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Tourists Not Visiting Iceland’s Pools in Growing Numbers

By Iceland Review

The number of foreign tourists visiting Icelandic swimming pools has not increased in line with the overall increase in visitors to Iceland over the past ten years, ruv.is reports.

According to Einar Bárðarson, director of Visit Reykjavík marketing office, tourists don’t realize that it’s possible to visit the country’s warm pools during the height of winter.

“Then there are things which relate to our cultural background, we require cleanliness at the pool and visitors might find it difficult to undress and bathe themselves in front of others, even though they are of the same sex. We are trying to explain that our swimming pools are like our sagas, they are part of our ancient traditions,” he said.

The number of visitors to Iceland has increased by 154 percent over the past ten years.

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