IF YOU GO
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.
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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