Hot Pots

As you may recall, I mentioned the wonderful Icelandic tradition of soaking in the hot pots. The swimming pools are conveniently open from 6:30am to 10:30 pm for all to enjoy.  And contrary to what you may imagine, there is a ritual that is strictly adhered to.

Upon arriving at the changing room, you must first take off your shoes before entering the actual area (glad I brought my flip flops), leaving them on either shelves when provided or just lying neatly in a row along the wall.  OK, fine, no biggy you may think…….but wait…

After entering the changing room, you can’t help but notice the HUGE sign with instructions on the next step in the procedure (at the smaller community pool, as we were foreigners, we were actually handed an info card) – before putting on your swimming togs, you need to wash a few “key areas”.

And you may consider skipping this step, however, be warned, on our first excursion to the big fancy pool, there is actually a shower monitor!

Once appropriately clean, you can then enjoy the numerous pools with their various temperatures to your heart’s delight.

For another variation on the theme, today we went to the hot pot on the beach.  And yes, it’s just like going to the beach….family picnics, birthday parties, kids playing in the sand, and those brave few hopping from the hot pot into the ocean and back again.  Needless to say, it can get a little crowded.

And the ultimate in hot pot experiences is undoubtedly the Blue Lagoon, located on the desolate and stark Rekjanes Peninsula.  Nothing better than slathering a silca mud mask on your face, sipping on a glass of bubbly, and then floating on your back, arms outstretched, in the milky-blue waters of the lagoon, the cool rain sprinkling down.

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~ by betweenthelatitudes on May 18, 2011.

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