Laugarvatn Fontana spa with kids

Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids: spa for the family!

The Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids is fun! Located on the Golden Circle route, this spa is a nice change of pace to relax with your kids! You can visit the various sights on the Golden Circle in one day, but we ourselves found that too much of a rush. Because of this, we set aside two days for it and enjoyed the various spas Iceland has along the way. Thus, we also visited the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa and in this blog we provide all the information you need to visit this spa.

Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids
Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids

Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids: general information

We drive to the Spa early in the morning after seeing the first waterfalls of the day on the Golden Circle. We arrive around quarter past ten and find to our horror that the spa does not open until 11:00. Oy, we hadn’t looked at that beforehand. We park the car in the free parking lot in front of the spa and explore the area.

We see steam coming out of the ground and from the lake everywhere, so we like to see that a little closer. You can see right away that there is considerable thermal activity in the ground here. Later we find out that the spa also uses this. Then, when the spa opens at 11 a.m., we are also the first ones in the spa and do not have to share the spa with many people yet. We like that very much!

It is possible to order tickets for the spa online in advance, but we had not done this ourselves. Kids up to and including 12 are free when accompanied by at least two parents. This means that for our daughter we do not have to pay. The spa is open from 11 a.m. to nine in the evening. So this also gives the opportunity to visit the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids at the end of the day. It is possible to rent bathing suits and towels at the spa, if you did not bring them from home.

Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids:
Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids:

Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids

Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids: the spa

As with all spas we visited in Iceland, you have separate men’s and women’s locker rooms and they expect you to give yourself a good shower before entering the spa area. The spa itself consists of several parts you can visit. So you have relaxing pools, steam baths, a sauna and you can take a dip in the lake.

The various relaxing pools overlook the large lake and have different temperatures. The water here is wonderfully warm and we must say that it is really relaxing to bathe here. Our daughter is normally quite busy of her own, but also completely relaxes here.

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Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids:

In addition, you have natural steam baths divided into three areas. Because it is a natural steam bath, the temperature of the steam bath can also change due to the weather and the temperature of the lake. When you visit these steam baths you also smell the steam well and really experience that it is a natural process.

Of course, we also took a dip in the lake, and at the spa you have swimming shoes in every size so you don’t hurt your feet when entering the water from stones in the water, for example. The part of the lake where we enter the water is very cold, making it quite a contrast to the warm water of the spa. So we are back in the relaxing pools pretty quickly.

In all, we stayed there for several hours. We were in the spa as we indicated earlier around 11 o’clock and we left the spa around three o’clock. After this, we drove to the next attraction on the Golden Circle route.

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Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids:

Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids

Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids: Baking bread

It is also possible to book a tour at the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids, showing them how they bake bread in a traditional way. During this guided tour, you will go to the area next to the spa and get an explanation of how they used to bake bread in this area. Because it is geothermal, it is possible to bake bread by digging a pan of dough into the ground in some places. The guide does this 24 hours in advance so that the bread is ready when the group visits the next day.

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Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids:

This tour is organized twice a day and afterwards, of course, you can taste the bread. The guide cuts up the whole loaf, allowing you to eat quite a few slices of the flavorful bread. You can put a little Icelandic butter or a piece of salmon on the bread. In total, the tour including tastings takes about an hour. You do pay a separate fee for this tour.

Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids:
Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids:

Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids

Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids: conclusion

We really enjoyed our visit to the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa. We found it a nice change during our visit to the various sights of the Golden Circle. Especially with kids it is a nice change and thus we were not in the car all day driving from one sight to another. The baths are wonderfully relaxing and as parents we really enjoyed taking turns in the sauna and steam rooms. We highly recommend a visit to the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids. For more information about the spa, take a look at the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa website

Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids:
Laugarvatn Fontana Spa with kids:

Where to stay in Iceland with kids?

Sleeping in Iceland is not cheap! We spent quite a long time looking for suitable accommodations for our family of three.

In the capital city of Reykjavik, we slept for three nights. From here we also visited the Golden Circle and we slept here at hotel Muli. This was a fine hotel just a little outside the city center, where we could park the car in front for free. We had a fine room and downstairs at the hotel there was a place to eat and warm up food. There is a large supermarket a few minutes’ walk from the hotel and we found it a pleasant place to sleep. For more information about this hotel check here.

For a list of all accommodations in Reykjavik, take a look here.

We spent the other days in Iceland in various accommodations that we did not like super. If we had to do it again now, we would definitely stay overnight in the town of Vik on the way, as there are a few more facilities there and that would be handy with kids anyway. Now we were often in accommodation, where it was still a half-hour drive to, say, a restaurant or a supermarket.

For a list of all accommodations in Vik, take a look here.

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