New geothermal lagoon in Kópavogur

30.04.2021 - 11:46
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 Mynd: Vilhjálmur Þór Guðmundsson - RÚV
A new bathing lagoon opens in Iceland today. Unlike other such geothermal spas in the country, this one is not only inside the capital city, but also right on the seashore. The outdoor spa uses naturally-hot water and features a 75-metre-long ‘infinity pool’ that appears to merge into the sea.

The tourist attraction cost five billion krónur and its managers acknowledge the timing is perhaps not idea, but that they are targeting locals and visitors alike, and hope the tourism industry will recover quickly as the summer progresses.

“Sky Lagoon is, in short, a tribute to Icelandic bathing culture, Icelandic nature, and Icelandic architecture. Here, we offer a treatment for both body and soul. And the effect on the body comes through the seven-stage spa journey that is included in all tickets. And it’s really lovely," says Sky Lagoon CEO Dagný Pétursdóttir. "But then there’s also this view; the calm in the middle of the capital city, it gives you such peace of mind. It’s so good for us nowadays to get away from the stresses of the day.” 

Sky Lagoon is starting with around 60 staff but plans to offer 110 full-time-equivalent positions when at full capacity. Tickets are 5,990 krónur in May, but will then rise to 8,500 krónur.

One of the partners behind the new lagoon is the Canadian company also behind FlyOver Iceland. Visitors to the spa can see across the water to Reykjavík on one side, Bessastaðir on the other, and also see the glow of the Geldingadalir volcano in the dark.

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