RELAX AT THE FONTANA SPA GEOTHERMAL BATHS
Sightseen, Relax, Less than 1 hour walking, 52
In a nutshell A unique opportunity to immerse ourselves (literally!) in Iceland's traditions in the comfort of an exclusive spa complex, sampling products created using unusual techniques and admiring extraordinary scenery.
Good to know
- Hveragerdi thermal baths
- Ljósafoss hydroelectric power station
- Laugarvatn and Fontana spa
- Geothermal bakery and local product tasting
- Thingvellir National Park
- Hengill volcano
- We will leave Reykjavík and travel inland until we reach Hveragerdi thermal baths where we will stop briefly before continuing our journey.
- We will travel alongside the river Sogid and cross Ljósafoss hydroelectric power station, which dominates the river and has been operational since 1937.
- We will continue across the fertile, cultivated land that extends along the south coast of Iceland until we reach Laugarvatn, a small settlement on the shores of the lake of the same name.
- It has been a popular place since 1929 for visitors wishing to benefit from the healing properties of its natural steam baths. We too will have the chance to enjoy them but in a more modern guise when we indulge in two hours of complete relaxation at the Fontana spa, where we will be pampered and invigorated by the therapeutic power of the springs.
- With thermal hot tubs and traditional natural steam saunas, nature meets ancestral customs in this wellness centre, and while we enjoy a soak we can hear the gurgling of the thermal springs beneath us.
- Next we will visit the centre's 'geothermal bakery', where typical rye bread is baked in a traditional way: under black sand from the lake kept hot by natural geothermal energy!
- There we will have the opportunity to taste some local products before leaving Laugarvatn and continuing on our journey.
- Our next destination will be Thingvellir National Park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its immeasurable geological interest and unique natural characteristics formed by the meeting of two tectonic plates.
- We will stop at a viewpoint and admire the land that witnessed the establishment of the country's first parliament in the year 930, hence it is considered an almost sacred site.
- We will then head towards Hengill volcano and stop at a viewpoint on its slopes where we can take in vistas of the countless bubbling sulphur springs, fumaroles and mystical pools of water.
- Then we will return to Reykjavík passing surreal scenery reminiscent of lunar landscapes, created by the powerful volcanic phenomena that affect the island.
Good to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- This excursion is conducted in English.
- Bring swimwear and a towel. Swimsuits and towels can be rented (at your own expense). The changing rooms at Fontana Spa are European-style (not private). Iceland has a strict code of hygiene and guests are required to shower without swimwear before entering the pool.