How to get from Reykjavik to Blue Lagoon Iceland

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The Blue Lagoon Reykjavik trip is one of the most popular things to do in Iceland. The Blue Lagoon hot springs of Iceland may be the countries most well-known attraction and certainly, it is the most polarizing attraction in Iceland among travelers. Most visitors head from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon by tour, bus or car.

No visit to Iceland is complete without a trip to the Blue Lagoon. But do you know to get from Reykjavik to Blue Lagoon? We have all the Blue Lagoon Reykjavik options to make your day trip smooth and easy for you in this article.

Getting from Reykjavik to Blue Lagoon is easy

Blue Lagoon Iceland reviews range from an amazing experience, unforgettable to a tourist trap and overpriced. Iceland is expensive no matter what you do.

What surprises people is that the Blue Lagoon is not even a natural geothermal pool. The lagoon is a man-made lagoon with warm water supplied by the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi.

The history of the Blue Lagoon started in 1976. A pool formed on the current site from the wastewater of the geothermal power plant that had been recently built and started operation.

In the ensuing years, people had bathed in the waters and claimed the minerals in the waters had helped with numerous skin problems.

Church in Reykjavik
Take in the sights as you leave Reykjavik for the Blue Lagoon

At the start of the 1990s construction was started on a facility on the site and the Blue Lagoon was opened to the public in 1992. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (99–102 °F).

Today the warm waters can still be enjoyed by the public but the business has also turned the location into the Blue Lagoon Spa and resort. The Blue Lagoon Spa is a big business these days offering premium packages including saunas, massage, face mask slippers, bathrobe, steam room, waterfalls, relaxation areas and the Moss Restaurant.

Most of us don’t experience The Blue Lagoon Spa, just a swim in the warm waters. Our family gives the Blue Lagoon Iceland a big thumbs up and recommends everyone visit when travelling in Iceland. We visited the Blue Lagoon early in the morning when it was still dark. It was the best time to watch the sunrise from the milky waters of the Blue Lagoon.

The sun slowly comes up over the Martian looking landscape of the lava fields. The Blue Lagoon Iceland is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Many people think the Blue Lagoon is near Reykjavik, but the truth be told getting to the Blue Lagoon will take you at least 45 minutes.

Let’s explore ways to get you from Reykjavik to Blue Lagoon thermal pools!

There are so many ways to get from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon that it can all be so overwhelming. Let us help you pick the best transport for you below.

steam rising from the Blue Lagoon Iceland

Blue Lagoon Tour from Reykjavik

The option of a tour from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon should also be considered. Many tours are running from Reykjavik daily. A lot of the Blue Lagoon tours will include another attraction as well. Some of the positives of going on an organized tour can be:

  • You don’t have to get to a bus pick up point
  • You don’t have to hire a car
  • You can usually organize a pickup and drop off at your Rekjavik accommodation
  • Entrance ticket to the sights are usually included
  • One price for everything
  • If you have children, you may be able to take some extras for them and then have somewhere to keep the extra bags so you don’t have to carry them around

We have a great article to help plan your visit to the Blue Lagoon. Tips and advice to make your visit memorable. Read our article today


From Reykjavik: Blue Lagoon Entry with Roundtrip Transfers

At the Blue Lagoon you will be emersed in a world of warmth, wellbeing, and wonder in the heart of a volcanic field. Experience the healing powers of the Blue Lagoon’s waters and explore the exquisite beauty of the moss-covered landscape.

Highlights of this tour include:

  • Visit the Blue Lagoon during the peaceful hours of late afternoon or in the evening
  • Luxuriate in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon – one of Iceland’s top visitor attractions
  • includes silica mud mask, a welcome drink of your choice, towel, personal lockers and shower area access
  • Convenient and hassle-free round trip bus transfers from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon
  • Includes your entrance fee so that you can enjoy a seamless experience
  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers are accepted

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Day Tour

This is a highlight at every turn tour. Visit Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area, and the Kerið volcanic crater lake. Finish your day in the Blue Lagoon’s geothermal waters.

attraction on the Golden Circle Iceland

Highlights of this tour include:

  • Explore Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • View the enthralling geyser eruptions
  • Relax in the waters of the amazing Blue Lagoon
  • Admire the impressive Gullfoss waterfall
  • Duration 12 hours

This amazing tour rates 4.7 out of 5 from guests.

Active Volcano Hike and Blue Lagoon Day Tour from Reykjavík

A volcano and the world’s most famous geo-thermal pools in one day. This amazing day tour where you will see spectacular view from Lake Kleifarvatn, hike to the active Fagradalsfjall volcano and get to relax in the Blue Lagoons geothermal waters.

