Connect with Icelandic traditions. Relax your mind, body and soul. Try something new. Step out of your comfort zone. All of these are possible with Sky Lagoon's The Ritual, a truly unique journey that's at the heart of Iceland's newest geothermal experience.
This is what will leave you rejuvenated, transformed and connected to the elements. Here, we go deeper inside each of the seven steps in The Ritual.
Step 1: Slow down, relax in the lagoon
Welcome! Enter through the cave-like entrance to the lagoon. It's time to settle in. Step into the warm waters and relax. Breathe in the refreshing ocean air. Float through a breathtaking canyon and take in a view toward Mount Keilir. To the other side, the rhythmic theatre of the ocean sets your breath free. Step 1 is about the journey from the changing room out towards the infinity edge. It's gently entering a state of serenity and calm where you feel relaxed and open to what is to come. Take your time!
Step 2: Cool down with the cold plunge
Next comes cold therapy, a deeply traditional step for Icelanders. You have choices! Wander in the fresh Icelandic air. Or if you’re brave like a Viking, take a dip in the cold pool. It’ll stimulate your immune system, decrease blood flow in your body and tighten skin. The cold plunge is also proven to boost your happiness—it's a natural high! We recommend 10 seconds to wake up your senses, although you can stay for up to 30 seconds. If you're recovering from a long-haul flight or after hiking, you'll really reap the benefits. Conquer your mind, invigorate your senses and wake up!
Step 3: Relax with a view in the sauna
After a cold awakening, visit the sauna for 5 to 10 minutes. Allow the heat to open your pores, remove toxins and cleanse your skin. Enjoy breathtaking ocean views while the heat works its magic. With an enormous window with unobstructed ocean views, this is the most amazing sauna in Iceland. Take 10 minutes here to let the heat work its magic and heighten feelings of wellbeing. Gentle acoustics echo the sound of the ocean and create a sense of calm.
Step 4: Refresh in a cold fog-mist
Next, balance the heat from the sauna by stepping slowly through our cold fog-mist space. Take a deep breath here and refresh your senses! The cold mist rejuvenates the skin and helps prepare you for what comes next. It's stimulating—another natural high!
Step 5: The Sky Body Scrub
It’s time for re-invigoration. By applying our signature Sky Body Scrub, your skin will be exfoliated and glowing. The highlight of The Ritual, we've developed our unique sea salt scrub to give your skin a soft healthy feeling. With its light and comforting spring-like scent, it'll work wonders. Use slow circular movements to gently massage the scrub into your skin.
Step 6: Steam room
With your skin tingling from the Sky Body Scrub, steam will once more open your skin. Here, The Ritual's key therapeutic elements are absorbed and the hydrating benefits of the Sky Body Scrub maximized.
With the scrub still on, you'll find that the moisture and warmth help you breathe deeply and easily. Relax. Clear your sinuses and feel the health in your lungs. The steam improves your overall body function. It feels great!
Step 7: Shower and relax in the lagoon
Finally, rinse off the scrub in the shower. Then, step back into the warm geothermal lagoon. Lean back, close your eyes, breathe deeply, feel the results and enjoy the moment! Let all the benefits of this unique journey sink in. You'll feel every single muscle in your body is relaxed, rejuvenated and energized. When you're ready, head to the Lagoon Bar for a refreshment.
These seven steps, taken in sequence and at a slow pace, can lead to deep relaxation and wellbeing. As Icelanders have done for centuries, discover the power of tradition and be inspired by these incredible surroundings.