Planning a trip to Iceland, and wondering what the Sky Lagoon is? And if at all, is it worth spending money (and time) to visit this newest geothermal pool near Reykjavik? Well, in this guide you will find all the essential tips for visiting Sky Lagoon, reviews, and insights!
So, the Sky Lagoon is a geothermal spa. It is located at Kársnes Harbour, Kópavogur, which is an industrial area, about a 15-minute drive south of downtown Reykjavík Iceland.
Sky Lagoon Iceland opened in April 2021, and it is quickly becoming a hot favorite with travelers (and travel bloggers!).
Tips for Visiting Sky Lagoon Reviews and FAQ
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What is Sky Lagoon?
The Sky Lagoon is the newest geothermal spa. This is a man-made lagoon and includes a 7-step hydrotherapy cycle, known as the 7 Step Ritual, and a uniquely gorgeous 230-foot infinity edge, overlooking the Kàrsnes Harbour.
Although man-made, the pool contains the goodness of Icelandic geothermal waters, minerals, and warmth to keep you cozily relaxed all day long.
The 7 Step Ritual is one of the USPs of the Sky Lagoon in Iceland. These seven steps are supposed to be performed in a sequence, and in doing so it helps to deeply relax and enhance wellness.
This ‘ritual’ is said to be inspired by Icelandic bathing traditions, and something that Icelanders have done for centuries.
Where is the Sky Lagoon?
The Sky Lagoon is located in Kópavogur, it is about 7 kilometers or 4.35 miles from Reykjavik city centre. So it takes about 12-15 minutes to drive one way to get there.
The exact address is: Vesturvör 44-48 200, Kópavogur, Iceland
What are the costs to visit the Sky Lagoon in Iceland?
A visit to the Sky Lagoon is not free. You can enter the premises (parking lot, cafe, shop, etc.) for free, but to access the waters there is an entrance fee.
The fees depend on the Sky Lagoon Pass that you choose. This pass doesn’t include transportation – it only includes access to the lagoon, and amenities (depending on the level of the package you choose).
The cost of the Sky Lagoon starts at 6990 ISK (or $54 USD approx.). This is the most affordable option.
Note that the cost of the pass may vary, depending on the time of day/year of your visit. The same goes for opening and closing hours.
We will go over the packages in depth below, and also share what package I took, and recommend. But for now, remember that there are 3 levels of Sky Lagoon admission (all without round trip transportation),
- Pure Lite Package (affordable)
- Pure Package (with the 7 Step Ritual)
- Sky Package (luxury with 7 Step Ritual + private change rooms)
Tips for buying Sky Lagoon Admission Ticket Package
The table below compares the level of comfort, luxury, and amenities included in each Sky Lagoon admission level.
|Pure Lite Package |
|Pure Package |
|Sky Package |
|Sky Lagoon Admission||Everything in Pure Lite, |
|Everything in Pure, |
|Public changing facilities||One journey through |
the seven-step Ritual
|Private changing facilities |
with signature Sky Lagoon amenities
So, the affordable option to get into the warm waters is the Pure Lite package, and it starts at 6990 ISK (or 54 USD+). This includes entry fees, public changing facilities, and a towel.
This is perfect: If you just wish to experience the lagoon for its warm waters and views. There is no drink, masks, or 7-step ritual included at this level.
The next level is the Pure package, and this is one of the popular admission options as it includes the 7 Step Ritual.
At about 9990 ISK or $76 USD, you have everything in the Pure Lite plus the 7 Step Ritual (which is really amazing). No drinks are included.
This is perfect: To experience the goodness of what the Sky Lagoon has to offer, which is their signature 7-step ritual (more on the ritual later, but know that it includes the gorgeous Steam room access, a mask, cold showers, cold dip, etc).
The Sky package is the luxe option. It starts at 139,000 ISK ($107+ USD), and it includes everything in the Pure Pass, plus a private changing room + shower facilities, and access to signature Sky Lagoon amenities.
This is perfect: For those who like to have a little privacy when they change or take showers. Note that it is mandatory to shower naked before wearing your swimsuit and getting into the pool.
The Sky package includes the 7-step ritual and once you shower you can access their premium body wash, conditioner, and lotion (with extra towels, hairdryer, etc.) in private.
