Iceland has countless geothermal hot springs pools, with Blue Lagoon sitting at the top of visitors’ checklists. We loved our visit to The Blue Lagoon but were equally as excited to visit Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths.
The Arrival: The first thing we noticed upon arrival was the abundance of FOOD! We arrived around lunch time, with their buffet on full display. We also were instant fans of the friendly staff, and of course, the gorgeous watery ambiance.
The Rye Bread Experience: Laugarvatn Fontana offers a Rye bread tour at 11:30am and 2:30 p.m.every day. I did not know what to expect, but it turned out to be one of my favorite experiences from this trip. Since the property is surrounded by geothermal hot springs, they are able to operate an underground bakery (literally). One of the lovely staff members took us to the banks of the lake and proceeded to dig out a pot of baked bread from underneath the hot sand. Peeking into the hole, you are able to see how hot the water was boiling inside. She carefully took out the bread that had been rising in the hot sand for 24 hours. Mind blown:This is basically bread cooked by the Mother Earth herself. We also watched her process of putting in a new pot inside the hot sand, which was so cool. Once the bread is taken out, it is ready to be cut and served. The fresh bread, combined with a little butter, was delicious.
What We Loved: After a long trek around the Golden Circle, ending our road trip in Laugarvatn Fontana is exactly what we needed! The property does not only have pools, but you can also enjoy their steam rooms and sauna. The setting is as peaceful as it comes, with the lake and an awe-inspiring view of the mountains. If you follow my Insta stories of this trip, you know exactly what I’m talking about. I loved this place so much that I braved the cold and got in the lake–despite the freezing water temperatures! (I did it for the gram guys, lol.) And I can’t rave about the food enough. We were not planning to stay for dinner, but after drying off from our pool experience, we saw the spread they were putting out and it was a no-brainer that we had also found the perfect place to grab our dinner. The buffet is around $37 per person but includes a variety of items, including dessert. Our favorite dish was their carrot ginger soup.
SCDC Tip: Bring your slippers and your own bathrobe, as this will help you move around from pool to pool without the chance of slipping, while the robe will keep you warm when needed. Also note that before you can access their pools, you must shower naked for hygiene purposes. There is no time to be shy here, my friends! LOL. They do, however, have ONE shower with a curtain if you truly do not want to feel too exposed (the same rules apply at the Blue Lagoon).
This post is in partnership with Laugarvatn Fontana All opinions are my own.