When packing a bag for a trip to Iceland, swimming gears will certainly not be among the essentials. You will be surprised to know that the are very much the integral part of every Icelanders life. Most of the socializing is done amidst these amazing pools while the bodies are soothed and revived.
This country is endowed with exceptional geothermal energy. Literally speaking every town in Iceland has a thermal pool. If you drive around in the valleys, you will surely come across steam venting out from the crevices and huge fumes spewed far onto the horizon, proof of hot springs. Hot water is drawn to public pools by means of a siphon, where water undergoes sa slight treatment to restore is purity.
Despite the thriving scene of hot spring, Most of the polls in Islands are conventional landscaped pools and hot tubs, and not the naturally heated tidal ponds. Iceland’s biggest swimming pool is the Laugardalslaug in Reykjavik, is a huge facility and incorporates 50 m pool, 6 hot pots, bisected children’s section and a snaking waterslide as well. Whereas the Hverageroi, placed about 45 km from the city, relies heavily upon the region’s intensive geothermal activity and has: hot spots, a sauna and a gym.
Moreover the Incredibly famous Blue Lagoon, on the outskirts of Reykjavik, is an artificial pool which was built to store the discharged water from the neighboring geo-thermal electricity plant. Don’t let the information deter you, the warm and chlorine-free waters are pampering and energizing, and plunging them is more about the experience than the setting. If you are looking for something more raw and natural, go for the hot springs at Lake Kleifarvatn, home to the submarine springs, which has a cult following among cave divers, where vivaciously colored ponds entices both the swimmers and the soakers.
All the pools have hot pots – where water is heated according to the desired temperatures. Majority of the pools are affordable and swimsuits can be hired from the rentals around the corners. The more developed pools will have the locker rooms with free locks and shower facilities.The best way to revel in these pools is to switch between cold laps and the saunas.