IF YOU GO

The Hamilton Spectator - - TRAVEL -

GET­TING AROUND If you’re plan­ning on vis­it­ing just the hot springs men­tioned, you won’t need a four-wheel drive. Cars can be rented from Europ­car at the Ke­flavik air­port; 425-0300, www.europ­car.com. From $120 a day with un­lim­ited mileage.

GET­TING NAKED

The one thing you must know be­fore vis­it­ing a man-made hot spring in Ice­land is that you will get naked in the pub­lic show­ers. At the Blue La­goon, you are re­quired to shower naked in sex-seg­re­gated show­ers be­fore en­ter­ing the wa­ter. And yes, there is some­one mon­i­tor­ing you. Af­ter the pub­lic shower you can put on your bathing suit and en­ter the wa­ter. You also must shower naked be­fore en­ter­ing Lau­gar­vatn Fon­tana and the Se­cret La­goon.

WHERE TO STAY

Ho­tel Skuggi: 103 Hver­fis­gata, Reyk­javik; 590-7000, www.lat.ms/skug­gi­ho­tel. Dou­bles from $318, in­clud­ing break­fast. Ice­landair Ho­tel Reyjkavik Ma­rina: 2 Myrar­gata, Reyk­javik; 444-4000, www.lat.ms/ice­landair­ma­rina. Dou­bles from $357.

WHERE TO EAT

Sand­holt: 36 Lau­gave­gur, Reyk­javik; 551-3524, sand­holt.is/en. Bak­ery with ex­cel­lent breads, pas­tries, sand­wiches, soups and cof­fee drinks. Dinner about $15.

Frid­heimar: Blasko­gabyggd, Selfoss; 486-8894, frid­heimar.is/en. Eat in a tomato green­house that serves pasta, un­lim­ited tomato soup, and cock­tails. Meals from about $20.

Valdis: 21 Granda­gar­dur, Reyk­javik; 586-8088, valdis.is. An ice cream shop that serves licorice ice cream in waf­fle cones. $3.95 for a scoop.

Burid: 35 Granda­gar­dur, Reyk­javik; 551-8400, blog.burid.is/english. A cheese and snack shop with ev­ery­thing you’ll need for a pic­nic.

Om­nom Choco­late: 4 Hol­maslod, Reyk­javik; 519-5959, www.om­nom­choco­late.com. Stop for a free choco­late tast­ing and to pick up some bars to take home.

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