Bathing in natural geothermal pools is a very popular and long-lasting cultural practice in Iceland. Those who have traveled to the island or plan to do so are likely familiar with the famous Blue Lagoon, but there is a new contender for the best spa experience in the country. A new geothermal infinity pool called Sky Lagoon has just opened its doors overlooking the ocean, and it looks dreamy.
Located just minutes from Reykjavik’s center, the lagoon features a 250-foot-long infinity thermal pool with unobstructed views over the North Atlantic Ocean. The seascape can also be enjoyed from its luxurious spa sauna and outdoor oceanfront dining.
The design for the thermal spa was influenced by the simplicity and beauty of nature for a minimalistic look, as well as by local culture and traditional architecture such as turf houses. Treatments draw on Icelandic traditions such as warm and cold water therapy, warm steam, dry heat, and fresh air.
“The traditions of bathing culture are integral to the Icelandic way of life and are at the core of the Sky Lagoon experience,” said Dagny Petursdottir, general manager of Sky Lagoon, in a press release. “This rejuvenating and transformative experience will enable guests to connect with mind, body and spirit through the radiant powers of geothermal waters.”
Visitors can purchase one of two spa passes. The Pure Pass provides public changing rooms and includes the signature seven-step spa treatment, The Ritual. The more luxurious option, Sky Pass, includes the signature seven-step spa treatment and offers guests private changing facilities and access to all spa amenities.
Iceland is currently accepting tourists from the US who have received the full course of the COVID-19 vaccine.