Take a wellness journey to Iceland and discover the healing power of its beauty.
Base your adventure in Reykjavík to best explore the capital's health-driven dining scene and an array of wellness offerings found just beyond. From Iceland's new landmark spa lagoon to the legendary Golden Circle, prepare to renew your spirit and rediscover the joy of travel with these top three wellness activities.
Embrace the Icelandic bathing culture at the newly opened Sky Lagoon, just outside of Reykjavík. The oceanfront spa's transformative signature seven-step Ritual begins in the infinity lagoon, relaxing your mind and body. After soaking in the calming geothermal water, take a refreshing plunge in the spa's cold pool, feeling an adrenalin rush that awakens the senses and reinvigorates your muscles.
Step three is the sauna, to open your pores, remove toxins and cleanse your skin. Float from the sauna through the cold-mist space to rejuvenate and re-energize. Sky's unique sea-salt scrub is the ritual's fifth step. Massage the lightly scented exfoliant over your body in circular motions, then intensify the treatment with step six — the steam room. Let the steam and scrub work together to moisturize, heal and hydrate your skin. Complete your seven-step Ritual with a shower and final soak in the oceanview infinity lagoon.
Explore Iceland's hiking trails for an adrenalin-inducing workout with unforgettable scenery. A stunning loop suitable for all skill levels is the 4.2-kilometre Öxarárfoss Waterfall trail in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park.
For something a little more challenging, and to see the country's second tallest waterfall, trek the Glymur Waterfall Trail. Located about a 45-minute drive from Reykjavík, the 6.8-km technical loop includes a rope-assisted river crossing, cave clambering and navigating a narrow mountainside path. Your effort on the three-and-half-hour hiking adventure is rewarded with epic scenery, including sweeping views of the 198-metre tall Glymur.
Or level up the intensity with a multi-day experience. Touted as one of the world's best trails by National Geographic, Laugavegur Trail offers hallmark Icelandic sights for experienced, intrepid adventurers. The 55-km hiking trip covers many of the country's diverse landscapes, including geothermal hot springs, glaciers, lava fields and active volcanoes.
Embark on a tour of Iceland's jaw-dropping scenic wonders — think waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers and geysers. One of the best ways to see them all is by touring the wildly beautiful Golden Circle, which connects three of the country's top sights — Þingvellir National Park, the Great Geysir and Strokkur Geysir, and Gullfoss waterfall.
From Reykjavík, driving the 230-km route without stopping takes just over three hours. Join a guided tour to relax and enjoy the ride with scheduled attractions or rent a car to customize an itinerary and pace that works for you. If you opt for self-drive, add a stop at hidden-gem Faxi — this waterfall gets its name from a horse’s mane, which you will understand as soon as you see it. It is lesser-known but simply stunning and an ideal stop on the Golden Circle route.
Feeling inspired and ready to start planning the ultimate wellness retreat to Iceland? Begin by reserving your Sky Lagoon experience now!