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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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Richland, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

:::: I'm going to date an Icelandic hot spring. Marry it. And then cheat on it with another Icelandic hot spring. :::: This was my mantra after experiencing Iceland's national treasures: thermal pools/hot springs. I was first indoctrinated into this aquatic culture with, of course, The Blue Lagoon. Say what you will about the "BL", but we had a GREAT... More

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Laugarvatn, Manager at Laugarvatn Fontana, responded to this review

Dear siksika When being proposed to, you are often in lack of words. It took us some time to digest your proposal but we feel very content with it. We are without words but we will happily accept your marriage proposal. We will await eagerly for your return, dreams become true. More

Edmonton, Canada
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful time at Fontana. It was a beautiful day and it added to the relaxation as we sat outside in the various hot tubs. There are 4 pools all varying degrees of heated water. There are saunas and steam rooms. The scenery from all of the pools was stunning. The change rooms are very modern and clean.... More

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Laugarvatn, Manager at Laugarvatn Fontana, responded to this review

Dear CarefulChoises Thanks for taking the time to write us your feedback on our services. We are proud of the interior and exterior design of our facilities, the idea was to make a complete and comfortable environment for people to enjoy the healthy geothermal bathing in the mineral waters at any season, in any weather and any time of the... More

Edinburgh
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Rather than join the masses queueing at the Blue Lagoon, why not go here instead? This is a small spa, with a range of heated pools and is on the edge of a beautiful lake (where the brave also swim). There is a wonderful hot pool heated direct from the underground hot water in which you can lounge on huge... More

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Laugarvatn, Manager at Laugarvatn Fontana, responded to this review

Dear Edinegg Thanks for your feedback, we are happy to learn that you had a good time with us. The temperature in the steam rooms cannot be controlled by other means than by opening and closing the doors and windows of the steam cabin. You could pay attention to the locals, opening up the doors widely, allowing pressure and steam... More

Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

New, delicate, very nice design, not crowded. Lay next to Laugarvatn lake where hot springs heat the beach right next to the spa. NO swimming for swimming (you would swim your laps in the lake), but 4-5 pools of different temperatures and steam baths. You enter the coolest (body temperature) and go from there to the warmer one. Step by... More

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Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It was so relaxing in the hot water (different pools of 32 to 40 degrees). Try the lake access where you also can find natural hot springs.

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Olney, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Most of the reviews already describe this fantastic feature and the ratings are pretty well spot on. If you really want to experience what it is truly like to take advantage of the geothermal features of this magnificent country, you really MUST visit and enjoy this spa. When I visited, the various pools were lovely and a perfect end to... More

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Laugarvatn, Manager at Laugarvatn Fontana, responded to this review

Dear tartnjohn Thanks taking the time to write us your descriptive and fun feedback on our services. We think you are spot on, we think that we offer the best tangible experience on the geothermal activity taking place in Iceland. Foreign guests simply have troubles getting their head around how the outdoor water can be the heaven during a harsh... More

Manchester
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A modern spa / pool on the edge of a lake with different pools of hot water, one directly fed by water coming from hot sources. The steam rooms are built on top of small geysirs so you can constantly hear the noise from the ground below you while the smoke (and smells) are rising into the room - quite... More

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Lincolnshire
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

A natural style pool plus two other bathing pools and a large hot tub, all at varying temperatures. There is also lakeside access to have a cold plunge if you want to, together with rubber shoes provided. They have four steam rooms, the one we used was over the bubbling cauldron of hot water - you could hear and feel... More

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Zichron Yaakov, Israel
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81 reviews 81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

On our Golden Circle day we stopped here to take a look and enjoyed a light lunch in the cafeteria. We did not make use of the spa, but from the cafeteria you can see the people enjoying the lovely hot pools right in front of you with the view of the lake in the background. My wife and I... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We chose to visit Laugarvatn Fontana on our Circle Tour and did this instead of the Blue Lagoon. We were so glad we did. Sampling the freshly baked bread (hot from the sand), soaking in the natural pool and enjoying the natural steam rooms .. two hours passed by so fast. We are looking forward to returning on a more... More

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