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“Outdoor swimming in Reykjavik”
Review of Laugardalslaug

Ranked #2 of 22 Fun & Games in Reykjavik
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Best pool in Reykjavik. Lap pools, play pools, hot tubs, large water slide. Sitting in the hot tub while it rains or snows was great. Lots of tourists even in the off season. Roughly 1usd kids, 4 usd adults

4  Thank Kim G
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

As Iceland's primary natural resource is hot water, it is perhaps no surprise that geo-thermally heated public swimming pools can be found all over the country, even in the most remote rural areas. Reykjavík, of course, has its fair share. Swimming or simply relaxing in the hot pools seems to be something of a national pastime for Icelanders, and joining them is an interesting local experience for visitors.

This is one of Reykjavík's largest public swimming pools. From the reviews here on TripAdvisor, you might be forgiven for expecting something pretty special. I too read the reviews lauding the swimming pool and deriding the popular 'Blue Lagoon', advising visitors to skip the expensive Lagoon in favour of the cheaper pool. This would not be a wise move. As interesting and enjoyable as it is to kick back with the locals in a geothermal tub and swim a few lengths in a heated outdoor pool, it has to be said that this place is simply a public swimming pool. Nothing more, nothing less. It is no different to any other public pool anywhere in Europe (apart from the method of heating the water). It's cheap to get in, it seems reasonably clean and the changing rooms are serviceable, if a little dated.

The pool is popular with all ages. It would make a good destination for visitors with children. In the outdoor section, there are separate pools for children, adults swimming lengths, and two different hot pools (one being warmer than the other, but not as warm as I expected). There are a couple of water slides and some different pool games and activities.

The changing rooms are very well maintained with a staff member constantly drying the floors and making sure it is kept clean. But visitors be warned; you MUST shower naked before entering the pool, no exceptions. This wasn't a problem for me, but I'm aware that many travellers have issues with it. There really is no way around it, it just has to be done. If you try to avoid it, not only will you raise the eyebrows of the locals but you may also have the embarrassment of being denied access to the pool by the attendant.

In conclusion, whilst this was an okay way to spend an hour or so relaxing, I wouldn't particularly recommend it to visitors who only have a limited time to experience Reykjavík. No matter, this is no substitute for the Blue Lagoon as is suggested by other reviewers. It is not the same experience, nor does it claim to be. Yes, its good to hang out with the locals, but no, the pool is nothing special.

11  Thank Raydar
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

I was staying at the Hotel Cabin, so only a 5 minute walk away. I was recommended this place after bumping into some fellow tourists, and decided to check it out. There is an indoor pool, and some outdoor pools, plus a slide and some hot tubs. It is nicely geothermally heated, and also cheap to get in. It was only 500 ISK, which represents excellent value for money for what you get. Also available onsite is a cafe, shop, and nearby is a hot dog stand.

1  Thank Martin B
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

If you want to see how the locals live - this is the place to go.
The first thing to say is if you a prude - be prepared. You are required to shower without swimsuit before you go in the pool, and dry yourself before you go back in the changing rooms after a shower. I found it very liberating, you can certainly see why the Icelandics are such a happy, relaxed bunch of people.
This is the place the Icelandics go before work, after work and at lunch to set the world to rights. There is a pool to swim lengths, a second pool, and several 'hot pots', at different temperatures ranging from 36 degrees - 42 degrees. There is also hot tub areas, one with water from the Atlantic Ocean and another across the other side. There is also an indoor pool.
The outside pools are geothermically heated and are just fantastic.
There is also a steam room/sauna and massages available for an extra cost.
It is really cheap to get in (about £2.50) so really cost effective compared to the blue lagoon and there is a cafe on site.
We actually walked from central Reykjavic and it took around 30 mins so it is doable, but if you have a car there is lots of parking available too.
The pools are a bit dated but you don't notice when you sink down into the beautiful hot water. Towels and swimsuits and available to hire at a small fee.

1  Thank Shelley F
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

The water is heated by Icelands geothermal energy. There are serveral areas inside the complex. For children, including the older ones there is a pool with slides. Then there are a range of pools heated to different temperatures ranging up to 42C. It is definitely an experinence bathing/swiming outside in the Icelandic air. There is also a sauna, and massage is available. So don't forget your costume. Just some advice: you have to remove your shoes before entering the change rooms. These can be safely placed on the rack ourside. Inside there are lockers. Everyone must shower naked (soap is available) before entering the pool area, but it is not a nudist swiming pool. Once showered put your cossie on. You can hire towels there and you can safely leave them in the changeroom while you swim.

Thank Colin E
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