Swimming in Hafnarfjörður
With an endless supply of geothermal water, it's not surprising that swimming pools and hot tubs have become a quintessential part of Icelandic culture. All visitors to Iceland MUST try the famous warm-water pools. In Hafnarfjörður, like other parts of the country, pools are extraordinarily popular and well frequented. Neighbors congregate in the ‘hot pots' (hot tubs), which are favored meeting spots for discussing politics and current events.
All pools are heated with natural geothermal water, which is cooled down to a comfortable 26°C (79°F) (warmer in the ‘hot pots'). Some of the pools have fitness centers for health-conscious visitors.
Hafnarfjörður is home to the three excellent pools you see below, so be sure to take a dip!
Suðurbæjarlaug in Hafnarfjörður offers both indoor and outdoor pools as well as recreational facilities. In the swimming areas, there's a 25-m (82-foot) outdoor pool, a 12.5-m (41-foot) indoor pool, fountain, hot tubs, a steam bath, and a water slide. There is also a gym in the same building.
The newest and most child-friendly pool in Hafnarfjörður, Ásvallalaug, is also the biggest thermal pool in Iceland at about 6,000 m² (65,000 feet²).
This beautiful historic indoor pool is Hafnarfjörður’s oldest pools, built in 1943, well known for its quite atmosphere.