The admission price for an adult to the capital’s pools has gone from 650 ISK to 900 ISK, and the mayor points out that other prices remain the same.
RÚV reports that the change is part of the city’s latest plan of action for revenue, but the price for admission has increased significantly in recent years – six years ago, adult admission to the pool was 350 ISK. The proposal was approved in City Hall, although the Independence Party abstained.
Reykjavík Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson, who submitted the proposal, turned to Facebook to defend the decision, which has already been met with considerable criticism on social media.
“Individual fees will go up, but all discount cards (10 and 20 ticket cards) and child admission will remain the same,” he said. “It will continue to be free for the elderly and disabled. For those city residents who buy a card, which the article [that Dagur linked to with the post] points out most people do, the effect of the fare-raising will be none. Swimming remains the cheapest, and many say the best, form of working out.”