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Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool

Seljavallalaug, Iceland

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Iceland's oldest swimmingpool - built in 1923, this pool is an awesome addition to your adventure on the Icelandic South Coast.

Seljavallalaug is an Icelandic classic. Located on the Icelandic South Coast in the Seljavellir Valley, it is a great addition to your South Coast adventure.

The pool gets it hot water from a nearby spring up the mountain that provides the pool with natural fresh water. It is almost maintenance free and free of charge to enter. However, you can make a donation by the changing rooms.

The pool was built in 1923 and was for some time the longest swimming pool in Iceland. People would come from different parts of the country to learn to swim here - an important skill for a nation of farmers and fisherman at that time.

How to get there; Drive towards Seljavellir until you reach the parking spot at the end of the road. From there, it is around 15-20 minutes hike up to the pool. Follow the path leading into the valley.

There are changing rooms by the pool but expect these to be relatively dirty.

Bear in mind A lot of people visit the pool during the summer time, so it can get a little crowded. I recommend catching a shower as soon as you get back to your accommodation.

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This hike is a fun one. It's exciting being surrounded by mountains in a remote area. The pool itself isn't very warm. There's one corner that lets off heat and feels quite nice. But be prepared for lukewarm water.

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