So, if you are on a road trip in Iceland, you can either take your shower at the shower facilities available at the camping sites, usually at extra cost, about 500 Krona (about 4 EUR) for 5 minutes of water ! Yes, you read it correctly, the water supply stops at the 5 minutes count regardless of whether you finish washing off the soap on your body !
Or, you can do like us, i.e. check out the local swimming pools !
Every town no matter how small has a local swimming pool, with warm water heated by geothermal energy. And it is usually within walking distance from the bigger camping sites.
Tip: Look out for the sign. We had no idea at first that the sign means a swimming pool, we thought it is a danger sign for drowning hazards !
The entrance fee costs a bit more, about 6 to 8 EUR per person. However, I rather pay the extra for a good hot bath (similar to an onsen in Japan), followed by a good proper shower without having to rush myself to finish off in 5 minutes !
Now, if this is your first time, you may feel bit self-conscious, and don’t know where to start, what to do. Fret no more, as I’ll walk you through step by step in this post,
- Approach the counter, and ask for the price. Some local swimming pools offer shower only option, i.e. you don’t get to use the pool, jacuzzi etc.
- Make the payment.
- Remove shoes at the entrance
- Enter shower room, and take a full shower before entering the pool – note that shower facilities are communal (male and female separated), and you are expected to remove all clothing (including swimwear) before using the showers
- After a thorough shower, put on your swimwear and exit shower room to the pool area
- Don’t play in the pool, respect others’ personal space
- After done at the pool, you may take shower but be sure to dry yourself completely before re-entering the changing area
- Exit shower room and wears shoes at the entrance
It is really that simple. Now, you want to leave the self-conscious mindset at the entrance too, and take your time to enjoy that nice hot bath you deserve !