I opted for this package, as I wanted some privacy when I changed/showered, plus I had my camera gear so wanted to be careful with it.
At all levels, the following are included
- Entry to the lagoon waters
- Change facilities
- Lockers to store your belongings safely
At all levels, the following are NOT included
- Round trip transportation
Recommendation: At a very minimum, I recommend the Pure Pass that includes the 7 Step Ritual, especially if you have never experienced something like this before.
It was an amazing experience going through the cycle, and I am sure you will probably want to stay inside the pool for hours (I stayed for 4+ hours!!).
For me, the Sky Pass made sense as I wanted some privacy, and was traveling alone (was worried about my camera gear, but it is safe and secure as everybody gets a locker).
When traveling with small children, Sky Pass (luxe level) is worth it too. I saw many mother-daughters having a great time together! And a little privacy is always nice.
Are children allowed at the Sky Lagoon?
Children under the age of 12 are not permitted at Sky Lagoon. Children between the ages of 12–14 years are allowed and must be accompanied by a guardian (18 years or older).
Are reservations needed to visit the Sky Lagoon Iceland?
We highly recommend making a reservation for a visit to the Sky Lagoon. You will also want to spend 2-4+ hours and so planning is important. You don’t want to be disappointed when you arrive there.
Available time slots fill up fast, so it is a wise thing to book them ahead, especially when you are on a short trip and wish to explore everything on your Iceland itinerary.
All packages will have an entry time, and it closes 2 hours after the last check-in slot. Once you are in, you can stay for as long as you like.
How to get to Sky Lagoon? Transfers and tours that include Sky Lagoon entry
You can get to the Sky Lagoon by car, and it will take you about 15 minutes (one way) from the capital city. There are no parking fees, and the lot is spacious to hold a lot of vehicles.
Because the Sky Lagoon is located near Reykjavik, you can easily opt for a transfer as well. This will take away the stress of parking in the capital city, and you can use the transfer ride to and from your hotel.
Like this one Sky Lagoon Pure Pass Admission with Transfer.
If short on time, you can combine a tour of the famous route in Iceland, and also stop at the Sky Lagoon (….we did something like this on our very first trip of 3 days in Iceland with Secret Lagoon, and highly recommend it. You can cover a lot doing it this way)!
Here is a day trip to Golden Circle and Sky Lagoon
The lagoon is big, so there are very few chances that it will be super crowded.
When you book a tour, the tour agency will inform the lagoon of the arrival time, and you will let in – usually it is around 3 or 4:00 pm (after the sightseeing is done).
If you enjoyed the lagoon, you can opt to stay back at the lagoon – just inform the tour guide – that won’t need a return trip.
Cab rides from the Sky Lagoon to Reykjavik will be around $32+ USD.
What do you need to bring to visit the Sky Lagoon?
Bring your swimsuit, that’s number one.
Here are some additional items,
- Waterproof cell phone like this one
- A mini tripod like this one (I used this to take my own photos/videos)
- Or GoPro
- Flipflops (although not required, you will be in the pool at times)
- Drybag (Sky Lagoon offers eco-friendly poly bags to store your wet swimsuit)
What is there to do at the Sky Lagoon? Amenities and more
The Sky Lagoon allows you to be completely engulfed in the warm mineral waters of Iceland, whilst enjoying stunning views of the Kársnes harbor.
Your entry fee will allow you to access all the magic and beyond (when you pay for the 7 Step Ritual).
Turf houses, turf walls, and cold plunge in a natural pool were the main inspiration behind the Sky Lagoon, and the lagoon totally lived up to it!
When in there, you do get modern amenities including electronic bracelets to access your lockers, drinks, restaurant, and more.
- Lagoon Bar: There is a drink bar at the pool, and you pay for it using your electronic bracelet. There is a limit of 3 drinks per person at the waters
- Sky Cafe and Smack Bar: The cafe and restaurant bar was amazing – warm ambiance, food, and drinks bar. You pay for it as per your order
- Shop: There is a shop where you can buy skincare goodies from Sky Lagoon (their lotions are amazing)
There are parking areas, waiting, and seating areas at the lagoon entrance.
