Laugarvatn -The Shallow Lake-Village

Laugarvatn is situated in South Iceland. It is a shallow lake that is situated in Arnessysla inlands. It is about 100 kms from Reykjavik. It is a favorite among visitors from all over the globe. It is very famous as a summer resort as one among the top in Iceland’s attractions. It is situated near several other cultural and natural attractions of Iceland like Geysir, Skalholt bishop seat, and Gulfoss waterfall.

Shallow lake with hot springs

This shallow lake is sized to around 2 sq. kms. It lies between Geysir, Thingvellir, and Gulfoss. The shallow lake is quite popular due to its hot springs under its floor. The lake heats due to these hot springs. It is so warm to take a bath here all through the year. A village surrounds the bank, also called Laugarvatn, which hardly inhabits 300 people.

Laugarvatnsfjall Mountain

Laugarvatn has a mountain called the Laugarvatnsfjall Mountain. It is very charming and beautiful to visit. Its slopes are covered with birch trees and towards its west is the village. You will be delighted to see a viewpoint called hringsja or panoramic point, which falls between the lake and the mountain and towards the village’s north side. From here you will get the best lake view and its adjoining area which is amazingly beautiful.

Activities of Laugarvatn

  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Boating
  • Trekking
  • Angling
  • Enjoying spa
  • Fishing

You can enjoy pony-trekking, hiking, and camping among woods and green hills on the northern side of Laugarvatn. You can hike as they are plenty of marked hiking paths to adventure in. The other thing you can do is hire a sailboard or a boat to sail or boat at Lake Laugarvatn. You also have a golf course where visitors can enjoy golfing. The area offers river and lake angling, fishing as well to its visitors. There is an environmental spa called Fontana Spa, where you can relax and take pleasure in the spa.

Environment of Laugarvatn

The region of Laugarvatn is quite pleasant for visitors. This town is encircled by hills, fertile countryside, and lava fields. It is surrounded by forest which is ever growing. You will find streams and brooks adding to this landscape, making it a visual treat to your eyes.

The lake is shallow and abundant in aquatic life. There is a good chance of lake fishing for trout, which can be done with permission. Gear up for some water sports and boating here with rented boats during summer. It is best to do boating when it is clear weather.

Gallery Laugarvatn

Check out the Iceland handicrafts at wide display at the Gallery Laugarvatn. It also provides a bed and breakfast.

Geothermal pools

Geothermal springs at the lake shores have been used at the Fontana spa. Here you have a swimming pool with geothermal spring water along with three steam areas to relax over the hot bubbling sport with 100% humidity. It is popularly visited in summer. You will find a sauna with Finnish styling and mineral baths that are interconnected. The spa embosses Erla Þórarinsdóttir artist’s stonework, adding to its charm. You will find a very nice view at Viska hot tub of the adjoining area of the Laugarvatn. Another geothermal pool is the Blue Lagoon, which is a little bigger than the Fontana spa. However, Fontana is affordable comparatively. You can wade out into the shallow lake here. Geothermal spring water here lacks revitalizing or healing properties.

Nearby attractions

  • Laugarvatn falls between the Geysir Geothermal area and Pingvellir National Park. They form the 2 primary points of the Golden circle.
  • Pingvellir National park is a natural wonderland. It is situated between 2 tectonic plates. It has forests, clear streams, and incredible geology.
  • Geysir and Strokkur are geysers or hot springs. Another hot spot is the Gulfoss Waterfall.


Laugarvatn is one of Iceland’s popular spots, with ample facilities of hotels, cottages, resorts, and guesthouses. You will find the basic services here without any hassle. It is a popular spot in Iceland that can be visited all through the year.

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