Sky Lagoon: Iceland's best lagoon

Soaking in Iceland's Sky Lagoon

Iceland is a gorgeous country with plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. If you're looking to add a little relaxation to your itinerary, look no further than Sky Lagoon. Just outside of Reykjavik, Sky Lagoon is open all year round and offers a seven step ritual which includes health benefits and promotes relaxation. You can also enjoy their swim up bar and infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Trust us, a visit to Sky Lagoon is the perfect way to unwind during your trip to Iceland.

woman in front of waterfall at Sky Lagoon

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Reykjavik’s Sky Lagoon

Sky Lagoon's natural look with rocks, moss and waterfall

As one of the newer lagoons in Iceland, Sky Lagoon offers visitors a unique experience. The seven step ritual is based on ancient Icelandic traditions and is said to have health benefits as well as promoting relaxation. We can definitely attest to the relaxing vibes at Sky Lagoon. After spending some time in the lagoon, we felt our muscles loosen and all of our stress melted away. This is the perfect way to relax after a road trip around the Ring Road or after a long flight to Iceland. 

Unlike many lagoons found in Iceland, this one is not a natural lagoon. Natural lagoons are a completely different experience because many of them are in the wild or in more remote locations than Reykjavik, but man-made lagoons offer something different. They’re easy, predictable, and an aesthetic dream.

Different pricing options for Sky Lagoon

Sky Lagoon's seven step ritual underground hut

First off, we recommend booking your ticket to Sky Lagoon in advance because it does sell out. When you’re booking your ticket online, you’re given a few different options including timed entry, whether or not you want to participate in the seven step ritual (see below for more info on this), and if you’d like to have a private shower or change and shower in the group locker rooms.

Packages range in cost starting at ~$55 USD and going all the way up to ~$200. Each tier gets a few more added bonuses so depending on how much time you have to spend at the lagoon and what type of experience you’re looking for, you can choose which package best fits your needs.

Pure Lite Pass: The least expensive of all options and includes only a soak in the lagoon and access to the group changing rooms.

Pure Pass: Includes a soak in the lagoon, group changing rooms, plus access to the special seven step ritual.

Sky Pass: The Sky Pass is where you get access to private changing rooms and showers as well as the lagoon and the seven step ritual.

Sky Lagoon for Two: If you’re going to the lagoon with a significant other or friend, consider booking the Sky Lagoon for Two Sky Package. It comes with a lagoon soak, seven step ritual, private changing rooms and showers, a drink from the bar for each guest, plus a snack platter from the snack bar on property. 

To view all package options and book a reservation, visit the Sky Lagoon website here.

Private showers vs. group locker room and showers

Sky Lagoon's private locker rooms and showers

Here’s my experience: I’ve visited Sky Lagoon twice now and I’ve experienced both the private changing room/shower and the group locker room. As an American, I’m a very modest person. Back home we don’t usually have to change in front of other people but the rest of the world has a much more relaxed view on nudity, so to my fellow Americans, this section is for you.

We visited a few different lagoons while in Iceland, and Sky Lagoon’s group locker room was by far the nicest. Yes, you are changing in front of other women, but it’s dimly lit with lots of lockers dividing up the room so it doesn’t feel like you’re just changing in a giant room with strange women. The showers are different from the other lagoons because they’re individual stalls. You can wear your swimsuit in the shower stall (but make sure you remove it to wash thoroughly!) and put it back on all the privacy of the stall. It’s really not too bad. It’s much more private than other lagoons such as Secret Lagoon where you change and shower in a line with a bunch of other women.

The private changing rooms are obviously much more private. The lockers are in one shared hallway, but the showers and changing rooms are private little rooms with locking doors. Inside the room you’ll find a wonderful rain shower with soaps, a mirror, hairdryer, and plenty of towels. 

Even as a very modest person, I’d book the shared locker room again because it really wasn’t bad at all. It’s very similar to going to any gym here in the USA. If you want to splurge on the private lockers, by all means do so! Especially if the communal changing area makes you nervous. If you’re visiting Sky Lagoon to relax, do what makes you feel most comfortable. Just know the private showers/changing rooms come at almost double the cost.

The seven step ritual at Sky Lagoon

Sky Lagoon sauna overlooking the water

While Sky Lagoon’s signature seven step ritual is an additional cost on top of soaking in the lagoon, if you have the time, it’s well worth the extra money. You’ll come out of your time at Sky Lagoon feeling refreshed and renewed, ready to take on more cold adventures in magical Iceland!

The seven step process winds you through a process of hot and cold to promote circulation, relaxation and other health benefits. Curious what the steps are? Check them out below!

  1. Soak in the hot lagoon
  2. Cold plunge in glacier-fresh pool
  3. Take a sauna and relax with ocean views
  4. Refresh in the cool rain mist
  5. Refresh with a body scrub
  6. Warm up and relax in the steam room
  7. Rinse and cleanse in the shower

The infinity pool & swim up bar

Woman stands in Sky Lagoon's infinity pool overlooking the ocean

In addition to the lagoon and ritual process, there is also an infinity pool and swim up bar. The pool overlooks the ocean and is the perfect place to take in the stunning Icelandic scenery. The swim up bar was definitely a fun addition and made us feel like we were on vacation in paradise. Whether you're enjoying a cocktail or simply soaking up the incredible views, the infinity pool is not to be missed during your visit to Sky Lagoon.

Planning a visit to Reykjavik’s Sky Lagoon

Outside of Iceland's Sky Lagoon outside of Reykjavik

Getting to Sky Lagoon

Sky Lagoon is the most conveniently located lagoon to Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik. Just a quick 10-15 minute drive from downtown Reykjavik, this lagoon is easily accessible by taxi when staying in the city. If you rented a car in Iceland, there’s plenty of free parking at Sky Lagoon, too. If you plan to drink while at the lagoon, please take a taxi.

Best time of year to visit the lagoon

Sky Lagoon is open all year. That being said, weather in Iceland can be unpredictable, especially in the winter! If you’re looking for longer daylight hours to enjoy the lagoon, be sure to visit in the summer when the sun seems to never set. If you’re planning a trip to Iceland in the winter, the lagoon is the perfect place to warm up and enjoy being out and about during the dark days of winter. The lagoon is heated so you’re sure to stay warm and if you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of the northern lights while you’re soaking.

*Note: While the lagoon is open all 12 months of the year, they do close periodically due to bad weather, so be sure to check their website in advance.

What to pack for a soak in the lagoon

Sky Lagoon makes visiting super easy. The wristbands lock and unlock the lockers so you don’t need to bring your own lock, towels are provided along with shampoo, body soap, and hairdryers. Be sure to bring a credit card and a swimsuit and you’re good to go!

Refreshing mist at Iceland's Sky Lagoon seven step ritual

Final thoughts

A visit to Reykjavik's Sky Lagoon is the perfect way to relax during your trip to Iceland. With its seven step ritual, infinity pool, and swim up bar, you'll be sure to have an unforgettable experience at this one-of-a-kind lagoon. If you’re like us and want to visit as many lagoons as possible on this trip, be sure to check out this complete list. As we visit more, we’ll report back on those findings.

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