A quick spa getaway to Iceland

Hi there! My goodness, February sure flew by, didn’t it? It went all the faster for me with the anticipation of my trip to Iceland at the end of the month. What a treat that was! My husband and I had a whirlwind visit that was simply amazing!

I was actually meant to go at the end of January, but strong winds got in the way of that. Thankfully, we had no major weather issues in February.

But let me tell you a bit more about how this trip came about. We first visited Iceland in August 2021. We explored the south-east of the country for about a week and had a wonderful time. I made a mental note that I wanted to return for more time at the Blue Lagoon, given that it is just a two hour and twenty minute flight from Dublin, Ireland. Having just retired, I decided this was the perfect time for a special spa getaway!

It was a super quick visit: we arrived on Sunday afternoon and left early Tuesday morning. We stayed at the Silica hotel, which is a 20 minute drive from the airport, and just a seven minute walk to the Blue Lagoon. The Silica hotel has its own private lagoon, which we thoroughly enjoyed upon our arrival. We more or less had the lagoon to ourselves, with beautiful views of the landscape all around us. We managed to see the sun, briefly, as it was setting, which was stunning. The temperature of the water was around 38° C (100° F). We found the water here to be slightly warmer than at the Blue Lagoon, but both were still very relaxing.

While there are a few different packages for the Blue Lagoon, we chose to visit the Retreat Spa for the day on Monday. It’s a five hour package that nonetheless goes by much too quickly! There are a number of skin treatments to pass the time, as well as a sauna, private lagoon, polar bath, restaurant and quiet places to relax. We also had our very first in-water massage. This was quite the experience! Describing it is rather complicated, but suffice it to say that I loved the juxtaposition of being completely submerged and on my back in the warm water except for my exposed face, which could feel the elements (like when it started drizzling rain for a bit), while getting a back and neck massage under the water. It was super relaxing, and I’d definitely do it again.

We ate dinner both nights at the Lava restaurant, which is at the Blue Lagoon. The food was delicious. We enjoyed lamb, beef and fish (and desserts)! It was just a seven minute walk between the two locations. There is a lovely path to follow through the unique and beautiful moss-covered lava fields. Surprisingly, the path wasn’t lit, which I think would be a really good idea. There was also the option of a shuttle bus, but we preferred to walk. Despite being a short walk, we needed to completely bundle up as it was so windy and cold!

The getaway was everything I had hoped it would be, and more. I loved how convenient everything was and of course, the superb quality. I am already looking forward to the next time I will visit, whenever that will be!

In Peace,

view of the landscape and lagoon at Silica hotel

Look at that scenery! This is the view from the lagoon at Silica hotel. Off in the top right is the Blue Lagoon hotel & spa. We were very lucky to see the sun – briefly!

collage of images from Silica hotel, including the lagoon, view from the balcony and the hotel itself.

Here are some more pictures from and of Silica hotel. I was lucky that my husband captured these lovely pictures while I enjoyed the relaxing waters of the lagoon!

path from Silica hotel to the Blue Lagoon

These pictures are of the walk from Silica hotel to the Blue Lagoon. The views were of the moss-covered lava fields, and lagoons with beautiful blue waters.

Dana and Paraic at Silica hotel, on the walk to the Blue Lagoon, and in the Blue Lagoon.

We took these pictures outside of Silica hotel (top), on our walk to the Blue Lagoon (building in the picture on the bottom left), and our only picture from the Retreat Spa at the Blue Lagoon. It’s worth noting that there were very few people there in the morning.

The lagoon at Silica hotel at sunset in February 2023.

Ah, isn’t that amazing? 🙂

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