Sipping and Soaking
Shoppers will find plenty of reindeer sweaters and cute Christmas ornaments but Iceland is not the best place to take a shopping list. Its industries center around fishing and processing, farming, sheep and geothermal energy. Import levels are high here and shopping deals are not the focus. Better to spend that time touring the island and soaking up some of the warmth in those blue water mineral baths.
In fact, even the shyest tourist can expect to conform to the top rule in an Iceland visit. That is: taking a hot springs soak. It may involve wearing few, if any, clothes. It will involve a good, clean scrubbing before getting into the steamy water and it will likely be enhanced with alcohol, the sipping kind.
The Blue Lagoon is the most famous of these soaking palaces. Most bathhouses are casual affairs with locker rooms and showers and a rough-hewn pool that takes all stress away. But the Blue Lagoon