Laugarvatn Things to Do
Right in the middle of Laugarvatn hovers Mt. Laugarvatnsfjall. It is ca 501 metres above sea level.
From the top of Laugarvatn the view is amazing - or so I have been told, as I do not climb mountains. The easiest way to climb the mountain is from the Post Office (Póstur og sími).
Not much of a tip, I know, but I am learning about mountains and will be adding more information on this mountain later on ;)
Laugarvatn is a pure geothermal area. There are hot springs even in the lake and on the waterside. What we Icelanders do when visiting Laugarvatn is to go down to the lake in one area to see the "bubbles". My photos are from that area "the bubble area". Right on the waterside is a hot spring, which is bubbling in some parts. One must take care when walking here as to not to step into a hot spring. The earth is hot here and I can feel the heat through my shoes when walking here.
If you see a spot here with a rock on top then hot spring rye bread is being cooked in a hot spring here. The recipe for this hot spring cooked rye bread is: rye, wheat, sugar, salt, baking powder and milk. Mix the ingredients and put in a normal pot. Put the pot in the sand by the lake, cover it with sand and let it simmer for 24 hours at the temperature of 100 degrees C. Dig it up the next day and eat with butter. This is very popular in Iceland and rye bread is cooked like this in many places.
When we were younger we always visited a small steam-bath, which was located right on top of a hot-spring. It was built in 1929 and there was no entrance fee. That steam-bath has been torn now and a fancy geothermal bath has been erected Laugarvatn Fontana so we Icelanders don´t visit it as often as before. The same applies for the Blue Lagoon, it has become too expensive for us Icelanders to visit it. But it is a great experience sitting in a steam-bath right above a hot-spring listening to it "bellow" - it is a very natural thing to do.
Hérðasskólin á Laugarvatni - Laugarvatn Lower Secondary School (which was founded in 1928) was turned into a hostel and a Tourist Information Centre in the summer of 2013.
It is located in a lovely historic building in Laugarvatn. The building, which was drawn by Guðjón Samúelsson, is 16.000 sq.m. It burnt in 1947, but was rebuilt and preserved in 2003.
It is a historic building and in the spring of 2013 the leaders of the government parties in power signed their government agreement there. This beautiful mansion was given to Laugarvatn by the Laugarvatnshjón couple, to support the school. They had lived in this house since 1907.
Laugarvatn village is part of the Golden Circle and I am glad we have now a café, open all year round, in this historical building, so that we can also make a stop there. It is a lovely little geothermal town.
Favorite thing: During our stop at the rather un-scenic gas station, I was able to take a few photos of the rather scenic surroundings. The lake and pleasant landscape beyond was quite enjoyable to look at.Related to:
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