Would you be surprised to learn air quality in Reykjavik Iceland is sometimes quite horrible? PIC Stuart Chalmers

Would you be surprised to learn air quality in Reykjavik Iceland is sometimes quite horrible? PIC Stuart Chalmers

The air in Iceland is so clean and fresh just one deep breath will literally turn you into a new wholesome person and make you wonder how low quality of life you actually have back home.

This is the kind of statements one often reads on blogs, websites and tourist brochures about Iceland. Problem is, this is pretty much wishful thinking and deceitful advertising. Air quality in Iceland is sometimes downright horrible and this is especially the case the the Reykjavik capital.

But hey, no need to take our word for it. Check out this official reading this morning of February 19th 2014. Then know that this is the only true measuring station in the whole city. 0-50 µg/m³ is considered good. This morning it measured 1093.00 µg/m³. Not a great atmosphere for asthma patients or young kids.

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