Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths is a must experience en route to the Golden Circle. The Baths are one of the natural wonders of this geothermal area south of the capital, along with popular attractions such as Thingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss. Laugarvatn As its Icelandic name indicates, the
Laugarvatn Fontana geothermal spa is located by the shore of lakeLaugarvatn. This makes the spa surely a unique spot. It stands right by the natural lake, and you even have access to the chilly lake from the pier if you wish.
Dipping into a freezing cold lake from the sauna is truly a Scandinavian thing. It’s a must try for those adrenaline junkies out there! Laugarvatn geothermal Spa is situated just a 50 minutes’ drive from Reykjavik.its close proximity to the Golden Circle makes it the perfect destination. A tour of the Golden circle isn’t complete without a visit to this lakeside spa.
Laugarvatn Fontana is a refreshing site where you can enjoy the healing powers of the geothermal water; soak in a natural pool, listen to the bubbling hot spring in the steam rooms, or for the adventurous, take a dip in the refreshing lake.
The warm pools and hot pots vary in depth, size, and temperature just like the three traditional steam rooms. Like many locations in Iceland, Laugarvatn belongs to a hot zone. In the grounds of the village, the lake and the shore of the lake, boiling waters erupt into hot springs. The hot water and springs have been used for cooking, bathing, geothermal house heating and healing steam bathing since 1929. Fontana has catered for the spontaneous traveler, unlike most resorts in Iceland, they serve you without a reservation. You can complete your visit here with a meal in the restaurant in the lobby area.
Rental swimsuits and towels are available on the cashier. This lakeside jewel also serves one specialty, which is worth mentioning. In their geothermal bakery you can enjoy traditional Icelandic rye bread that is baked with geothermal heat.
To experience this, you have to pay an additional fee of 1.500- ISK. That gives you access to the bakery tour to see old traditional baking process and allows you to taste this delicious Icelandic rye bread specialty. Laugarvatn spa has three outdoor mineral baths, a beautiful wooden Finnish-style sauna and three natural steam rooms. Lauga, Sæla, and Viska are connected outdoor mineral baths that vary in depth, size and temperature. The pools and hot tub are perfect for both relaxation and recreation, featuring playful artwork in stone made by Icelandic artist Erla Thorarinsdottir. Since 1929, locals have been enjoying the healing powers of the natural steam baths by Lake Laugarvatn.
Hot, healing steam simmers directly from the ground through grids in the cabin floors of the three traditional steam rooms. The temperature of the steam varies depending on the temperature of the hot spring and weather, usually between 40°C (104°F) and 50°C (122°F). Humidity is very high in the steam room cabins. Grids in the floor of the steam rooms allow guests to hear and smell the boiling natural hot spring right underneath, creating a natural and unique experience.
Next to the steam room is Ylur, a Finnish-style sauna. The temperature is between 80°C (176°F) and 90°C (194°F), with a lower humidity than the steam room. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful lake view through the large window. For Finnish people the sauna has been an absolute necessity for centuries, a place to relax with family and friends, as well as a place for physical and mental relaxation Fontana also makes a great option for travelers who are seeking to see the Northern Lights. It’s an unforgettable experience to see the sky dancing from a pool perspective! The pool area is absolutely gorgeous in the evening in any case.
Just enjoy the heat while the soft atmosphere lights are sparking up your spa experience. For tourists who love photography the rooftop offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding landscape Completing the ensemble is the lake itself and the beach.
Bathers can walk into the cool lake from a pier or walk on the warm black sand beach. A cool dip in between the hot steam rooms and sauna is a must try, the unfiltered lagoon is purely fed from the earth. This pool is accented by beautiful rock features and has boulders for you to sit on inside the pool. Fontana is open for guests all year around opening around 11 AM but during the summer they open at 10 AM.
- Entrance fees are 3800 ISK for adults
- kids under 12 enter for free