4 August 2007
After breakfast we headed to the south. Tonight the hotel - Northern Lights Inn - was booked near Blue Lagoon. The hotel provides complimentary transfer to and from airport, also to and from Blue Lagoon. Considering those available option, we decided to return the car before checking in to the hotel. But before that we had half of a day to enjoy west coast.
We made a first stop on the way from Grindarfjordur to Keflavik at Gerðuberg basalt columns. Gerðuberg is an interesting rock face with high uniform basalt columns. It is one of the longest rock faces in the Iceland.
Next stop was in Borgarnes. The lady from hotel Framnes had suggested visiting The Settlement Centre of Iceland in Borgarnes. As the Borgarfjordur area is the setting for Egils Saga, one of the most graphic of the settlement sagas, we visited exhibition in the center which described this saga. We got headphones where Egil's saga was told and walked the 30-minutes exhibition. The saga about Egil Skalla-Grimsson was very interesting to hear, this really helped better understand Icelanders' Viking background. The settlement center is quite new and modern. There was also another exhibition about Settlement of Iceland.
Before returning the car we made a stop at Reykjavik's newest shopping center Smaralind. This had many familiar brand name shops and also Icelandic knitwear, like 66 North and Cintamani. The clothes in Icelandic shops look really good and warm. But I would not suggest going to Iceland for shopping as the clothes are here very expensive. We bought some souvenirs.
After returning the car, we were picked up by minivan in airport as promised by the Northern Lights Inn. The hotel was about 30 km from airport, very close to Blue Lagoon. The surroundings were amazing - pure lava field. We checked in, had a cup of coffee and then walked to Blue Lagoon. This 10-minutes walk in a windy weather between the lava fields was an event itself.
Blue Lagoon was beautiful and crowded as promised. Blue Lagoon is famous for its milky blue waters, full of sea minerals and silica. The Blue Lagoon is formed in 1976. During the building of pipeline from the Suðurnes Regional Heating Corporation in Svartsengi geothermal area something broken during the weekend and the "lake" of milky water was formed. In 1981 people started bathing in the lagoon and people with psoriasis notice an improvement of their condition after bathing in the lagoon and rubbing their skin with the silica mud.
The weather was sunny and we also enjoyed bathing in thermal mineral water. And also we made masks from silica mud as everybody else does in Blue Lagoon. After enjoyable bath we also looked around in souvenir shop selling all kind of "silica-mud-Blue-Lagoon" products. We did not buy, but they looked and smelled really good. The dinner we had in Northern Lights Inn was delicious. We had seafood again and were really happy with the choice - codfish and salmon. During the whole trip we have had only excellent seafood experiences - fresh and delicious, Iceland definitely is paradise for seafood lovers.
Our trip to Iceland was about to end, only one sleep and driving to airport was left. In conclusion we can say that the trip to Iceland was special and memorable. We are already now thinking that this place is worth a second visit.