Iceland, that petite island nation in the North Atlantic, offers diverse experiences for tourists and locals alike. Their celebrated bathing culture, an attraction for both classes, is described in great detail in endless travelers’ logs. It’s a Nordic tradition, and as with most cultural mainstays, its been adopted by many as a daily ritual.
Most hot springs are artificially constructed — many to marvelous results — altering the local scenery. But Iceland’s geothermal pools use the natural landscape as the experience’s foundation. Here, pools are larger, and unlike their counterparts in Japan, they’re ideal for floating your entire body.
With that in mind, Unnur Valdis dared to design an accessory that improves the bathing experience on hot water — and does so with an entirely understated and tailored approach. Float, her simple-looking swim cap, is made from Neoprene-Lycra-Polyethylene foam and designed to embrace the bathers head into total relaxation. Floating is no longer an awkward sensation overwhelming your body’s equilibrium.
Valdis’ innovation is a shortcut for effortless relaxation, regardless of location. Try it at your local spring or pool (or, ideally, as an accomplice on your next trip north).
Written by Mateus Andrade