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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".
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.
For any serious or recreational swimmer, this is a good place to go when in Reykjavik for a good stress-free workout.
Admission was free for me and to anyone 67 or older including foreigners. Otherwise, the price for adults was 1,200 kroner, just under $10 US.