Photo via Hvammsvík
Photo via Hvammsvík

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A Journey of Wellness in Iceland

Embark on an unforgettable wellness journey to the land of fire and ice, where nature’s majesty and rejuvenation converge in perfect harmony. Iceland, a realm of rugged landscapes and serene vistas, beckons with its therapeutic geothermal springs, pristine glaciers, and boundless horizons. As the night sky dances overhead, find solace in the quietude of secluded hot springs nestled amidst volcanic terrain, offering moments of profound relaxation and reflection. Nourish your spirit with farm-to-table culinary delights, savoring the bounty of Iceland’s rich culinary heritage.

After an unforgettable wellness retreat to the island, we’re here to share our experience with you, and we can’t wait for you to journey here too. 

Getting There

Photo via Play Airlines

Photo via Play Airlines

Embark on an extraordinary wellness journey to Iceland with Play airlines, where every moment is infused with excitement and comfort. With Play, flying becomes an adventure in itself, as you soar through the skies towards an idyllic landscape aboard a state-of-the-art aircraft equipped for both leisure and convenience. This low-cost airline operates flys beteween North American and Europe and invites you to sit back, relax, and enjoy an unparalleled flight experience. We flew from the easy-breezy airport in Hamilton, Ontario on a non-stop flight to Iceland, and with our Play Value ticket, we we’re the first to board with priority boarding, and had the option of bringing a personal item, carry-on and a checked bag, which makes packing for the incredibly diverse landscape that much easier. With a welcoming crew, Play’s commitment to exceptional service was felt throughout our travels.

#CheckedIn: Grandi by Centre Hotels

Photo via Grandi by Centre Hotels

Photo via Grandi by Centre Hotels

Nestled in the heart of Reykjavik’s vibrant Grandi district, this boutique hotel offers a sanctuary of sophistication amidst the city’s dynamic energy. From the moment you step into the vibrant lobby, you’re enveloped in a world of refined aesthetics and warm hospitality. Immerse yourself in stylishly appointed rooms, meticulously designed to blend contemporary elegance with Icelandic charm, each offering breathtaking views of the surrounding cityscape or picturesque harbor. Indulge your senses at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, where culinary delights crafted from locally sourced ingredients tantalize the palate, accompanied by fine wines and impeccable service. After a day of exploration, unwind in the hotel’s serene spa, where soothing treatments and luxurious amenities, like a soothing sauna and hot baths, provide you with the ultimate relaxation experience. Grandi by Centre Hotels sets the stage for an unforgettable Icelandic getaway, where every moment is infused with a little bit of perfection.

Wellness Wonders

Sky Lagoon

Photo via Sky Lagoon

Photo via Sky Lagoon

Sky Lagoon, nestled in Iceland’s stunning landscape, offers a transformative wellness experience. With its geothermal waters, panoramic views, and luxurious amenities, it’s a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. Immerse yourself in the mineral-rich waters, surrounded by volcanic rock, as you soak away tension and embrace serenity. Take in the breathtaking vistas while unwinding and indulging in The Ritual; a seven step healing journey rooted in the Icelandic culture. From their the breathtaking sauna, to a refreshing cold mist and cleansing sea salt scrub, Sky Lagoon, invites you to journey through an experience you’ll forever remeber.

Hvammsvik Hot Springs

Photo via Hvammsvík

Photo via Hvammsvík

Hvammsvik Hot Springs, tucked away in Iceland’s serene countryside, offer a blissful retreat immersed in nature’s embrace. Surrounded by lush greenery and tranquility, these natural geothermal pools provide a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation. Immerse yourself in the soothing warmth of the mineral-rich waters, letting the stresses of everyday life melt away. Enjoy a paddle in the calming waters, hike through the expansive lands, and nourish the body after soaking in the Hot Springs at the impeccably crafted light delicious from Stormur Bistro & Bar. Whether you seek solitude or journey here with your friends and stay in one of their luxurious homes, Hvammsvik Hot Springs offer a serene escape where you can unwind and connect with the natural beauty of Iceland.

Golden Circle Tour & Fridheimar tour with Reykjavik Excursions

Photo via Reykjavik Excursions

Photo via Reykjavik Excursions

Embark on an unforgettable journey with Reykjavik Excursions’ Golden Circle Tour & Fridheimar excursion. Witness the geological wonders of the Golden Circle, including the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, the geothermal area of Geysir, and the historic Þingvellir National Park. Then, delve into the world of sustainable agriculture at Fridheimar farm, where you’ll tour greenhouses filled with fragrant tomatoes and enjoy a farm-to-table meal amidst the lush surroundings. With Reykjavik Excursions, every moment is an adventure filled with discovery and delight.

Nourishing Meals

OTO

Photo via OTO

Photo via OTO

Discover culinary perfection at OTO restaurant located in the heart of Reykjavík, where every bite is a symphony of flavors. Indulge in innovative dishes that celebrate the intricate pairing of Italian and Japanese cuisines with the freshest local ingredients that are expertly crafted to tantalize the palate. Among our favorites were the crispy nori with the tofu spread, and the mouthwatering artichoke dish; each offered a harmonious blend of textures and tastes that left an indelible impression. OTO invites you on a gastronomic journey unlike any other, where creativity and culinary mastery unite to create an unforgettable dining experience.

Kol

Photo via Kol

Photo via Kol

Experience culinary excellence at Kol restaurant, a haven for food enthusiasts seeking inventive flavors and impeccable service. Delight in the exquisite fusion of Nordic ingredients and global influences, showcased in every dish. Among our favorites were the celeriac carpaccio and mushroom ceviche, dishes that redefine the boundaries of taste and texture. Kol invites you to embark on a culinary adventure where each bite is a revelation, leaving a lasting impression of gastronomic delight.

Monkey’s Food & Wine

Photo via Monkey's

Photo via Monkey’s

Monkey’s restaurant offers a tantalizing fusion of Asian flavors in the heart of Reykjavik. With a vibrant atmosphere and stylish decor, it’s a culinary oasis where every dish is simply a masterpiece. Indulge in their signature tasting menus, bursting with freshness and creativity. Savor the rich flavors of their Thai and Japanese-inspired dishes, and enjoy a cocktail (or mocktail!) on board their champagne train. Monkey’s culinary excellence and warm hospitality combine to create an unforgettable dining experience.

From invigorating outdoor adventures to tranquil moments of introspection, your vacation to Iceland promises to rejuvenate your senses and leave an indelible mark on your soul.

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