Vesturbaejarlaug
Vesturbaejarlaug
4.5
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6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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  • David N
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great community pool in walking distance from hotels
    Great community pool with swimming lanes and a good range of hot tubs at a range of temps. Men’s change rooms were clean and well laid out, with ample showers and lots of lockers. Men’s sauna was good with regular water injections onto the hot rocks making it a bit steamy and hot for my liking. My skin felt fantastic after a swim, sauna, hot-tubs & shower, and so much better than after my time at the Blue Lagoon. A lot cheaper, too!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • ruthandvern
    Wilton, California16,052 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding relaxation near lodging!
    We spent a week in the neighborhood and used this great community resource three times! Since we are old it was free. Everyone from pregnant women to older than dirt folks, like us, come and enjoy these varied size and temperature pools, along with the swim lanes pools for practice and competition.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 28, 2023
  • carolyng2017
    66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My Favorite Thing I Did In Iceland
    I loved this experience. It felt local. It was unique. It made you feel great after. I cycled through all the different temperature hot tubs, the cold plunge, the sauna and back again. The sauna was crazy crazy hot. I could not handle it. This was like tourism must have been in the old days. You do something in a foreign country that you cannot do at home and get a taste of that lifestyle. I hope this never changes.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 1, 2023
  • jemx1
    Plano, Texas197 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    We went here a few times during our week in Reykjavik. There are 2 large, 1 medium and a few smaller geothermal pools at varying temps. So nice to be in the warm water on a cold day. It's clean, well organized, easy to find and park. It's a wonderful place to visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 6, 2023
  • D W
    Swansea Bay, United Kingdom270 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience
    Just go here. As a British person the receptionist explained all the Icelandic rules. It is a wonderful experience being in the snow and getting into hot tubs and pools. Great for kids with a slide into a pool. There is a lovely cafe nearby.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 16, 2024
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Catherine
Shropshire, UK186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Authentic local thermal pool leisure centre. Parking available or walkable from city centre with a map/google, walk past a beautiful church and past typical pretty icelandic houses. Good price. Put items in your locker and take towel and bathing suit in to shower before you enter. Yes you have to shower naked but they are female or male only showers and it is a bit awkward if you arent used to this local custom but liberating to see nobody cares what you look like, all shapes and sizes are welcome! Then on outside into the thermal pools. A laned swimming pool and 2 thermal pools, with bubble jets and sitting areas in pool. Hot when you first go in but so relaxing to be in thermal water outside in cool air. Spent an hour or so here in Feb 2020. Actually sat in thermal hot pool with snow falling! Amazing! Everybody friendly and many nationalities/walks of life welcome, not just locals. Not touristy but just very enjoyable experience. Skin feels invigorated once you get out. Highly recommend for an authentic thermal pool experience.
Written September 20, 2020
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David E
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Entry to this place is just 7 euros, compared to over 50 euros at Sky Lagoon and 100 euros at Blue Lagoon. Those places were full of tourists taking selfies, whereas this place is favoured by locals and offers pretty much the same facilities, but without the tinkly whale music and soft lighting. It is more like a municipal swimming pool and not a fancy wellness retreat, but everybody is very friendly and helpful. We would definitely go again.
Written March 20, 2023
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Teamgreenandblue
Carlisle, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
This is an amazing local experience when visiting Reykjavík. We walked from the town centre after making a stop at the National museum ( also highly recommended). We chilled on the pools with the snow trickling down- bliss!

Locals come to these pools to socialise but they are very welcoming of visiting tourists.
There is a few rules when using a pool in Iceland and the staff explain this too you.

There are different temperatures of pools a steam room and sauna. The sauna area is separate for men and women. Take a refillable water bottle to keep hydrated.

This is very low cost compared to so many activities in Iceland. Towels can be hired to save you lugging them around if you are walking there and lockers are available.

We had lunch after in the restaurant across the road which is next door to a bakery which was also very good.

If you are looking for an authentic Icelandic experience and just have a couple of hours free. Save your pennies and travelling time and go to one of the local pools rather than one of the more commercial ones.
Written January 30, 2022
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Melissa
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
After an exhausting day on various trips/excursions this was the perfect was to relax. The warm water was beautiful. Staff very friendly and helpful, they taught us the etiquette (showering naked, keeping the changing room completely dry, etc).

I enjoyed the lack of loud tourists and people taking selfies.

This is the way to relax!
Written March 5, 2020
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SirAdaMO
83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited this place as everything else on that day was cancelled due to the storm.
We were pleasantly surprised, great place and reasonably cheap (around €16 for two adults). A few hot tubs and a full size swimming pool....and all out doors!
Recommend if you want just to relax after a few busy days in Iceland.
Written February 23, 2020
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Snævarr
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Oldie but goodie, Vesturbæjarlaug is the traditional pool for locals living in the centre of Reykjavík.

Not much to be said about this place: this is your typical Icelandic pool. You can swim, you can relax in hot pots, you can go to the steam bath or the sauna.

Ultimate local winter morning in Iceland: come at 9am in the wekend, lay down in the shallow pool next to the hot pots and watch the sun rise.
Written June 23, 2020
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Robin_K
Accrington, UK2,679 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Whilst the buildings could do with refurbishing the changing rooms and interior are spotless and this is a wonderful place to bathe. There are tubs of differant temperatures and a couple of outdoor pools. It can get busy with young people and old alike There is a nice atmosphere and the staff are really pleasant. If you are a senior, entry is free, which is a wonderful bonus. The staff keep the changing areas dry and immaculate. This is a must
Written March 9, 2023
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Philip N
Edinburgh, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Stayed in an airbnb 10 mins walk from here, when we mentioned blue lagoon or secret lagoon to our she laughed, and told us to go here instead. As it was we ended up at secret lagoon as part of a day out but cannot recommend this place highly enough. It became our absolute favourite place and I know others have rated this over the blue lagoon too. It was never really crowded and swimming and bathing under clear blue skies in sub zero temperatures is invigorating to say the least. There is a sauna and a steam bath next to the pool with 'hot pots' or various temperatures. Only about £6 entrance, altho the second time we went it was free! Blue Lagoon? No thanks.
Written March 3, 2020
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smurfettec
Milton Keynes, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
After experiencing the blue lagoon at night we wanted more time to relax and experience a hot bath during the day. Of course they are very different places and costs! This is perfect for an insight
Into local swimming pool/baths. The atmosphere is relaxed. There is a long lanes pool for swimming lengths which is still really warm as well a sauna, steam room and lots of hot tubs which are all outside. It was quite an experience sitting out in the snow and being toasty warm. We hired towels too. As with all baths here. You do have to shower naked. It is fine and no one cares what you look like! However there are individual cubicles if you want. And of course men and women are separate! Well worth a trip.
Written February 9, 2020
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Paterson124
Manchester, UK130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Wish we had something like this place in the UK. Visited 3 times whilst staying in Reykjavik as only cost £6 a visit. It has 2 large pools, 2 other large round pools to sit in and relax/chat, 4 hot tubs, a steam and a sauna, very clean changing rooms and open until 10pm. One of the times we visited it was snowing and it was great to be outside in a hot tub in the snow. Def recommend if nearby.
Written January 7, 2022
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