Laugardalslaug

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Updated April 14, 2020.

Facility Overview

Facility Name
Laugardalslaug
Address
Sundlaugarvegur 30
Reykjavik, Capital Region 105
ICELAND
Telephone
411 5100

Adult Admission Price & Policy

Drop-in/Casual
ISK 1,060; Senior Citizens (67) Free. [November, 2021]
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Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
50m x 22m, 8 lanes, 0.8m - 1.76m depth, outdoors, geothermally heated, 28ºC (82ºF).
Pool 2
50m x 25m, 10 lanes, 2m uniform depth, indoors, geothermally heated, 28ºC (82ºF).

Location

Location
An easy walk from the Hilton Hotel.
County/Region
Capital Region
GPS
64.146369, -21.879690

Teams That Use This Facility

We have no web links or contact information for teams that train at this facility.

Facility Notes

Bring your own towel.
There is a free form pool next to the outdoor 50m pool, it's about 30m long and, if quiet, is good for drills. It's warmer than the 50m pool.
Various hotpots are alongside the outdoor pool at varying temperatures to relax in after a training session.
Credit cards are accepted for admission.
Facility rules: (provided by a site visitor in November, 2021)
1) Take off shoes before entering the locker room and leave them on the shelves outside the locker room door;
2) A full nude shower is required before entering the pool;
3) After swimming, dry off entirely before entering the locker area;
4) No photography is permitted anywhere in the facility.
Staff will request that users review the rules when purchasing their passes.

We will add the Rule 2 applies at most swimming pools in Iceland and may be enforced by opposite-sex staff. We understand that the justification for the rule and its enforcement is because most pools in Iceland are unchlorinated (or use significantly less chlorine than pools in the U.S. and elsewhere), unfiltered, flow-through tanks that could easily become contaminated by "cheek-wash".

Facility Reviews

The memory of swimming in the dark, in illuminated, steaming water, below icy air sustains me at many a cold, dark moment.
I visited this pool in August, 2012. As both a serious Masters swimmer and a geologist, I loved this pool - it is heaven! Quite warm but big wide lanes! Slower folks got out of my way. Nice people. I want to retire like them! The lap lanes were way better than most places I travel. The air was cool and I was on vacation, so I swam laps and sampled the hotpots, steam baths, etc. - Lots of fun! If you'll be there for a while, consider a 10 visit pass. Must shower and follow instructions.
[May, 2013]
This is a beautiful facility. It's very clean and well run, with free soap and locks. There are plenty of lap lanes and swimmers observe appropriate swimming etiquette. The water was a bit too warm for me but I imagine on particularly cold days it feels perfect.
[August, 2015]
Great facilities. The indoor pool is modern and up-to-date. The outdoor, 50-meter pool has no wave control, so it feels like open water swimming on a windy day. The locals do not practice basic circle swim etiquette, i.e., they don't group themselves according to speed, don't allow faster swimmers to pass, etc. Be aware of this as you swim and you can avoid unintentional frustration.
[June, 2018]
I didn't see or experience the indoor pool here, so my review relates only to the outdoor pool.

At 82ºF, the outdoor pool may be a bit warmer than some lap swimmers like. I swam when the outside air temperature was 28ºF (-2.2ºC) and the cold air balanced out the warm water temperature so I never felt overheated. It was a wonderful way to swim.

Folks are good at keeping a counterclockwise circle-swim in good, wide lanes. I swam with one other person for a time, but mostly had a lane to myself.

Lanes closer to the hot tubs seem to be de-facto for the slower hot tub crowd. A couple of octogenarians got in my lane at one point, without speaking a word to me, and kind of took it over. I just bumped over to the next lane with a faster swimmer.

Do follow the rules and take a full soap shower before entry (a handy sign tells you the parts of the body you definitely should scrub). It allows the operators to use much less chlorine (a local I spoke with said 10x less than US pools). And that makes this pool very pleasant for swimming.

Multi-visit passes are available that make individual admissions cheaper. (In November, 2021, a 10 visit pass was just 4,870 kr. v. the single-admission price of 1,060 kr. — a reduction of more than 50%!)

Bring a towel but you don't need a lock; you get a wristband when you enter, and it is used to lock and unlock any locker you choose (there are directions on the locker). A locker room attendant keeps things ship-shape and can help if you have issues.
[November, 2021]