Slowing Down With Spa Ritual

The entrance to the spa looks like an Icelandic turf …

The entrance to the spa looks like an Icelandic turf house. Pursuit

Christine Dohler

We all do know that traveling can sometimes be exhausting. If you want to slow down for only half a day, then this ritual can help.

If you are in Iceland you'll be sure to get to know the country's spa culture and visit at least one geothermal pool in order to treat yourself to a bit of wellness and to relax. The absolute hotspot is obviously the famous Blue Lagoon – but since this spring , there has been a spectacular alternative for everyone who is perhaps not visiting Iceland for the first time and loves a sea view. Of course the Sky Lagoon looks natural with the rocks surrounding the pool like the Blue Lagoon, but it, too, is man-made. It's modern and minimalistic, but above all cozy and mystical.

On Kársnes point in Kópavogur (ten minutes from Reykjavík city center) you don't have to worry about anything, because the relaxation process is structured: You go through a ritual in seven stages, during which you get to know the entire Sky Lagoon. “The Ritual at Sky Lagoon will provide guests with an immersive and holistic approach to relaxation and well - being,” states Dagn ý Pétursdóttir, managing director of Sky Lagoon. “The rejuvenating and transformative experience will enable guests to connect with mind, body and spirit through the radiant powers of geothermal waters.”

Let's see and sense. Just follow the steps!

Step 1: Slow down in the Lagoon

The view from the lagoon is spectacular.

The view from the lagoon is spectacular. mbl.is/christinedohler

The ritual starts in the heart of the facility in the 70-meter-long, heated infinity pool with a view of the Atlantic. Here you can slow down, stand under a waterfall or have a relaxing welcome drink. Even if there are lots of people around you, you can always find a relaxing rock-sofa to chill on, or a free spot to just float.

Step 2: Cool down

The cold plunge just before the entrance to the spa.

The cold plunge just before the entrance to the spa. mbl.is/Christine Dohler

Now it takes some effort and courage. This one is more strenuous, because before things get hot , they first get rather chilly in the ice bath just in front of the entrance to the spa, which looks like a typical Icelandic turf house. The visit is usually a quick one!

Step 3: Relax with a view

The sauna with sea view through one of the largest …

The sauna with sea view through one of the largest windows in Iceland. mbl.is/Christine Dohler

You will definitely find a space for yourself in this large sauna and let yourself get really warmed up. As you look out of the huge panorama window you may even ask yourself who gets it so squeaky clean that it seems almost invisible? It feels like you could jump into the sea.

Step 4: Refresh your senses

Next comes cooling off with a shower – as in tropical rainfall (but of course Nordic style) you can refresh yourself in the cold mist, after which you feel in top shape and wide awake.

Step 5: Renew yourself

The Body Scrub with sea salt and different kinds of …

The Body Scrub with sea salt and different kinds of oils. mbl.is/Christine Dohler

Now you should rub yourself all over (except for the face) with a body scrub made from sea salt, almond oil, grapeseed oil and sesame oil. Smells good, feels good. We will use this recipe at home, for sure.

Step 6: Clear your senses

The peeling starts working in the steam bath - you sit in the warm mist and notice how your skin relaxes and becomes increasingly soft. Otherwise, there isn't much to see (similar to a foggy day).

Step 7: Rinse and reconnect

Beginning and end of the ritual: the lagoon.

Beginning and end of the ritual: the lagoon. mbl.is/Christine Dohler

Shower everything off (especially any remaining stress) - and then hop in the lagoon again. It s the best!

After that you will feel refreshed and relaxed at the same time. And it really doesn't feel like any other spa anywhere in the world - it's a unique Icelandic experience … being in contact with all elements, especially warm and cold water. And you can top the experience if you stay for a pickled herring or a tasting platter with Icelandic cheese at the Smakk Bar.



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