From Iceland — Grapevine's Best Of 2017: Best Pool

Grapevine’s Best Of 2017: Best Pool

Published March 2, 2017

Grapevine’s Best Of 2017: Best Pool
Photo by
Anna Domnick

Everyone who comes to Iceland is pretty keen make the most of their time here, and whether that means a week of carefree holiday meandering or a laser-guided approach to finding the best stuff, a couple of insider tips are always useful. In this fast-changing city, new places spring up from week to week, begging the questions: which pool has the best hot pot for your first morning here? Where’s the best Icelandic art at? And what’s the best road trip to see some of this amazing nature we’ve heard so much about?


Lagafellslaug by Art Bicnick Lágafellslaug
Lækjarhlíð 1a, 270 Mosfellsbær
With big crowds at the city-centre pools, our panel chose the tucked-away Lágafellslaug as their current favourite swimming spot. Mosfellsbær’s modern swimming palace still has, as our panel noted, “that new pool smell.” It has everything you could want for a perfect swimming experience: spacious hotpots, multiple slides and amusements to keep the kids happy, a small but perfectly formed sauna, and a steam room with a view over the mountain of Úlfarsfell. It’s a twenty-minute drive from downtown, but it’s worth it—and if you’re driving the Golden Circle or heading on a northbound road trip, it’s right in your path.

Runners Up

Vesturbaejarlaug by Anna Domnick Vesturbæjarlaug
Hofsvallagata 107
If you’re on foot and staying in the downtown three, our panel decided that the bright and modern Vesturbærlaug is the go-to. As well as a mega-hot-pot with a large jacuzzi, the panel noted that it’s also the best pool to play “indie bingo,” spotting Icelandic hipsters, artists and musicians. It’s also right across the street from Kaffihús Vesturbær, so you can stop there for lunch or coffee afterwards.
Kopavogslaug_by_Anna_Domnick Kópavogslaug
Borgarholtsbraut 17, 200 Kópavogur
Another much-loved pool in the suburban Greater Reykjavík area is the Kópavogur pool, Kópavogslaug. Our panel particularly enjoyed relaxing in the steam bath and the spacious hot pots. In the summer, you can use the outdoor dressing rooms, and for the winter there are indoor outdoor pots and slides. And for the kids, “there’s an octopus that spits on you,” the panel noted. Cool.

Previous Winners

2016: Neslaug
2015: Vesturbæjarlaug
2014: Vesturbæjarlaug
2013: Laugardalslaug
2012: Laugardalslaug
2011: Neslaug

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