Swimming and soaking at pools and hot springs is an important part of daily life in Iceland. During the cold, dark, winter months, the hot waters of these pools make a nice substitute for the warmth of the sun. And during the endless daylight hours of summer, the pools become a place to relax, to socialize, and to enjoy the sun’s rays while they last.
In and around Reykjavik, you’ll find dozens of man-made hot springs. While they aren’t naturally occurring pools, the water is pure, coming from thousands of meters below the ground. The water is used to provide geothermal electricity to the region and the run-off is used to create the pools.
In Reykjavik, choose from one of dozens of city pool, which are easy to get to and inexpensive. They’re open year round and offer suits and towels for rent.
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About 40 minutes outside of the city, you’ll find the famous Blue Lagoon. It’s more pricey than the city swimming pools, but the unique experience is well worth the cost.
Public pools and hot springs have a specific set of rules and etiquette around them. For more on what to expect when visiting a hot spring or pool in Iceland, check here.
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