Iceland is Beautiful!
Saturday, September 16, 2017
We cruised to Reykavik, Iceland. It was cloudy and cool. We toured the city on the hop on/hop off bus. I rode the bus around once, then went back to rest (I was trying to recover from a cold virus). The others cruised the city and got off a couple of destinations -- most notably HallgrimsKirkja, the Lutheran church with very innovative design (sorry I don't have a photo! I must have accidentally deleted it after I used it to make a sketch in my journal). Oh heck, here is a photo that is publically available (not my photo, and MUCH better than my amateur sketch). The architect was trying to express a simplicity in his sweeping concrete design, and to mimic the mountains and glaciers of Iceland.
View from the ship (across the harbor)
Perlan is situated upon a hill; the glass dome is built over several water storage tanks. Inside are exhibits about glaciers and geology. It is worth visiting for the amazing views of the city!
View from Perlan
In the evening, Linda and I went to the famous Blue Lagoon. This is a hot mineral water giant pool set in a field of black lava. We loved it, particularly the hot waterfall. The whole facility was very high tech -- you are given a little bracelet that will code to any locker, and the same bracelet will allow you to purchase food and beverages. The custom in Iceland is to have a shower without your swim suit on before entering the hot springs; there were shower stalls in the women's locker room for this purpose but no place to hang your clothes (I went into the shower stall with my suit on, then took my suit off in the shower, then put in on again wet which required some contortions!)
Our bus was delayed leaving the Blue Lagoon; a woman in our group had left her grandmother's diamond ring the locker. Other passengers were cranky about the delay: "Why would you even wear such a ring to a hot springs???" The ring was never recovered but I am glad they searched for it. Because of the delay, I got a nice shot of the sunset
I really liked the light as we were sailing away from Reykavik! It looks northern and cold!