Iceland Day 3: Golden Circle Tour and Fontana Wellness Spa

Friday, 19 January 2018


On our third day in Iceland, we went on the famous Golden Circle tour with an added visit to Fontana Wellness Spa. We were picked up from our hotel early in the morning by Reykjavik Excursions. We were taken on the trip by coach and were going to visit Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir Center then Gulfoss Waterfall.




We arrived at Thingvellir National Park just as the sun was rising and it was beautiful! It was a lovely experience really as just the night before we had gotten engaged in that very park so it was nice to see it was just as beautiful in the light of day as it is under a sky full of stars. We walked around the park with our tour guide and found out lots of interesting information about the park. 

Thingvellir has been a National Park since 1930 and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004. When the Viking settlers arrived in Iceland in the 10th Century it was the site they chose as the meeting place of the Althing, the world's oldest parliament. Another interesting fact that I didn't realise until I arrived home yet can see it so obviously now, a part of the park which we walked through was actually a filming location on Game Of Thrones. The pass to the Eyrie which was where the fight between Brienne and the Hound took place is actually filmed in Thingvellir National Park. I had already said that if we return I would love to do the tour which takes you to the different Game Of Thrones film locations as Iceland was used for most of the filming for beyond the wall in the show.



The next stop on the tour was the Geysir Centre and geothermal area. The Geyser pictured above is named Strokkur. It is one of Iceland's most famous geysers erupting once every 6-10 minutes shooting water up to 30m (100ft) into the air. The geothermal field is full of boiling mud pits and exploding geysers. It was really interesting to see and it didn't matter how many times I watched, I jumped out of my skin every time the geyser erupted. The area does have a pretty funky smell though. As well as the geysers, there is also a centre full of restaurants and tourist shops. We were given about 2 hours here in total so had plenty of time to explore. The area was very busy but we had a lovely lunch in one of the restaurants before heading for the next stop on our tour.



Next stop on the tour was Gullfoss waterfall is a huge two-tiered waterfall. It was full of ice and snow and was a spectacular view. We walked the whole viewing path to admire the full glory though by the end we were freezing cold after being outside most of the day in the freezing cold. My glasses were steaming up every time I took a breath and Sam's beard had frozen and was full of icicles (which was hilarious) so we headed in to the visitor centre for a nice hot drink. I have never appreciated a hot chocolate so much before in my life and I was so ready for our last stop of the tour.



Most Golden Circle trips end after Gulfoss Waterfall unless you book extras and we ended our day with a trip to the Fontana Wellness Spa, also known as Laugarvatn Fontana. Laugarvatn Fontana is located next to a lake which you can look upon whilst relaxing in some of the steam baths. The Steam baths and hot tubs are all naturally heated by the hot springs. Before we got to go into the spa we were invited to the Geothermal bakery to watch how the Icelandic make pot baked lava bread. It was quite fascinating, they pop the mix in a metal tin covered in cling film and bake in the black sand of the hot spring for 24 hours and remove and replace with a new one at the same time each day. We got to try some of this fresh Rye bread and it was delicious and sweet. We then got to change into our swimsuits and had a few hours to enjoy the facilities. 

There are three interconnected indoor mineral baths, each different in size, depth and temperature. One of the hot tubs is set higher than the others so it is overlooking the lake and beautiful black sands. I spent most of my time in the hottest of the baths it was a lovely feeling and the cold air made it feel all the more refreshing (until it was time to leave the water!). There are also 3 steam baths built on top of a natural hot spring, you can hear the natural spring boiling beneath your feet and you can really smell the sulphur when you are inside. My skin felt amazing and soft after spending time in both the baths and steam room. The only negative at the spa was having to walk in the freezing temperatures in just your swimsuit to get to the changing rooms. It was -11• while we were there so you can imagine how cold it felt!

It was such a long yet rewarding day, we saw so many amazing sites and really enjoyed relaxing at the Fontana Wellness Spa. I had never felt so tired and relaxed all at once and I would definitely recommend the trip if you are planning a trip to Iceland at all. 

Missed my other Iceland posts?

Day One, Travelling, Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Day Two, Northern Lights Proposal

Day Four, Sams Birthday, Shopping and The Blue Lagoon

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22 comments

  1. I have always wanted to go to Iceland - it just looks so pretty! The Geysir Centre is one I want to tick off my bucket list too! Sounds like you had so much fun! x

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  2. Wow it looks so pretty, definitky making me edge towards booking a holiday there. The pictures just add to the idyllic place.

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  3. Iceland is somewhere I have always wanted to visit. Your pictures are making me so jealous ... It is such a beautiful country!

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  4. Iceland is on my bucket list! it just looks so incredible, especially the sound of the mineral baths

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  5. Iceland is such a beautiful place I would love to visit one day and of course go to one of the spas, though I'm not sure how I would cope walking in the freezing between places! EEK!

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  6. 2018 is the year I make it to Iceland for sure, what an impressive excursion you went on, I love that you ended your day with a lovely spa visit

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  7. This is definitely something I want to do when I go to Iceland, and I'd do the Game of Thrones tour too. I think it's a few years away but I might do it for my 30th birthday x

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  8. This is definitely something I want to do when I go to Iceland, and I'd do the Game of Thrones tour too. I think it's a few years away but I might do it for my 30th birthday x

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  9. Sounds like a very chilled but amazing day out exploring Iceland. I've always wanted to go as the scenery is breathtaking. The mineral bath sounds very relaxing

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  10. that first photo is absolutely stunning! ive never heard about this in iceland but it looked amazing

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  11. Wow! I have always wanted to go to Iceland but never more so having seen these photos! That is just amazing!

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  12. This sounds like such an amazing day - I am so jealous that you have been to Iceland, it's my top place on my bucket list to visit

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  13. I've always loved the idea of going to a hot springs spa, it just sounds like such a great and alternative experience, although hold the minus degrees in swimwear. The bakery sounds like a really interesting place to visit too

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  14. I've always loved the idea of going to a hot springs spa, it just sounds like such a great and alternative experience, although hold the minus degrees in swimwear. The bakery sounds like a really interesting place to visit too

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  15. Oh wow, how much would I LOVE to be there right now? I spent a grand total of five hours in Iceland once, in the airport en route from Canada to Scotland nearly 20 years ago, lol!

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  16. Oh I'm so jealous, I've always wanted to visit Iceland. Looks like you're having a wonderful time.

    Katie xoxo

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  17. This looks AMAZING. I would love to go to Iceland and see those waterfalls.

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  18. Oh wow what an amazing day! I don't think I'd enjoy the run to the changing rooms either in that temperature. Iceland is somewhere I'm dying to go so I'm off to read your other posts now.

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  19. This looks so relaxing and peaceful! Definitely a good place to clear your head. I really want to go visit Iceland, thank you so much for reminding me to look into it!

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  20. Congratulations on your engagement! The park looks gorgeous and the trip to Iceland seemed to be a really adventurous one. x

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  21. What a beautiful country and we'd love to go on the Golden Circle tour. Iceland is on our bucket list so we'll take your recommendations x

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  22. Iceland is on my list of places to visit. Looks like you had an amazing time there

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