Relaxing Spa Trip in West Iceland

Welcome to Fontana, a serene wellness retreat nestled in the heart of Iceland’s stunning landscapes. This visitor guide aims to provide you with all the necessary information to make your visit to Fontana an unforgettable experience. From its geothermal baths and saunas to the unique rye bread experience, Fontana offers a blend of relaxation, culture, and natural beauty.

Discovering Fontana’s charm

Fontana is located in Laugarvatn, sitting atop a natural hot spring that has been used by locals for bathing since 1929. The modern facility was built with respect for nature, offering various hot pools, a sauna, and a steam bath directly over the bubbling springs below. Visitors can immerse themselves in the warm waters while enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lake Laugarvatn.

What makes Fontana's Rye Bread Experience unique?

The uniqueness comes from baking traditional Icelandic rye bread slowly underground using geothermal heat over 24 hours.

The healing waters

The geothermal waters at Fontana are rich in minerals and believed to have healing properties. Bathing in these waters is not only relaxing but also beneficial for both skin and overall health. The different pools vary in temperature, allowing guests to find their perfect spot for relaxation. The steam rooms, built over natural hot springs, create a unique spa experience where you can feel the power of Icelandic nature.

A taste of Iceland: The Rye Bread Experience

One of Fontana’s most unique offerings is the Rye Bread Experience. Here, visitors can learn about traditional Icelandic rye bread that is slow-baked in the geothermal ground near the spa. This delicious bread takes about 24 hours to bake and is served fresh daily at Fontana’s café along with smoked trout from the lake and other local delicacies.

Exploring Laugarvatn

Beyond the spa itself, Laugarvatn offers numerous activities for those looking to explore more of Iceland’s natural beauty. Hiking trails abound, leading adventurers through breathtaking landscapes dotted with geysers, waterfalls, and volcanic formations. Winter visitors might also catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights—a spectacular display that adds another layer of magic to this already enchanting place.

Planning your visit

To make the most out of your visit to Fontana Spa & Wellness Center, it’s recommended to book your tickets in advance especially during peak seasons. Consider staying overnight in Laugarvatn or nearby towns such as Flúðir or Selfoss for an extended experience. Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit and towel (though rentals are available), and be prepared for an adventure into Icelandic wellness culture unlike any other.


  • Nestled atop a natural hot spring used since 1929
  • Offers various hot pools, saunas, and steam baths with panoramic views
  • Geothermal waters believed to have healing properties
  • The unique Rye Bread Experience utilizing geothermal ground for baking
  • Situated in scenic Laugarvatn with ample outdoor activities
  • Recommend booking tickets in advance during peak seasons

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