Bathe in the refreshing geothermal baths of Laugarvatn Fontana while taking in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lake Laugarvatn.
Enjoy four different hot pools at the geothermal baths, three steam rooms with varying temperatures and a traditional sauna. You can cool off in between by running across the black sand beach into Laugarvatn lake.
On the way to Fontana, you will drive the scenic route through Þingvellir National Park. Enjoy watching the park while looking forward to bathing in the geothermal baths. If you are feeling peckish after the relaxing soak, you can buy light refreshments at the Fontana restaurant. Afterwards, you will head back to Reykjavík.
Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths is located in the center of the most popular tourist route in Iceland, the Colden Circle. A unique experience of the healing powers of the geothermal springs. Soak in a natural pool, listen to the bubbling hot spring in the steam rooms, or for the venturesome, take a dip in the refreshing lake.
The geothermal activity of the area is one of the reasons for the settlement of Laugarvatn. But not only locals utilized the warm water. Legend has it that when Iceland converted to Christianity in the year 1000 AD, some chieftains did not want to be baptized in the ice cold water of Lake Thingvellir (about 20 km away) – but rather the warm springs and shore of Lake Laugarvatn. One of these fountains is called Vigdalaug, just 200 meters from Laugarvatn Fontana.
Several centuries later, Iceland’s last Catholic bishop, Jon Arason (b.1484 – d. 1550) and his son, were executed during the reformation. Their bodies were later exhumed and washed at Vigdalaug before being re-buried at Hólar, a former episcopal see in North Iceland.
- Bus fare
- Admission to Laugarvatn Fontana
- Pick up is up to 30 minutes before departure
- Duration: 6 hours
- Departure: 12:30
- Tour ID: LF01
Remember to bring a swimsuit and a towel. Swimsuits & towels can also be rented on the spot. And remember to read our blog about bathing etiquette in Iceland.