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Iceland's Blue lagoon – an attractive choice?

Iceland's Blue lagoon is one of those 'must do' experiences when you're in Iceland. Or so I thought, until I read the Public Health notice pinned on the wall in the reception.

First off, it's more of a bathing pool than a lagoon, beautifully constructed with dazzlingly blue water in a lunar landscape of black volcanic rubble. I assumed that the water came up from some pristine underground geothermal source, heated naturally by the planet but actually it's seawater having passed through a nearby power plant, umm not quite so nice.

The wonderful bright blue turns out to be, not due to some exotic deep earth mineral but the dead cells of cyano-bacteria, umm even less nice and apparently people travel from all over the world to bath their skin diseases in the healing waters of the lagoon.

Now there isn’t any degree of ‘not nice’ that sufficiently deals with that last snippet of information.

I decided to put my swimming costume back in my bag and bought a coffee and sat watching the happy bathers.


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I’ve been writing about travel for the past 14 years and have travelled extensively from [A]ustralia to [Z]imbabwe. I’ve been around the world a few of times and have written widely for the international press in America, Australia and the UK, for newspapers, magazines and websites.I am also the author of a definitive guide to Wildlife Conservation Volunteering (Bradt, 2012) and have worked on volunteer projects in South America, Africa, India and Europe. Working from a riverboat on the Amazon has to be my favourite conservation project – a bit of comfort and luxury at the end of the day after getting filthy ploughing through the muddy jungle.I think the best way of getting around is travelling by train, not just because it’s eco-friendly but because I enjoy the journey as much as the destination. I’ve written a lot about train travel and am a contributing author to Great Railway Journeys of the World (Time Out 2009). My enthusiasm for travelling on trains culminated in 2011 – 2012 when I travelled around the world by train - from London to Sydney. This was the most amazing trip I’ve ever done and I spent three months because I couldn’t stop myself getting off to explore what couldn’t be seen from the window.Naturally it’s now a book!



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