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Geothermal natural pools

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Geothermal natural pools

Hi again

Heading tomorrow from Hella to Reykjavík. Any recommended place to stop for a soak?

Preferable not touristic. Tks

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1. Re: Geothermal natural pools

(Pasting from my reply to an earlier post) I’m suggesting the public geothermal pools that Icelanders themselves go to. They are not “natural” in the sense of rock walls and muddy bottoms, but the water is naturally heated. They’re the equivalent of municipal pools in Canada, but most pools complexes have indoor and/or outdoor swimming lanes, heated hot tubs of various depths and temperatures, some have saunas and water slides as well. There are numerous pools in Reykjavik as well as local pools in most towns and villages. Admission is about $10 pp, with an extra cost if you want to rent a towel. Most are open all day and well into the evening.

The pools are a great bargain compared to the touristy places, as well as a place to experience an important part of the culture. It’s a normal part of many Icelanders’ day to go to the local pool to soak. Google “public geothermal pools Reykjavik” (or town location.) and follow up the results. You do have to be willing to take a shower with soap in an open shower area with other people (in gender separated locker rooms), but it’s normal for Icelanders and not a big deal. You get a locker with key to keep your stuff in.

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2. Re: Geothermal natural pools

Should have said also, there is a pool in Hella, and one in Selfoss along the route. Also several pools in various areas of the city.

Gardabaer, Iceland
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3. Re: Geothermal natural pools

https://sundlaugar.is/swimming-pools/?lang=en

Take your pick.

Florida
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4. Re: Geothermal natural pools

Thank you both

Reykjavik, Iceland
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5. Re: Geothermal natural pools

You might want to look into going to Seljavallalaug or Hrunalug. Both of them are beautiful an free since they are natural hot springs. Both of them are about 40 minutes drive from Hella and kind of a detour but well worth it. You can't drive directly up to Seljavallalaug, it's just a short walk from the parking lot (about 10-25 min)

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6. Re: Geothermal natural pools

Neither ones that Ingibjörg G mentiones are "natural" hot springs. They are both man made pools, that use natural warm water.

But Hrunalaug is privately owned, and the landowners have asked people and tour operators to stop using the pool, since there is no hygiene facilities, and the surroundings are pretty disgusting.

I am pretty shocked that a local person recommends this to tourists.

But Secret Lagoon is near Flúðir, and is pretty good and popular. Go there.

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7. Re: Geothermal natural pools

I've heard that Seljavallalaug is in bad condition too.

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