Top 5 Swimming Pools in Reykjavik

Swimming pools are a big part of the Icelandic Culture and probably one of the best things to do in Reykjavik. It is a unique experience to enjoy the pure thermal energy: there is a number of great pools in the Capital Area. Take a dip in one of our favorite!

About the Swimming Pools

Geothermal water

Most of the swimming pools are outdoors and heated with geothermal water. They are open all year round and offer a unique spa-like experience with steam baths, saunas, hot tubs and jacuzzis… The pools are heated to around 28°C and have several hot tubs to choose from, at various temperatures, ranging from 38°C up to around 45°C.

Swimming pools are very popular and an important matter for locals. We think that’s a great source of natural therapy and a great treatment for the body and the mind. It’s also a good place to socialise, locals gather to discuss the state of the economy, politics, football, latest trend topics, and like to lounge around and relax! There is no better way to immerse yourself in the Icelandic culture than to dive into one of the fabulous geothermal pools! Whether you go for a swim, take a healing soak in a hot tub, or enjoy a thermal steam bath, you will leave feeling relaxed and re-energized.

The rules

Iceland is famous for one surprising fact when it comes to swimming: before to go to the pool you must take a shower… naked. Yes. Everyone must wash thoroughly without a swimsuit before entering the pool. The amount of chlorine in swimming pools is low and in order keep the water clean, that’s the top rule. There are staff making sure you will respect that so if you are shy about being naked among others, get over it. You shouldn’t feel body conscious, everybody there will also be naked, and there is no unnecessary look. Everybody just don’t care 🙂 A few shower might have shower curtains but those are few and far between. You can read more about that on the great blog I heart Reykjavik or check the video below from Iceland Academy.

Practical information

The entrance fee for Swimming Pools is 950 ISK for adults, 150 ISK for children from 6 to 17 years and free for children under 6. It’s possible to buy a 10 admission cards. All pools are free when you buy the Reykjavik City Card.

If you forgot to bring your swimsuit, no worries! It’s possible to rent one for 850 ISK. You can also rent towel for 570 ISK. The full package Entrance + Swimsuit + Towel costs 1.800 ISK.

You’ll have access to a private secure locker for your stuff.

Our Swimming Pools Selection

SUNDHÖLLIN

  • The nearest, just 6 min. walk from the hostel!

The oldest indoor pool in Reykjavík, Sundhöllin was opened in 1937. The building was designed by the architect Guðjón Samúelsson, who also designed the famous Hallgrímskirkja church. The indoor pool has two diving boards: one is about 1m above the water, the other is almost 3m. On the roof, there is a sundeck, two hot tubs and a steam room. They are planning to open soon an outdoor pool.

  • Friday: 6:30- 20:00
    Saturday: 8:00 -16:00
    Sunday: 10:00-18:00
    Monday – Thursday: 6:30-22:00

LAUGARDALSLAUG

  • The biggest, with great equipment!

Laugardalslaug is the most popular swimming pool in Reykjavik, the biggest in the capital area and features a 50 meter long pool, a second large warmer pool, a large indoor pool, a tall water slide, a wading pool, two smaller waterslides, a steam room and a large selection of hot tubs – including one geothermal sea-water tub which gets its water from a low-temperature hot spring just off the coast to the west of the pool. It’s the perfect place to go with the whole family.

  • Mon – Thur: 6:30-22:00
    Friday: 6:30-22:00
    Saturday: 8:00-22:00
    Sunday: 8:00-22:00

VESTURBÆJARLAUG

  • Awarded “Best pool” by locals

Laugardalslaug is the most popular swimming pool in Reykjavik, the biggest in the capital area and features a 50 meter long pool, a second large warmer pool, a large indoor pool, a tall water slide, a wading pool, two smaller waterslides, a steam room and a large selection of hot tubs – including one geothermal sea-water tub which gets its water from a low-temperature hot spring just off the coast to the west of the pool. It’s the perfect place to go with the whole family.

  • Mon – Thur: 6:30-22:00
    Friday: 6:30-22:00
    Saturday: 9:00-22:00
    Sunday: 9:00-22:00

ÁRBAEJARLAUG

  • The most scenic pools, great surroundings

Árbæjarlaug is a large, modern pool with indoor children’s pool, outdoor paddling pool, water slide and fountains for children, three hot tubs, steam bath and sauna. Located quite close to Árbaer City museum, the pool overlooks the Elliðarárdalur valley, a gorgeous green area, in the middle of Reykjavík.

  • Mon – Thur: 6:30-22:00
    Friday: 6:30-20:00
    Saturday: 9:00-18:00
    Sunday: 9:00-18:00

SELTJARNARNESLAUG

  • The best view and the salty water

Seltjarnarneslaug is located on Seltjarnarnes, a western suburb of Reykjavik, not far from the city center. The outdoor swimming pool is a high-quality one and very family friendly. The water in the pool contains minerals and sea salt that have a healing effect on the skin. The pool is 25m. long and at its end is a children’s area. The place features a good selection of hot tubs, a steam room and a water slide and a wading pool for the kids. The view from the wading pool is stunning.

  • Mon – Thur: 6:30-21:00
    Friday: 6:30-21:00
    Saturday: 8:00-18:00
    Sunday: 8:00-18:00

Special Mention

NAUTHÓLSVÍK

  • The geothermal beach

If we talk about thermal water, we can not forgot to mention Nauthólsvík, even if it is not a swimming pool but a geothermal beach. Yes, a beach and a lagoon where you can swim, in Iceland, in the ocean. Sounds crazy, isn’t it? Nauthólsvík opened in 2000: golden beachsand was braught in from elsewhere and big seawalls were build which form a lagoon where the cold sea and hot geothermal water fuse together. The sea temperature varies from around -1,9°C during the coldest months and around 17°C in the summertime. Average temperatures are between 3°- 5°C in the winter and 12°- 15°C in the summer. During opening hours in summer only, geothermal water is routed in to keep the lagoon between 15°C and 19°C. There is also a hot-pot (38°C year-round), a snack bar and changing rooms.

  • Opening hours (summertime)
    15th May – 15th August
    Every day from 10.00 – 19.00

We can not wait to hear your experience of swimming pools in the comments below!

Post by Thomas (Swimming pools tested and approved by all the team)

2017-07-18T19:16:16+00:00 2nd June 2017|0 Comments

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