Laugardalslaug, Reykjavik

4.6
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Relax the way the Icelanders do, with a trip to a geothermal spa. Laugardalslaug features a series of outdoor pools of different temperatures, ranging from 36 to 44 C (97 to 111 F), as well as a larger pool for lane swimming. In addition to the pools, the park offers picnic and barbecue facilities, a soccer stadium, sports hall, botanical gardens, and a zoo. The gardens feature local trees, flowers and vegetables, and some tropical plants. Try the hot tub filled with heated salt water for a slightly different experience. Unwind in the steam and sauna rooms, or get some excitement racing down the waterslides. Popular with tourists and locals alike, a visit to the pools represents a very Icelandic experience. However, note that local ritual involves showering naked in public before swimming in the pool. Use our Reykjavik trip planner to add Laugardalslaug and other attractions to your Reykjavik vacation plans.
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  • Such a great experience. This is my second experience with these outdoor pools in Iceland and they are amazing. It's just surreal to have a freezing cold weather outside and the ability to go swimming...  more »
  • Bitterly cold day, so what better way to spend a couple of hours- yes swimming. Had a fabulous time, swimming and playing water basketball in one of the main pools and wallowing in hot tub at 38c . Hi...  more »
  • This is so different from what I'm used to – the pools are outside so you're out even if it's below zero. The water is warm so it's great. There are many pools with different temperatures.  more »
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  • 1x10 lane olympic-size indoor pool (28 °C), 1 outdoor lap pool (28°C), multiple hot tubs ranging from 40 degrees to 44 degrees Celsius (one of them is sea water and the others are from geothermal springs) and an extremely warm steam room with a strong smell of sulfur. The rules are very extensive and enforced. No water or shoes in the locker room. A full nude soap shower before going to any of the facilities. Bring your towel with you to the shower or pool because you have to dry off completely before returning to the locker room. Lockers are included with the price of admission and controlled by an RF wristband that you received upon entry.
  • Missed the Blue Lagoon? This is just as good, if not better. Fantastic facility, reasonably priced and no time constraints. We swam in minus 5 weather in lovely warm water, then dipped in and out of hot tubs ranging from 38-40", perfect!
  • We went in February and it was an interesting experience. Def something to try though. It seemed like we were the only non locals that were there so if you want an authentic experience I would say try it out.
  • Much cleaner facilities than I was expecting. I highly recommend you find an aerial map of the complex before visiting for your first time because the locations of the hot tubs are not obvious (except the one featured in a bunch of photos). We never found the steam bath or steam room or whatever it was supposed to be. That was somewhat disappointing, but overall it was a great experience. Remember to wash well or they'll stop you and tell you to rewash.
  • Was a little disappointed in this public pool complex compared to the others I visited in Reykjavik. The main pool was not that warm, many things were broken and out of order. On the plus side the locker rooms and showers were amongst the nicest we have been to.
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