Towels are provided for all entries, and in changing rooms, you will find hairdryers, and eco-friendly plastic bags (for wet swimsuits).
Sky Lagoon Visit: What to expect on your visit to Sky Lagoon?
Once you arrive at the Sky Lagoon, enter the front door to get to the reception area. There are 3 queue areas, and based on your ticket level you can choose the right one that applies to you.
Once in, the representative at the help desk will give you an electronic wristband.
If you are planning to drink from the Lagoon Bar, you can provide your credit card information so that you can buy drinks from the bar at the pool. (You will need to do this to pay for the drinks, as you won’t be able to take your credit cards inside the pool).
A separate black band is provided for Pure and Sky pass holders (for the extra 7 Step Ritual).
The representative gives you a quick rundown and shows you the way to the changing rooms. There are different changing rooms based on your package.
Keep in mind that you must wear the electronic band at all times – this has your card information, and package level and also helps to lock your belongings.
Once at the changing room area, take a seat and take your swimsuit and other essentials (Pure Lite and Pure Pass).
Use your electronic band to lock their stuff, and go for a naked shower.
If you have the Sky Pass, you choose a private change room. The room has ample space to organize and pull your stuff, and then take a shower behind doors.
Once the shower is done, wear your swimwear, and follow directions to get to the pool.
You will be in the warm waters all throughout – from the moment you leave the change room, and back, once you are done.
SOOOO amazing, right?
For Pure Lite pass holders, you can enjoy the pool, and views and pay for drinks if you want to.
For Pure and Sky Pass holders, you will go through the 7 Step ritual (as outlined below) when ready.
You can stay at the pool, get drinks and go through the ritual when you want.
A lagoon staff member will take the black band from you, and will explain the entire 7 Step process to you.
All of these steps 2-7 of the ritual happen in a smaller area, with staff members present to help you.
Here is the 7 Step Ritual, and it is recommended that it is performed in a particular order as prescribed by them for maximum results,
Step 1: Enter and relax in the lagoon
In Step 1, you will enter the pool from the changing room. The entrance to the pool is almost like a cave, with rock-like structures playing peek-a-boo.
Take a moment to gaze at the views and move towards the infinity edge.
Now settle in, and enjoy the warm waters.
Relax by enjoying the views of the harbor, floating around, and taking in the fresh air.
Make sure to stay hydrated and get a drink (or two) and enter a state of serenity and calmness!
Step 2: Take the cold plunge in a cool pool
The cold pool comes next. There is a pool with cold waters, and in Step 2, you need to take a dip for a few seconds (or more if you are brave) before moving on to the next area.
Coldwater will stimulate your immune system, decrease blood flow in your body and tighten the skin. A cold plunge is also said to boost happiness.
Step 3: Relax with a view in the sauna
In this step, you will enter the sauna room with a great view. The room is really hot, but you can see see the waters through the window.
It is recommended to visit the sauna for 5 to 10 minutes. Doing so will allow the heat to open your pores, remove toxins and cleanse your skin.
Step 4: Enjoy a cold fog-mist
The cold mist room is very stunning. There are small showers, and rain mist sent your way from the top, and it feels amazing as it balances the heat from the sauna.
Take some time to refresh your senses – this cold mist rejuvenates the skin and is very stimulating!
Step 5: Apply the Sky Body Scrub
Next, you will be given the signature sea salt Sky Body Scrub. It has a very mild (clean) scent.
There are some bowls with the product, and you pick one and apply it to your body.
This Body Scrub will exfoliate your skin, and make it glow!
It is recommended that you use slow circular movements to gently massage the scrub into your skin.
Step 6: Enter the Steam room
The Steam room is very steamy!
Once you have all the scrub in, enter the Steam Room located nearby and stay there for a bit.
This is where The Ritual’s key therapeutic process goes to the max – all the goodness is absorbed here and the hydrating benefits of the Sky Body Scrub are maximized.
You need to keep the scrub on at this stage as well.
While enjoying the steam room, try to breathe deeply as this will clear your sinuses and boost your lungs. This steam improves your overall body function as well.
Step 7: Shower (and relax in the lagoon after)
In the last step, you will rinse off the scrub in the shower. This is done in a big room with showers, and once done you can go back to enjoying the warm geothermal lagoon waters again.
