Travel: Laugarvatn Fontana pools

During our visit, we arrived at Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths around 2:00 pm.  Just in time to catch the tour of their traditional Icelandic geothermal bakery, which goes on every day at 11.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.  We experienced it first hand and I was blown away!  Our tour guide explained to us the history of the bakery and what the process entailed. Honestly, I don’t remember all of details because I was so hungry and I wanted to just try whatever was cooking. Our tour guide proceeded to dig out a pot of fresh rye bread from the hot black sand that was buried underground and baked for 24 hours.  Check it out!

As a guest, you are offered to taste the bread, served hot from the ground with some butter. FYI: It was sooo delicious! Even though the tour is not free (it costs 1500 ISK which is about $14.00) per person, it’s definitely worth it.

So after I indulged in several pieces of buttered bread, it was time to relax. I went around the various pools testing out each of them before settling on the Viska, the hot tub.  It is positioned at a higher level than the rest of the pools so it provided such an amazing panoramic view of the mountains and beautiful landscape.


All of that relaxation definitely put me in the mood to eat.  The restaurant at Laugarvatn Fontana offers a selection of healthy and locally produced dishes and refreshments (including beer).

They offer a soup of the day, a lunch and dinner buffet that is served daily. I was really ecstatic that the buffets offers a variety of fresh and healthy options.  The line up consists of fish, meat (beef and pork), chicken, salads, and vegetarian options. 


  • Soup of the day 1.200 ISK (about $11.00)
  • Lunch buffet 2.950 ISK (about $26.50)
  • Dinner buffet 4.500 ISK (about $40.00)

Coconut, carrot and ginger soup with a side of rye bread.

Coconut, carrot and ginger soup with a side of rye bread.

The food was just as delicious as it looks!

Before I forget, I want to offer you all this tip.  ** Bring your own towels, bathing suits and bathrobes. Even though they are all available for rent, you can save quite a bit of money by bringing your own.



My experience at Laugarvatn Fontana pools was delightful.  I really enjoyed my moments of solitude and being surrounded by such breathtaking views was definitely a treat on its own.  

Many thanks to Laugarvatn Fontana pools for the lovely accommodations!

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Laugarvatn Fontana pools; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.