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Perhaps this is (partly) why it is so expensive to visit the Blue lagoon

Early morning empty Blue lagoon. Would you believe a single individual owns a large chunk of this stunning destination? PIC Nouhailler

Early morning empty Blue lagoon. Would you believe a single individual owns a large chunk of this stunning destination? PIC Nouhailler

Imagine for a moment if a single individual was a major owner of say Yosemite National Park in the US, the Stonehenge in the UK or the Black Forest of Germany. All these are major tourist attraction in their respective countries and anyone fortunate enough to own them will be a billionaire without lifting a finger in seconds.

Ridiculous idea isn´t it?

But how about we told you that a single individual owns a large chunk of the most popular tourist attraction in Iceland? The Blue lagoon has in fifteen years gone from being absolutely free for everyone, albeit with limited services, to being the most expensive thing you can visit in this country. Indeed, the price for a dip in this unnatural lagoon jumps every year and this year they even took to charging those that wanted simply to have a look at the famous lagoon.

And now it turns out the owner in question, and incidentally also the Blue lagoon director, pockets the same monthly salary as the CEO´s of the largest companies in Iceland. This guy rolls in twelve times what the lowest paid staff at the lagoon  is paid on a monthly basis. By our calculations it takes almost 800 people a month to pay the single entrance fee just to cover his salary. All the while his investment is paying large dividends too.

This is precisely why team Total Iceland dislikes the Blue lagoon. This lagoon, the result of the financial commitment of locals in the area to build a power station is now making outsiders very very rich. That may be fine and dandy in large nation such as US, UK or Germany but in a society of 300 thousand people for someone to have 12 times what his lowest paid workers are getting is unethical and plain wrong.

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