If you want a geothermal pool experience in Iceland but also want a bit of adventure, Seljavallalaug
is the one for you! Set on the South Coast
waterfalls, the pool's parking lot is about 30 minutes from Vík
. Then, a short hike to the north on a designated path will take you the rest of the way to Seljavallalaug.
The pool dates back to 1923, originally constructed as a place for children to learn to swim. Although it's an artificial pool, its surroundings—a rushing river and mountainous backdrop—will make you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere! Plus, the hot water that trickles into the pool is entirely natural.
There are a few things to keep in mind when visiting Seljavallalaug. To start, the water isn't very hot, and in wintertime, it's only lukewarm. But on summer days, many find the temperature to be perfect! Further, the pool is only cleaned once a year in the summer, so you may find it a little muddy or filled with algae, which gives it its picturesque green hue. It's still safe for swimming, but if you're sensitive to bacteria, you may want to wait until later in the summer to venture out to the pool.
In addition, there are no staff or lifeguards at the pool, so be mindful of your steps (the algae can make the bottom quite slippery) and keep an eye on children. There are two small rooms where you can leave your clothes. Please keep these tidy, as volunteers only attend to the facilities on occasion.
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