Laugarvatn

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Laugarvatn featuring tranquil scenes, snow and a river or creek
Discover the apocalyptic scene of bubbling mud pits and geothermal hot springs. Make a trip to the country’s iconic waterfall.

A scenic lake with warm patches from geothermal springs stretches next to the town of Laugarvatn in southwestern Iceland. These pleasant waters attract swimmers and visitors who set up camp for daytrips to hot springs and an awe-inspiring waterfall. Arrive in the town as part of a tour around the country’s Golden Circle route.

Enjoy the town’s pleasant rural setting along the lake’s western shore. Swim in waters warmed year-round by geothermal springs under the surface. Fish for trout in the neighboring lake of Apavatn.

The countryside consists of charming summer houses amid green meadows and gray mountains. Hike through the expanding man-made forest and set up a picnic. Visit the historic site of Skálholt for its large cathedral and intriguing past.

Make your way east to the gurgling terrain of Geysir Hot Springs, natural fountains of geothermal water. The largest geyser stopped erupting several years ago, but plenty of steamy hot springs and gurgling mud pits remain. Just south of the site lies Strokkur, with water erupting every few minutes to a height of 100 feet (30 meters) in the air. Get your camera ready to take photos at the various stages of the upsurge.

Farther east stands the powerful Gullfoss Waterfall. Approach the roaring flow of water from the River Hvita and see its white foamy water crashing against the rocks below. Learn about the local woman who threatened to throw herself into the chasm in the late 1800s in an effort to preserve the future of this natural formation.

Arrive in Iceland at Keflavik International Airport and drive east for 75 miles (120 kilometers) to reach the town. Located in southwestern Iceland, Laugarvatn is a 1-hour drive east from Reykjavik. Warm sunlight lasts most of the day in summer, while winters are dark and cold.

Something is bubbling beneath the surface at the lakeside retreat of Laugarvatn in the midst of forests, vast plains and a majestic waterfall.

Heradsskolinn Historic Guesthouse
Heradsskolinn Historic Guesthouse
2.5 out of 5
840 Laugarvatn, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland, 840
The price is $87 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Stay at this hotel in Bláskógabyggd. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (207 reviews)
"Beautiful historic building with a bath per half hallway. Very quiet."

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Heradsskolinn Historic Guesthouse
Hótel Laugarvatn
Hótel Laugarvatn
2 out of 5
Dalbraut 10, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland, 840
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The price is $102 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 28
Stay at this hostel in Bláskógabyggd. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (213 reviews)
"Location great. Near thermal lake and spa. Spartan but clean and comfortable (it is a hostel after all) but you can get a room with a private bathroom."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Hótel Laugarvatn
Golden Circle Apartments
Golden Circle Apartments
3 out of 5
Laugarbraut, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland, 840
The price is $220 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 14
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4.1/5 Very Good! (369 reviews)
"Kitchen was good: more kitchen towels; not easy to know who to contact for more toilet paper, etc."

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Golden Circle Apartments
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Miðdalskot Cottages
Miðdalskot Cottages
3 out of 5
Miðdalskot, Laugarvatnsvegur, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
The price is $176 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 9
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Bláskógabyggd. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and barbecue grills. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value in ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (11 reviews)
"Very nice cabin. However, when we stayed there, for some reason the cabin was unbelievably hot. The outside temperature was quite cool (probably 12C at the warmest), and all the thermostats were turned all the way down (off), but it felt as if the heat was going full blast. I am not sure why it was ..."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

Miðdalskot Cottages
Golden Circle Apartments
Golden Circle Apartments
3 out of 5
Laugarbraut, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland, 840
The price is $220 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 14
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly aparthotel in Bláskógabyggd. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the bathrooms and the overall ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (369 reviews)
"Kitchen was good: more kitchen towels; not easy to know who to contact for more toilet paper, etc."

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Golden Circle Apartments
Austurey cottages
Austurey cottages
3 out of 5
Austurey, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
Stay at this 3-star cabin in Bláskógabyggd. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the WiFi in our reviews. Popular attractions Laugarvatn ...
5/5 Exceptional! (96 reviews)
"Fantastic location overlooking a lake, 30 mins from Thingvelir park. Warm, clean, well stocked with all utinsils needed to cook. Sheep on the nearby farm. Very cute and quiet!"

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Austurey cottages
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