Sip­ping and Soak­ing

Business Traveler (USA) - - COVER STORY -

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

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