The number one tourist thingy in Iceland is the so-called Golden Circle tour where people are taken to three of this country´s natural pearls all, incidentally, in close proximity to Reykjavik. This tour takes you to Thingvellir National Park, Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfall. Some tours also stop at Kerid volcanic crater lake and Skalholt village. But more often than not your tour goes through the tiny village of Laugarvatn.
Laugarvatn could be translated as Bathwater for the reason that on the shores of this small lake used to be hot springs galore where you could warm yourself after taking a dip into the cold lake. Or, incidentally, wash your dirty clothes if you so cared. A big chunk of this is now, sadly, part of some fancy and expensive modern spa, and you will have to find other ways to warm after a swim unless you´re willing to fork out a fortune. However, some hot springs still remain out in the lake itself and it is possible to find warm currents at certain places while swimming.
But although very, very small and not particularly easy on the eyes, this place is in fact quite a good place to unwind for a day or so. This actually used to be one of Iceland´s most popular place for camping and fun times by young people late in the last century.
But that is not the reason team Total Iceland actually recommends spending time here. Not at all. Quite a number of people still camp here over summertime. Most are family people and you should expect some noise from natural kids long into the evening.
The attraction here is not the village itself but the eerie ambiance found right under Laugarvatnsfjall mountain. This shelters from the harshest winds coming from North and no wonder locals have made here on of the largest concentration of summerhouses and caravan areas in Iceland.
Trekking opportunities are endless and from the top of nearby mountains, most of which are relatively easy to climb, the view is priceless. It is the outdoors that is the most enchanting thing about Laugarvatn. Fishing is possible in the lake itself and also adjacent lake Apavatn. A small golf course is nearby too and even a small home-made art museum near the caravan area.
Services are limited and rather expensive but this can be overcome by bringing supplies with you. Apart from the Fontana spa club you have here a hotel and some guesthouses. A supermarket is found here also.
Our humble opinion
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