Laugarvatn Fontana

 Geothermal baked bread with trout 

Geothermal baked bread with trout 

Stopping off for lunch at Laugarvatn Fontana, home to some fantastic geothermal baths, was an Icelandic highlight. 

The cafe is small and totally unassuming. It offers a selection of healthy and locally produced delicacies and refreshments and is nestled into steaming volcanic landscape against a stunning vast lake. 

At Laugarvatn, people still bake their traditional Icelandic rye bread in the hot sand by the lake where trout is caught and smoked at a nearby farm. We joined a walk to their geothermal bakery (every day at 11.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m) and watched a demonstration as one of the chefs dug up the freshly baked rye loaf from the hot black volcanic soils. All of us were offered a taste of the bread served steaming from the ground with some butter - a really fun experience. 

Geothermally baked bread

All the food was lovely, and if we had had more time we would definitely have taken a dip in the spa pools there, all labelled with different temperatures and completely heated geothermally.