The Hot Springs of the Sky Lagoon

Date 14 July 2024

The Hot Springs of the Sky Lagoon

The Hot Springs of the Sky Lagoon

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).

What is the Sky Lagoon?

Le Sky Lagoon

The Sky Lagoon infinity pool

The Sky Lagoon is a new spa much like the famous Blue Lagoon, the Secret Lagoon or Myvatn Nature Baths.

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.

Le Sky Lagoon

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

Le sauna du Sky Lagoon

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:

  • The first step is bathing in the famous hot water pool, facing the sea, to breathe fresh sea air while mineral-rich hot water infuses you.
  • Then for the invigorating icy pool: cold therapy. This will boost your immune system, increase blood flow in the body, and firm the skin.
  • Next the sauna for 5 to 10 minutes. Let the heat open your pores, remove toxins, and cleanse your skin. While the heat works its magic, enjoy breathtaking views and the sensory delight of the coastal ebb and flow.
  • Then, walk slowly through a cold mist, both stimulating and rejuvenating for the mind, body, and soul.
  • The 5th step is the application of the Sky body scrub, the skin left exfoliated and radiant.
  • The steam room or hammam delivers humid heat, which is good for the lungs and improves the overall bodily function.
  • The closer is to take a good shower to wash away all your worries and from head to toe, inside and out, feel perfectly relaxed, rejuvenated and full of energy.

This is a perfectly orchestrated healing experience using hot and cold, wet and dry, to full advantage.

How to get there

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.

The Sky Lagoon hours, amenities, and rates

Le Sky Lagoon

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.

Opening times

Les vestiaires du Sky Lagoon

The Sky Lagoon changing rooms

The Sky Lagoon is open all year round, but opening times differ depending on the time of year:

  • From September 1st to May 31st
    • Monday - Thursday: 12PM - 10PM
    • Friday: 12PM- 11PM
    • Saturday: 11AM - 11PM
    • Sunday: 11AM - 10PM
  • From June 1 to June 16: daily: 11AM - 11PM
  • From June 17 to August 14: daily: 08AM - 11PM
  • From August 15 to August 31: daily: 11AM - 11PM

Prices and packages

Le Sky Lagoon

Sunset on the Sky Lagoon

There are several package offers for the Sky Lagoon:

  • Pure light Pass 6.990 ISK (access to the Sky Lagoon, towels, access to lockers and shared showers)
  • Pure Pass 9.990 ISK (access to the Sky Lagoon, access to the 7-step ritual, towels, access to lockers and shared showers)
  • Sky Pass 13.990 ISK (access to the Sky Lagoon, access to the 7-step ritual, towels, access to lockers, body products and private showers)

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: