I know the Blue Lagoon gets all of the credit with the tourists, but Laugarvatn Fontana is a great alternative. What makes this spa experience unique is that it’s located next to a freezing cold lake, so really fun to go back and forth between hot and cold. Plus the scenic view from the pool is what makes this place worth a stop!
Hours: Open daily June-August 10:00 – 23:00 // 11:00 – 21:00 the rest of the year
Price: Adults 3800 ISK / $33 USD, free for children under 12
If you love the sound of ice cream straight from the farm, then this is the stop for you! This place is too adorable, a family run farm turned into a ice cream parlor and restaurant. The ice cream is just as delicious as it looks – I can highly recommend the salted caramel! I’ve also heard their burgers are amazing.There’s also a Bed & Breakfast on the property, if you need a place to stay!
Location: 801 Bláskógabyggð // On Route 37, after the split from 365, drive about 12km (you will pass Route 366 on the right). You will see a sign for the farm on the left side of the road.
Hours: May 16th – September 14th 11:00 – 22:00 Daily // September 15th – May 15th Sunday-Thursday: 11:30 – 20.00, Friday-Saturday: 11:30 – 21:00
Price: depends on how many scoops you get 🙂
I don’t know about you, but I can never see too many waterfalls! Faxi is a little waterfall hidden gem that most people drive right by. We were literally the only ones there! And even though it was pouring down rain, it was still pretty to see!
Friðheimar is a huge greenhouse that grows tomatoes and cucumbers. Their growing methods are completely sustainable and eco friendly. This is the ultimate farm-to-table experience, I love the concept of this place!
Do not miss their most popular dish – all you can eat tomato soup served with an assortment of homemade breads. This is not your average tomato soup, this is hands down the most delicious tomato soup I’ve ever tasted! Don’t forget to add fresh basil from the plant on the table. They also have a delicious sounding dessert menu, featuring – you guessed it – tomatoes! For drinks, the Bloody Mary is classic, but I prefer the Happy Mary – made with gin and green tomatoes!
Location: Road 35 in Reykholt
Hours: 12-16 daily
Price: $1900 / $14.50 ISK for all you can eat amazingly delicious homemade soup and bread
*Note: If you are traveling with a larger group it is best to call in advance for reservations, this place is getting quite popular!
If you’re looking for a natural geothermal pool in the raw Icelandic nature, then Gamla Laugin is for you! Also known as the Secret Lagoon, this pool is kept as natural as possible. The water temperature stays at a toasty 38 Celsius all year long. Changing facilities are available on site.
Hours: 12.00 – 20.00
Price: Adults 2800 ISK / $25 USD, free for children under 16 // towel rental 500 ISK / $4 USD
I think Kerið is one of the most unique things I have seen in Iceland. Its an old volcanic crater with crystal blue water! The best time to visit would be summer or fall to see the beautiful colors around the crater. (We recently stopped in the winter and it looks completely different.)
Price: 400 ISK / $3 USD
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