When driving around Iceland, you should stop at a few of the swimming pools that dot the landscape. A trip to Iceland isn’t complete without a dip in one of the country’s thermal pools. What could be more relaxing than splashing around in warm water after a long day of adventure, letting loose and getting nice and clean?
And, because our pools are heated by geothermal volcanic energy that is available all year, they are open regardless of the weather. Most pools are open every day, but you should double-check the hours. You may be charged an entrance fee, but it is usually minimal, depending on the facilities available.
On of the swimming pools you can visit while you enjoy trip around the south coast of Iceland is the one in village called Hvolsvollur. Not only it has pools and few hot tubs, you can also find here pretty nice gym, probably the best one in the area.
Luckily for you, this geothermally heated pool is not very famous, so there is a big chance there will be only few people there, which is much calmer in compare to crowded touristy lagoons.
Please be aware that before entering the water, all visitors must take a full shower without wearing a swimsuit.
Size and facilities
Swimming pool in Hvolsvollur has one outside pool which is 25 x 10 meters.
In addition to the main pool, there are:
- 2 shallow sitting pools
- 1 wading pool
- 47 m long slide
In the same building where is the pool located is possible to use local gym, which was recently renewed.
Very good for the price, around 1000 kr, warm water, sauna, for a few hours it is very nice. I recommend to everyone who wants to relax. – Lucian A.
Prices and tickets
As you enter the main building of the sports centre in Hvolsvollur, you can see the reception, where you can buy your tickets. The payments are accepted both in cash and with the credit card.
- Adults: 1000 ISK
- Kids (12 – 18): 500 ISK
- Elderly and disabled people: 500 ISK
- Kids (younger 12 years): FREE
- Rent of swim suit/towel: 500 ISK
Opening hours (for summer)
- Monday: 06:00 – 21:00
- Tuesday: 06:00 – 21:00
- Wednesday: 06:00 – 21:00
- Thursday: 06:00 – 21:00
- Friday: 06:00 – 21:00
- Saturday: 10:00 – 19:00
- Sunday: 10:00 – 19:00
Opening hours (for winter, 1.10. – 1.5.)
- Monday: 06:30 – 21:00
- Tuesday: 06:30 – 21:00
- Wednesday: 06:30 – 21:00
- Thursday: 06:30 – 21:00
- Friday: 06:30 – 21:00
- Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00
- Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00
Adress, location and contacts
You can find the swimming pool in Hvolsvollur easily as any other pool in country side in Iceland. The pools are never far away from the main road and this is not different case.
I would recommend to drive into the town on the main road and on the biggest crossroad (just next to N1 gas station and Eldsto café) turn into the town. Then just take the first turn to the left and follow the road, until you see the sports centre building on your right.
- Adress: Vallarbraut, 860 Hvolsvöllur, Iceland
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook page: Íþróttamiðstöðin Hvolsvelli
Alternatives: Swimming pools, hot springs and lagoons nearby
Read more: What to do in Hvolsvollur, Iceland
The swimming pool in the neighbouring settlement of Hella is the nearest to Hvolsvollur. There is a new gym there as well, which is regrettably a little bit smaller than this one.
The swimming pool in Selfoss, which has larger pools and better facilities, is another facility that both locals and tourists frequent. If you’re heading north in the direction of the Golden Circle, you can visit the swimming pool in Flúdir, which is situated in the town’s sports district.
Unfortunately, there are no natural alternatives to pools or hot springs in the vicinity of Hvolsvollur. The hidden Secret lagoon (paid attraction) is located in the mentioned town Flúdir (about 1 hour drive from Hella). The water here is geothermally heated, and the pool is one of the oldest in Iceland.
Hrunalaug is a small local pool near the Secret Lagoon. Only a few people can fit in the small pools at Hrunalaug, but the location and views are spectacular.
Seljavallalaug, another natural swimming pool, is located about 30 minutes to the east. You may need to take a short hike to reach this location, and it is not always warm, but the scenery is breathtaking, and it is an excellent location for taking memorable photographs.
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