Blue Lagoon Redone

August 23, 2012

I visited the Blue Lagoon, one of the most popular tourist spots in Iceland.  Fun and nice, but a little weird, as are all hot spring resorts, I think.  Eerie blue water that is nice and warm, with pots of white silica clay to slather onto your body.  People wading about with clay-white faces, taking pictures of one another.

The pictures below show how it looked in 1998 and how it is today.  Gone is that bizarre industrial background that makes it seem like a science fiction set.  I kind of wish they had left it that way.

For those who want to avoid the pricey admission fee or the tourist scene at the Blue Lagoon, there is still the possibility of a refreshing soak in runoff from the many geothermal hiking areas around.  I don’t know why, but this just brings Chaucer to my mind.

Besides hiking and bathing, there are other amusements in hot-spring land.  Here are two people off to boil an egg in the runoff from a steaming borehole.

Much of the landscape around Reykjavik is rather forbidding, but I find it very beautiful.  It has large plains covered in black lava flows, with thick, uneven carpets of moss.

I suspect that Iceland may have been featured in the final landing sequence of Kubrick’s 2001.

This one looks like something out of Escher.

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On a short hike near Vik, southeast Iceland.