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Swimming & (Sun)bathing in Iceland

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A May 2004 trip to Reykjavik by n2dwoods

Salvation Army Guesthouse Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland More Photos
Quote: You have to love a country whose favorite past time is swimming outdoors in the snow!

Swimming & (Sun)bathing in Iceland

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Overview

The Main Shopping Street Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Going to Reykjavik Iceland had to have been my favorite trip (and I travel a lot). I wanted to go somewhere a little "different" and decided to travel to Denmark via Icelandair with a 4-day stopover in Reykjavik. It's one of the prettiest places I've ever been (and also the most expensive). Natural beauty abounds, from waterfalls and glaciers to geysers.The famous nightlife is quite wild--streets were deserted during the day, but at 1am it was hard to walk through the main street since it was so crowded!I loved the geothermal pools, basically giant hot tubs outdoors.Quick Tips: Icelandair owns Reykjavik Excursions and seemingly all the hotels too, so it's a bit of a monopol...Read More

Salvation Army Guesthouse

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Hotel

Salvation Army Guesthouse Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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In a city with $10 glasses of beer, it's tough to find an affordable place to stay. I was a little skeptical of the Salvation Army, but I got a single room with my own sink and a very comfortable bed. The room was definitely small, but that was expected. The bathroom and showers were down the hall and were reasonably clean. There was a shared kitchen/social area down the hall as well. The only negative was you could smell cigarette smoke because my room was near the "smoking room." In general, everything was pretty clean. I was there in May and didn't really run into too many other guests.The location is excellent, within 2 minutes of the main street. My room also came with breakf...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2006

Salvation Army Guesthouse
Kirkjustraeti 2
Reykjavik, Iceland 101
354 561 3203

Blue Lagoon (Geothermal Spa)

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Attraction | "Blue Lagoon"

Blue Lagoon (Geothermal Spa) Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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This man-made thermal lagoon is a must-see in Reykjavik, and right by the airport too. While there's a full spa and restaurant, I just took advantage of swimming in the warm (almost hot) lagoon and rubbing the exfoliating salts on my skin. At one point during my lounging, a waitress brought around bright green (alcoholic) drinks to everyone swimming! The building facility offers locker rooms for men and women, a restaurant, and full-service spa. Geothermal salts are used to make various beauty and skin care products packaged under the Blue Lagoon brand, which of course are available for sale here. The spa offers massages and all sorts of skin treatments, and the restaurant offers great view...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 19, 2006

Blue Lagoon (Geothermal Spa)
Grindavik lava field, Reykjanes Peninsula
Reykjavik, Iceland

Laugardalur Swimming Pool

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Attraction

Laugardalur Swimming Pool Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Going to the geothermal pools was the best part of my trip to Iceland. You can walk or take a bus to one of the seven municipal pools—this one is the largest. Admission is cheap (which is very nice considering the rest of Iceland is exorbitant)—only about a few dollars. If you buy the 'passport' to the city—which includes transportation—admission to all the pools is also included.Now, they're pretty strict about this, so here are the rules:1. Remove your clothing in the same-sex locker room.2. Put your bathing suit in a cubby by the open showering area.3. Get some soap and pay attention to the signs and pictures DESCRIBING WHERE YOU NEED TO WASH! Yes, as t...Read More

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Laugardalur Swimming Pool
Laugardalur, IS-104
Reykjavik, Iceland

Geysir

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Attraction | "Gullfoss-Geysir Direct"

Geysir Photo, Iceland, Europe
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Reykjavik Excursions seems to have a monopoly on tours, but they do an excellent job. You can book their tours at the airport, at any hotel, at the bus station, etc.They will pick you up at your hotel and you can buy your ticket at the station, where you get on a different bus with your tour.When I did my tour, there were four other people, all in their 20s as well. This tour is a great overview of the amazing natural beauty of Iceland. You go to Geysir (a geyser) and see the very frequent eruptions and can go to the Geysir museum (tour includes admission). My favorite part of the tour though was seeing Gullfoss, an incredible waterfall. You can walk to vista points and get...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 20, 2006

Geysir
Geysir
Reykjavik, Iceland