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“Ffrreeeezing (not the pool)”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Laugardalslaug

Laugardalslaug
Ranked #1 of 20 Fun & Games in Reykjavik
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Beverley Uk
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Ffrreeeezing (not the pool)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

What an experience, we went on a february night and getting from the changing rooms to the pool after the compulsory shower was bracing to say the least.
We did not stay long in the pool, we ended up doing what the locals do and stay in the hot pots around the sides of the pool, it was a great experience mixing with the locals, there was old and young alike just chilling in the warm waters. The floating chess sets were impressive as well. Well worth the experience for a couple of quid.

Visited February 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Glorified swimming pool”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

This is not like any thermal pool that you would have expected to find in Iceland. If you are thinking, as we did, that you might substitute this for the Blue Lagoon, think again. It was 0.5 degrees celsius when we stopped by to use the facility, and none of the pools were warm enough to keep your body warm. In fact, everything felt vaguely luke-warm. There is construction going on right now too, so it looked as though part of the facility was closed off.

700 ISK entrance fee and 500 ISK to rent a towel. Note, these are higher prices than are listed on most websites. They do have free lockers that are probably the best I've ever used at a public swimming pool.

Before entering the pool area, you must strip off and wash everything at communal showers. Don't feel self-conscious, everyone is doing it. Then pop your swimsuit on and away you go. Then do the reverse when you come out. Websites I've seen say that no chemicals are used in the water, but there was a very strong smell of chlorine in the pools and my skin was very dry upon exit.

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Hot spa goodness”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

This is an affordable spa close to town, I think 550 IKR. There is 4 small spas varying from 38 - 44 degrees C and also another couple of pools of cooler temperatures. You can do proper swimming (lanes) here but I managed to occupy plenty of time soaking in the hot pools. They also have floating chess around fo you to play! The changing rooms are similar to others in iceland - you must take shoes off, shower with no swimsuit before getting in the pool etc. All lockers provided free with a key as well. Would highly recommend - cheaper alternative to Blue Lagoon.

Visited February 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Local City Thermal Pool- One of the largest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

Just minutes from the Hotel Cabin this local city pool is wonderful. 7 or 8 hot spring pools at various temperatures to soak away your ills. They even have a salt pool. There is a main large swimming area for someone who wants to swim laps and also a fun water slide. For a very inexpensive fun day the pool staff with supply you with a towel for about $1 us and the entry is about $10 us. It was one the most mornings I spent in Reykjavik.

Visited February 2013
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Glorious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

Really short walk from Hilton! Cheap to get in, cheap to hire costumes and towels. Simple rules; take your shoes off BEFORE entering locker room. Put them in a plastic bag. Take off ALL clothes and jewellery, put everything except costume and towel in (free) locker. Take long hot shower, wash EVERYWHERE (pictures given!) then put in your costume, leave towel in the rack, and go! Great outdoor pools, very civilised. Spent an hour outside (-2c) in the water. Absolutely lovely, thank you to the people of Reykjavik for sharing with the tourists. It did look like everyone was wearing a black costume so that might be the custom...

Visited February 2013
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