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Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths

Hverabraut 1, Laugarvatn 840, Iceland
+354 486 1400
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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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Trenton, NJ
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We visited the spa during our Golden Circle trip and were happy we did. It was really cold, overcast, and a little rainy the day we visited which made the water even that much more enjoyable. At first glance, the place seemed small and I was a little skeptical however even though there were families with children and several other... More

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I went to Laugarvatn Fontana the last weekend of September with a group of friends, it was amazing experience. The view over the lake was fantastic and we enjoyed it while we stayed in the hot pools. The geothermal sauna was a new great experience, which I enjoyed a lot, after the sauna we could go into the lake, which... More

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I had a great day with friends in Fontana. It is such a unique experience to be able to go in the cold lake and enjoy the great view and then after that to go the hot pools and that you can choose from a few saunas is so nice. I will definatly go back there !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

This natural hot spring is very beautiful with multiple pools and saunas of different temperatures. There is a lake next to the spring that you can also swim in. It was much less crowded than the blue lagoon. I would recommend this spa.

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

Dear monicadoorenbos Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback, much appreciated. The lake is a great destination for those to cool of between hot bathing or hot steam bathing. Together with Blue Lagoon, local geothermal pools and other bathing option, we simply offer a great sample of the rich bathing culture the Icelandic nation encounter daily. Enjoy... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Fontana has amazing natural steam baths. The original sauna was built in the 1920s that was built above the hot spring that bubbles and gurgles below the ground. Today, a modern complex welcomes you to relax with various hot tubs and steam baths naturally heated by Icelandic hot springs, ENJOY !

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The buffet may be expensive, but after a long sauna/sea/thermal pool soak it's the best meal ever. Especially the local birch geothermal smoked salmon (which you can buy at the supermarket up the road for very little money). Simply amazing.

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

Dear Susanne S Thanks for taking the time to write us your positive feedback. Last winter we started offering dinner buffet due to the demand from our guests, this fall we have taken on the lunch buffet as well. Both have been well received and we are experiencing great feedbacks. On the buffets we use ingredients and products from our... More

Reykjavik, Iceland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

A visit to Laugarvatn Fontana is must, the spa uses the natural geothermal heat for the sauna and for the warm pools. It's a unique experience to sit in the Sauna and listen to the boiling hot spring under you. The facilities are very clean and all amenities are top notch. Service is great with bar service and quality small... More

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

Thanks Bjarkithors for writing us your positive feedback on our services. We are happy to read that you enjoyed your visit and were able to relax fully. Luck has nothing to do with our Geothermal Bakery, a simple planning is great. We offer twice a day a visit to the Geothermal Bakery, at 11:30 (11:30am) and 14:30 (2:30pm). There is... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 via mobile

Me and my wife came here when it was raining pretty hard. We were the only ones in the pools, so the peacefulness was definitely pretty nice. I just thought it was a bit pricey for a small little pool. I mean the facilities were great but in my mind it was just a golden circle money grab..

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

Dear Kyle M Thanks for sharing your comment with us and stopping by on our rainy day. Usually on the rainy days the locals are the only ones enjoying the hot and nurturing geothermal baths. You truly stepped in the local style. Peacefulness and tranquility is without a doubt one of the experiences our guests encounter. May the memories of... More

Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We decided to something else this time, and going to The Fontana Spa was magical. The staff there is great and the experience is a complete rebirth. Make sure to dip in the cold water and warm up in the sauna!

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

Dear Anna S Thanks for taking the time to send us your feedback. The elements of hot and cold are believed by the locals to strengthen our immune system and the baths offer various temperature of baths, steam, sauna and the endless shallow lake everyone can overlook while soaking in the warm baths. We hope you stay in your element,... More

Luzern, Schweiz
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

quite small, but cosy and nicely made. We did enjoy our stay there. The place has a nice design and you can experience the hot pot Tradition of Iceland very well there. Combine it with a visit to Restaurant Lindin :-)

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

Dear Jasmin_Stroppel Thanks for taking the time to write us your feedback. We have been a bathing place of the nation since the settlement of Iceland, the facilities have since that time developed together with the bathing culture of the nation. Today healthy pure food is a vital part of any rejuvenation of the open air bathing. We have since... More

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