(translated to “Smokey Bay”) is the northernmost capital of the world, comprised of a population so minute that it hardly amounts to a city. But, despite being home to under 200,000 inhabitants, Reykjavík presents a wealth of sights and activities that appeal to culture, nature and nightlife enthusiasts alike.
As with any city, the choice for activity is truly plentiful; so plentiful, in fact, that no list could ever fully summarise all of the experiences on offer. The following list is recommended for those looking to relax, soak up the Icelandic culture and make memories to last a lifetime.
Visit Reykjavik’s Swimming Pools
From the mighty glaciers to the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean to the steaming geothermal pots, Iceland is a land that, in many ways, is defined by water. What better way than to connect to Icelandic culture then emulating the locals and visiting one of Reykjavik’s local pools? Thanks to Iceland’s renewable energy policies, the use of water in large capacities (ie; for swimming pools/saunas) is very cheap, therefore making it a favourite past time amongst Icelanders.
That passion results in 18 swimming pools being located in the greater Reykjavík area alone! Some of these pools have both an indoor and an outdoor pool, a sauna and at least one hot tub (some even have as much as 7 or 8!) Thankfully, the pools have heated water, making them accessible all year round.
Think of Icelandic swimming pools as more like a luxury spa than your everyday communal pool at home. For the entry price of only 900 ISK, this might be the cheapest spa you’ve ever come across. Additionally, if you’re looking for something a little more natural, there is the geothermally warmed up water by Reykjavík beach, Nauthólsvík, and a small foot bath called Kvika, found by Grótta Lighthouse. Both of these small pools have free entry.