Note that there are washrooms located by the pool, and in changing rooms!
Once you are done with the process, go back to your locker, change, and head to the cafe. Here you can enjoy lunch or a drink. You can use a plastic bag to store your wet clothes in the changing area.
Near the cafe, you will find seating areas, more washrooms, and a store where you can buy Sky Lagoon goodies.
When you wish to exit, just scan your wristband, pay your dues (if you bought anything), and leave (the exit area is separate).
My honest review of the Sky Lagoon in Iceland
To be honest, I did have high expectations of the Sky Lagoon and wanted a flawless and luxurious experience. It didn’t disappoint.
In many ways, it exceeded my expectations. I am glad I booked the all-out luxe Sky package.
I was traveling solo in Iceland and added a trip to the Sky Lagoon from Reykjavik. I booked the opening slot and was there just before the doors opened.
I was invited in, was given an electronic wristband, and a black band, and was led to the Sky changing room.
There were attendees who helped me work the electronic band to close the lockers. It is pretty easy, once you know.
I went inside my change room, took a shower, and wore my swimsuit (and a pretty flower – I was soo excited to enjoy the waters).
I did take my tripod and camera until the start of the pool, once photos were taken I came back to store my Sony a7iii camera and just had my phone for photos (more on that below).
I spend a lot of time in the geothermal waters and took the time to rest and relax by sitting on rocks and benches. You can also leave your phone on these rocks (as long as you are careful and around!).
I got myself a glass of white wine and enjoyed the views from the infinity pool edge.
I completed the 7 Step Ritual and spent another hour or so at the pool. I didn’t plan to do anything that day, so it was perfect for a full day of relaxation.
At the pool there were few areas that were not frequented by visitors, I tried to look for those spots for photos, and to just lounge around on my own.
After my time at the waters, I showered and changed back into my clothes in my private room. Their lotions and hairdryer were handy.
I wasn’t hungry, so I ordered a cup of latte at the Sky Cafe, before bidding goodbye to the Sky Lagoon.
I paid for the coffee using my electronic band, and the reception lady ordered a taxi for me.
When you exit, you will have to scan and deposit the electronic band and pay whatever you owe (drinks, food at the cafe, etc.).
Photography Tips for Sky Lagoon
Photography was a big part of my trip to Iceland. Due to the nature of the pool, unfortunately carrying a heavy DSLR is not feasible. A cell phone or a smaller camera would be better. In my opinion, the cellphone will be way easier and more manageable in the waters.
You can use your DSLR,
- At the entrance of Sky Lagoon
- Cafe, and nearby areas
- As you enter the pool
Beyond that, it is a big risk of damaging your gear. The same goes for 50-60 cm/regular tripods when traveling solo.
Photography in the change rooms is not allowed for privacy reasons.
With your phone, I recommend getting the following
- Transparent pouch to store your phone when not in use
- A mini tripod, this looks like a GoPro stand, and I found it sooooo useful.
I used the mini tripod to take photos with a self-timer, and videos. The tripod holds the camera tightly and you can leave it on the water benches and rocks and use it to frame yourself to take photos.
This tripod kept my phone completely dry, and I was able to go hands-free as I enjoyed my drink. My hands would get wet all the time while at the pool, and I used the tripod handle to hold the phone without wetting it.
I have an iPhone 13 pro, so by FaceID the phone was on, and I could take pictures with ease.
Note that the place will be very steamy at times. In the Sauna, and Steam room, I don’t recommend using the phone for long. Use it as soon as you enter the room, and then cover the phone with a towel provided to you.
My iPhone was super hot and had to cool down before I could use it (after the sauna).
I didn’t take pictures of the Steam room inside (I could barely see anything), but I really wanted photos of the Sauna Room and was able to do so with my phone.
If you wet your phone, ask for a tissue from the bar or head to a nearby washroom to wipe off. This pouch will be handy.
But get this mini tripod, I use it wherever tripods are not allowed, or when I do facetime. It can fit an iPhone and smaller cameras like point and shoot or Sony A5000.
Most of your photos will be in the waters – so try to capture the cold pool, infinity edges, and the amazing Sauna room.
If you don’t like to be in photos, use your drink glass, or hands to create leading lines in your photograph!
