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The Silica Hotel at the Blue Lagoon | Why I Loved It

The Silica Hotel at the Blue Lagoon outside of Reykjavik was an outstanding experience. If you’re looking for a Blue Lagoon hotel, this one is pretty awesome. Here’s why. 

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The architecture and landscape design is extraordinary

When I went to the Blue Lagoon, I was surprised to find that there was only one hotel there, the Silica Hotel. This hotel isn’t exactly cheap, but decided to book a night there. Since visiting, they’ve also built the Retreat Hotel which looks very similar in its Icelandic design and environmental emphasis.

The reason I loved this hotel was multi. For one, the design. It wasn’t enough to just want to be at the Blue Lagoon. But, when I saw this place embedded in the lava rocks, I knew I had to stay there. It was definitely one of the top properties I’ve stayed at, but I deeply value architecture & landscape design. 

Another reason why staying at the Blue Lagoon and at the Silica Hotel is great is that you can bypass the touristy aspects of the blue lagoon because this hotel has its own private lagoon! But, you also get to visit the Blue Lagoon as well and it’s only a short walk down the road. 

Typically, when you visit the Blue Lagoon, you just visit for the day like a water park. There’s a massive parking lot and plenty of space for tour buses to shuffle you to and from the park. You get a whole different experience staying at the Blue Lagoon.

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the silica hotel's architecture is extraordinary

When I checked into the Silica Hotel, my mouth dropped. This is definitely one of those places you’ll never forget no matter how much you travel. It’s one of those places where I can’t wait to travel back to. 

The Silica Hotel is built in the middle of the lava fields and the design is so minimal that it doesn’t disturb the landscape, but it compliments it in a beautiful and otherworldly way. You can’t help but feel like you are on another planet when you look outside your bedroom window onto a sea of jagged lava rocks. 

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I wasn't expecting to love their private lagoon so much.

Blue Lagoon passes are included

After falling in love with their private lagoon, we honestly didn’t see any reason to go to the Blue Lagoon! But, when you stay at the Silica Hotel, you are given a day’s worth of complimentary passes to the Blue Lagoon which is just a 10-minute walk through the lava fields. So, of course, you have to go check it out. This hotel is a part of the Blue Lagoon property.

As much as I thought I wouldn’t like the Blue Lagoon because I hate crowds, I loved it. But that’s for a totally different post.

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Viewing the northern lights from the blue lagoon

Oh yea, we went during May and unfortunately the Northern Lights were not visible at the time. But, I can think of no better way to view the northern lights than from the warmth and comfort of your own private lagoon in the middle of the lava fields. Now that is a bucket list item worth noting.

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Complaints about the silica hotel

My only real complaint about staying here is the limited food options. There is NO restaurant in the hotel, and there was just one restaurant inside the Blue Lagoon. This restaurant was very good and in a beautiful location, but it was also a little expensive.

They offer in the lobby a variety of limited snacks. I think I ate about 3 cheese plates while there. There weren’t any noted gluten free options, but most of the foods were fruits and things like that.

My recommendation is to rent a car and then go out into town. Definitely try the restaurant at least for one night through because the food is fantastic.

more photos of the silica hotel & blue lagoon

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Another Mamiya 7 shot
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How's that for a room view? That design....

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  1. Charmaine
    February 9, 2017 at 5:37 pm — Reply

    Hi Stephanie, thank you for your post. I was looking for reviews and this has really helped me decide. It’s so expensive but I will definitely try to book this place when we visit at the end of the year! I also lived in Japan for 7 years and love travelling. It’s all I think about! Great pics too. Best wishes

    • February 9, 2017 at 8:08 pm — Reply

      You’re welcome, Charmaine! I’m glad you found the post helpful. I really enjoyed staying here a lot but I definitely recommend at least one night. It’s expensive but totally worth it! Best wishes.

  2. October 2, 2016 at 10:41 pm — Reply

    What an amazing experience! I can’t wait to get to Iceland one day.

    • October 4, 2016 at 11:14 pm — Reply

      I definitely recommend it!

  3. September 30, 2016 at 3:28 am — Reply

    I saw the pic of you sitting on the poolside in red bathers…. I thought that’s got yo be the Silica Hotel. I am booked there for my birthday in November. You descibe all I expect. Thank you.
    Jo Frasca1

    • September 30, 2016 at 10:42 pm — Reply

      It’s a WONDERFUL experience, what a fabulous birthday you’ll have!! You’re welcome 🙂

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