For some people, swimming pools may be just an average recreational break time, a place to have fun and well, just another leisure option. For Icelandic people it is way more than that. In this Swimming pools in Reykjavik post you will be able to find swimming pools around the city and what is more important for us, learn to understand the Icelandic bathing tradition.
Coming to Iceland and not stopping at any of our geothermal heated pools or hotpots Is missing a huge opportunity to mingle with the locals. Icelanders do not only go there to simply swim, pools are gathering places to discuss politics, philosophy or any topic that might come up. Families congregate at pools and bonds get tighten; bathing is not just a simple activity…it is a huge part of our culture.
There are many swimming pools in Reykjavik and around the country for our 300.000 inhabitants to enjoy them. Something you should be aware of is that showering naked in Iceland is not rare at all. In fact, it is mandatory and part of public pool bathing etiquette. I know this may throw off many travelers that are not used to this custom but do not worry as all of the swimming pools in Reykjavik have certain showers that do have curtains.
Before getting into the pool it is very important to completely shower as you need to get into the pool as clean as possible. Most of our pools are not treated with chlorine as water usually comes from natural springs, therefore, being clean is our number one rule. Once you have completely showered and cleaned yourself, you can get into your swimming suit and enjoy the warmness!
Pools are usually open all year long and most of them have a main heated pool (about 28ªC) and several hot tubs at different temperatures to choose from. Some even offer Sauna and cold water options.
Swimming pools in Reykjavik:
In Reykjavik we have more than 7 swimming pools and bathing areas but I am going to provide information of the ones who have better facilities:
Probably the best swimming pool in Iceland. It is quite popular because of its easy to reach location and size. It is within walking distance from Reykjavik’s city center and it has plenty of places to eat, drink coffee and even a tiny amusement park.
- Thu: 6:30am – 9:00pm
- Fridays from 6:30am -10:00pm
- Weekends from 08:00am – 8:00pm
Sundlaugarvegur, 104 Reykjavík
This pool is also great for families; kids are going to love it! Facilities include seven hot tubs and massaging area, some of them are kids friendly too. Water slides for adults and children are definitely something to enjoy!
- Weekdays: 6:30-22:00
- Weekends: 8:00-18:00
This one has a really cool shape and offers both cool and hot tubs. Steam room is also available as well as outdoor pool.
- Mon-Thu: 6:30- 22:00
- Fridays: 6:30-20:00
- Weekends: 9:00- 18:00
Hofsvallagata, 107 Reykjavík
For a better experience at Swimming pools in Reykjavik, be sure to follow certain rules:
- Diving is not permitted
- Tobacco and alcohol is forbidden
- Children should be accompanied by an adult and those who do not know who to swim should wear water wings.
- You should shower yourself thoroughly without a swimming suit on before entering the pool.
To check admission fees, you can visit Reykjavik city’s informational website.