The rock structures and the waters with the endless skies make for an amazing Iceland photo memory!
Tips for Visiting the Sky Lagoon Iceland
We will round up some of the travel tips for Sky Lagoon below
- We recommend making reservations ahead of time, especially if you are on a short visit. Certain hours of the day (3-5 pm) might be more popular than others
- Packages only include access, no food/drinks or transportation is included. You will have to book a transfer, drive there yourselves or take a cab. A cab will be approx. $30-40 USD from Reykjavik
- Plan to visit the Sky Lagoon while you are in Reykjavik (as it is located 15 minutes from the city centre). Many tours will include a stop there like the Golden Circle tour here
- There are 3 levels of packages to enter the Sky Lagoon. Our recommendation is to opt for the Pure Pass (at least) to enjoy the 7 Step Ritual
- If you prefer a private change room or traveling with kids, opt for the Sky Pass
- It is important to shower before and after getting into the Sky Lagoon. Avoid using make-up or lotions prior to getting into the pool
- Bring a swimsuit (towels, and eco-friendly plastic bags, are provided. Swimsuits can be rented)
- Take off your jewelry before getting into the pool
- For taking photos, bring a waterproof pouch for your phone or a mini tripod
- Avoid heavy lenses/DSLRs in the pool (not worth the risk of losing/getting them wet)
- Bring your credit card to pay for drinks (or for use at the store, or restaurant)
- Remember to stay hydrated. Drink lots of water and juice. Water is provided inside the change room areas
Sky Lagoon FAQ
You won’t need to know how to swim to enjoy the Sky Lagoon. The lagoon is about 3.94 feet deep, and there are rocks and benches which you can use for support or sit down.
The water of the Sky Lagoon contains natural geothermal water with minerals that help detox and remedy the skin of ailments.
I have spent time in Blue Lagoon and Sky Lagoon, and it was much easier to walk, and manage my camera at the Sky Lagoon (vs Blue Lagoon).
At the Blue Lagoon, the waters did have some force, and I felt that some areas were slippery and were worried for my camera.
But the water at the Sky Lagoon didn’t feel that way. Plus you don’t have to worry about getting your hair wet here.
The recommended time is 1.50 to 2 hours for the entire process including the 7 Step Ritual. I would say that plan for up to 4 hours with sign-in, travel, and wait time if any at the public changing facilities (all depends on when you are visiting).
(I was there from 11:45 am to 5:00 pm)
Typically, it is less crowded in the early opening hours or late into the evening (a few hours before closing).
At around 3-5 pm, you will notice more crowds, or experience some wait time at the reception counters.
Evenings are great to relax after a day of hiking or sightseeing.
Offseason is best to experience places like Sky Lagoon – fewer crowds and most importantly the warm waters feel great when there is a little chill in the air (at least that’s how I like it).
When visiting in the summer months, plan to arrive in the evening when temperatures are cooler. You can stay until closing and even experience midnight summer.
Absolutely, it is allowed (except for the changing rooms).
Before visiting the Sky Lagoon I emailed them asking about the use of tripods and they mentioned it is not allowed.
After visiting them, I now know it just isn’t possible to use it in the pool. My mini-tripod was handy, but many don’t consider it a proper tripod so I took it in!
Yes, there is a luggage room in the reception area.
Is the Sky Lagoon worth it? An honest review
Yes, 100000%. It is worth it. I have personally been to many lagoons and spas in Iceland, and the Sky Lagoon was definitely special (I liked it more than the popular Blue Lagoon).
The whole setup – entering into the waters from the changing room – being in the pool all throughout was definitely unique.
In most other places (like Blue or Secret Lagoon, Myvatn Baths) there is always a lounge area and then you get into the geothermal pool, but the Sky Lagoon is different.
Plus the stunning views of the North Atlantic Ocean with the Harbour and Bessastaðir, the rock formations, cold plunge, and the sauna room are just gorgeous! Don’t miss it.
Although I paid for the Sky Pass (luxe package), you can make your trip to the lagoon relatively cheaper (as compared to Blue Lagoon) by opting for the Pure Lite package.
Its location near Reykjavik makes it perfect for a day trip from the capital city, rather than rushing when you are flying in and out of the country!
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