In Iceland, we have a special relationship with hot water, and the country’s swimming pools play a greater role in public life than they do in neighbouring countries. Geothermal energy and hot water play a major part in the history of the pools and in many ways are their very foundation. Icelanders were generally quite late to pick up swimming, mainly because of the lack of facilities.
The video clips here are from the Swimming Stories documentary by Jón Karl Helgason. It was produced by JKH-Kvikmyndagerð and the music was composed by Ragnar Zolberg. The film is scheduled to be premièred in the spring of 2022.