Laugardalslaug is the biggest of them all. This beast of a swimming pool opened in 1968 in it´s current state. It´s history dates back to 1772 when the geothermal area was used for bathing facility and where people would do their laundry by the pools of geothermal water. In fact the name Reykjavik origins from the steam coming from this pool which translates to "Smokey Bay". This swimming pool has been the most popular among locals and tourists with it´s 50 meters long main swimming pool and a children area beside the main pool that features a large water slide, wading pool and selection of 7 hot tubs around the pool itself. The hidden gem is definitely the salt-water hot tub which was opened in 2012. Let´s not forget to mention the great cold tub that is located just by the "stone" hot tub and is crucial for people who like to jump between the hot and cold and vice versa. The cold tubs are really becoming the new trend in Iceland and we highly recommend taking a deep breath and give the cold tub a good 3-5 minute visit and then jump to the salt-water hot tub straight after, a really soothing method and you will feel quite freshened up. There is a steam bath and an indoor pool as well that you can enjoy if you get bored of the often over crowded outdoor area in the summer time. If you are really into some action you can line up on the sandy valley ball field and hit a few serves with your friends, or even do some workout in the newly set up cross training area.
What is lacking:
Monday - Thursday: 06.30 - 22.00
Fridays: 06.30 - 22.00
Saturdays & Sundays: 08.00 - 22.00