(TMU) – Iceland, a Nordic island country of just 40,000 sq miles (103,000 sq km) in size and situated in the North Atlantic. Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe with a population of only 364,134. Reykjavík is the country’s capital and largest city where most of the population lives. The National and Saga museums are also in Reykjavik. The city runs on sustainable geothermal power, thanks to the abundance of geothermal water locations.
While leisure travel came to a standstill this year, Iceland opened its borders to EU tourists on Tuesday, June 15, and Keflavik International Airport welcomed a total of 900 visitors the same day.
Nationals of EU/EEA, EFTA, and those who have a valid residence permit for a Schengen Area country are permitted to enter Iceland without having to go into 14 days quarantine. One American national did not meet the criteria and was turned away due to the current ban of non-Schengen nationals. The good news is that travelers outside of the Schengen Zone may be able to travel to Iceland from July 1.
Once the date is confirmed, Iceland is certainly a great destination to consider after the stress and having to stay at home for the most part of this year. The thermal waters and overall tranquility is a great way to ease the stress and prepare for getting back to a semblance of normal, and if you are unable to make it this year, a new geothermal retreat will be opening soon.
Sky Lagoon is a new oceanfront geothermal retreat located in Kársnes Harbor, Kópavogur, close to the capital city of Reykjavik, that is set to open in the spring next year.
With a promise to “enable guests to connect with mind, body and spirit through the radiant powers of geothermal waters while taking in such impressive ocean views,” it definitely sounds like the ideal destination to wash away the 2020 blues.
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With the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop, the lagoon has an unobstructed 230ft (70m) infinity edge and features a unique, one of a kind swim-up bar and on-site dining. Iceland is one of the most picturesque countries in the world and visitors to the retreat will be able to enjoy beautiful sunsets, sunrises, millions of stars against the dark night sky, and of course, the Northern lights, if you’re lucky!
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Pursuit, a hospitality company which will operate Sky Lagoon, has yet to announce the exact date the lagoon will be opened. Pursuit also has a remarkable collection of experiences available in iconic destinations which include Alaska, Canada and the USA.
So while we may still have to wait a while, now is a good time to explore the possibilities online and plan your trip of a lifetime.
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