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