The popularity of swimming pools is one of the things that surprise visitors to our rocky subarctic island. Thanks to copious amounts of geothermal heat, our swimming pools, especially the hot tubs, keep us feeling warm, toasty and relaxed all through the cold and dark winter, as well as the bright summers. Akureyri is no exception and there are no less than two public swimming pools to be found in town and many more in the surrounding area and towns.
Akureyri Thermal Pool
This is one of the most popular attractions in Akureyri and it’s open all year round. The pool area is newly renovated so visitors can expect an exciting visit.
Akureyri Thermal Pool is a watery paradise for the whole family. The area contains two 25 m outdoor pools as well as a 12.5 m indoor pool. Three new waterslides have been built and are already popular with the local children. Inside the building is a hot tub and the outdoor area has three hot tubs with varying temperatures, up to 42°C. There’s also a refreshing cold tub, a wading pool for the kids and a steam bath. You will also find a hot tub with hydromassage, as well as a new wading pool and sunbathing area. In addition, there’s a new play area for children in the surrounding park.
When Akureyri Thermal Pool is crowded on a sunny day, or when the weather is looking rainy or otherwise unappetising, Glerárlaug Thermal Pool is a great option.
Glerárlaug Thermal Pool is a great option for those seeking an indoor pool or a little less crowd than can be expected at the bigger Akureyri Thermal Pool. Its outdoor area features two hot tubs, a children’s wading pool as well as outdoor dressing rooms.
Thermal pools in and around Akureyri
Akureyri Thermal Pool
Þingvallastræti 21, Akureyri / +354 461 4455
Open: Summer Mon-Fri 6:45-21, Sat 8-21, Sun 8-19:30
Winter Sat-Fri 6:45-21, Sat-Sun 9-19
Glerárlaug Thermal Pool
Höfðahlíð, Akureyri / +354 462 1539
Open: Summer Mon-Fri 6:45-21, Sat 9-14:30, Sun closed
Winter Mon-Fri 6:45-8 & 17:30-21, Sat 9-14:30, Sun 9-12
Hrísey Thermal Pool
Austurvegi 5, Hrísey / +354 461 2255
Open: Summer Mon-Fri 10:30-19, Sat-Sun 10:30-17
Winter Tue, Wed, Thu 15-19, Fri 15-18, Sat-Sun 13-16
Hrafnagil Thermal Pool
Hrafnagilskóli, Akureyri / +354 464 8140
Open: Summer Mon-Fri 6:30-22, Sat-Sun 10-20
Winter Mon-Thu 6:30-22, Fri 6:30-20, Sat-Sun 11-18
Grímsey / +354 461 3155
Open: Mon-Wed 20-21:30, Sat 14-16
Þelamörk Thermal Pool
Þelamörk, Laugalandi / +354 460 1780
Open: Summer Mon-Thu 11-22, Fri-Sun 11-20
Winter Mon-Thu 17-22.30, Fri 17-20, Sat 11-18, Sun 11-22.3