Swimming is popular in Iceland both by Icelanders and visitors. For more than 70 years swimming has been included in school curriculums so every Icelander is required by law to learn to swim.
There is a great number of high quality swimming pools in Iceland, mostly due to the wealth of geothermal heat. Most of the pools that are not located in geothermal areas are indoors. The number of open air pools is far greater and those can be found all over the country. They are open year-round, regardless of weather.
Using open air swimming pools in Iceland is a unique experience, particularly when the outside temperatures are a few degrees below zero.