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.