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Laugarvatn Fontana: Geothermal Bread-Baking Experience

1. Laugarvatn Fontana: Geothermal Bread-Baking Experience

Take part in a unique baking experience in the heart of the Golden Circle, the most popular route in Iceland. Take a stroll around the geothermal area and learn about the history of this baking technique. Witness firsthand how the dark rye dough is prepared and then buried in the warm ground with a lively 30-minute demonstration. Discover how the slow cooking of 24 hours gives the bread its memorable taste. Get to sample a fresh batch of lava bread, placed in the ground the day before. Geothermal bathing is also offered at Laugarvatn Fontana, however, tickets for bathing must be booked separately.

Laugarvatn: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths Entry Ticket

2. Laugarvatn: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths Entry Ticket

Entrance to the geothermal baths at Laugarvatn Fontana will complete your experience of the Golden Circle and enhance the tradition by locals, to bathe in the steam and hot water streaming endlessly from the ground. Enjoy admission to the geothermal baths, natural steam baths, and the use of shower and changing rooms with lockers. Shampoo, conditioner, creams, and cotton pads are available in locker rooms free of charge.

Golden Circle and Fontana Wellness Tour from Reykjavik

3. Golden Circle and Fontana Wellness Tour from Reykjavik

Depart Reykjavik for a full-day coach tour of Iceland’s Golden Circle and experience the geothermal wilderness up-close. Depart the city center and drive to the Geysir Geothermal Area to see springs of spouting spring water and the most active geyser Iceland at Strokkur. Continue to Gullfoss to stand next to an amazing waterfall. Watch the vast quantities of water tumble violently into a deep, meandering gorge. Encounter a cross-section of Iceland's natural wonders and geological phenomena at Thingvellir National Park. Then, go to the natural steam baths at Fontana. Originally built in the 1920s, Fontana was little more than a shack with 2 compartments built above the hot spring that bubbles and gurgles below ground. Today, a modern complex invites you to relax in various hot tubs and steam baths that are naturally heated by hot springs. Enjoy some traditional rye bread baked in hot springs before the return transfer to Reykjavik.

From Reykjavik: Northern Lights and Geothermal Baths Tour

4. From Reykjavik: Northern Lights and Geothermal Baths Tour

Departing from Reykjavik, drive through the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park to arrive at Laugarvatn Fontana Spa, where you can nourish both your body and soul. Upon arrival, you can purchase a homemade soup and then and then head into the geothermal baths for a cozy evening. Fontana Spa is equipped with three steam rooms built over a natural hot spring as well as a traditional sauna with three hot pools. The more adventurous can even take a dip in Laugarvatn Lake (when available) to cool down between the steam baths and sauna.  The steam temperatures range from 104°F to 122°F, depending on the hot springs and the weather. The steam rooms offer a unique experience, as you can smell the boiling water underneath the grids of the floor.  The traditional sauna has a lower humidity than the steam rooms but a higher temperature, between 176°F and 194°F. The three connected outdoor mineral baths vary in depth, size, and temperature, but are all perfect places for relaxing and socializing.  From the hot tub, take in a panoramic view of the countryside around Fontana and the northern lights if you are lucky and they show up early. After your spa experience, hunt for the famous northern lights on the way back to Reykjavík.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Fontana Geothermal Baths

5. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Fontana Geothermal Baths

After boarding your transportation in Reykjavik, make your way to Thingvellir National Park. Once there, explore a UNESCO World Heritage site where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia are pulling apart and creating a rift valley with dramatic lava rock formations. It's also the site where Iceland's first parliament was founded, more than 1000 years ago. From Thingvellir, move on to Laugarvatn where you can take a soak in the comfortably warm pools. For almost a century, locals in the community of Laugarvatn have been enjoying the healing powers of natural steam from a geothermal field at the edge of the lake. Built over this geothermal area, the Laugarvatn Fontana wellness center features geothermal steam rooms, hot pools, and outdoor mineral baths, as well as a fantastic view over the lake. You'll also find Fontana café, which offers a nice selection of healthy and locally produced delicacies and refreshments, such as soup of the day and trout from the lake. Feel free to just enjoy the facilities without going to the baths if you would prefer to not get wet. Next, head to the awesome Gullfoss Waterfall, a powerful waterfall with a rich history that your expert guide will share with you. Take a short walk down a pathway and get close enough to feel the mist of glacial water on your skin. Then, continue on to the Geysir geothermal area and discover the very active geyser, Strokkur, which erupts every few minutes. Enjoy a guaranteed opportunity to see an eruption up close before returning to Reykjavik.

Reykjavik Audio Adventure: Golden Circle Self-Tour

6. Reykjavik Audio Adventure: Golden Circle Self-Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 153-mile-long tour covers the essentials of Iceland in 3-6 hours. Embark on an unforgettable journey starting from Reykjavik, Iceland's heart, into the country's rural beauty. Dive into stories of Iceland's original inhabitants and their encounters with Vikings, mingled with tales of mythical gods like Odin, Thor, and Loki. First up, the charming Helgufoss waterfall, a gentle hike away. Then, immerse yourself in Icelandic culture, learning about Nobel laureates, poetry, and traditional dance. Reach Vinaskógur, one of Iceland's rare forests, before heading to Thingvellir, the birthplace of the world's oldest parliament. Experience the magnificent Thingvellir National Park next, boasting splendid hikes, fantastic fishing and snorkeling, and the grand Oxararfoss waterfall. Learn about the spectacular Northern Lights and the legends they've inspired. Followed by a visit to a mythological figure's enigmatic abode. Take a breather at the soothing geothermal baths, a haven for relaxation. Back on the road, delve into one of Iceland's thrilling sagas, blending history and fiction. Brace for a spectacle at the erupting geyser, a major Icelandic attraction, then marvel at the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. Next, experience the Secret Lagoon, Iceland's oldest natural pool. Refuel at a unique greenhouse restaurant before heading to Skálholt, a historical religious center from 1106. Pass by the innovative Sólheimar Ecovillage, showcasing a unique town model. End the journey with a visit to the Kerid Crater, reflecting Iceland's volcanic heritage. The tour wraps up beyond this crater, as you re-enter Reykjavik, with a heart full of unforgettable experiences.

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What people are saying about Laugarvatn Fontana

very nice and cool guide; learned a lot, still practicing a lot of spiritual techniques the guide gave us first hand from islandic people; very nice would highly recommend, bread tastes nice but different than we are used too.. would highly recommend!

Learned a lot about the process of geothermal baking and some of the history and culture of Iceland. Our tour guide is very funny and entertaining. No dull moment. Bread was also delicious I could stop coming back to eat it.

The thermal baths were amazing. I enjoyed going in the lake and then back into the sauna and steam bath.

It was great, the two lady tour guides that I had throughout the day were fantastic.

The weather was terrible but once you enter the baths everything becomes peaceful.