The Sky Lagoon hot baths opened very recently, in spring 2021. This fantastically modern geothermal spa resort is located very close to the capital Reykjavík.
The culture of hot baths in Iceland dates back to the time of Nordic colonists and is a cherished tradition. That explains why you can find them everywhere in Iceland (see the hot springs guide).
The Sky Lagoon infinity pool
Icelanders have learned from their long relationship to the sea that its waters release worries and give you their energy. This is why the Sky Lagoon looks out to sea, with a panoramic view of the ocean, much like GeoSea in northern Iceland.
The setting is truly exceptional and makes for an unforgettable moment with the Icelandic summer midnight sun. This silvery light makes for magical moments in the geothermal hot bath, or for another flavour you can try under the Northern Lights in winter.
In order to respect traditions, the Sky Lagoon project aims to be modern but without sacrificing its roots. It is inspired by traditional icelandic houses, especially the peat walls.
To build the klömbruhleðsla, or grass wall, the artisans used swampy land rich in volcanic ash to create tiles that are almost like concrete.
The Sky Lagoon infinity pool
The main pool is very pleasant and 70 meters long and has a depth of about 1m20. As is often the case in Iceland, in hot baths, the average water temperature is around 38°.
Beyond the hot water pool, there is also a cold pool, a restaurant, a bar, the Sky Café and the Smakk Bar as well as a steam room and a sauna.
The Sky Lagoon offers a 7-stage spa experience called the “Sky Lagoon Ritual” which is quite simply to die for.
The Sky Lagoon ritual
Over the centuries, Icelanders have learned to make water work for them. The healing powers of hot water, cold water, hot steam, dry heat, and fresh air have been mastered to perfection. These traditions using nature's gifts work hand in hand with modern medical science to promote well-being both inside and out.
The 7 stages of the Sky Lagoon ritual aim to combine all the benefits of these traditions and are as follows:
This is a perfectly orchestrated healing experience using hot and cold, wet and dry, to full advantage.
Often compared to its neighbor the Blue Lagoon, the Sky Lagoon has the advantage of being much closer to the capital, just 8 km away next to the port of Kopavogur, Karsnes.
From the center of Reykjavík, access is very easy and only takes 15 minutes. Simply take Road 40 (Kringlumýrabraut) and continue in the direction of Kársnesbraut and then Vesturvör. Free parking is available in front of the spa.
You can stay on site as long as you want once you've entered the Sky Lagoon, but most visitors wrap it up in 1.5 to 2 hours.
The Sky Lagoon is accessible to anyone over the age of 12 and children aged 12 to 14 must be accompanied.
The Sky Lagoon changing rooms
The Sky Lagoon is open all year round, but opening times differ depending on the time of year:
Sunset on the Sky Lagoon
There are several package offers for the Sky Lagoon:
As is often the case, it is strongly recommended to book in advance and some tour companies also offer entry with a shuttle from the capital Reykjavík: