If you tuned in last issue, we told you were the beautiful people take off their clothes, and where the less beautiful people go to do jumping jacks in steam rooms. In this issue, we inform the faithful Grapevine readers about the pools and other structures for bathing that are of significant local importance because of architecture or history.
We are taking a Reykjavík-based approach to this whole swimming pool thing. Part of this is because a devious American journalist beat us to the punch in writing about swimming all across Iceland.
Another reason is that we have the sickly white skin and toothpick physiques of city-slickers. We take these bodies out to Akureyri, where W H Auden celebrated the beauty of the city pools in Letters from Iceland, and we would be mocked severely.
In any case, we have already described the most popular local pools, what follows is a list of the most historically important and beautiful, or, simply, pools that are also sites.
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