Northern Pools

In North Iceland, you have 36 pools to choose from, from Reykir in Hrútafjörður in the North West, to Þórshöfn on Langanes peninsula in the North East.

In the Húnavatnssýsla region, there are only 4 pools, at Reykir in Hrútafjörður fjord, in Hvammstangi, at Húnavellir, and in Blönduós. 

In Skagafjörður we find 7 pools, Grettislaug, natural pool, in Varmahlíð, the Steinstaðir pool, Sólgarður pool, Sauðárkrókur, Hólar, and in Hofsós, the new, and one of the most beautiful pool in Iceland, with magnificent view over Skagafjörður fjord.

In Eyjafjörður region, we have 13 pools, one in Siglufjörður, then in Ólafsfjörður, Dalvík, one in Svarfaðadalur valley, in the island of Hrísey, in the middle of the fjord. In Árskógsströnd, and Þelamörk, just North of the regions capital, Akureyri, were we have three pools. The biggest, Sundlaug Akureyrar, is one of the best pools in Iceland. A great swimming pool, in the heart of the picturesque town, Akureyri. South of Akureyri we have Hrafnagil pool, and then two pools on the eastern side of the fjord, at Svalbarðseyri and in the small fishing village Grenivík.

In Þingeyjarsýsla region, the eastern part of North Iceland, we have ten pools, at Illugastaðir in Fnjóskadalur valley, Stóru Tjarnir, in Reykjahlíð by Lake Mývatn, few hundred meters from Jarðböðin, natural pool. Visited by thousand after thousand of tourist exploring the area. Great place. We have nice pool in  Laugar in Reykjadalur valley, in Hafralækur, and in Heiðarbær just South of Húsavík, the whale watching capital of Iceland, who has a very nice pool from the fifties.

Near Ásbyrgi, the horseshoe-shaped depression, part of Vatnajökull National Park, you have the small pool in Lundur. Two more pools are in the region, in the small fishing villages of Raufarhöfn and Þórshöfn, at Langanes peninsula.

Now is only one pool missing in North Iceland, the small pool, in the small island of Grímsey, the northernmost part of Iceland. Here the just shy of one hundred people living, can enjoy swimming year round, with the few tourist who visit this gem of island.

By Páll Stefánsson

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