Reykjavík’s Empty Pools: Video

Vala Hafstað

Did you ever wonder what the swimming pools in Reykjavík look like these days, when closed? Steinar Þór Ólafsson, communications director, visited them recently to take a look.

All swimming pools in the capital are have remained closed since October 7, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Steinar tells the closure gave him reason to record the pools on video.

“For a very long time, I’ve wanted to do this,” he states. Normally, the Laugardalslaug pool is closed only one day a year, and you don’t want to bring a drone to a pool full of people. I saw this as an ideal opportunity to take a look at them.” Obtaining permission to film the pools proved easy, Steinar adds.
We invite you to view the video below.


Light rain


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Later today

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