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Pools in Reykjavík Opening Hours – Christmas 2023

Swimming in Iceland is a unique experience. Calling Iceland a swimmer’s paradise might sound like a contradiction in terms to some people, but, due to the abundance of geothermal water, swimming is one of the most popular pastimes on this Arctic island.

Nothing beats soaking in a hot tub in the winter darkness with steam wafting up from the geothermally heated water and stars twinkling above. Hot tubs are a place to relax, soothe aching muscles after working out, and last but not least, to socialise. Sure, it can take a bit of effort to run out into the cold, wearing only your swimsuit, but once you’re immersed in that silky warm water, it is completely worth it.

The thermal pools of Reykjavík

The Capital Area boasts 18 public thermal pools that are open almost every day during the holidays. The largest of the pools, Laugardalslaug, is only closed for one day during the Christmas season. It’s open on New Year’s Day from 12:00 AM to 06:00 PM, and can you think of a better way to start the new year?

The Reykjavík City Card, valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours, gives free entry to Reykjavík’s pools, hot pots and saunas. Next to free access to pools, it also provides free entry to museums and galleries, the Reykjavík Zoo and Family Park, and free use of the public transport system in the Capital Area. For more information, visit www.visitreykjavik.is

If you want to go swimming, check out the opening hours of the pools in Reykjavík during the holidays in this guide.

Árbæjarlaug
December 23 09:00 AM – 6:00 PM
December 24 CLOSED
December 25 CLOSED
December 26 CLOSED
December 31 CLOSED
January 1 12:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Laugardalslaug
December 23 08:00 AM – 06:00 PM
December 24 08:00 AM – 01:00 PM
December 25 CLOSED
December 26 12:00 PM – 06:00 PM
December 31 08:00 AM – 01:00 PM
January 1 12:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Breiðholtslaug
December 23 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM
December 24 09:00 AM – 01:00 PM
December 25 CLOSED
December 26 CLOSED
December 31 CLOSED
January 1 CLOSED

Sundhöllin
December 23 08:00 AM – 6:00 PM
December 24 09:00 AM – 01:00 PM
December 25 CLOSED
December 26 CLOSED
December 31 09:00 AM – 01:00 PM
January 1 12:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Grafarvogslaug
December 23 CLOSED
December 24 CLOSED
December 25 CLOSED
December 26 CLOSED
December 31 09:00 AM – 01:00 PM
January 1 CLOSED

Vesturbæjarlaug
December 23 CLOSED
December 24 9:00 AM – 01.00 PM
December 25 CLOSED
December 26 12:00 AM – 05:00 PM
December 31 CLOSED
January 1 CLOSED

Klébergslaug
December 23 11:00 AM – 06:00 PM
December 24 10:00 AM – 01:00 PM
December 25 CLOSED
December 26 11:00 AM – 06:00 PM
December 31 10:00 AM – 01:00 PM
January 1 CLOSED

Nauthólsvík Beach
December 23 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
December 24 CLOSED
December 25 CLOSED
December 26 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM
December 31 CLOSED
January 1 New Year’s Swim, open but no hours confirmed yet

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