The first swimming pool that imitates ocean waves opened in Álftanes in Iceland’s capital region on Saturday. Admission was free for the occasion and almost 3,000 people took advantage of the offer.
From Álftanes. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“The first weekend went incredibly well,” David Park, the director of the Álftaneslaug swimming pool, told Fréttabladid. “Everyone was satisfied with the pool and admission was so intense that it bordered on mass hysteria.”
Park explained that the high number of pool guests is especially significant considering that the opening wasn’t advertised. “It was in fact an opening ceremony for the inhabitants of Álftanes.”
In addition to the wave pool, Álftaneslaug boasts the largest waterslide in the country, which is ten meter high and 80 meters long, in addition to a 25-meter outdoor pool for swimming, hot tubs and steam baths.
A sports center and restaurant are also operated at Álftaneslaug.
At the opening ceremony on Saturday, pool-goers could enjoy refreshments and musical acts, including performances by the local choir and music school.