Highlights of the tour include

  • Blue Lagoon Comfort Admission Ticket
  • Profession guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
  • WiFi
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Reykjavik to Blue Lagoon by car

Blue Lagoon is easily accessed by road on Iceland route 1 or the Ring Road highway which actually runs all around the country. Driving in Iceland is subject to some extreme conditions at times.

Snow and rain coming verticle at you, fog and sunshine. Allow extra time in the winter to arrive if driving to the Blue Lagoon just in case of bad weather. The road most of the way to the Blue Lagoon is single lane highway once you leave Reykjavik.

The roads are in excellent condition especially the road to the Blue Lagoon as it is the same road to the Reykjavik international airport. You can stay close to the Blue Lagoon at the Silica Hotel.

  • Distance from Reykjavik to Blue Lagoon is 47 kilometres
  • Travel time by car is estimated at 50 Minutes
  • GPS coordinates for the Blue Lagoon are 63.8804° N, 22.4495° W
  • Turn at the sign marked ‘Blue Lagoon’
  • The Blue Lagoon is 10km down the road after turning off the highway
  • Turn right on 426 bláa lónið (bláa lónið is Icelandic for the Blue lagoon)
  • Car Parking is available onsite and included in your Blue Lagoon Iceland tickets.

Getting from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon tip:

Reykjavik transport to Blue Lagoon by taxi is possible, but it’s certainly not recommended as the price would be exorbitant.  The price of a Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik taxi is around 16,000 ISK or upwards of $100 plus U.S dollars.

  • Comfort prices cost between $55.00 and $63.00
  • Premium entry tickets cost $71.00
  • Retreat Spa tickets cost $466.00
  • All prices quoted are in United States Dollars. You can compare packages here <
Lava fields that surround the Blue Lagoon

Bus to the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik

There is no direct public transport from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon. The site offers its own bus transfers via destination Blue Lagoon. There are 2 options for this Reykjavik to Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik airport to Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon return bus transfer from Reykjavik runs on the hour from 7 am to 8 pm.

  • There are 12 pick up spots in Reykjavik.
  • The cost of a return ticket is 6990 ISK (this does not include Blue Lagoon entry ticket)

Another popular way to see the Blue Lagoon is to plan it as a part of your departure from Iceland. The site also offers a Blue Lagoon airport transfer to and from Keflavik airport. The airport is only 20 kilometers away from the Blue Lagoon. If you have a late flight why not head to the Blue Lagoon on your way home, relax and unwind and enjoy your last few hours in Iceland. Search your Blue Lagoon to Keflavik transfer

Below you will find a map with the pickup points for the bus to the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik.
Pick up points to get from Reykjavik to Blue Lagoon

You can enjoy a hassle-free transfer to the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavík. With departures every hour by Reykjavik Excursions from the BSI Bus Terminal between morning and late in the afternoon.

Blue lagoon entrance tickets are not included and need to be booked online. You will need to bring your own towels, swimsuit, and sunscreen which can be left in the locker room. Book your Blue Lagoon transfer! Book your Blue Lagoon tickets!

Bonus Information about visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland:

  • A Bathing Suit must be worn
  • Kids under 8 must wear floatation devices
  • You must have a reservation or be on a tour to enter the Blue Lagoon
  • Being so close to Reykjavik International Airport the Blue Lagoon is popular for visitors arriving and departing Iceland.
  • The popular Blue Lagoon shuttle can get you there and back.
  • The Blue Lagoon has luggage storage for your bags and suitcases.
  • It’s 23 km from Keflavik Airport to Blue Lagoon and around 20 minutes. Reykjavik Excursions and run a return bus from the airport or via the Blue Lagoon on the way to Reykjavik.
  • Travelling by taxi from Keflavik to the Blue Lagoon takes 20 minutes and will cost you between 90-120$.
  • Hotels near the Blue Lagoon Iceland may be convenient for people staying at hotels near the Blue Lagoon.
  • Staying in the hotels near the Blue Lagoon gives you amazing access to the geothermal spa.
  • What a great way to start or finish your holiday in Iceland.

We hope this provides you with all the Blue Lagoon information you need to visit this amazing Iceland attraction. Please find some additional Iceland information below

We have a great related article on how to get from the airport into Reykjavik. We talk, bus, car and private transfers. Read our article here

Know before you go! Our top Reykjavik travel tips

Travelling to Iceland requires a lot of planning. Not only is Iceland one of the most expensive countries to visit it is absolutely amazing. Once you are travelling in Iceland you feel like you have to do it all while you are there. Below are the best things to have prepared before you leave for your vacation to Reykjavik.

