Topless guests welcome in Reykjavik swimming pools

Laugardalslaug geothermal swimming pool in Reykjavik.

Laugardalslaug geothermal swimming pool in Reykjavik. mbl.is/Freyja

Following news of a woman being shown out of a pool in the small town of Akranes in Iceland, the directors of the City of Reykjavik sports and recreation department (ÍTR) have confirmed that guests of the city's swimming pool are welcome whether they wear a top or not as part of their swimwear ensemble. 

Þórgnýr Thoroddsen at ÍTR says that the current rules at their swimming pools are for people to wear swimwear, but not what kind of swimwear. "We all agree that people shouldn't be discriminated against whether they have breasts or not.  There's no reason for that."

He adds that sometimes somebody complains over female guests not wearing a top to a swimming pool. In that case the person is welcome to send a written complaint but people are not turned away from the pool because they're topless. 

"We can certainly look into whether we need to rephrase the rules to make the meaning of swimwear more clear."

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