High and dry: Icelanders inconsolable without their pools

Birdsong now fills the air around Iceland’s outdoor swimming pools, closed for weeks because of the new coronavirus to the dismay of locals, for whom the popular spots lie at the very heart of Icelandic life.The British have their pubs, the French have their cafes, and the Finns have their saunas. Here, Icelanders flock to the pool to swim laps or just hang out in the hot tubs.Even on the coldest winter days, Icelanders love to take a dip in one of the many outdoor pools.The country’s 134 municipal swimming pools and other hot pools are as much a place to socialise as to exercise.”It’s a cultu…

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