Where to stay in Reykjavik

You’ll never be short of options for your accommodation in Reykjavik. In Reykjavik, you find a range of hotels, apartments and hostels. You will be sure to be able to find something to fit singles, couples, families and groups on every budget. If you’re not keen on any of our picks below or have specific needs, we recommend using Trip Advisor and Hotellook to find the best prices in Reykjavik.

  • Luxury: Located in the city centre of Reykjavik is the Opel Premium Apartments. Featuring rooms for singles, doubles and 2 bedroom suites for families. Your family can free Wi-Fi in all rooms if you arrive early luggage storage is available along with, car parking and airport transfer.
  • Mid-Range: Singles, Doubles and family rooms for 4 featuring Tv’s, Wi-Fi, refrigerator and coffee maker is waiting for you. Fosshotel Baron is located in the Reykjavik City Centre area of Reykjavik. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk and facilities for disabled guests
  • Budget: If you like communal living then the Reykjavik Hostel Village might be the best budget bet for you in the city center. Featuring rooms for all number of visitors, free Wi-Fi, kitchen and BBQ for cooking. The city center is 300 m away from the hostel.

Reykjavik apartment alternative for your stay

If you prefer a home away from home-style accommodation in Reykjavik then an apartment is the best choice for you. There are so many options for singles, families and budget-friendly options as well. Check out the map below to find the perfect Reykjavik apartment. 

How to get to Reykjavik

  • Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland. Reykjavik is located in South Iceland. Travel to Iceland is via Keflavik International Airport. The airport is 50 kilometres from Reykjavik. 6.8 million people travelled through Keflavik airport in 2016. Search your flights to Iceland with Kiwi.com
  • Smyril Line car ferry M/S Norröna sails between Seyðisfjörður in Iceland, Hirtshals in Denmark and Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands once a week. This allows you to bring your car and drive to Reykjavik.
  • You can reserve a rental car and have it waiting for you at Keflavik International Airport

How to get around Reykjavik

  • The city buses in Reykjavík are yellow. The Icelandic word for them is strætó, which is short for strætisvagn (streetcar). These buses are the only public transport in the city.
  • The Reykjavik Hop on hop off bus is another excellent option for seeing the sites of the city and surrounding area. Check the current prices HERE
  • The Reykjavik City Card entitles you to entry to some of Reykjavik’s major attractions and free public transport on the buses. More information is available here

Reykjavik City Card

The Reykjavik City Card helps visitors save money on attractions around the city. Sightseeing in Reykjavik and Iceland is pricey and adds up quickly. The city card helps keep the costs down with free entries and discounts to top attractions, free transportation and discounts at restaurants. You can get a Reykjavik City Card for 24-, 48- and 72-hour duration. Buy your city card for your Reykjavik trip today

Do you need a sim card for your trip to Iceland?

Relying on Wi-fi when you are travelling with teenagers can be hard. Making calls and staying in contact with who you need is a top priority when you are travelling with family. Plan your family trip to Reykjavik out and order your sim before you leave home to stop any stress about travelling, data, and calls on your family vacation to Reykjavik.


We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit Iceland. There are so many things to do in Iceland that are free but you do need to watch your money if you are on a budget holiday in Iceland. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Iceland click through to our Iceland Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.


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5 thoughts on “How to get from Reykjavik to Blue Lagoon Iceland”

  1. The Blue Lagoon makes me want to put all of my other projects on pause and study their marketing team! Seriously, I’ve looked into grants for this, but sadly I thought of it after I finished my masters thesis. How they turned excess water from a geothermal plant into one of the world’s top tourist destinations blows my mind.

    It is gorgeous, though! Everyone I know who’s been has raved about it.

    If you drive out there, I highly recommend taking a detour to Grindavik. Hopsnesviti is a great spot to explore an abandoned fishery, interact with some (not so friendly) rams and some (friendly) horses, and check out some shipwrecks that have washed ashore.

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  2. I really loved my time in Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon too. We took the bus, which was a cheap option, for Iceland at least. Also, I liked the blue lagoon, but yes it’s expensive. Still, when there, I think it’s worth doing, and would probably go back again!

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  3. I bet going to the lagoon in the dark was amazing! I can just imagine being under the stars! We visited on a Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle tour but if we had more time I would definitely consider the whole day there. I would also love to get a spa treatment there although this would be far more difficult with my son in tow. I bought some mineral rich moisturising cream from the shop there so I could take a little of the lagoon home with me, although expensive, it feels ultra nice on my sensitive skin.

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  4. Iceland is at the very top of my travel list. What an amazing country! I have always dreamt of visiting the Blue Lagoon, your photos of it are incredible! xxx

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  5. One thing I noticed about Iceland was that it wasn’t as cold as I expected. Places I went to in Eastern Europe were colder. I really enjoyed this article and I’ve shared a couple articles on my Flipboard.

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