During the summer months, natural hot springs gushing from rocky hill and mountainside, provide Icelanders with perfect conditions for outdoor swimming.
SV. Boys jump into hot swimming bath
LV. Swimmers - steam rising from pool
GV. PAN..workings for another pool
SV. Workmen at work at pool side
GV. Cranes mould soil
TV. Site.. draining for hot water
CU. Hot spring
SV. Engineer on equipment
LV. PAN..hot water site
SCV. Holding thermometer in hot water
GV. Swimmers in another finished pool
SV. Man dives in
GV. Swimming pool
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Background: During the summer months, natural hot springs gushing from rocky hill and mountainside, provide Icelanders with perfect conditions for outdoor swimming.
Now the springs are channelled to supply man-made pools with hot water - enabling people to swim all the year round. At Reykjavik, Iceland's first indoor 'Hot-Spring' pool has been opened.
Several outdoor pools are also under construction. These too provide all-season swimming centres. During winter the water temperature will rise to 130 degrees, falling to 37 degrees in very hot weather.
Before the introduction of pools Icelanders had to rely on the hot springs for swimming. These are found in every part of the island, both singly and in groups, and are particularly numerous in the western part of the southern lowlands.