Nestled on a stark, stunning coastline, Sky Lagoon feels a world away from everyday life. Reykjavík’s newest geothermal lagoon honors centuries-old bathing culture, embracing the warmth of a people tied closely to sea, sky and the power locked deep within the land. For centuries, Icelanders have trusted the calming, healing effects of geothermal water to help make them one of the happiest people on earth.
Connect with Icelandic traditions. Relax your mind, body, and soul. Try something new. Step out of your comfort zone. All of these are possible with Sky Lagoon's The Ritual, a truly unique journey that's at the heart of Iceland's newest geothermal experience.
Step 1: Slow down, and relax in the lagoon
Welcome! Enter through the cave-like entrance to the lagoon. It’s time to settle in. Step into the warm waters and relax. Breathe in the refreshing ocean air. Float through a breathtaking canyon and take in the view of Mount Keilir. On the other side, the rhythmic theatre of the ocean sets your breath free. Step 1 is about the journey from the changing room toward the infinity edge. It’s gently entering a state of serenity and calm where you feel relaxed and open to what is to come. Take your time!
Step 2: Cool down with the cold plunge
Next comes cold therapy, a deeply traditional step for Icelanders. You have choices! Wander in the fresh Icelandic air. Or if you’re brave like a Viking, take a dip in the cold pool. It’ll stimulate your immune system, decrease blood flow in your body, and tighten your skin. The cold plunge is also proven to boost your happiness—it’s a natural high! We recommend 10 seconds to wake up your senses, although you can stay for up to 30 seconds. You’ll reap the benefits if you recover from a long-haul flight or after hiking. Conquer your mind, invigorate your senses and wake up!
Step 3: Relax with a view in the sauna
After a cold awakening, visit the sauna for 5 to 10 minutes. Allow the heat to open your pores, remove toxins and cleanse your skin. Enjoy breathtaking ocean views while the heat works its magic. This is the most fantastic sauna in Iceland, with an enormous window with unobstructed ocean views. Take 10 minutes here to let the heat work its magic and heighten feelings of well-being. Gentle acoustics echo the sound of the ocean and create a sense of calm.
Step 4: Refresh in a cold fog-mist
Next, balance the heat from the sauna by stepping slowly through our cold fog-mist space. Take a deep breath here and refresh your senses! The cold mist rejuvenates the skin and helps prepare you for what comes next. It’s stimulating—another natural high!
Step 5: The Sky Body Scrub
It’s time for re-invigoration. By applying our signature Sky Body Scrub, your skin will be exfoliated and glowing. The highlight of The Ritual, we’ve developed our unique sea salt scrub to give your skin a soft, healthy feeling. With its light and comforting spring-like scent, it’ll work wonders. Use slow circular movements to massage the scrub into your skin gently.
Step 6: Steam room
With your skin tingling from the Sky Body Scrub, steam will open your skin. Here, The Ritual’s key therapeutic elements are absorbed, and the hydrating benefits of the Sky Body Scrub are maximized.
With the scrub still on, you’ll find that the moisture and warmth help you breathe deeply and easily. Relax. Clear your sinuses and feel the health in your lungs. The steam improves your overall body function. It feels great!
Step 7: Shower and relax in the lagoon
Finally, rinse off the scrub in the shower. Then, step back into the warm geothermal lagoon. Lean back, close your eyes, breathe deeply, feel the results and enjoy the moment! Let all the benefits of this unique journey sink in. You’ll feel every muscle in your body is relaxed, rejuvenated, and energized. When you’re ready, head to the Lagoon Bar for refreshments.
These seven steps, taken in sequence and at a slow pace, can lead to deep relaxation and well-being. As Icelanders have done for centuries, discover the power of tradition and be inspired by these incredible surroundings.
How do I access the lagoon and pay for things while I’m there?
Upon arrival, you will be given a wristband that works as your locker key as well as a credit card for all purchases during your SKY experience. When you book, we’ll attach your credit card to this wristband. It also allows you to exit at the end of your experience.
What is the age limit?
Youth under the age of 12 are not permitted at Sky Lagoon. Youths 12–14 must be accompanied by a guardian (18 years or older). We recommend that families use the Sky Pass’ premium changing rooms for space and privacy.
How long can I stay in the lagoon?
The recommended time is 1,5–2 hours. It’s very important that you stay hydrated while enjoying the warm water. This will help ensure you get the most out of your experience and stay healthy.
How warm is the lagoon?
The Lagoon is approximately 38–40°C (100–104° F). Icelandic weather can often have a dramatic effect on the guest experience and the temperature can vary.
How deep is the lagoon?
At its deepest point, the lagoon is 120 cm (4’9” ft).
Is Sky Lagoon accessible for all?
Yes. Our facilities are wheelchair accessible. This includes accessible change rooms, showers and a chairlift for entering the lagoon. We also offer private changing spaces for guests that prefer a more private changing environment.
I’m not feeling well. Should I still come?
If you have any underlying disease (cardiovascular disease or high/low blood pressure etc.), contact your physician for advice before entering the lagoon. And If you have any underlying diseases that may cause you to want to our staff to keep an extra eye on you during your stay in the lagoon, like epilepsy for example, we offer high visibility wristbands at reception for you to wear and will notify our safety guards.
What’s available in the changing rooms?
We have two tiers of changing facilities:
“Pure” has shared showers and changing area. Towels are free of charge for all guests. Hairdryers are available.
Do I need to bring a towel, slippers or a robe?
We offer towels free of charge but do not supply slippers or robes, as guests access the Lagoon directly from the changing rooms. You are welcome to bring your own to use in our facilities.
Do you offer a luggage room?
Yes, we offer storage for any baggage that does not fit into your locker for a small fee (ISK 800). Please contact our reception during check-in for further information.
Do you have gender-neutral changing rooms?
Yes, we want everyone to feel equally as welcome at Sky Lagoon. Whether you are non-binary or transgender, you are more than welcome to use our private changing facilities. Ask our staff at check-in, and they will provide you with access to a private changing room. See our Pledge to Pride.
What are my options if the weather forecast does not look good?
The weather in Iceland can be pretty unpredictable so you can change your booking time up to 24 hours before your visit here. If you are up for the adventure, we recommend coming prepared and bringing something to cover your head. Just in case, we have hats available at the reception and at the Lagoon Bar.
What are the opening hours at the Sky Lagoon?
October 1 – June 16
Monday – Friday: 12 PM – 10 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM – 10 PM
June 17 – August 14
All day: 10 AM – 11 PM
August 15 – September 30
Open Sunday to Friday: 11 AM – 11 PM
Open Saturdays: 10 AM – 11 PM
Please note that The Seven-Step Ritual and Lagoon Bar close an hour before.
Smakk Bar and Sky Café Opening Hours
October 1 – June 16
Monday – Friday: 12 PM – 9:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM – 9:30 PM
June 17 – August 14
All day: 10 AM – 10:30 PM
August 15 – September 30
Open Sunday to Friday: 11 AM – 10:30 PM
Open Saturdays: 10 AM – 10:30 PM