A total of 1.8 million guests took a dip in the seven pools in Iceland’s capital last year. All political parties in Reykjavík City Council recently approved a plan on building six new thermal swimming pools in the capital in the next ten years.
Winter fog at the Laugardalslaug swimming pool. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
First on the list is an outdoor pool, set to open next year, by the oldest swimming pool in the city, Sundhöllin, which opened in downtown Reykjavík in 1937.
The year after, a pool between the new neighborhoods Grafarholt and Úlfarsárdalur in the eastern part of the capital is to be built, visir.is reports.
The biggest projects, third and fourth on the list, are new pools in Fossvogsdalur, the valley between Reykjavík and Kópavogur, and in the Vatnsmýri district near the domestic airport, which would make the second pool in the centre of the city.
Last on the list are a new indoor pool by the existing outdoor Vesturbæjarlaug in the western part of the capital and a new outdoor pool in the Laugardalslaug swimming pool area, the biggest in Reykjavík.
Last year, 158,000 foreign tourists visited the city’s pools, or 30 percent of those who stayed in Reykjavík. The plan is to more than double that number.
The price to take a dip in the city’s swimming pools is only ISK 500 (USD 3.90, EUR 2.90).