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The best places to swim in Iceland
1. Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa Yes, the Blue Lagoon is touristy, and yes, it’s crowded (compared to anywhere else you’ll go in Iceland). But even if this is the Disneyland of swimming holes (aka expensive with a swim-up bar), it’s a must-see. Grab the bus that stops here on the way to Reykavik from the airport (or vice versa), and relax away the stress of flying. 2. Hofn Public Swimming Pool The Hofn public pool has two water slides, two hot tubs, a steam room, a lap pool–and it’s sparkling shiny, new and clean. It costs about $5 to enter, but it’s so, so worth it. 3. Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool Built in 1923, Seljavallalaug is one of Iceland’s first swimming pools. It’s naturally heated by geothermal activity: it’s not hot tub temperature, but it’s definitely warmer than you would expect based on the outside temperature. Although it’s tempting to think you’ll have it all to yourself, keep your swimsuit close to the edge if you decide to skinny dip: we were surprised first by a honeymooning couple, and next by an Italian tour bus. If you do manage to enjoy it in solitude, just soak it up: the serenity is what makes the experience. 4. Hrunalaug Natural Hot Spring This natural hot spring is nestled in the middle of nowhere: our directions consisted of drive until you see the white church in Hruni, make a right, park the car in the “parking lot”, walk over the hill about 15 minutes. And then you come upon this delightful little shelter, a manmade hot tub utilizing the naturally heated river. It’s crazy, and it’s beautiful, and it was just the best day ever–especially since we had it all to ourselves. 5. Hveragerði Hot River
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