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Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths

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Address: Hverabraut 1, Laugarvatn 840, Iceland
Phone Number: +354 486 1400
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Description: Laugarvatn Fontana is composed of a series of interconnected baths and...
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
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Amazing place impeccable service

This place is wonderful. They have 3 different natural pools with slightly different temperatures so you can choose to relax in the perfect temperature for you. It is right by a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This place is wonderful. They have 3 different natural pools with slightly different temperatures so you can choose to relax in the perfect temperature for you. It is right by a big lake so you can jump in the cold water (if you are feeling adventurous) and then go warm up in the saunas or the pools. My husband and... More 

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Pune, India
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I visited the Fontana partly out of sheer curiosity wondering what an Icelandic geothermal spa would be like and partly to avoid the high cost of Blue Lagoon. It was an hour to closing and for the amount charged, it was a sublime experience. The air was cold at 5.5C and there was a slight drizzle but the pools were... More 

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Who could be upset by warm water and a clean environment AND THAT VIEW? The locker rooms were nicely kitted out with candles and the Soley Icelandic herbal products. It may have been improved by a changing room (us English are pretty prudish and the idea of getting naked in front of people didn't appeal to me). There was a... More 

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IHGuestRelations, Manager at Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths, responded to this review

Dear Rebecca 9219 Thanks for your lovely review on our facilities and services. You sure point out great suggestions to our services which we are currently already under advisement on how to make better. Your input on this has already been alerted to the management team who will accept it happily. Our health and safety standards are regularly tested by... More 

London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Went here as part of a tour (if you pay a little extra this gets included on the Golden Circle tour), and wow was it worth. An astonishingly cold, snowy and windy day in spring was capped off by Fontana, where we could grab a beer from a little outside window and sit in extremely hot baths by the side... More 

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IHGuestRelations, Manager at Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths, responded to this review

Hello Gabriel P Thanks for your feedback, to be honest - we want to take a relaxing dip ourselves after reading your review. Pheeww, that would be the best end of our own day. But luckily we can take a dip daily like so many others do in the region. We are happy that you were one of those who... More 

St. Albans, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Just 2 minutes walk from our apartment - we went here to relax and soak at the end of the day. Lovely!!!!

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IHGuestRelations, Manager at Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths, responded to this review

Dear Paul_UK Thanks for taking the time to write us your feedback. How great that you lived so close by, hopefully you took advantage of the extended opening hours and took a second visit the following morning when you woke up? We are happy to live in a town where there are plenty of accommodation available, many guests visit us... More 

Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I concede that there must be those that like this place. I am not one of them. The spas are OK / oldish and the food is marginal. Maybe the bread from the ground is good but they were out of it when we were there. My wife also said there was a "shower monitor" that ensured you followed Icelandic... More 

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IHGuestRelations, Manager at Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths, responded to this review

Dear 3rdGenSeattle Thanks for taking the time to write us your review. We are sorry to hear that your visit to us didn't meet your exceptions, we had two days this winter where we ran out of our popular geothermal rye bread. We are extremely sorry to hear that you weren't able to sample that. We have already taken action... More 

Wakefield, Rhode Island
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This place is a hidden gem. It took us a while to actually find it - and then we went back two days in a row. It's much cheaper and less touristy than the Blue Lagoon - and way...awesomer. Each day we spent 2 hours there - mostly in the water with the kids - there are steam and Saunas... More 

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IHGuestRelations, Manager at Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths, responded to this review

Dear psand1212 Many thanks for your feedback and taking the time to write it for other travellers to read. We are sorry that it took you some time to find us, but we are thrilled to learn that you were one of our returning foreign guests during your visit to Iceland. We are honoured that you took part in our... More 

Isle of Mull, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We were staying in Laugarvatn in January 2015. It was thick snow and ice and very cold. We were actually feeling a bit depressed because the roads were very icy, and as British travellers we had not been prepared for how difficult the driving would be. We decided that we would walk from our B&B on that day rather than... More 

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Aiken, South Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This geothermal bath was included in our Icelandair package. I read reviews prior to going and since I had already paid, there was no reason not to go. I did email prior to going to find out how far I had to walk outside before I got to the first pool. I was told it was a "few steps" so... More 

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Boom, Belgium
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14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

We visited with a small group. Reception was excellent. The taste of the geothermal bread was unique. Exiting to see for my young son, age 12 years. We had lunch at the buffet, which was sufficient for a small group of 30. Hopefully we, lol have some more time next time we visit so we can experience the geothermal baths... More 

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