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Ice and fire and tech

Salomi Shah, 11th September 2018

I recently visited Iceland for a vacation. Iceland is known for its landscapes and the balance of fire and ice. Reykjavik, the capital city is a peaceful town with almost zero crime. From there, we visited the Golden circle that consists of the famous Gulfoss waterfall, ÞingvellirNational Park where there are tectonic plates, and Geysir Geothermal Area where the famous geysers are there.

Another day we covered the Ice caves which are man-made inside a glacier. We took a boat ride at the Glacier Lagoon which is a river from the glacier with floating glaciers moving towards the sea.

It's amazing how much technology has changed the look and face of such a small country. For example when we visited Harpa Concert hall, our tickets were scanned directly by a machine and we were told which entrance to go to from our tickets itself.

When we went to the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, on our entrance, we were given waterproof electronic bracelets that worked for our entrance to the facilities, and for using the lockers to keep our belongings. We had taken the comfort package that included a free drink at the lagoon bar. When we went to the bar, our bracelets were scanned to check whether we had already had our one drink.

The same for Landmannalaugar, which is a place made completely of lava formations. This is a base camp for avid trekkers. We purchased a ‘1 day pass' bracelet, which allowed us to use the premises for a single day.

Bracelets for entry seem to be a theme nowadays, be it for concerts, or hiking, or even spas.

Iceland in general seems to be a well-balanced country - in terms of landscapes, and in terms of technology. The landscapes as how it's described Ice n Fire, cover greenery in summer, ice and fire. And from technology, it's well balanced with where they need to keep humans for checking and where they can have bracelets for everything.

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