Swimming in Reykjavik

Geothermal water is one of Iceland‘s greatest natural resources. It‘s used to heat houses and produce electricity. But most importantly, Icelanders love to swim in it.

Pools and Spas have been a huge part of the Icelandic lifestyle, ever since the country‘s settlement. One of the most famous hot tube of history belonged to Snorri Sturluson in the 12th century but bathing in the country‘s natural pools is mentioned in the Sagas of the Icelanders, in the 10th century.

The public pools is the heart of almost every town in Iceland and Reykjavik is no exception. People get together to relax, exercise, or just catch a little sun. Perhaps most importantly, the hot tubs are a place where people get together to chat about any subject you can imagine. The pool is a great equalizer and people from all walks of life come together and enjoy the luxury of these public baths.

Opening hours for pool‘s vary but since the city has plenty of great pools to choose from, you can go swimming from early morning until late into the night. Everybody is required to shower in gender-segrigated but communal showers before entering the pool for hygienic reasons but some pools have privacy cubicles.

The facilities at each pool also vary but most swimming complexes include a lap pool, a hot tube and maybe a steam room. The biggest pool is Laugardalslaug, with six hot tubs and a cold tub, a wadding pool. A children pool and an indoor as well as outdoor pool.

The most recently renovated pool is the oldest pool in the city, Sundhöll Reykjavíkur, in the city center, right by Hallgrímskirkja.

Swimming pools in Reykjavik


Fylkisvegur 9. 110 Reykjavik

Tel. +(354) 411 5200

Opens: M-F 6:30-22:00 Sar-Sun 9:00-22:00


Austurberg 3, 111 Reykjavik

Tel. +(354) 557 5547

Opens: M-F 6:30-22:00 Sat-Sun 9:00-22:00


Dalhús 2, 112 Reykjavik

Tel. +(354) 510 4600

Opens: M-F 6:30-22:00 Sat-Sun 9:00-22:00


Kjalarnes, 116 Reykjavik

Tel +(354) 566 6879

Opens: M-T 15:00-22:00 F 15:00-19:00 Sat-Sun 11:00-18:00


Sundlaugavegur, 104 Reykjavik

Tel. +(354) 411 5350

Opens: M-F 6:30-22:00 Sat-Sun 9:00-22:00

Sundhöll Reykjavíkur

Barónsstígur, 101 Reykjavik.

Tel. +(354) 411 5350

Opens: M-F 6:30-22:00 Sat-Sun 9:00-22:00


Hofsvallagata, 101 Reykjavik

Tel. +(354) 411 5150

Opens: M-F 6:30-22:00 Sat-Sun 9:00-22:00

Other geothermal pools in the Reykjavik Capital area

Sundhöll Hafnarfjarðar

Herjólfsgata 10, 220 Hafnarfjörður

Tel. +(354) 555 0088


Ásvellir 2, 220 Hafnarfjörður

Tel. + (354) 512 4050


Hringbraut 77, 220 Hafnarfjörður

Tel. +(354) 565 3088


Borgarholtsbraut 17, 200 Kopavogur

Tel. +(354) 570 0470


Versalir 3, 201 Kopavogur

Tel. +(354) 570 0480


Lækjarhlíð 1a, 270 Mosfellsbær

Tel. +(354) 517 6080


270 Mosfellsbær

Tel. +(354) 566 6754


Ásgarður, 210 garðabær

Tel. +(354) 565 8066


Bjarnastaðir, 2254 Álftanes

Tel. +(354) 550 2350

Sundlaug Seltjarnarness

Suðurtrönd, 170 Seltjarnarnes

Tel. +(354) 561 1551


Hotel Nature, 101 Reykjavik

Tel. +(354) 444 4085


Nauthólsvegur, 101 Reykjavik

Tel. +(354) 511 6630

Go swimming in Iceland is a must in any kind of weather. Feeling the geothermal hot water all around you is amazing. So don’t forget to pack your Swimming suit.

I hope this information helps you plan your visit.

I love to hear from you specially if you go swimming.

Please do not hesitate to leave a comment or a question below.

Þórhallur / Thorhallur

Founder of FactsAboutIceland.com

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