From what to wear to hygiene practices, Icelanders take hot pool etiquette very seriously.

To make sure your visit is relaxing and stress-free, here’s what you need to know before you visit so you can take part in Icelandic bathing culture like a local.

1. Remove Your Shoes

Icelanders enjoy thermal spas barefoot. Proper spa etiquette begins with removing outdoor shoes before entering the changing facilities to prevent bacteria and debris from dirtying the floors.

2. Shower Your Body

Once in the changing rooms, locate your locker, store any personal belongings and remove all clothing before showering. Icelandic spas requires all spa goers to cleanse thoroughly with soap and warm water to help to keep the pools clean.

3. Wear a Bathing Suit

Wearing a swimsuit is obligatory for all spa goers at Sky Lagoon. After your shower, put on your bathing suit before leaving the changing room. If you didn't pack one, there are bathing suits for rent or purchase at reception.

Woman locking locker in change room.

4. Lock Up All Personal Items

At check-in, you'll receive a wristband linked to your credit card. This wristband is your locker key and can be used to purchase food and refreshments. Use your locker to store all personal items, including your wallet, mobile phone and clothing.

5. Speak in Your Spa Voice

Guests visit Sky Lagoon to experience Iceland's traditional bathing culture. The focus is on healing, relaxation and rejuvenation in a tranquil environment. While holding an in-person conversation is welcome, spa etiquette encourages keeping your voice as low as possible.

6. Stay Well Hydrated

It's important to stay hydrated while bathing in Sky Lagoon's warm geothermal waters. There are water fountains in the changing rooms and at the Lagoon, and drinks for purchase at Lagoon Bar. Alcoholic beverages are limited to three per adult.

7. Try the Seven-Step Sky Ritual

While it's not necessarily spa etiquette, experiencing Sky Lagoon's seven-step Sky Ritual will enrich your Icelandic spa experience. The self-guided wellness journey integrates the healing powers of warm water, cold water, warm steam, dry heat and fresh air, leaving you feeling refreshed and invigorated.

A wood room with a floor length window showing the ocean during the day time.

8. Dry Off In Between

Always take time to towel dry your hair and body before re-entering the changing rooms or toilets to prevent excess water on the floors and seating areas. Also, look for linen baskets to dispose of your wet towel once finished.

9. Enjoy a Local Bite

After soaking, visit the Sky Cafe and try some local cuisine. Icelanders typically go for a hearty post-spa meal, like a bowl of warm soup and a baked good. Or enjoy a cold local beer and some light bites at Smakk Bar.

10. Chat with Locals

Icelanders will readily engage in conversation about current events while soaking in the Lagoon. Listening in or participating is a great way to experience local culture. If you prefer not to engage, close your eyes, lay your head back and relax — spa goers will know you're in relaxation mode and won't attempt to converse.

Group of friends sitting in a hot pool together.

Feeling spa ready and want to take the plunge? Reserve at Spa Lagoon — your authentically Icelandic experience awaits.

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