Perfectly located in Reykjavík’s downtown, only moments away from the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church, you will find Sundhöllin swimming pool, the oldest public baths in the city.


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For over 80-years, Sundhöllin public baths have provided the residents of Reykjavík a spot to swim, relax, and catch up on the latest gossip and politics.

Completed in 1937, the original white minimalist building was designed by Iceland’s most famous architect, Guðjón Samúelsson; responsible for Hallgrímskirkja, the National Theatre and many more beautiful buildings in the city centre and beyond.

Sundhöllin translates to ‘Swimming palace’ and this is quite apt given the pool’s architecture! Most swimming pools in Iceland are completely outside, however, the original Sundhöllin pool is inside a bright and ornate grand hall. On the weekends, a large 5-metre high diving board is open to the public, much to the delight of the children of Reykjavík (and some big kids too!).

The outside pool at Sundhöllin. Photo Credit: reykjavik.is

The sides of the 50-metre indoor pool are lined with gym equipment which bathers over the age of 16-years old can use freely having only paid regular swimming admission.

The whole complex has recently undergone substantial renovations seeing the pool closed between June and December 2017. Sundhöllin reopened with a new 25-metre outdoor pool, reception area, a steam room, several new hot tubs and a renovated changing area which retains its old-fashioned Wes Anderson-esque charm.


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This 101 treasure has long been known for its balcony hot tubs as well as its tanning roofs which are separated by sex so that you can go naked. If you have no reservations about getting naked in public, you can look forward to tan sans the strap marks! (Please take note that everyone must shower naked without their swimming costume on with soap before they enter the pool).

Given Sundhöllin’s prime downtown location, there are quite a few social events held within its resplendent walls including its annual movie showings. The swim-in cinema is a local hit and many Reykjavík residents showed up for the most recent screening of sci-fi cult classic, The Fifth Element. They definitely had one element covered.

Balcony jacuzzis at Sundhöllin Public Baths. Photo Credit: reykjavik.is


Sundhöllin is located on Barónsstígur 45a


The opening hours are as follows:

Monday – Friday 06.30-22.00

Saturday – Sunday 08.00-22.00

The entrance fee to every swimming pool in Reykjavik is:

0-5 years FREE

6-17 years 150 ISK

Adults 950 ISK

It’s recommended you bring your own swimwear & towels

but you can rent swimwear (850 ISK) or a towel (570 ISK).


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