The village of Laugarvatn, which boasts a year-round population of 200, has primary and secondary schools, a special sports school, the University of Iceland’s Centre for Sports and Health Services along with many service companies for tourists:
The village of Laugarvatn carries the name of the beautiful lake it sits next to. Lake Laugarvatn is a shallow lake - just over 2 square kilometers - but it is big and rich in aquatic life. It's natural hot springs have attracted both locals and tourists for decades and the surrounding countryside is a popular location for summerhouses by Icelanders. According to the Icelandic Sagas, the settlement near Laugarvatn has been around since the year 1000. Laugarvatn belongs to Bláskógabyggð municipality, along with other parts of the Golden circle: Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir.