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South Iceland Swimming Pool among World’s Best

Readers of The Guardian have named Seljavallalaug, a remote swimming pool fed by a natural hot spring in South Iceland, as one of the top ten in the world. Built in 1923, Seljavallalaug is also the oldest swimming pool in Iceland.

swimmingdream13_esaSeljavallalaug. Photo: Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir/Iceland Review.

The Guardian describes the scenery as “fantastic” and the water as “naturally nice and warm.”

The pool is located in Laugarárgil at the foot of the Eyjafjöll mountain range near Eyjafjallajökull glacier and was filled with ash after the volcano below the glacier erupted in 2010. Since then, ash has repeatedly had to be shoveled out of the pool.

The North Sydney Olympic Pool tops The Guardian’s list, which also includes a floating pool in Berlin and a luxurious rooftop spot in Barcelona.


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