Built into dark gray volcanic rock in Kópavogur, sky lagoon is just a 15 minute drive from downtown Reykjavik. This brand-new Icelandic spa opened in 2021 and houses a 70-meter geothermal infinity pool with breathtaking views of the North Atlantic as well as access to a unique seven-step ritual experience.
This is your chance to sample Iceland’s traditional beach culture combined with a contemporary and luxurious spa experience – a gateway to feeling calm, rejuvenated and stress-free in a magical man-made lagoon.
Read on to learn more about what to expect from a visit to Sky Lagoon.
When booking, we had the choice between three different packages:
A Pure Lite package that includes:
- entry to the Sky Lagoon
- access to public changing rooms
- provision of a towel
A Pure Package which includes:
- everything in the Pure Lite package, plus
- plus a journey through the seven-step ritual
A Sky package includes:
- everything in the Pure Package, plus
- private changing rooms with Sky Lagoon amenities
We opted for the Sky package which includes a really lovely, more exclusive and less busy private changing experience.
Once showered, we made our way through a cave-like entrance into the geothermally heated pool, heated to a very pleasant 38 degrees centigrade. We could spend as long as we wanted there, enjoying the view of the Atlantic and of Bessastaðir, the official residence of the President of Iceland, as well as Mount Keilir to the southwest. And, if you’re really lucky, you might also spot whales.
We were able to start the seven-step ritual whenever we wanted. In fact, we had already started it, because stage 1 consisted of taking our time in the lagoon, relaxing in its warm waters and breathing in the refreshing ocean air. Stage 1 is about our journey from the changing rooms to the poolside and the sense of calm it has brought us.
Once we were ready, we moved on to stage 2 which is to brave the cold pool. It’s not for the faint-hearted as it can be a shock to the system, but it is a crucial part of Icelandic tradition and has a number of health benefits including being good for the immune system as well that beneficial for decreasing blood flow and tightening the skin. It’s even been found to boost happiness. Of course, it’s not mandatory but an option to consider if you’ve had a long day or are recovering from a long flight. If you prefer, you can simply expose yourself to the fresh air as you leave the geothermal waters behind and head inland for the next stage.
For Stage 3, we entered a building where the Sky Lagoon pays homage to an Icelandic turf house. These thatched-roof houses kept the Vikings warm for centuries thanks to their extra insulation.
Inside is a spacious sauna – a welcome opportunity to recover from the cold plunge pool awakening. Stage 3 involved spending 5 or 10 minutes here, allowing the hot steam to open our pores, flush out toxins and cleanse our skin, all while enjoying an increased sense of well-being and a magnificent view of the Atlantic through the enormous floor-to-ceiling window. in front of us.
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For Stage 4, we moved to another area, open to the sky above, where we experienced a refreshing cold fog. It is much more tolerable than the cold pool and helps rejuvenate the skin and prepare visitors for the next step.
Then it was time for an invigorating body scrub. For Step 5, we applied Sky Lagoon’s lightly scented Sky Body Scrub and gently massaged it in while exfoliating the skin and leaving us feeling glowing and radiant. From there it was into the steam room, with our skin still tingling, for step 6 – which maximizes the moisturizing benefits of the scrub. I was really surprised at how refreshed and different my skin looked at this point. It was a great opportunity to just sit back and relax, inhale the steam and feel our sinuses cleanse.
Stage 7 was the shower, the rinsing of the scrub and the return to the warmth of the lagoon. It was such a beautiful experience… so calming and invigorating, and one that of course has to be experienced first hand to be fully appreciated.
Again, we could spend as much time in the lagoon as you wish. There is a swim up bar where we enjoyed a drink while soaking in the geothermal waters, considered the experience and felt completely rejuvenated from head to toe.
No children under the age of 12 are allowed in Sky Lagoon, so rest assured you’ll be able to enjoy the atmosphere without any garish interruptions! And no cash is required at the bar either, since you have a wristband that can be linked to your preferred payment card.
When in Reykjavik, be sure to visit the Sky Lagoon and try all seven stages for yourself. Follow them in order, take your time and you will feel totally relaxed and revitalized – an unparalleled sense of well-being, all in fabulous Icelandic surroundings.
Are you planning a trip to Iceland yourself? You can watch a video of our trip to Iceland here. Sky Lagoon footage can be seen between 6m 03 seconds and 6m 14 seconds.