Laugardalslaug, Reykjavik

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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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  • This is such a lovely place and such good value! We spent two hours here enjoying the outdoor 50m pool, heated tubs and the gym area. Despite being here in August the pool was not too crowded and the ...  more »
  • I hate being in cold weather when wet. Didn't think I would enjoy this place, as it was a rainy overcast day and only about 10 c out. I went mainly as something for my 11 & 14 to do and experience. My...  more »
  • It was 10 degrees C and going to an outdoor pool sounded a bit crazy, but we were told that this is what the locals do, so we did! Great experience! Lots of pools with different ranges of temperatures...  more »
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  • 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.
  • This place is awesome. Great find for travelers to Reykjavik. Probably the only reasonably priced activity in the country. Nice thermal pools, lap lanes, steam baths and showers. Cool entry system with bracelets that scan to open and lock the lockers and stuff. Highly recommend it.
  • Forget paying a fortune to go to the blue lagoon. Take a 30min walk along the seafront from central Reykjavik and go here. Loads of geothermal pools at different temperatures, slide and proper pool for lengths. Not "posh" but don't let this put you off. We paid £13 and spent a couple of hours there and had a fantastic relaxing time.
  • Absolutely amazing experience. Swimming in an Olympic size pool and sitting in tubs of steaming water between 38 & 44 degrees when the air temperature is -1 with snow all around!! Recommended!!
  • Absolutely loved this place. We would have went every day if we had the time. It is incredibly clean, well organised and the variety of pools, baths and steam room is certainly enough to keep you relaxed for a few hours. It is also a nice experience to hang out with Icelandic people rather than just tourists. For under 1000 kroner this is easily the best value purchase we made in Iceland. I refused to go but my girlfriend and her friend both admitted that they preferred it here compared to the Blue Lagoon with it's millions of tourists taking selfies.

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