From geothermal pools to swim-up bars — a look at Iceland’s brand new lagoon

The soon-to-open Forest Lagoon in Iceland offer a deep dive into the country’s hot bathing culture, while bringing to the table a host of rejuvenating experiences.
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Forest Lagoon is soon to open its doors to the guests. Image: Shutterstock/Anna Om.

What’s a trip to Iceland without a luxuriously long soak in a volcanically-heated pools? Taking daily dips in the country’s many geothermal pools is an intrinsic part of the Icelandic life, but the newest addition to the long list of lagoons here goes beyond just that. Set to open in late February or early March this year, the Forest Lagoon is also called Skógarböð Geothermal Spa and is home to geothermal pools, a sauna, relaxing room, two in-water pool bars. There’s also an on-side restaurant serving chilled local beer and wine, and featuring a fire-side dining area surrounded by natural wood.

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One of the geothermal pools at the spa lagoon. Image: Courtesy of Forest Lagoon.

In 2014, while digging the 4.6-mile (7.4-kilometre) Vaðlaheiðargöng tunnel between Akureyri in the east and Húsavík in the north, a crew hit a previously undiscovered geothermal hot water source. Although an unwelcome surprise that delayed the construction back then, today it stands witness to the creation of a unique luxury spa and a relaxing atmosphere. Enters Forest Lagoon.

A few minutes’ drive from the town of Akureyri, the spa lagoon features one pool of about 5,700 square feet, another of 570 square feet with warmer water, as well as a cold pool. Expect service like accessible changing areas, charging stations for electric cars and bikes, and locker space for up to 200 visitors.

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The on-side restaurant. Inage: Courtesy of Forest Lagoon.

The baths are located deep in the forest so that guests can connect with nature and bask in the tranquillity. Soak in large leisure pools brimming with natural hot waters flowing in straight from the Vaðlaheiði mountain.

The entrance price for the lagoon starts from ISK 5,800 (INR3,350) per guest. A package for two guests along with two drinks is available for ISK 13,900 (INR 8,029), as are gift certificate packages for five visits for ISK 25,000 (INR14,441) or 10 visits for ISK 45,000 (INR25,995).

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