Geothermally heating pools and hot pots are a big part of Icelandic culture, and one of the great things about our Reykjavik tourist cards was the fact that entrance to all these pools was included. So, we headed for Laugardalslaug, the biggest pool complex in town to make sure we knew what all of the fuss was about.
There is an Olympic-sized as well as a small hot pot inside, but most of the action is outdoors. We tested out all of the various features including hot pots with water temperatures ranging from 38C to 44C. (Be warned: 44C is really, really hot and you'll look like a lobster for a while afterwards!) There is also a water slide, a kiddy pool, a pool for swimming laps, and two other hot pots of various sizes. It's a great complex, although very popular: you'll probably have to wait your turn to get a spot in some of the hot pots, and you should get used to sitting very close to your neighbor!
Unique geothermal area!
Walking trails around Hveragerði and vicinity are innumerable so everyone should be able to choose a trail according to one’s interest and ability. The Hengill area is a vast outdoor area where hiking trails have been marked. The hiking trails in the valleys vary in levels of difficulty and length.
A hiking map of the area has been published and it’s available at tourist information centres.
We bought the map from Reykjavik city centre tourism office where they also helped us with bus timetables to reach the place. We had wonderful one day tour coming back to Reykjavik for the night. We hardly saw any other tourists, the views were incredible, passing the rivers and climbing up the hills was challenging enough (not too hard!).
I can recommend this everyone in normal health condition - and if You are travelling during summer time, I suppose these trails are not available in winter...
Equipment: Remember to take something to eat and drink with You. It is great to have the lunch in remote nature next to hot springs, hills and rivers.
There is also a possibility to swim in springs, so take Your swimming suit and towel:)
I had never done horseriding before, so we took only half day tour. It was so easy, You could have done it longer! So do not be afraid and contact one of the tour operators organizing this activity.
Even this is little bit outside Reykjavik, You can ask them to pick You up.
Btw, Ishestar had also possibility to combine half day riding and whale watching afterwards!
For more information, check their webpages.
Equipment: All equipment is given by Ishestar:)
For all those who enjoy a game of golf while on holidays, then Iceland can offer you a slightly different golfing experience.
Located between Reykjavik and the airport, there is a golf course that has been built on a lava field!!
Keilir golf club is divided into two halves - the lava course on the front 9 holes, and the links/grass course on the back 9. The lava half of the course is pretty difficult, as if you hit the ball off the course you are in the lava!
I was in Reykjavik on a national holiday, the First Day of Summer (Sumardagurrin fyrsti), so I had the opportunity to see kids and families relaxind and many of them were out exercising around town.