Here’s an off-radar place to bookmark for when you’re looking for your next heatwave escape hatch. Iceland’s oldest swimming pool, built into the mountainside in a narrow
valley! It’s been gathering hot water trickling down from Eyjafjallajökull (I can’t pronounce it either) since it was constructed in 1923. Today, it’s abandoned and covered with thick ice throughout the winter until once every summer when a few faithful volunteers clear the waters for the adventurous travellers who care to find it…
Seljavallalaug is Iceland’s best kept secret, promising a breathtaking dip in the middle of the mountains that you’ll never forget. There are changing room facilities here so you can change and keep your belongings in the simple white building by the pool.
Today, you can’t graduate school in Iceland unless you’ve passed a swim test and in 1990, a new modern swimming pool was built for the area somewhat closer to civilisation. But Seljavallalaug is a protected site and more than 90 years after it was built, it remains open for people to go swimming undisturbed in the old pool free of charge– at their own risk of course.