Hothouse Swim

This next series of photos were taken at Árbæjarlaug, one of the most popular swimming spots in the Reykjavik area, for obvious reasons.

This is the indoor pool for kiddies and for lounging in sweet meditation (until, that is, a hearty Icelandic youngster cannonballs into the water just this side of your head!) Though it's more than nice indoors, you haven't done the Thermal Pool adventure until you've soaked in one or all of the five hot tubs outside...

Take it all in and be a little envious...

4 comments:

Lovewine said...

Feeling envy...luckily we have several hotsprings near Nelson.

L said...

I am very envious-- and I live in Florida :)

looks like fun...

Maria Alva said...

Did I mention that Icelanders do a whole lot of socializing when they go for a soak?

Nearly every time I go to a pool I see someone I know, and for many of the older set their daily swim routine at their local pool includes sitting in the hot tubs and chatting with neighbors, about gossip, weather, politics and news.

For the younger crowd, meeting at the pools is about as close to a formal date as you'll get, an interesting concept when you consider that everyone's barely dressed; it's a perfect way to scope out your potential other's normally clad secrets.

The pools, then, are a luxury but also a social necessity: a warm, relaxing place to gather in a often too-cold country.

Anonymous said...

The hours I've spent in that pool are numberous. I miss it. *sigh*