Hot water comes out of the ground in Iceland in many places. In past and present Icelanders used it to make their lives more comfortable also by soaking in hot pots. Going to the pool is thereby compulsory while you stay in Iceland :-)
Hot water comes out of the ground in Iceland in many places. In past and present Icelanders used it to make their lives more comfortable also by soaking in hot pots. Going to the pool is thereby compulsory while you stay in Iceland :-) However you might not want to go to the Blue Lagoon, as it has become a very touristy and expensive place where one has to get an appointment in advance, we have visited some swimming pools in the surrounding areas and listed our favorites.
This swimming pool is located in the suburbs of Reykjavik and was opened in 2009. Its construction was so costly that it played a major role in the bankruptcy of the municipality of Álftanes. Luckily it was finished before the money was gone. The pool offers an inside pool, two hot pots one 38 - 40 °C which is a whirl pool where the bubbles can be activated manually and one normal pool with a temperature between 40 – 42 °C as well as a slightly cooler wading pool for children. One 25 m pool for swimming with a nice view. The pool also hosts the highest waterslide with a height of 10 m and the only wave pool on the island. For more comfort there is also a nice wooden sauna with window which is hot and a steam bath that could be hotter but also has a window. For cooling down afterwards they have a small cold pot. The beautiful mountain view and the nice changing rooms are an additional plus. As it seems to be an important criteria for some Icelandic people to have a hot dog stand at the pool they are lucky as there is one right in front of the building.
Monday - Friday: 06:30 - 21:00
Weekend: 09:00 - 19:00
Price for a single ticket adult: 600 ISK
This pool is also situated in the outskirts of Reykjavik in Mosfellsbaer. Some people say it is a good alternative to the Blue Lagoon. It is fairly new and has a lot to offer. There is one big pool inside (which is the only pool indoors) and one outside. Three hot tubs from 38 °C upwards one equipped with massage jets that can be turned on manually are provided. It is also a good place for families as they offer a flat pool for children as well as water basketball and slides in different lengths and width. For more relaxation there are a big sauna and a steam bath included. One cold pool and a nice little green area make the cooling down afterward even more enjoyable. From the pool one has a good view on the mountains. There is also a little restaurant however, with a small menu and a hot dog stand outside if you get hungry after so much soaking in the hot water.
Monday - Friday: 06:30 - 21:30
Weekend: 08:00 - 19:00
Price per single ticket adult: 650 ISK
Located in Seltjarnarnes, just minutes away from downtown Reykjavik, this pool is the only one in the capital area using a mix of sea water. There are two hot pots at 38 - 40 °C: one has a secret button that can activate a lot of bubbles and some massage jets. For the most daring ones, there is a pot at 41 - 44 °C and you can then jump into the cold pot to cool down. Children really like this pool because of the big wading pool at 36 - 38 °C where they have different fountains with cool animal shapes to play with. They also have a waterslide ending just next to a small 36 - 38 °C pool where parents can watch their kids having fun while relaxing. For those interested in swimming, there is a 25 m pool at 29 °C and right next to it, a smaller one at 35 °C for kids to learn how to swim. If you want to relax even more, you can go to the steam bath that has a transparent wall that is really nice when the sun is shining. After a relaxing time at the pool, you can have a nice walk along the sea coast and enjoy the view on Snaefellsnesjökull in the distance.
Monday – Friday: 06:30 - 21:00
Weekend: 08:00 - 18:00
Price per single ticket adult: 600 ISK
Situated in town next to the national football stadium this pool is easy to get to. It is probably the most popular pool among tourists and locals alike in the capital city. It was opened in 19968 and situated where a lot of hot springs have already been and used for laundry in the old days. The pool provides a large 50 m pool for swimming, one for playing with a long slide, a wading pool for the little ones also with slide and a selection of hot tubs to relax in. There is also one pot with sea water rich in minerals. For those who want enjoy the water it is paradise however, there is no sauna and the steam bath is nothing special either but pretty hot which makes up a bit for the missing sauna. There is also space for sunbathing and a hot dog stand is on the sight for those who like to enjoy this typical Icelandic snack while spending the day with friends in the pool.
Monday – Thursday: 6:30 - 22:00
Friday: 6:30 - 22:00
Weekend: 8:00 - 22:00
Price for single ticket adult: 900 ISK
The swimming pool is located near downtown and not fare from the ocean. It was opened in 1961 and thereby one of the older pools in Reykjavik. They offer “only“ outside pools and no slides. So this might sound boring however, there is a variety of hot pools where one can soak in and enjoy. One larger pool with a temperature between 38 – 40 °C and two smaller ones that have a higher temperature are offered. There is also a pool for kids to play with a basketball hoop and other floating toys. For those who want to exercise there is a small swimming pool. A small sauna which is not so hot and a nice big steam bath which is made out of thick glass bricks where the sun shines through add the little something to make it a nice place to go. It is a place where mainly locals meet and in the past it was a meeting place for gay people. Stories about some famous visitors are told proudly if locals talk about that swimming pool. A nice café and a good hotdog stand are next to it.
Monday - Thursday: 6:30 - 22:00
Friday: 6:30 - 20:00
Weekend: 9:00 - 18:00
Price for single ticket adult: 900 ISK