Iceland’s Signature Swimming Pools

Icelandic swimming pools are a bit of a phenomenon and serve a similar purpose as pubs in England. They do have lanes for swimmers and yes, some of the guests are actually there to swim but most of us go there to relax in the hot tub while we catch up on the latest gossip in this country. It’s a very common misconception that Iceland is really, really cold. The temperatures are often much higher than what people think, although we’ll admit, the wind-chill will sometimes make up the difference. But we’re not just talking about the weather. In one very significant way, Iceland is one of the warmest countries you’ll ever visit: geothermal heat. We have loads of it, which explains our warm houses and numerous outdoor swimming pools.

When to go

The pools and their many hot tubs are open all year round from as early as 6.30 am until as late as 10 pm. The swimming pool elites will be there at 6.30 am sharp and request their usual locker and swim their usual laps before heading off to work with their usual dose of hot tub info. Most of us just show up after work for a little dip or even to meet friends late at night to catch up.


Keep in mind…

There is a certain etiquette to be stressed here, which involves the showers and clothing. Locker rooms are divided by gender and guests are required to shower and soap without clothes before putting on their swimwear and heading to the pool. It is considered very bad form to break this rule.

Brave the outdoors

Most swimming pools also have an outdoor area if you want to get changed and shower outside. Although it sounds crazy in bad weather we highly recommend it, as it will make the experience all the more invigorating, it’s less crowded and they usually have some sort of heating in the outdoor locker rooms so it’s not as heroic as it sounds. Again, the showers are always separated by gender and the same rules apply._RAF1808

A pool for every occasion

If you want to catch a glimpse of real Icelanders and find out what today’s hot topic is, visit Vesturbæjarlaug and their hot tubs at 6.30 am.

If you really want an indoor experience Sundhöll Reykjavíkur is the place to go where you can admire the architecture and this authentic Reykjavík hangout.

If serious swimming is your sport, head to Laugardalslaug which has a 50 m pool both outdoors and indoors. Check out the waterslide and seawater hot tub while you’re there and if the weather is nice you can even reserve a spot on the beach volleyball court.

Planning for an Iceland Adventure, it’s time to choose your tour package now !.

 ATV tour

From 18.300

Very easy 6 HOURS
ATV tour

This tour includes an ATV tour in the volcanic landscape of Reykjanes Peninsula. The tour starts from Reykjavik, with an unguided transfer to the Blue Lagoon where you will meet the ATV guides, and back to Reykjavik when the tour has ended.

 Transfers only: Reykjavik – Blue Lagoon – Keflavik Airport

From 4.400

Very easy 1 HOURS
Transfers only: Reykjavik – Blue Lagoon – Keflavik Airport

Unguided transfer from Reykjavik city to the Blue Lagoon, ending at KEF airport. Blue Lagoon entrance fee is sold separately and must be prebooked.

2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon with Glacier Hike, Boat Tour & South Coast Waterfalls

From 49.900

Easy 2 DAYS
2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon with Glacier Hike, Boat Tour & South Coast Waterfalls

Join this tour along Iceland’s south coast to discover its stunning glaciers, lava fields, volcanoes, strong rivers and waterfalls. You will also see an amazing black beach scattered with icebergs, next to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

 Sea Angling

From 14.200

Very easy 3 HOURS
Sea Angling

A Reykjavik fishing tour that’s fun for everyone. The tour commences at our ticket office by

 Reykjavík Christmas Walk & Gullfoss, Geysir & Þingvellir

From 28.000

Easy 9 HOURS
Reykjavík Christmas Walk & Gullfoss, Geysir & Þingvellir

Join us for a wonderful and hands-on-experience Reykjavík tour followed up by the wonderful Golden Circle.