I’m so excited to finally share more about my amazing trip to the Blue Lagoon a few weeks ago! I was so fortunate enough to be invited to come visit Iceland and stay at the Silica Hotel on the Blue Lagoon property for the weekend along with a great group, like Katie and Ashley! I was so pleasantly surprised how quick of a flight it was to this magical spot (only about 5.5 hours from New York) and what a zen and relaxing trip it was. If you’re looking for a unique weekend trip, highly recommend looking into a stay here!
ABOUT THE BLUE LAGOON
I had always heard such amazing things about the Blue Lagoon but to be honest, didn’t know much about it before my trip. Once we arrived in Iceland though, we learned so many cool facts that made me appreciate this spot even more! The lagoon is full of health benefits, thanks to the enriched water which includes algae and other minerals, but also silica. The white silica (also the namesake of our hotel), is dissolved primary rock and known for its ability to cleanse and renew your skin. This is also what gives the water that gorgeous turquoise color! Another incredible fact I learned during our stay is Iceland’s commitment to zero waste, which was so beautifully seen in the impeccable and clean surroundings.
WHERE TO STAY
Our stay at the Silica Hotel was truly a dream visit. The property is only 35 rooms and while the Silica sits on the main property of the Blue Lagoon, it truly is it’s own private oasis. The hotel has its own private lagoon and spa, so once experiencing the main lagoon, you can spend more quiet time here at the hotel. The hotel is modern and chic and you feel like you’re in another world thanks to being surrounded by the lagoon and moss-covered lava. Every morning begins with an incredible breakfast buffet so you can start your day with fresh fruit, pastries, cappuccinos and green juice before making your way to the Blue Lagoon. The main lagoon is a quick walk away, just following the path through the lava. We started our mornings at the main lagoon, experiencing all it has to offer, and then spending the evenings back at the Silica to catch the sunset from our private lagoon.
The rooms are exquisite and stocked with the Blue Lagoon Spa Products (an easy way to take the amazing treatments home with you!) and thanks to the sun not rising till almost 10 am while we there (!!!), it was truly some of the best sleep I’ve gotten in a long time.
WHAT TO DO
Relax At The Blue Lagoon: After arriving, I highly recommend your first stop being the Blue Lagoon. The minute you step into the turquoise waters, you instantly feel calm and escape to another world. Staying at the Silica, visiting the main lagoon is included but for anyone visiting, there are two different packages you can choose. Both of them do include a complimentary drink and face mask, the ideal spa day treats. We were also so lucky and got to experience the in-water massages that the Blue Lagoon offers and it was the best way to beat that jet lag! Number one tip before dipping your hair in: all the conditioner! Your hair can get super knotty if not properly conditioned so coat your hair if you plan on getting your hair wet! The massages were an hour long of floating on a raft while getting massaged head to toe. Truly one of the best spa treatments of my life!
One of the most asked questions I received was did it feel packed and touristy and honestly, no! The lagoon is so spacious and never felt overwhelming or on top of anyone. There is so much space to swim around and relax and soak up all the incredible benefits. A once in a lifetime experience for sure!
Visit The Reykjanes Peninsula: On our second day in Iceland, we did a mini day-trip exploring different areas of the Reykjanes Peninsula. You truly feel like you’re on a different planet while in Iceland due to almost no trees and open moss-covered lava and rocks surrounding you. During our drive, we explored some famous sights such as the Bridge Between Two Continents (this is where the European and North American tectonic plates meet), the Reykjanes Lighthouse, the crashing ocean waves, the colorful town of Grindavik where we had a cozy lunch and the cutest visitors, sweet Icelandic ponies!
Look Out For The Northern Lights: While we sadly didn’t see the Northern Lights during this stay, you may get lucky during your stay and see them! Afraid you’ll sleep through them? Don’t worry, the Silica Hotel will call you if you choose to wake you up to catch them in the middle of the night if they appear!
WHERE TO DINE
Moss: For a once in lifetime dining experience, make sure to include Moss in your weekend stay. We were lucky enough to enjoy a seven course meal at this 2019 Michelin Guide restaurant, which is located at the Blue Lagoon’s other hotel property the Retreat. The meal was incredible from the beginning bread course to the final dessert course, all presented in a unique way and using the freshest ingredients. When dining in Iceland, you’ll enjoy a lot of fresh seafood, meat and cozy dishes. We also got to head underground to their stunning wine cellar, which is built into the lava. The coolest way to end our visit in Iceland!
LAVA: Our first night at the Blue Lagoon we dined at LAVA, located right to the actual lagoon. While enjoying a filling meal of filet, seafood and soup, we had incredible nighttime views of the lagoon. Another favorite part of dining in Iceland? The Icelandic butter! No skipping carbs on this trip!
hja hollu: This cozy restaurant was our lunch break while exploring andoffered delicious assortment of flatbreads, brunch, healthy dishes and sweet treats. I had an incredible flatbread and then we of course couldn’t resist dessert, like their famous carrot cake.
WHAT I WORE
Thank you to Silica Hotel and the Blue Lagoon for hosting us for an incredible weekend!