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Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is set in a dark lava field and holds cloudy, sulfur-rich water. Descriptions of it range from ‘otherworldly’ to ‘a tourist trap’ (the latter due to raised prices and its number of visitors). Nonetheless, the positives certainly outweigh the negatives – the Blue Lagoon is a truly unique destination; one that should not be missed if you are in Iceland. Located in South West Iceland on the road between Keflavík and Grindavík, its water is heated by a geothermal plant called Svartsengi. It can easily be accessed by bus tours or hired vehicles.

Overall, the experience was one that I would not have missed for the world, despite the awkward naked pre-pool showers (which apply in all Icelandic swimming pools). If you have eczema as I do, I highly recommend that you access some of the silica mud stored in buckets around the lagoon. It is particularly soothing and makes for wonderful face masks.

 

The lupin flower

 

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Lupinus nootkatensis

This pretty purple flower was introduced in Iceland to combat soil erosion. The plant has thrived and spreads quickly across the country, effectively diminishing the soil erosion issue but introducing new problems for native flora which struggle to take root amid this strong, 60cm plant.

Up close with the seals at Reykjavik Zoo

The seals in the Reykjavik Family Zoo

Were a cheering sight to see,

As they swam, they swirled,

Flipped their fins as they twirled

And with their big eyes they looked up at me.

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