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Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths

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Address: Hverabraut 1, Laugarvatn 840, Iceland
Phone Number: +354 486 1400
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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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Great end to the Golden Circle

After waking up early to explore the Golden Circle, Fontana hot springs were our last, relaxing stop. The price is reasonable especially since the hot spot is directly underneath... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

After waking up early to explore the Golden Circle, Fontana hot springs were our last, relaxing stop. The price is reasonable especially since the hot spot is directly underneath of the steam rooms. The pools range from very warm to being ice cold (as you can jump into the neighboring lake off their dock if you want. The 3 steam... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We really liked this small natural spa on the shores of Laugarvatn. It costs 3200 ISK - not including towel - and is definitely low key. There is one natural thermal pool, with lava rocks embedded in the pool for places to sit. Other pools are thermal heated with temperatures ranging from 32-40 C. Three steam rooms have differing temperatures... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I went to these thermal baths twice and each time I found only a handful of people and had a very relaxing and enjoyable experience. It's obviously no Blue Lagoon (in terms of size and otherworldly feel), but it has enough attractives to stand on its own. For instance, the amazing views on lake Laugarvatn and the Hekla volcano. Fontana... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We had a really good relaxing time here. The place was fairly small, but there weren't the crowds we experienced at the Blue Lagoon, so the size wasn't too much of an issue. Different pools are kept at progressively warmer temperatures and the geothermal lake is great for a cold invigorating dip before returning to the sauna or back into... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We went to Laugarvatn Fontana a few days after the blue lagoon, and now we wish we would have just gone to Fontana twice! It was peaceful, quiet, with a very few amount of people there. The waters were clear and without the sulfuric smell that comes with the blue lagoon. The mountains in the background are so much better... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

So peaceful and beautiful and that black sand is something I have never experienced before. If you are going on the golden circle this is the perfect place to make a stop to leave feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. I was reluctant to go in thinking that I would come out all wet and soggy but I felt wonderful. I would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This was definitely one of my favorite parts of our trip! The only sad part was not being able to spend more time here. Add it onto your golden circle tour it's worth it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Everyone talks about Blue Lagoon but this is a wonderful alternative to the tourist crowds. The spa is very clean, the staff very friendly and the setup very easy to use. This was a complete surprise as we were driving along the Golden Circle. There is a full lunch buffet which looked good. Towels are available.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This was my favorite geothermal spa in Iceland. Our family (4 adults/3 kids ages 6,10,14) visited Fontana, the Blue Lagoon and others around Reyk and Western Iceland. This was by far our favorite, especially when compared to the Blue Lagoon. Fontana has a beautiful view across the lake (no power plant or blue water). It was far less crowded and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We spent a few hours here on the last day of our trip after being on the road for a week. Several different pools with different water temperatures. Were all very comfortable and relaxing. The view of the lake was awesome. We then ate dinner at the buffet which we thought was very well done and fresh. The staff was... More 

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