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Visit Laugarvatn

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.

Top Hotels in Laugarvatn

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Golden Circle Apartments
Golden Circle Apartments
3 out of 5
Laugarbraut 1-5, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
per night
Jan 11 - Jan 12

This family-friendly Bláskógabyggd apartment building is located on a lake, 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Laugarvatn Fontana, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Thingvallavatn ...

4.1/5Very Good! (342 reviews)

"We stayed for 3 nights. Unit is spacious and nice with a kitchen. Building is quiet and near attractions such as Fontana Geothermal Bath, Geysir and Gullfoss"…"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2019

Golden Circle Apartments
Efsti-Dalur II
Efsti-Dalur II
2.5 out of 5
Bláskógabyggð, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

Situated in Bláskógabyggd, this guesthouse is within 9 mi (15 km) of Brúarfoss, Geysir Hot Springs, and Laugarvatn Fontana. Strokkur and Skalholt Historical ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (116 reviews)

"Farm to table food, good ice cream, amazing horse back riding opportunities"…"

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

Efsti-Dalur II
Laugarvatn Hostel
Laugarvatn Hostel
2 out of 5
Dalbraut 10, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland

Situated in Bláskógabyggd, this hostel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Laugarvatn Fontana and within 12 mi (20 km) of The Cave People and Brúarfoss. Geysir Hot Springs ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (177 reviews)

"Great hostel. Straight forward. Used their public kitchen facility to make our dinner. Shower flooded bathroom which was annoying. Overall great stay for a great price."…"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

Laugarvatn Hostel

Popular things to do in Laugarvatn

Laugarvatn Fontana
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Laugarvatn Fontana

4.5/5(16 reviews)

You can take time to visit Laugarvatn Fontana during your travels to Laugarvatn. While in this walkable area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Thingvellir National Park
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Thingvellir National Park

4.5/5(1,569 reviews)

See rifts where the earth’s continents are moving apart, visit a lava-strewn lake and learn about the political beginnings of Iceland.

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5/5(68 reviews)

Part of a nature reserve, this waterfall crashing into a deep canyon is among the country’s most iconic features.

Geysir Hot Springs
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Geysir Hot Springs

4.5/5(98 reviews)

Traverse this dramatic field of more than a dozen geysers and simmering mud pits resembling the end of the world.

Kerid Crater
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Kerid Crater

4.5/5(78 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Kerid Crater and enjoy the northern light views during your trip to Selfoss. While in this relaxing area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Skalholt Cathedral
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Skalholt Cathedral

4.5/5(20 reviews)

Enjoy a stop at Skalholt Cathedral, a landmark worth seeing in Bláskógabyggd. While in this quaint area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Top activities in Laugarvatn

Golden Circle & Fontana Geothermal Baths Full-Day Tour
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Golden Circle & Fontana Geothermal Baths Full-Day Tour


Must-see Icelandic sights abound on this comprehensive full-day tour. Combine a visit to majestic waterfalls and erupting geysers along the famous Golden Circle route with a relaxing bath in the warm water pools of Laugarvatn Fontana, on the shores of the scenic lake Laugarvatn.

Warm Baths & Northern Lights Excursion
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Warm Baths & Northern Lights Excursion


Knock out 2 of Iceland's bucket list items on this combo adventure set on the stunning shores of Lake Laugarvatn. Enjoy a soothing dip in warm geothermal baths, an authentic Icelandic buffet, and the chance to observe the otherworldly, magnificent aurora borealis, or Northern Lights.

Golden Circle Geysers & Waterfalls with Fontana Baths Visit
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Golden Circle Geysers & Waterfalls with Fontana Baths Visit


Embark on a day tour around Iceland's Golden Circle to witness 3 natural wonders, which include erupting geysers, thundering waterfalls, and expansive volcanic valleys. Then, unwind from your adventure as you take a dip in the hot springs of Fontana's steam baths.

Vacation Photographer in Laugarvatn
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Vacation Photographer in Laugarvatn


Book a private professional photographer for a family trip, destination wedding, secret proposal or just a great day. Prices start at 8.

Full-Day Classic Golden Circle Tour
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Full-Day Classic Golden Circle Tour


Tumbling waterfalls, erupting geysers, and wild landscapes sprawling across 2 separate tectonic plates—there's a reason Iceland's Golden Circle is the country's most iconic tour. Discover the natural wonders of Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir hot springs, and the Gullfoss waterfall during this full-day road trip.

Freedive Silfra day tour
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Freedive Silfra day tour


You meet our guides in the National park of Thingvellir when tour starts (Can park your car at P5 parking spot 5 min walk from meeting point) Start by getting a breefing from our guides on safety and all you will see and do, then you put on the equipment and walk 2 minutes to Silfra.

Reviews of Laugarvatn


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5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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5/5 - Excellent


Nov 20, 2019

Quaint and quiet

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 17, 2019

Go to soak in Fontana it was really nice and relaxing. Eat at the Lindin Bistro Cafe it is delicious!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 3, 2019

Nice little town with petrol station, grocery, and a couple restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 30, 2019

We ate at the Heradsskolim Hostel which is an old schoolhouse converted to a hostel and dining area. It was nice but dinner does not start until 6:30. There is also a grocery and gas station plus a few other eateries (Fontana, Lindin). Nice area!

5/5 - Excellent


Sep 2, 2018

This is great for individuals, couples or families. It is in a small town but Iceland is full of small towns! Laugarvatn is on the Golden Circle route and has amenities close by.