You should stop at a few of the bathing pools we have scattered over Iceland while driving across the island. Without taking a plunge in one of the open-air hot pools spread out across Iceland, a trip there wouldn’t be complete.
After a long day of exploration, there is nothing more soothing than to play around in warm water, relax a bit, and get clean. Our pools are available all year round, regardless of the weather, thanks to the year-round geothermal volcanic activity that provides the heat.
The majority of pools are open every day, although you might wish to double-check the hours. Depending on the amenities, you might have to pay an admission charge, although it’s typically not much.
One of the towns, which you´ll most likely visit if you do the Golden circle tour is Laugarvatn. The town is located next to the lake with same name and it can be a great place to stop, stay over night and chill in the swimming pool in Laugarvatn or try more fancy (and also more expensive) baths called Fontana.
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 Laugarvatn has one outside thermal pool which is 25 m long.
In addition to the main pool, there are:
- 3 hot tubs (outside)
- cold tub
- small inside gym
Its definitely not the biggest swimming pool in the Iceland, but offers enough to have a nice relax after long day of travelling and the tickets here are much cheaper then in Laugarvatn Fontana or Secret lagoon in Flúdir.
Prices and tickets
You can buy the tickets to the swimming pool in Laugarvatn just at the entrance of the pool and the main building.
Price list in Laugarvatn
- Adults: 1050 ISK
- Children (10 – 18 years): 520 ISK
- Elderly people, disabled people and kids younger 10 years: FREE pay 200 ISK.
- Access to gym: 1 400 ISK
Additionally, you can rent a towel or a swimsuit there fo 650 ISK a piece.
Opening hours (for summer)
- Monday: 10:00 – 19:00
- Tuesday: 10:00 – 19:00
- Wednesday: 10:00 – 19:00
- Thursday: 10:00 – 19:00
- Friday: 10:00 – 19:00
- Saturday: 10:00 – 19:00
- Sunday: 10:00 – 19:00
Opening hours (for winter, 15.8. – 2.6.)
- Monday: 14:00 – 21:00
- Tuesday: 14:00 – 21:00
- Wednesday: 14:00 – 21:00
- Thursday: 14:00 – 21:00
- Friday: 16:00 – 19:00
- Saturday: 13:00 – 18:00
- Sunday: 13:00 – 18:00
Adress, location and contacts
Getting to the swimming pool in Laugarvatn will be very easy for you. The town itself is small and there are not many streets. You will need to take only one turn from the main road, drive down the hill to the lake and then you will see building of local swimming pool and the geothermal Fontana baths as well.
- Adress: Hverabraut 2, 840 Laugarvatn
- Contact: email@example.com
- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ithrottahusLaugarvatn/
Alternatives: Swimming pools, hot springs and lagoons nearby
Read more: What to do in Laugarvatn, Iceland
As we just said in the last paragraph, the closest alternative to this swimming pool are Laugarvatn Fontana baths, which are just across the street. Its a bit more pricey, but offers much more than the pool. You can find there many hot tubs or shallow pools with different temperatures, saunas, you can cool yourself down in the lake or if you arrive around the lunch time, see the baking bread experience under the ground.
A bit more far away is the closest swimming pool, in Reykholt. It´s similar size and the tickets cost almost the same. The same goes with the swimming pool in Flúdir. But there are more options for you around the Flúdir. In case you are up for a small drive, you can visit natural hot spring Hrunalaug even after its closed in the local swimming pools.
Hrunalaug is another fantastic location not far from Fludir. You must drive through the gravel road (which is in good condition and suitable for 2WD vehicles), and the entrance fee is almost the same as the ticket to Laugarvatn´s pool.
You can also experience the bath in the hidden Secret lagoon, which is in the Flúdir as well.
Due to its popularity as a tourist destination, the cost of the tickets is higher. Here, you may unwind in one of the oldest swimming pools with geothermal heating, visit the neighborhood pub that is only a short walk from the pool, or discover the little geysers that are scattered throughout the lagoon.
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