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Laugarvatn Fontana

Hverabraut 1, Laugarvatn 840, Iceland
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Laugarvatn
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Spas
Owner description: Laugarvatn Fontana is composed of a series of interconnected baths and steam rooms that complement each other to create a healthy, natural and unique... more » Owner description: Laugarvatn Fontana is composed of a series of interconnected baths and steam rooms that complement each other to create a healthy, natural and unique spa experience.Three steam rooms, collectively called GUFAN, have been built over a natural hot spring that has been used since 1929. 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 underneath, creating a natural and totally 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 having a big window facing the lake of Laugarvatn. LAUGA, SÆLA, and VISKA are interconnected outdoor mineral baths that vary in depth, size and temperature. Some areas are suitable for relaxation and others offer space for movement and playfull moments. Stone artwork made by Icelandic artist, Erla Thórarinsdóttir, enhance each visitor’s experience. VISKA, the hot tub, is built at a slightly higher level than the other baths, providing a panoramic view of the beautiful surroundings while the healthy water nourishes both body and soul.Completing the ensemble are VATNIÐ and STRÖNDIN — the lake and the beach. Visitors will reach VATNIÐ through a gate. STRÖNDIN has warm black sand, which has been shown to be beneficial for those suffering from arthritis and other joint illnesses. VATNIÐ provides an opportunity to cool down between visits to GUFAN and YLUR, a temperature shift that is both healthy and strengthening « less
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Orono, Maine
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

These natural pools are located right on the lake, with a beautiful view. Next to the baths is a pathway along the lake where you can see some of the bubbling geothermal areas. The lake is quite peaceful, and less traveled despite its proximity to Geysir and Gullfoss. Enjoy a relaxing soak with a beautiful view.

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Korntal-Munchingen, Germany
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Amazing, small thermal bath. Stylish layout and natural hot water make the visit worth. Especially during the winter the rexaling undr the stars is incomparable to other baths. Just the price is high compared to other thermal baths on Iceland.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

One of my favorite memories of our entire two week trip across Scandinavia is the time we spent at the Laugarvatn Fontana. I'm so glad we saw the advertisement for it on our flight, and did this instead of the Blue Lagoon. We have a small child, and this place was perfect. Only one bath was deeper than his height,... More

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Laugarvatn, Manager at Laugarvatn Fontana, responded to this review

Dear ShannonSomervilleMA Thanks for your great feedback on our services. We are happy to read that you found it to be your highlight of two weeks of travels into Scandinavia. We feel honoured! We do appreciate for our guests to participate in keeping the bathing water clean for everybody and wash throughly before entering, this results the bathing water to... More

Brooklyn, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We stopped at the Fontana in the middle of our week of camper can living, after several days of rain and a few not-so-awesome campsite showers. I would recommend it, although I wanted more. It is like halfway between the Blue Lagoon luxury and the local swimming pools. The location is amazing, right on the lake with incredible views of... More

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Laugarvatn, Manager at Laugarvatn Fontana, responded to this review

Dear Reebs41 Thanks for taking the time to write us a review, much appreciated. You give our facilities, amenities and extras great descriptions. I am happy to inform you that we are always seeking opportunities to develop and add more services, your input in that matter is highly appreciated. We hope you can visit us again in the future and... More

Nyon, Switzerland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We visited in the winter so we were a bit sceptical at first to take off all of our big snuggly winter gears to strip down to our swimwear but it was well-worth it. Coming off the changing room to go outside in below 0 temperature was challenging at first but when you get into the hot spring, you feel... More

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Laugarvatn, Manager at Laugarvatn Fontana, responded to this review

Dear Bibinne82 Thanks for taking the time to write your review on our services, we are extremely happy to read that you decided to take a dip into the water despite the cold and chilling winter weather. That being said, fact remains that baths are more popular amongst the locals in the winter time than in the summer. The extremes... More

Reykjavik
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A nice spa especially the steam bath on a hot spring. I found it however better in the winter time than at a mild summer night. Clean but crowded.

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Laugarvatn, Manager at Laugarvatn Fontana, responded to this review

Dear G K Thanks for taking the time to reply on our services. Seasons treats us well, everyone is able to find an element with us at any season to enjoy. We have learned that Icelanders especially enjoy coming in the winter and experiencing the extremes of cool air and hot waters playing with your senses. Our geothermal baths are... More

Quebec City, Quebec
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

very clean and modern facilities. Equipped for the whole family. Far better than the equivalent site at Myvatn.

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Laugarvatn, Manager at Laugarvatn Fontana, responded to this review

Dear Lafrance D It is not very often one gets the compliment of "Perfect!" - we however have learned to grow accustomed to it. Thanks for joining the ever growing visitors of our geothermal baths. We hope to see you again, but remember that it is your state of mind together with our services that makes the combination of Perfect! More

Old Town, Maine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

very interesting and fun spa. On a lake, which is alternately freezing cold-but step to the left, and you are right next to a burbling steam vent. Multiple pools at different temperatures, architecture with lava rocks is very clever. steam and dry heat saunas. Very friendly place.

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Laugarvatn, Manager at Laugarvatn Fontana, responded to this review

Dear grammyloey Thanks for giving us your feedback. We are thrilled to learn that you enjoyed your time with us. We love being able to be so close to nature's wonder every day, the bubbling hot water providing us with endless steam for our natural steam cabins and the hot water running into the lake. You must be careful though... More

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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This wonderful spa is relaxing, not crowded, and relatively inexpensive especially compared with the Blue Lagoon. After a long day touring the golden circle, this was a welcome break. There are several chlorinated pools of varying temperatures and one large geothermal pool surrounded by granite rocks. There are three saunas but they were too hot for me. The geothermal pool... More

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Laugarvatn, Manager at Laugarvatn Fontana, responded to this review

Dear MartyGa Thanks for your feedback on our services and taking the time to share it with us and your fellow travellers. We are especially happy to read how well you cover the different option of bathing we offer our guests, may we also add that together with the 3 steam rooms there is one Finnish style sauna with a... More

Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This was a great experience as it isn't full of tourists, but mainly locals. There are 5 warm pools, all different temperatures fed by the hot springs, as well as sauna and steam bath. Clean change rooms with everything you need, towels, hair dryer, shampoo etc. Well worth a visit.

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Laugarvatn, Manager at Laugarvatn Fontana, responded to this review

Hello Fi_B111 Thanks for taking the time to write us a feedback on our services, we are especially happy to read a review from our guest all the way from Australia! We are proud of the facilities and service we provide, we strive to improve and do better. Hopefully you can visit us again and give us feedback on our... More

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