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A guide to the Pools of Reykjavík City

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With Iceland’s abundance of geothermal energy, over 90% of the country’s hot water is heated up by geothermal sources. Hot water is therefore very accessible in Iceland and is, amongst other, used to heat up most of the swimming pools of Reykjavík and the country’s pools as a whole.

In Iceland there are over 160 pools, with 18 of them being located in Reykjavík. By visiting one of the many pools in Iceland, you can explore the country’s bathing culture which is ingrained in most Icelanders, where locals visit the pools all year around. See here Iceland Review’s a deep dive into Icelandic bathing culture.

Below you can see our guide to the swimming pools of Reykjavík, located in the city centre or around.

Pools in Reykjavík City

 

Sundhöll Reykjavíkur Swimming Pool

Sundhöll Reykjavíkur, is the oldest purpose-built public pool in Iceland, built in 1937. It is furthermore the only public pool located in downtown Reykjavík, located at Barónsstígur street. The pool consists of an indoor and outdoor pool, hot tubs, a children’s pool, a cold tub and a sauna, where people can escape the city in the midst of the city’s centre. 

Admission: ISK 1,330. Youth 16-17: ISK 210. Free for seniors and children under 16.

People in sundhöll reykjavíkur swimming pool
Photo: Golli – Sundhöll Reykjavíkur swimming pool

 

Vesturbæjarlaug Swimming Pool

Vesturbæjarlaug pool is located in the old town in western Reykjavík, at Hofsvallagata street and is one of the most popular swimming pools of Reykjavík. The pool is made up of hot tubs, a cold tub, children’s pool, a large swimming pool, sauna and a steam room. The surrounding area is quite a nice one, where you can for example pay a visit to Kaffihús Vesturbæjar, or the Cafe of Vesturbær, which is located across the street from the pool. 

Admission: ISK 1,330. Youth 16-17: ISK 210. Free for seniors and children under 16.

 

Laugardalslaug Swimming Pool

Laugardalslaug is the city’s largest pool and is located in Laugardalur valley, about a 5 minute drive from the city centre. It consists of two large swimming pools, inside and outside, a children’s pool, a slide, cold tub, steam room and multiple hot tubs, with one of them being a salt water hot tub. In the Laugardalur valley, close to the pool, you can also find the city’s petting zoo called Húsdýragarðurinn, and the ice skating arena, Skautahöllin. 

Admission: ISK 1,210. Youth 16-17: ISK 195. Free for seniors and children under 16.

Laugardalslaug swimming pool in Reykjavík
Photo: Golli. Laugardalslaug swimming pool in Reykjavík

Árbæjarlaug Swimming Pool

Árbæjarlaug is located in the Árbær district, about 10 minutes driving distance from the city centre. The pool consists of children’s pools, inside and outside, hot tubs, a cold tub, two slides, one for the younger children, a large swimming pool and a steam room. The pool is located near one of the Reykjavík City Museum exhibitions, the Árbær Open Air Museum. 

Admission: ISK 1,330. Youth 16-17: ISK 210. Free for seniors and children under 16.

 

Dalslaug Swimming Pool

Dalslaug is Reykjavík’s most recent pool as it opened in December 2021. The pool is quite modern in design and is located at Úlfarsbraut street, about 15 minutes driving distance from the city centre. Dalslaug consists of two pools, inside and outside, hot tubs, a cold tub and sauna. Near the pool is Úlfarsfell mountain, which is a popular hiking spot amongst locals and tourists. 

Admission: ISK 1,210. Youth 16-17: ISK 195. Free for seniors and children under 16.

Úlfarsárdalur swimming pool Dagur B. Eggertsson mayor trying out the pool after opening
Photo: Former Reykjavík Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson trying out Dalslaug

 

Pools Near Reykjavík City

 

Lágafellslaug Swimming Pool

Lágafellslaug pool is located in the town of Mosfellsbær, and is the perfect stop before leaving the city via Route 1, or the Ring Road. The pool is quite a recent one and presents a modern look. The pool includes hot tubs, a cold tub, inside and outside swimming pools, a children’s pool and not one, but three slides. In addition to that there is a steam room and an infrared sauna where guests can relax tired muscles.  

Admission: ISK 1,100. Children 11-17: ISK 195. Free for seniors and children under 11.

 

Kópavogslaug Swimming Pool

Kópavogslaug is one of the largest pools in Iceland and is located in the town of Kópavogur. There are two large swimming pools, inside and outside, hot tubs, a children’s pool, cold tub, steam room and three slides. 

Admission: ISK 1,130. Free for seniors and children under 18.

 

Álftaneslaug Swimming Pool

The Álftaneslaug pool is located in the town of Álftanes, almost next door to the presidential house at Bessastaðir. Surrounding the pool is beautiful nature and the pool’s design is quite modern. It consists of an outside and inside pool, a children’s pool, hot tubs, a slide, steam room and a sauna. Álftaneslaug also possesses a wave pool, which is furthermore Iceland’s first and only wave pool. 

Admission: ISK 830. Free for seniors and children under 18.

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