Visit one of Iceland's oldest geothermal pools 

Swimming is very popular in Iceland both by locals and visitors. Icelanders are used to go swimming in open air pools all year round no matter how cold it is. If you love swimming there are lot of pools in Reykjavík both indoor and outdoor and actually all over the country. Almost every little village around Iceland has a swimming pool.

If you on the other hand want to do something different and try a surreal and epic swimming in pure nature then take a look at this cool pool. Its one of those hidden gems in Iceland that not every tourists go to or know about but I highly recommend it.  What is better than dipping yourself into water when driving around the country. Here is a map, and if you don´t have a car you can also join this tour to Seljavallalaug.

Seljavallalaug is one of the oldest geothermal pools in Iceland, built 1923 and was the first pool which was used for swimming lessons. Its based in a narrow valley on the south coast very close to our friendly volcano/glacier Eyjafjallajökull.

If you want to go there you have to drive along the South coast and after passing the cool waterfall Seljalandsfoss you should slow down a bit because you need to turn left somewhere between Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfall. There is a sign on the road saying Seljavellir where you should turn and drive that road to end.

Seljavellir in South Iceland

After parking your car you need to walk for about 10 min (its an easy walk) in a rocky but very impressive landscape. You will experience steep hills and mountains, beautiful flowing little creeks and of course the enormous energy from the Eyjafjallajökull glacier.

I recommend sturdy shoes because you might have to wade a little river on the way. You won't miss the pool after a little hike, it's not hard to find.


Seljavallalaug in South Iceland


Seljavallalaug is 25m long and about 10m wide. The water comes from a natural hot spring in the area. There is no entrance fee and the original very primitive dressing rooms are still there for use. There are no showers and you need to bring a towel.  

People are asked to respect the pool and its surrounding and not drink any alcohol because you are there on your own responsibility.

After the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull glacier in 2010 the pool was filled with ash but was cleaned by volunteers so as you can see its important for Icelanders and people in the area to protect this little gem.

If you are curious about this place and want to take a closer look or want better information give me a shout and I´ll help you find it.

See also: 

 Best Swimming Pools in Iceland

Geothermal Areas - Beautiful, Steamy, Smelly Spots

Hot Pools in the Westfjords of Iceland - A Selection of the Pools I Have Visited

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