Laugardalslaug Pool, Reykjavík
Included in the free attractions with my 72 hour City Card was entrance to any of Reykjavik's thermal pools so i decided to visit the largest one which is LAUGARDALSLAUG. Once i had changed i immediately jumped in one of the large swimming pools and to my disappointment it was not as hot as i expected it to be. If i remember correctly i did ask someone later who told me it was around 19 c, but i quickly found out that there were smaller hot pools that are 38-41 c so i immediately transferred to one of those. Yes, it was warm, but did i enjoy myself? Not really as i was alone and the pool seemed to be a place where locals gather in groups and catch up with the latest news together, so it was hard to strike up a conversation. I soon found out that i had to submerge my whole body in the water as my shoulders were becoming cold. I eventually had enough of the thermal pool so i climbed out and started to shiver as i ran past the locals who were sunbathing with their bikinis on while lying on sunbeds in the Icelandic summer heat of 10 or 11 degrees. No the hot pool was not for me ! I must point out that this was a Saturday so i suspect that it is not so crowded on a weekday.
There are certain procedures that must be followed when you visit these pools.
1 Pay the entrance fee and you will be given a rubber band to wear on your wrist
2 Take your shoes off before entering the changing rooms. There are shelves to store your shoes outside
3 Remove your clothes, and store them in the locker using the chip in your wrist band to lock and unlock the door.
4 Enter the shower area and wash yourself with soap along wiith all the pther naked people.
5 Put your swimming gear on and enter the pool are
6 When you are finished shower again and get dressed.
And forgot to mention that cameras are not allowed in the locker room for obvious reasons but i was told to ask the attendant if i could take mine to the pool. I did not bother and left mine in the locker.
There is an excellent spa called Laugar Spa next to and connected with one of our swimming pools, Laugardalslaug in Laugardalur valley. In the same building is the fitness center World Class.
I have visited this spa many times. It is excellent with a heated seawater tub, six saunas and steam-baths, each one with its own theme. One of them is a lovely mosaic sauna with aromatherapy, another one has stars in the ceiling, another one has a "sun" in the ceiling etc. And there are 2 showers with either icy water or hot water with scented oils, lovely :) You can also try to sit in a barrel of cold sea-water - only for the bravest as you get totally numb by getting in the barrel. I have backed out of it ;) There is also a lovely waterfall where you can shower.
Afterwards you put on a robe and relax in a special room by the fire. An excellent treat!
The only drawback for me was that the spa was obviously designed by a man and it was in dark colours, not very inviting, and the chairs are in the shape of behinds - and the decorations on the walls are in the shape of sperm swimming around... don´t quite understand what they were thinking while designing this.
There is direct access to Laugardalslaug swimming pool from Laugar spa. Laugardalslaug is a big swimming pool with several hot-tubs and this is where many people meet to chat before going to work in the mornings. In the hot-tubs you will hear all the latest gossip.