Swimming pools and spas can be found all over Iceland. The endless supply of geothermally-heated water has helped create a swimming pool culture in Iceland that views swimming as a form of relaxation and pleasure.  Hot tubs can be found in most swimming pool complexes and in some there will be a sauna or a steam room.  As you can see, we take great advantage of all the heat we are given here.

When travelling around the country, it is recommended to try out the local pool, especially at the end of the day.  Each swimming pool is different, with its own character and features such as water slides or saunas.  Some have great views while others are indoors.

There are eight main swimming complexes in Reykjavík.  Most spas will be connected to the swimming pool and provide delightful indulgence and free entrance to the pool area. In the countryside, some great pools to visit are in Hofsós, Selfoss, Stykkishólmur, Höfn, Vopnafjörður and Krossnes.  There is a unique beer spa at the Bjórböðin Spa in Árskógssandur in North east Iceland that is well worth experiencing.


See also: Natural hot pools in Iceland