Packing for a trip to Iceland, particularly in winter, you’d be forgiven for not thinking about including your swimming costume. But forget it and you risk missing out on one of Iceland’s greatest (semi) secrets. Swimming in Iceland – in all seasons – is one of the best activities to do in this crazy land of ice and fire! And it’s also one of the best ways to meet local Icelanders and get under the skin of this unique island in the middle of the North Atlantic. Iceland is a volcanic land, very young in geological terms and in a constant state of seismic activity. There are several earthquakes a day. The benefit of this is that hot water, geothermically heated, is plentiful and very cheap – practically free. And this means that outdoor swimming pools can be kept heated to comfortable temperatures throughout the year, even in the depths of winter. Every town has a municipal pool and along with the pool there are always several hot pots varying from bathtub warm to seriously hot.
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