With its geothermalassets put in the spotlight by the volcano ash that has groundedmuch of Europe’s air traffic, Iceland on Saturday urged visitors stranded there to take a free dip in its thermal pools.
"We have bubbling hot waters, spas, saunas and heated water pools to swim in," Svanhildur Konradsdottir, chairwoman of the Icelandic Tourist Council, said.
The tourist body said it had offered all stranded visitors free access to the capital Reykjavik’s eight pools, which have temperatures ranging from 29 to 42 C (84 to 108 degrees Farenheit). Konradsdottir said the uptakehad been tremendous.
"There are loads of people out and about, the response has been incredible," she told the reporters, adding that despite the volcano spewing soot into the atmosphere, the skies were sunny and blue over the city.
The eruption is taking place under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, normally a popular hikingground about 120 km (75 miles) southeast of the capital.
A cloud of ash from the volcano has drifted southeast across Europe, grounding thousands of flights and stranding passengers worldwide.
Flights are operating on regular schedules between Iceland and the United States but service from the island nation to other destinations is limited by the airport shutdowns caused by the ash plume.
(Read by Renee Haines. Renee Haines is a multimedia journalist at the China Daily Web site.)
（中国日报网英语点津 Julie 编辑蔡姗姗）
geothermal：of or pertaining to the internal heat of the earth（地热的）
ground：to restrict (an aircraft or the like) to the ground because of bad weather, the unsatisfactory condition of the aircraft, etc.使停飞，阻止……起飞）