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Laugarvatn
Travel Guide

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.

Farmhotel Efstidalur
Farmhotel Efstidalur
2.5 out of 5
Bláskógabyggð, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
The price is $91 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Brúarfoss and within 9 mi (15 km) of Geysir Hot Springs and Laugarvatn Fontana. Strokkur ...
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Golden Circle Apartments
Golden Circle Apartments
3 out of 5
Laugarbraut, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
The price is $166 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
This family-friendly Bláskógabyggd aparthotel is located on the waterfront, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Laugarvatn Fontana, and within 6 mi (10 km) of The Cave People ...
4.1/5Very Good! (356 reviews)
Great place.
"Great place. Perfectly located in case of good or bad weather. Hot springs in three minutes walking distance."

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

Golden Circle Apartments
Heradsskolinn Historic Guesthouse
Heradsskolinn Historic Guesthouse
2.5 out of 5
840 Laugarvatn, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
The price is $111 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
Situated on a lake, this hotel is 6.1 mi (9.8 km) from Thingvellir National Park and within 16 mi (25 km) of Skalholt Historical Site and Skalholt Cathedral. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (185 reviews)
Great location!
"Great area, convenient to get to all of the nearby attractions. Friendly staff, would recommend to anyone!!"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Heradsskolinn Historic Guesthouse
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Austurey cottages
Austurey cottages
3 out of 5
Austurey, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
The price is $160 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Situated in the mountains, this cabin is 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from Laugarvatn Fontana and 10.1 mi (16.2 km) from The Cave People. Geysir Hot Springs and Secret Lagoon ...
5/5Exceptional! (82 reviews)
A rare treasure of simple perfection
"This place is one of those very rare gems you find that is - simply perfect. Cozy, immaculately clean, beautifully designed as a tiny Romantic home, (or solo retreat), perfectly peaceful, private... We had an exquisite sunrise over sparking snow covered fields & frozen lake for New Years Day 2021! ..."

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2021

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Miðdalskot Cottages
Miðdalskot Cottages
3 out of 5
Miðdalskot, Laugarvatnsvegur, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
The price is $181 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 7
Situated in a rural location, this apartment building is 4.2 mi (6.8 km) from Laugarvatn Fontana and within 12 mi (20 km) of Brúarfoss and The Cave People. Geysir ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
"Great place, lots of space, wonderful to have two horses grazing just outside our window at night."

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2019

Miðdalskot Cottages
Golden Circle Holiday Rentals
Golden Circle Holiday Rentals
Bláskógabyggd, Southern Region
The price is $258 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Situated on a lake, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Laugarvatn Fontana and within 12 mi (20 km) of The Cave People and Brúarfoss. Thingvallavatn ...
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