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Iceland has a new geothermal lagoon – with a swim-up bar

It will overlook the ocean – and you might be able to see the Northern Lights

Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

Iceland’s popular bathing spot the Blue Lagoon has got some competition. The country, well known for its natural hot springs and glorious dark skies, just got a brand new geothermal lagoon, right on the water’s edge. 

The Sky Lagoon, which opened in spring 2021 just outside of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, allows visitors to wallow in a warm, 230-foot infinity pool with unobstructed views of the ocean. At night, it even provides a front-row seat for stargazing and spotting the Northern Lights.

Sky Lagoon, Iceland
Photograph: Christopher Lund

With turf-topped buildings and a clever design, the lagoon is designed to blend in with its natural surroundings. The Sky Lagoon also has a waterfall, an in-lagoon swim-up bar, a cool pool and saunas.  

The plans have been unveiled by Pursuit, a travel company which runs experiences like the Columbia Icefield Skywalk, a glass observation deck high above glaciers in the Canadian Rockies. Pursuit call the new addition a ‘remarkable geothermal lagoon experience along one of Iceland’s most stunning oceanfront locations.’ And we’ve no reason to doubt them.

‘The rejuvenating and relaxing retreat, situated against the dramatic backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean yet so close to Reykjavik’s vibrant urban centre, will enable guests to connect with mind, body and spirit through the radiant powers of geothermal waters while taking in such impressive ocean views,’ says the lagoon’s general manager Dagný Pétursdóttir.

It sounds utterly dreamy – and in case you didn’t hear, Iceland has just reopened its borders to travellers. (It’s even on the UK’s quarantine-free ‘green list’). So water you waiting for? The Sky Lagoon awaits.

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