather than home, like a sensible girl!
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jtdiii: Biojtdiii on October 13th, 2013 09:30 am (UTC)
Welcome home,

Sounds like a wonderful trip!
DameJ: Grand Canaldamej on October 13th, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
The Thermae Bath Spa (in Bath) also used those smart-bands. It is very convenient -- they also served as locker keys.

The birch liqueur was a real winner. I didn't think I would like it, but it was very yummy. I may experiment with approximating the flavor using Knob Creek, pepperkakor cookies and popsicle sticks.
eithnieithni on October 13th, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the birch was a real surprise. I nearly didn't get it, but I'm glad I did. I love your "recipe"!