Laugarbraut, Laugarvatn, Iceland
Laugarvatn Fontana Reviews
Great Location, Good Soak, and a little Ackward Nudity Feb 19, 2017
Laugarvatn Fontana is a spa complex located in Laugarvatn, and fairly close to Geyser - literally 2 minutes off of the highway. We went here after getting visiting Þingvellir National Park. Since we didn't really find any food on the way, we got he full package, and ended up spending a bunch of money, probably $110 for two people. That got us all the food we could eat, a tour to see them make geothermal rye bread, and finally a good old fashion soak.
The rye bread tour was pretty cool. Apparently there were supposed to be about 200 people on the tour, but there were only like 5. What they do is bury bread dough in geothermal pits, and let it bake overnight. The resulting bread is super sweet,and edible when you dunk it in melted butter. A chinese tour group showed up and tried to pillage the bread, tsk tsk.
After looking at some bread (tour once daily, check the website), we hit the buffet, and got some badly needed food. IT costs about 30$ a piece, which is expensive but kind of cheap for Iceland. The nice thing too is they let us hit the coffee and water throughout the afternoon.
We then went for the spa. After stepping into the shower two drunk british girls walked in and started to strip. This however was not the beginning of a porn movie (which is why too many people come to Travbuddy... you know who you are), but stepping into the wrong locker room. Some other guy in the shower yelled something, and everyone started laughing. The girls put their bikini's back on and fled in embarrassment.
The soak here was good. The complex had a pretty good crowd, but we were able to find space so all was good. This was the opposite of the Secret Lagoon which was completely deserted. After a hot soak, we went to the sauna. After that we jumped into the lake, which was fucking cold, and had the feeling of burning, but it got me a lot of street cred with the throngs of drunken british tourists. After spending maybe 2 hours there, we filled up on some pastries / coffee, and hit the road.
The beauty of this place is the location. Its seriously 15 minutes from Geyser, and probably about 30 - 45 from Gulfoss.
Part of the A Trip to Iceland in the Middle of Winter travel blog
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