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Magma Hotel

Last updated: 13 December, 2022

Echoing the traditional ‘turf houses’ that were once widely used across Iceland, this modern cottage complex makes a great overnight stop-off as you drive along the south coast.

There are 25 rooms, furnished in a simple Icelandic style with modern touches. Most also offer a lake view, and glass doors that slide open onto your own timber patio.

The design is modern, but it feels homely too – the grass-roofed cottages look rather like hobbit houses crossed with seaside bathing huts.

The in-house restaurant, Bistro 1783, offers superb views of the mighty ice sheet of Vatnajokull.

Surrounding area

It’s a glorious location, with mountains, glaciers and volcanoes looming to the north, and black sand beaches within easy driving distance. It’s also surprisingly green, surrounded by low grassy hills and a sparkling lake.

Skaftafell glacier, for glacier hiking, snowmobiling and ice cave exploration, lies just 70km east, while the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon is 50km further.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Nearby (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed