Hotel Edda ML Laugarvatn
A Geothermal Experience
Hotel Edda ML Laugarvatn is situated in a beautiful spot in the town of Laugarvatn, about 73 kilometres (45 miles) from the nation’s capital driving through Thingvellir or Parliament Plains. It is the perfect base for touring the “Golden Circle”, a triad of Iceland’s most popular natural wonders, the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot springs and Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world’s first parliament.
- 99 rooms: 32 with en-suite bathrooms and 67 with in- room washbasins
- On-site restaurant
- Good conference and meeting facilities
- Opening dates: 07 June – 17 August 2013.
- On closing day we close at noon, last guests check in the day before.
Activities around the hotel:
- Laugarvatn FONTANA - geothermal steambaths. 10% discount for hotelguests.
- Open-air pool and hot tubs
- Horse riding
- Trout fishing
- Local walking trails
- River Rafting
Please contact us for further information.
At Hotel Edda ML Laugarvatn are in total 99 rooms - 32 rooms with en-suite bathrooms and 67 rooms with in-room washbasins.
Price for accommodation
Single room with in-room washbasin
Double room with in-room washbasin
Treat yourself to our plentiful breakfast buffet in the early hours. Wholesome bread, oat meal, fresh fruits, cereal, coffee, tea and waffles to drive up your energy for an eventful day.
- Price 1.650 ISK pr. person
- Half price for 6-12 years old
- Free for 5 years old and younger
We offer dinner menu in the evening.
Please book in advance for groups.
Edda on the go - create your own Edda bite from our fridge.
The school center at Lake Laugarvatn is 73 km (45 miles) east of Reykjavik if you drive through Thingvellir (Parliament Plains) but 92km (57 miles) if you go by Hellisheidi. There is an elementary school, college, and university for physical education at Laugarvatn. The dormitories are used as hotels during the summer. Laugarvatn is a geothermal area and it is said that when Christianity was adopted at Thingvellir in the year 1000 the chieftains from the north refused to be baptized in the cold waters of Lake Thingvellir. They much preferred one of the warm springs (now the Consecrated Spring) at Laugarvatn. The lake is about two square km with geothermal at the bottom and on the banks all around the lake. It is shallow and rich in plant life and has very good trout (Arctic char), which is served at the hotels.
Major Points of Interest
Thingvellir National Park (16 km – 10 miles) – is on road 365 from Laugarvatn and then onto 36 at Gjabakki. Thingvellir is about 20 minutes drive from Laugarvatn across the Lyngdalsheidi. Lyngdalsheidi is a flat shield volcano. The Althing (Parliament) convened at Thingvellir every summer in June (18-24th) when there is daylight 24 hours. Althing was established in the year 930 and was a legislative assembly and the meeting place of friends and kinfolks from widely separated districts. The law speaker, elected for a three year term, presided over the assembly. Althing moved into its building in Reykjavik in 1881. The lake is the largest lake in Iceland and is unique because it is the only lake in the world with four species of Arctic char which have evolved since the end of the Ice Age.
Skalholt (17 km – 10.5 miles) from Laugarvatn - road 37, then 35, and onto 31. Skalholt is a former Episcopal and was the cradle of Christianity in Iceland. It was not only the centre of power, and culture but also a seat of learning for over 700 years. A seminary was established in 1056 by Bishop Isleifur Gissurarson (1056-80), called The Latin School, to educate clergy and later university students. In 1796 it was moved to Reykjavik, where it became Menntaskolinn in Reykjavik (Reykjavik College), which operates to this day. The cornerstone for the present church was laid in 1956 to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the ordination of the first Icelandic bishop – Isleifur Gissurarson in 1056. It was completed and consecrated in 1963. The church has received many valuable gifts from the Nordic countries. The altar piece by Nina Tryggvadottir is an outstanding work of art.
Geysir (29 km – 18 miles) – road 37 Geysir is probably the best known hot spring on earth as all geysers are named after this one. It was probably created during an earthquake at the end of the 13th century: To quote Annals from 1294: „in Eyrarfjall near Haukadalur large hot springs were created but other disappeared that had been there before.“ A geyser is a periodic fountain of steam and hot water forced up from a vent by water that has been superheated in a pipe deep down in the earth (boiling point at 10m down is 121°C). When the total pressure of gas and steam is sufficient they eject into the feeder pipe and cause eruption. Make sure you stand with the wind is in your back when you watch a gushing geyser.
Gullfoss (41 km – 25 miles) – road 37 The Golden Waterfall is in the glacial river Hvita (White river), which runs from the glacier Langjokull and then joins the river Sog close to the town of Selfoss. You can see the glacier from the left side of the road, as you approach Gullfoss. It is the second largest glacier in Iceland (953 sq.km). The milky white color in the river comes from the clay and gravel which the river is bringing down from the glacier. The river is 185 km or 115 miles long. Gullfoss is a two step waterfall. The upper falls are 10 meters and the lower ones are 22m. The Hvita gorge is 70 meter deep and approximately 2.5 km long (1.5 miles). Use extreme caution if you go down to the cliffs by the upper falls.
River Rafting (30 km – 19 miles) The river rafting from Drumboddstadir (off road 35) is one of the most popular ones and is on the river Hvita (White river). The place is known as “Drumbo” in local jargon. The trail is seven kilometers long or close to five miles through picturesque canyons and many rapids. This rafting is for all ages and has been run safely since the 1990s. The strange rock formations at Bruarhlod are interesting photo shoots popular with tourists. Diving from the cliffs into the river is also very popular with the locals as well as tourists.
The golf course at Middalur is in a short distance from the hotels. It has nine holes - par 70 (35/35). Refreshments are available. www.golf.is/gd Another golf course is at Uthlid on the same road (#37). Nine holes - par 70 (35/35). Club rentals and refreshments are obtainable. www.golf.is/gu Then there is a golf club at Geysir. It has nine holes - par 74 with club rentals. www.golf.is/gey
Diversions of off the beaten track and perfect stops for picnics
The north-east corner at Lake Thingvallavatn is Vellankatla. Here you have extraordinarily pretty and interesting landscape where the fresh water flows from beneath the lava and into Lake Thingvallavatn. The lake is spring fed for the most part. The view across the lake is fascinating.
The wooded area at Haukadalur is in a short distance from Geysir.The farm Haukadalur was a seat of power in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Ari the Learned who wrote The Book of the Icelanders in 1122, resided here. A Danish gentleman Kristian Kirk bought the farm in 1938 and started the forestry program but later gave the church and the farm to the Icelandic government.
The waterfall Faxi in Tungufljot is a short distance off road #35. Faxi is about 12 km from Geysir and 8 km from Skalholt. There is a short gravel road to the location, which has a picnic area. Take a walk down to the falls and watch the salmon jump the fish ladder.
While at Laugarvatn, take a walk to Vigdalaug (the consecrated spring) by the lake shore. The last Catholic Bishop Jon Arason and his two sons (Ari and Bjorn) were executed on November 7th 1550 at Skalholt and the corpses were hustled into the ground outside the church in a hurry. The bodies were later exhumed, washed at Laugarvatn´s consecrated spring, and moved to the bishopric at Holar in the north for proper burial. When Iceland celebrated 1000 years of Christianity in the year 2000 three children were baptized at Vigdalaug (the consecrated spring).
Laugarvatn is surrounded by mountains to the north and east. An interesting one is Gullkista or Gold chest 678m. Gullkista is a chest-like formation on top of Middalsfjall with a fantastic view. It is a chest full of gold but can only be opened when two brothers from the farm Middalur walk up the mountain without looking back, thinking evil or uttering a word. It opened up a long time ago and looked like it was full of leaves. One brother filled his mittens and the leaves turned into gold when he returned to the farm. Follow the jeep trail most of the way.
All the trees in the area have been planted by the students of the schools. It has been a practice for over half a century that all students take part in planting trees at the end of the spring semester. There are many interesting hollows and areas for picnic in the wooded area, including caves.
Folk Tales from South Iceland
Bergthor the Giant at Blafell
This is a story about the half-troll Bergthor who lived in the mountain Blafell. Blafell is the mountain facing you when you drive to Geysir and Gullfoss. Bergthor loved the sound of the church bells at Haukadalur and the babble of the brook. He made a deal with the farmer that he should be buried outside the graveyard so he could listen to the church bells and the brook forever. The small hillock outside the churchyard is known as Bergthor‘s grave. The ring from Bergthor‘s staff is on the church door.
Jora of Jorukleif
There once was a girl named Jorunn who lived at the farm Sandvik close to Selfoss. This is a story about what happened after her father’s horse had been beaten in a horse fight. Jora (her nickname) became the worst of trolls and moved to a cave in the Hengill mountain south of Lake Thingvallavatn. She was a menace to travelers ambushing them at a place called Jora´s Ridge.
The Dance at Hruni
A Long time ago there was a church at the farm Hruni and it stood on a hill above the farm. This is a story about a pastor who organized dances and merriment in the church on Christmas Night instead of preaching a sermon much to the dissatisfaction of his mother Una. One Christmas night the Devil had the upper hand and the church and the congregation disappeared into the bowels of the earth. The present church stands below the hill but there are still traces of the old church on the hill.
Saemundur the Wise and the Devil
An amusing story about Saemundur – „the Wise“ – who studied at the so called Black School where the Devil was the headmaster. The story tells us about the dealings between Saemundur and the Devil at the Black School and again in Iceland after Saemundur‘s return. The Devil turned himself into a seal and swam with Saemundur to Iceland to get his soul but Saemundur had the upper hand. Saemundur read the Psalter (the Book of Psalms) on the way and hit the seal on the head with it. The insignia for the University of Iceland features Sæmundur riding on the seal. We recommend the book: A Travelers Guide to Icelandic Folk Tales by Jon R. Hjalmarsson
Hotel Edda ML Laugarvatn
- 840 Laugarvatni
Phone: (+354) 444 4810Booking center: (+354) 444 4000
GPS Coordinates:64° 12,733'N, 20° 44,246'W
Opening hours:7 June - 17 Agust
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