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Why all the hush hush about the Blue lagoon in Iceland?

Ahhh what loveliness. But public information about its water and possible contamination are off limits. PIC Coleccionista de Instantes

Ahhh what loveliness. But public information about its water and possible contamination are off limits. PIC Coleccionista de Instantes

Ask any staff at the Blue lagoon about the Blue lagoon and you´ll get a speech about the absolutely the most wonderfully wonderful bathwater in the whole wide world. Mars included. But it does seem a bit odd that health authorities in Iceland refuse to publish their findings on the purity of the water in the lagoon.

According to the official version on the website of the Blue lagoon the water in the lagoon replenishes every couple of days. This is plausible enough and might sound fine but then keep in mind over two thousand people dip into the lagoon every single day of the year. Ergo; four thousand people have taken a dip in the time it takes to replenish the lagoon fully. Which means that if the pool was regulated like a regular swimming pool in Iceland it would be closed immediately due to contamination.

it is our experience that every time information is not readily available to the public something is wrong

But the Blue lagoon is not regulated like a swimming pool. It is, after all, a natural site and totally other rules apply for those. Team Total Iceland has written about some very popular natural spring pools here being contaminated beyond what is considered healthy as you can see here. Those findings not official as no officials regulate natural hot springs in spite of tens of thousands visiting every year.

Neither is information about any possible contamination in the Blue lagoon accessible at all from the authorities. The lagoon does boast a so called Blue Flag accreditation which should guarantee it is a healthy and clean place to bathe. Alas, not so. The Blue flag organization does not test the water at all. The Blue lagoon takes care of that for them.

Not surprisingly, the results have been great. But when we inquired about the purity of the water from the local level we met a wall of silence. Not to put too fine a point on it, but it is our experience that every time information is not readily available to the public something is wrong.

Take care out there.

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