Blue Lagoon Icelandic architects have designed a spectacular forest spa in the country

The Akureyri Forest Lagoon in Iceland offers geothermal baths embedded in the mountain and forest.

Basalt Architects – the same practice that orchestrated Reykjavik’s iconic Blue Lagoon – designed the spa complex, which sits in the heart of the Vaðlaskógur forest. Forest Lagoon’s buildings are designed to blend into the immediate landscape, constructed of wood and topped with a grass roof that seems to grow straight out of the rocky cliff against which it stands.

In a nod to the spa’s forest location, trees grow in and out of the water and even jut out amidst the buildings – a conscious decision by the architects to retain the surrounding natural features as much as possible. Although located close to a road – with the town of Akureyri a short drive away – Basalt has located key parts of the spa close to running water to drown out any background noise.

Visitors can bathe in the water – heated by a geothermal water spring discovered in 2015 during a tunnel project – order a drink from the pool bar, dine at the bistro and enjoy the view of the Eyja Fjord adjacent.

Vaðlaskogur 605, 605 Akureyri, Iceland

Photograph courtesy of Forest Lagoon

Photograph courtesy of Forest Lagoon

Photograph courtesy of Forest Lagoon

Photograph courtesy of Forest Lagoon

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