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Thursday, November 25, 2004

In Hot Water

Iceland is a hot bed of volcanic activities and unsurprisingly the main source of energy comes from its geo-thermal plants.

The Blue Lagoon is a natural lake heated by the geo-thermal activities and is well-known for its healing properties. The place does need a little getting used to as the stench of sulphur is pretty strong. As we arrived, the temperature outside was a cool -2 degrees celcius so it was a really strange feeling running out to the lake in our swimming costumes! Posted by Hello

The water temperate was just under 40 degrees Celcius. The place comes with sauna, steam bath and jacuzzi pools which KL's gleefully took advantage of!Posted by Hello

Among the trips we made in Iceland was a delightful drive to the Geysir hot springs area. The Geysir, and it's smaller brother Stokur regularly blasts tons of hot water to a height of nearly 20m - quite a sight to behold. KL just about managed to capture the blast just as Stokur was about to empty its bowels! Posted by Hello

Here I am warming myself up next to a less active hot spring. The blue hue of the water is a result of the high silica content. Posted by Hello

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