One of Iceland’s oldest swimming pools, the Secret Lagoon (Gamia Laudin) now has a modern edge – scandi-style brand new facilities with perfectly polished concrete floors, wood walls, exposed galvanised steel beams and birch twigs and old sepia photos of bathers of a bygone era in their bathing caps.
It’s beautifully done.
The pool itself is surrounded by grassy hummocky banks, with buttercups on the grass and steam rising across the pool. There’s a wooden walkway that goes all around, a small geyser that erupts with pleasing regularity and bubbling mud.
The pool is scattered with wallowing bathers, floating on bright coloured woggles – although the pool sometimes has cooler (as in trendier) evenings where Sigur Ros is played underwater or a group of bathers float using the very cool, very effective Float caps that a Reykjavikan swimmer has designed. (http://www.float.is/ - I happened to sit next to the owners of Bergssin Methius on the plane and they were kind enough to intercept our journey at a petrol station to lend us a few of these for the trip… how friendly is that? They were an amazing addition to an Iceland trip – they hold you just below the water, but in it, and you can just..well… float. And, in this case, listen to the crunch of gravel underfoot.)
Opposite the pool entrance are the crumbling remains of a concrete bathing house. It's a very pleasing scene. The water is silky to the point of being a bit slimy.
Entrance 2500KR for family of four when we went in 2015.