You cannot grow an apple-tree in Iceland without it being in a green-house. But mostly there are mushrooms being grown and other vegetables, not many fruits. Hveragerdi is a little town in thirty minutes away from Reykjavik and it’s known for its’ greenhouses and its’ saunas or damp-baths (what’s the difference between the two?). There is also a great old sanatorium, where you can dwell and get better if you’re burn-out or something and you can have a mud-bath-treatment – the mud is exeptionally healing as it comes from the hot-springs that are everywhere around the town, bubbling, and you can play in the pool with other patients and walk out into the snow and see the green-houses turn into light-houses and then have another damp-bath for the cold lungs. People are now increasingly building their own green-houses in Iceland and more than ever studying the culture of growing. Nattura.info got this great youtube sent about cultivating culture in Havana Cuba so you imagine going out into the light-house with a small cigar, discussing what to do in the crisis.
The University of Hveragerdi, placed on a geothermal zone near Reykjavík, did a research on wild hot-springs in Iceland and opened a web on the issue. Unfortunately, it’s all in Icelandic, but since there is a lot going in in the field of research of the possibilities of Wellness Iceland, the reports are now being printed as pancakes and soon they’ll be translated as well. Anyway, it’s nice to look at the photos at this admirable web of wild hot springs and swimming pools all over Iceland: www.hot-springs.org
WELLNESS COUNTRY ICELAND
by Vatnavinir ( Waterfriends )
Water is an artery of life
Wellness country Iceland is a concept to promote health related tourism in Iceland. The abundance of water and geothermal energy is a unique resource of Iceland. The network of water arteries in nature offer an inspiration to join efforts in a network supporting interrelated initiatives for future economic regeneration.
Forming of interdependent alliences of interest will support innovations in water related treatment centres locally and nationally. The network of treatment centres and communities will maintain, develop and proliferate their own identities in mutually enriching ways. The centres can be found in semi-urban, rural or natural settings, by the shoreline, in the countryside or the mountains.
By treading lightly the human footprint is minimized. The unique natural setting of Iceland demands unique responses, with respect for nature and local context guiding any interventions. Thus every centre will be unique in nature and experience providing multiple choices of journeys between differenct wellbeing centers across Iceland.
Straight ahead! – to the restorative springs of Þingeyjarsýsla
This article introduces and discusses the possibility of building elegant therapeutic spas or health resorts in the area between Húsavík and Mývatn, and reiterates the historical, cultural and financial value of such progressive health services in the light of a new era.