Sauðárkrókur Splashes into the Future with New Pool Expansion

The public pool in Sauðárkrókur

The town of Sauðárkrókur in North Iceland is enhancing its public pool with a new recreational area, including an 11-metre-high water slide and additional facilities. The project is a significant investment expected to become a place of leisure and recreation for both children and adults.

A cornerstone of community life

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This being the case, residents of the town of Sauðárkrókur in North Iceland are understandably excited about the construction of a new recreational area next to the town’s swimming pool, which, at 70 years old, bears the mark of time. 

The forthcoming recreational area will enhance the current facilities — which currently comprise an outdoor pool, two hot tubs, and a plastic vat for soaking in cold water — with several water slides, including a notable 11-metre-high slide. Work on the expansion began in January of 2021.

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“This recreational area is designed for both children and adults, serving as a kind of comfort zone. Our plans include constructing an 11-metre-high slide tower, complemented by approximately three to four water slides. Additionally, we will introduce a pool for swimming instruction, massage tubs, and a cold tub, alongside the current pool and tubs. It represents a substantial expansion of our facilities,” Ingvar Páll Ingvarsson, project manager with the Municipality of Skagafjörður, stated in an interview with Vísir yesterday.

“I believe it will be magnificent. Once the tower is up, it will be a major landmark,” Ingvar Páll added. 

At a considerable cost

The mayor is equally excited: “We’ve been waiting a long time for this, and as you can see, it’s just a splendid project that we look forward to inaugurating,” Sigfús Ingi Sigfússon, Mayor of Skagafjörður, told Vísir.

When asked about the total cost of the project, Sigfús Ingi admitted that the renovations came at a considerable cost: “Yes, the cost is considerable. In total, from start to finish, including a complete overhaul of the old swimming pool and building, around ISK 1.4 billion [$10.2 million/€9.3 million],” Sigfús Ingi stated.

The mayor hopes that the residents and visitors of the area won’t have to wait much longer for the new swimming pool area to open, although he does not want to specify any month or date in this regard.

Plans for the new recreational area at the public pool in Sauðárkrókur
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