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Experience Iceland's Blue Lagoon—Without Any of the Tourists

A room at The Retreat at Blue Lagoon gets you up close and personal with the natural wonder
Photos: The Resort at Blue Lagoon

After you've taken down a hot dog (or two), chances are a trip to the Blue Lagoon is next on your Icelandic itinerary. Though, that's also the case with the other two million visitors outnumbering the country's own population seven to one.

For those seeking a more private experience of the Nat Geo-certified wonder of the world, there's The Retreat, a soon-to-open resort tucked away in its own inlet, far from splashing tourists.

"The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland has been on the horizon for many years, and we are honored to share it with the world . . . while also remaining respectful of our incredible natural surroundings and the Blue Lagoon’s founding principles," Grimur Saemundsen, founder and CEO of Blue Lagoon Iceland, says in the announcement.

Choose from 62 different suites, some offering sweeping panoramas of the area and others on the lower level giving guests direct access to the water itself. (Book the Lagoon Suite, and you can step straight from your bedroom into essentially your own private moat.)

And speaking about those pylsur hot dogs: After you've had your fill, head to the chef's table at the resort's upscale restaurant, Moss, which highlights ingredients from the country's various landscapes.

You'll have to pay up for this tourist-free stay though. Rates for rooms (starting in April of this year) start at nearly $1,500 a night.

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