THERMAL POOLS in Reykjavik

The world famous Blue Lagoon is near the airport, not in Reykjavik. The newly opened Sky Lagoon is just outside of the city. Both are wonderful, expensive and are aimed at tourists.

But there are cheaper options which I can recommend as Reykjavik also has several other thermal pools that are not so well publicised. The largest is Laugardalslaug which has an outside pool, several hot tubs and water slides, it’s also alot cheaper than The Sky and Blue Lagoons. Leashia and I loved our visit to Laugardalslaug despite the outside temperature being well below zero. The staff kindly allowed me to take the photos below [under escort] for my website as photographs are not allowed in the pool or changing rooms.

There are also the smaller centrally located Vesturbæjarlaug baths which are popular with locals and local celebrities as well as the Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach which is not far from Perlan. Dalslaug on the edge of the city is the latest pool to open and again is alot cheaper than the Lagoons. Both Laugardalslaug and Vesturbæjarlaug have private shower cubicles if you like to keep your privates private.

Bathing Etiquette

Yes, you are expected to shower naked in order to get rid of all of those nasty chemicals before you put on your swimming costume and enter the pools in Iceland. You can get changed in the small shower cubicles at Laugardalslaug and Vesturbæjarlaug in Reykjavik if you prefer. The changing rooms are communal [one for men. one for the ladies] but after you have enjoyed your bath you could change back into your attire in the loos if you want. You can do the same at the Blue Lagoon and Sky Lagoon but at the Sky Lagoon they would prefer you to pay for the more expensive SkyPass which includes a private changing room.

For further info on pools and swimming in Reykjavik click here.

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