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Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths

Address: Hverabraut 1, Laugarvatn 840, Iceland
Phone Number: +354 486 1400
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Owner description: Laugarvatn Fontana is composed of a series of interconnected baths and steam rooms that complement...
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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

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

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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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

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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Isle of Mull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A friend and I visited in February 2015 while we were on a 3 day stopover in Iceland. We loved Fontana! Change rooms were clean and well stocked. The pools of varying temperatures were really nice, and it was good to be able to ease into the hotter pool (which was around 40 degree Celsius!). We also loved the sauna.... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The facilities are great indoor café, hairdryers and towels and costumes are available to hire. We visited this Spa as part of our Golden Circle tour. Well worth a visit although bit strange to be sat in warm pools when there is snow all around us.

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ellon, aberdeenshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Several different pools all varying in temperature. Saunas also. A good way to relax after a few hours on a bus. If you are really brave have a dip in the freezing lake and then hop into a warm pool again. Facilities has an indoor cafe/ restaurant, hairdriers, towels and bathing costumes for hire if you don't have your own.

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Yapton, Arundel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We visited the Geothermal baths on Reykjavik Excursions warm baths and cool lights tour, which includes a buffet, entrance to the pools and an attempt to see the northern lights (which was never going to happen on this trip, but we were extremely glad the trip went ahead nonetheless). I was not sure what to expect at the buffet but... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This was a lunch stop on our tour so we didn't try the spa facilities. After we dug our bread out of the hot ground outside we enjoyed a pleasant lunch before moving on.

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