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New outdoor swimming pool to be constructed in down-town Reykjavík

By Sara McMahon

  • Bigger and better The old Sundhöllin swimming pool is an indoor pool built in 1937. It will soon boast a new outdoor pool as well. Photo/VIlhelm Gunnarsson

Communal swimming pools are a vital part of local community in Iceland, and now 101-ers (people living in down-town Reykjavík) will soon have their very own outdoor pool to lounge about it. Plans to extend the Sundhöllin swimming pool on Barónsstígur, central Reykjavík, have been set into motion.


Construction works have begun near the old Sundhöllin swimming pool. 

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Construction works began this week and are expected to be completed in 2017.

According to Einar Hjálmar Jónsson, a civil engineer and the project’s manager, the new facilities will include a 25 metre (82 ft) long pool, a children’s pool, a sauna, and two hot tubs in addition to the existing indoor pool and two hot tubs.  

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The new facilities include a 25 metre long outdoor pool. 

According to the new designs a new entrance will be built that connects the two pools. The estimated cost of the new pool is 1,170 million ISK (7,981,444 Euros/ 8,439,731 US dollars). 

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