Relax & Explore in the Fontana Geothermal Baths, Golden Circle

Overview

Just about 50 miles (70 km) east of Reykjavik is the Fontana Geothermal Baths, an area offering steam baths, relaxing pools, saunas, and a picturesque lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks. It's the perfect place to combine a bit of adventure with some relaxation and pampering while in the Golden Circle!

Start with a trip to the steam baths, which locals have been enjoying since 1929. These natural steam baths come from Lake Laugarvatn, where hot and healing steam simmers underground and rises through grids in the traditional cabin floors. Then, head out into the relaxing pools! You have three options: Lauga, Sæla, and Vista, all connected to outdoor mineral baths and vary in depth, size, and temperature. 

The pools and hot tubs are perfect for relaxation and recreation, featuring playful artwork in stone made by Icelandic artist Erla Thorarinsdottir. Viska, the hot tub, is built slightly higher, providing a panoramic view of the beautiful surroundings while the healthy water nourishes both body and soul.

Next to the steam room is Ylur, a Finnish-style sauna. The temperature is between 176°F (80°C) and 194°F (90°C), with lower humidity than the steam room. So, sit back and enjoy the beautiful lake view through the large window. 

After relaxing, feel free to explore the lake itself and its beach. Bathers can walk into the cool lake from a pier or walk on the warm black sand beach. If you can brave it, a cool dip in the lake between the hot steam rooms and sauna is a refreshing temperature shift that supports a healthy heart!

Read more about unique experiences in and around the Golden Circle and other hot springs in Iceland.

Traveler reviews

6 total ratings, 5 with reviews
4.5 out of 5
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Quality of Experience
4.5
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5.0
Transport
5.0
Keith
Keith M.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2024
large commercial hot spring and not a great experience after some of the smaller ones Read more

large commercial hot spring and not a great experience after some of the smaller ones

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Molly
Molly W.
Portland, ME | Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023
This geothermal bath experience was so relaxing and restorative. The location on Laugarvatn is truly special, and driving through Thingvellir to get there was a beautiful trip. We took advantage of several different tubs and the dry sauna, which has a view to the lake that is really stunning. The food here was good - they had two types of soup, and the smoked trout was delicious! We also took the geothermal bakery tour, which we highly recommend! Read more

This geothermal bath experience was so relaxing and restorative. The location on Laugarvatn is truly special, and driving through Thingvellir to get there was a beautiful trip. We took advantage of several different tubs and the dry sauna, which has a view to the lake that is really stunning. The food here was good - they had two types of soup, and the smoked trout was delicious! We also took the geothermal bakery tour, which we highly recommend!

Tips for future travelers

Definitely book the geothermal bakery tour!

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Ron
Ron S.
Lexington, MA | Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023
This experience was a nice treat after the Rye Bread tour. It was relaxing and fun. Really enjoyed the hot springs. Read more

This experience was a nice treat after the Rye Bread tour. It was relaxing and fun. Really enjoyed the hot springs.

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Jennifer
Jennifer B.
East Tremont, NY | Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023
Loved this! Read more

Loved this!

Tips for future travelers

It’s cold but going in the lake is fun!

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Connie
Connie P.
Albuquerque, NM | Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023
Truly beautiful and relaxing day. Enjoyed the saunas. Definitely a beautiful view from the pool. Read more

Truly beautiful and relaxing day. Enjoyed the saunas. Definitely a beautiful view from the pool.

Tips for future travelers

Take extra towels. Could be less comfortable and relaxing if we had had more people there. It was a slow day. Our second favorite spa after Blue Lagoon

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The checkin guy actually pronounced our last name correctly. This doesn’t even happen in the states.