Feeling Icelandic at Sky Lagoon Iceland


Want to experience Reykjavik the Icelandic way? Make sure to soak in the thermal waters with the 7-step ritual at Sky Lagoon!

On my way to Sky Lagoon 🇮🇸Iceland

I had always heard about the lagoon experiences in Iceland and it was on my bucket list to go try it out. I went to the Sky Lagoon which opened April 30, 2021. It is a thermal spa minutes from downtown Reykjavik.

Ready to Relax and Renew in Iceland? Meet me at Sky Lagoon Iceland 🇮🇸

Sky Lagoon has the Ritual, which is a seven-step journey based on generations of Icelandic bathing culture.

7 STEPs:

  • Soak in the Lagoon and slow down –also visit the slightly hidden in-water bar!
  • Cold plunge and cool down –I was worried it would be too cold for me, but I loved this part so much. I lasted counting to ten!
  • Sauna with a Sky view –the largest piece of glass in Iceland allows a full scenic view. TIP: turn over an hour glass and try to stay the whole time
  • Cold mist –This room allows you to recharge and refresh your senses. TIP: sit on the bench. Taking your feet off the floor makes it feel less chilly.
  • Body scrub: The Sky Scrub was a perfect next step. TIP: not on your face!
  • Steam: inhale the heat and let the scrub soak into your skin
  • Shower & return to LAGOON! Here you rinse clean and return to the lagoon pool. I felt revitalized and ready for sparkling water at the bar! There are alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

I loved the private changing facilities on the Sky Pass and the easy to use lockers. There are plenty of towels so you do not need a robe or slippers as the floor is warm. There are plastic bags available for your wet swimsuit and they have hairdryers and soap and shampoo in the showers.


Sky Lagoon Iceland: waterfall in slow motion

It is time to HOOP:

YES! I have hooped on a train, in a jail with dancing prisoners, at Denali Alaska and now in a LAGOON! Also on several cruise ships! Where should I HOOP next?

Can you EAT at Sky Lagoon Iceland?

YES! We ate before and after our soak in the lagoon at SMAKK BAR! Have a coffee, fresh baked danish or Icelandic platter.

What to do in Reykjavik? FlyOver Iceland 🇮🇸

This immersive film experience is a cross between 4D, IMAX and actually flying past giant glaciers and fast running fjords. This journey whisks you to the most remote and hard to see scenery. I also loved learning about the history of the country through the long house, the trolls and the storytelling!


READY TO ROAM AROUND REYKJAVIK? Make sure to wander with City Walk Iceland



Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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