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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
- 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 <
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.
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.
- Blue Lagoon Hotel Iceland prices can be found here
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
- You can book an airport transfer from Reykjavik Airport to your hotel
- 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