If city council plans come to be, Nauthólsvík could start charging admission to the beach and related facilities.
RÚV reports that the Sports and Leisure Council for the City of Reykjavík approved a measure last Friday that calls for the department head to prepare a draft for changing admission and related fees to Nauthólsvík all year round. Up until now, access to the beach, changing rooms, bathrooms and hot pots have been for free during the summer.
The council argues that up until now, the city has been covering the costs for these services throughout the year, and that “it is natural that customers would pay for the services being provided”.
Nauthólsvík is a popular spot for city residents, especially in the summertime, as the water is geothermally warmed. Not that very cold water elsewhere around Iceland stops people from swimming in the sea.