Swimming, Reykjavík Region
Reykjavík has many exterior geothermal pools, but Árbæjarlaug is by far our favourite. Located on the outskirts of Reykjavík, this modern complex has, along with the traditional swimming pool, a steam sauna, hot pots, jacuzzi and even a water slide for the kids. An extra incentive to visit this mostly non-touristic spot is the nearby Elliðárdalur Valley with its many walking (and horse-riding) paths and salmon river.
Árbæjarlaug is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on weekdays at from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (summer) or 8:30 p.m. (winter) on weekends.
It is absolutely a must to visit one of Reykjavik's many swimming pools and soak off in the hot tubs after a busy day wandering around the town or taking a day trip. This can actually be done almost anywhere around the country as most villages with population above 100 have a swimming pool.
The perfect way to relax and regain energy in any season.
Reykjavik´s outdoor swimming pools.
Reykjavik has several outdoor swimming pools; the largest one is in the Laugardalur area, 50m long, and it is next door the main camping ground in the city and a youth hostel. But there are quite a few others around town well worth visiting. There are also outdoor tubs with really hot water and steam baths. In winter one can soak in the hot water tub with the snowflakes whirling around!!
Iceland is a highly volcanic country and the locals have learned to use that to their advantage. Steam from underground sources is used to heat homes and create these amazing outdoor pools where the water is 30+C all year round.
Try a geothermally heated swimming pool!
They're warmer than you're used to, and for a reason. Going to the pools is very popular with people here, who swim and then relax and gossip in the hot tubs.