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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. Make Laugardalslaug part of your personalized Reykjavik itinerary using our Reykjavik vacation builder.
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  • 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 »
  • After a day's work, as for many Icelanders, or after a particularly stressful sporting activity, or after a tour in Iceland, you can relax in this lovely pool fantastic and not just a few steps from the Centre, a must visit and attend for the pure pleasure of relax both in a sunny summer day is in darkness.
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  • I think the title says it all. The kids absolutely loved and we were here almost three hours on a hot day. This place is somewhat frayed around the edges but it was clean and great fun for kids of 8 a...  more »
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  • I had no desire to drive clear out to the Blue Lagoon and pay their vastly inflated price so we chose this in-town pool because it was close. First of all, the staff are very helpful and nice. And speak excellent English. There are quite a few rules but when you reach the pools and see how clean the water and the pool areas are you will understand why the rules are there. I was having a lot of back pain and booked a one hour massage. Price was reasonable the the massage therapist was good, very good.
  • This was our first stop in Iceland! We went soon after it opened, on a Tuesday, and there were not the massive crowds I've read about. Mostly little kids in swimming class and older folks. This place really has it all: large swimming pool for water frolic, large swimming pool for laps, steam bath, several hot pots, deluxe slide, and a very nice outdoor soaking area. It rained the entire time we were there and it didn't matter. Nobody takes notice; you just keep soaking.
  • A clean and professional swimming pool. With all the amenities you'd ever need. Secure lockers and easy key systems. With the option of bringing your own padlock to lock in valuables.
  • Laugardalslaug is my favorite pool in Reykjavík because of the diverse range of bathing options and the spacious and clean amenities. I have a membership in conjunction with my World Class gym membership, but have also used the amenities on the pool-only side. Both are very clean, and have varying levels of privacy. The pool-only side does offer a private shower stall for those who are shy when showering before entering the swimming pool. It is a very relaxed environment. It is an excellent place to bring children because of the large water slide. Younger children can use a smaller water slide and an aquatic obstacle course. There is also a unisex steam room amidst the hot tubs.
  • There's no better way in Reykjavik to unwind after a day of hiking and adventures. This pool is especially nice with the variety of bathing options for those not used to the European styled pools. The pools themselves are great, plenty of space to swim or just relax in one of the many hotter areas. The steam room was especially nice and I didn't try it but, there was a massage area as well. A must try.

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In this highly walkable capital, many of Reykjavik's hotels and guesthouses offer close proximity to the city's popular attractions, bars, and restaurants. The waterfront offers an exciting dose of activity. Although Reykjavik provides plenty of accommodations to its flocks of visitors, there is a dearth of budget options in the city. Price-conscious visitors should consider staying in a hostel, with both private and dorm rooms available, or a nearby campsite. Although the campground is not as centrally located as some hotels, guests are better positioned to take advantage of the natural surroundings.
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