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Day One:
Icelandic Ponies
Norse Attack
Blue Lagoon

Day Two:
Black Sand Beach
Sea Kayaking
Whitewater Rafting

Day Three:
Clubbing Again

Day Four:
Back Home



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Top: The harbor at Hafnarfjördur

Right: Fjörukraín, built in 1841

Left: Pretend Vikings

Around 9:30PM, we boarded the bus again. But the evening was not yet over. Instead of heading back to the hotel, we drove through Reykjavík to the Blue Lagoon, the most famous geothermal spa in Europe. The Blue Lagoon had been reserved for our private use, to help us relax and soothe those muscles stressed by too much horseback riding and elbow lifting.

The Blue Lagoon is a unique wonder of nature, a pool of natural mineral-rich geothermal seawater in the middle of a lava field. Blue-green algae and white silica mud form a light natural sediment on the bottom of the lagoon and give the lagoon its soft, milky, aquamarine color.

The Blue Lagoon was created when hot water from the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power plant formed due to heat exchange was discharged into the adjacent lava field. At night, the effect is eerie and beautiful, the full moon rising above the steam from the pool's surface. The water varies in temperature from a comfortable 90 degrees to almost 140 degrees nearest the discharge vents.

A bucket of silica mud provides invigorating abrasion for the face when applied. Looking around us, there were forty ghost white faces covered in mud. And if that wasn't thrill enough, we were sitting neck deep in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon, when a young man in a black tie and tuxedo bathing suit waded across the water like a wraith, serving the Blue Lagoon specialty cocktail of champagne and a touch of blue liqueur.

A nearby cave houses a small wet sauna, big enough for six or eight people. Climbing out of the warm water to rush through the chill air into the steam was tough but worth it. Simply amazing.

After an hour or so of skin-puckering soaking, we showered up and drank hot "kaffi" in the adjacent restaurant before heading back to the hotel. Everywhere we went there was food, drink and more food. We certainly weren't going to starve on this trip!

The bus ride back to the hotel was subdued and quiet. After a long full day, most of the Discovery Adventurers were ready to pack it in and hit the hay. But one more surprise awaited us at the hotel. The thoughtful folks at the Discovery Channel had placed a gift package from the Blue Lagoon on each pillow -- lotion, bath salts and shower gel -- a reminder of our first day in Ísland.



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