Icelanders are expert at capturing volcanically heated hot water, either in hillside hot pots (little pools sunk into the ground, made from anything – stones, concrete, repurposed agricultural tubs) or in outdoor pool complexes with water slides. Bathing outside in naturally heated water is part of Icelandic life.
In 2015 I took a family trip to Iceland. Our holiday mission was simple: to travel around the country hunting down volcanically heated water, for me, my husband Tim and our two water-loving boys (at the time, three and two) to immerse ourselves in.
This collection contains the 16 pools we swam in, and the size we're going back for. it's a swimmers paradise and the only holiday I've returned from reading the guide book the whole flight home as I can't wait to go back.
To read the story of the trip, see the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2015/aug/22/iceland-swimming-holiday-hot-pools