What better way to encounter Icelandic social rituals than to visit a geo-thermal spa, and Laugardaslaug in the centre of Reykjavik is a thoroughly satisfying and thrilling experience. Not only a great way to ease those muscles after a glacier trek or a shopping expedition, but a first hand glimpse at an Icelandic ritual which is as common a social experience as it is for us Brits to go for a couple of pints down the local, this though is much better for you and all social groups of all ages enjoy the hot soothing water.. Once you've showered - taking necessary care to make sure you are thorough - the lack of chlorine or chemicals in the water which normally sterilise deem it necessary to wash efficiently before you take the plunge which means throwing away any reserved British humility and completely strip off and soap up!
Once you brave the bracing outside air post shower you are faced with the overwhelming need to seek warmth - quickly. This need is sharply assuaged as you enter the simmering 'hot pots' and allow the geo thermal effects to work their magic. Under crisp, blue winter skies I spent two hours dreamily hypnotised by the calming effect of this wonderful past-time and not only does the water penetrate the muscles in a soothing hug, they also sharpen the mind and spirit. There was a varied choice of temperatures to encounter from 48C (very hot) to around 32C which was comfortable. The large Olympic sized swimming pool (a pleasant 28C) allowed plenty of room for a slow, stretched out swim and as you navigate the steamy waters (visibility is around two to three metres) it is hard not to imagine yourself in some labyrinthian lagoon. I spent two wonderful hours here before the pleasant walk back to downtown Reykjavik. I will definitely visit again on my next trip to Iceland. If you're in Reykjavik for longer than a long weekend then it may be an idea to buy a c
Citi Kort - a card which allows ten visits to the pools in the area allowing a good saving. You can use this card in all of the local pools/spas. To get to Laugardaslaug, take the number 14 bus from Hlemmur bus terminal it takes 10 minutes, drops you off right outside the pool and costs 350 ISK.
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