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 most polarizing among travellers heading from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon.

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 the 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 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 1990’s 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 big business these days offering saunas, waterfalls, relaxation areas and mud masks.

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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 a magical experience 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 truth be told Reykjavik to Blue Lagoon will take you at least 45 minutes.

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

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. There are many tours 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
  • Entry tickets 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:

  • Experience one of National Geographic’s 25 Wonders of the World
  • Relax, replenish, and rejuvenate in the Blue Lagoon’s mineral-rich warmth
  • Enjoy the waterfall, steam cave, mask bar, and in-water bar
  • Benefit from an included drink, towel, and silica mud mask
  • Have a truly relaxing and hassle-free experience with included hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Duration 5 hours

This tour rates 4,3 out of 5 from over 85 reviews of customers world wide

Janet from the UK gave the tour 5 stars and left this review

Brilliant place to visit especially at night. We never received the return trip information so didn’t hang around too long in the cafe, I was told other people also didn’t have return email info either. Alas my husband forgot his swim shorts but was able to hire free of charge. Use of lockers (free also) and queuing for a drink in the blue lagoon was fun, such a surreal place would recommend

March 9, 2020

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:

  • See the Strokkur geyser shoot a column of water up to 30 meters in the air
  • Marvel at the power of Gullfoss as it thunders over the rocks and into the gorge below
  • Visit Thingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s first parliament
  • Soak in relaxing waters of the Blue Lagoon
  • Duration 12 hours

This amazing tour rates 4.4 out of 5 from guests.

Customer Review

Fredrik the tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the trip that much more interesting throughout the duration of the tour. Blue Lagoon was a nice ending to the day.

December 2019

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 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.

  • 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.
  • Car Parking is available onsite and included in your Blue Lagoon Iceland tickets.

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.

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 Blue Lagoon 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 service 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 5500 ISK (this does not include entry)

Bonus Information: Reykjavik International airport to 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 Keflavík 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.

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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.

Entry tickets are not included and need to be booked online. You will need to bring your own towels, bathers, sunscreen and everything else you require.

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

Facts about Reykjavik

  • Reykjavik is the northernmost capital on the planet
  • Steam rising from the area’s hot springs gave Reykjavik its name, which literally translates to “Cove of Smokes”
  • Of Iceland’s 332,750 residents, 64 per cent, or 213,760, live in the Reykjavik region
  •  In 2011, Reykjavik was the fifth city named a City of Literature by UNESCO
  • Reykjavik is believed to have been the first permanent settlement in Iceland

How to get to Iceland

  • Reykjavik is the capital city of Iceland.  Keflavik International Airport is 50 kilometres from Reykjavik. 6.8 million people travelled through Keflavik airport in 2016
  • The main carriers at Keflavík are Icelandair and WOW air
  • You can check the prices of international flights to Iceland with cheapOair.  Domestic flights are operated out of Reykjavik city airport which is 2 km from the city
  • The Airport Express return service between KEF airport and both Reykjavik and Akureyri is operated by Gray Line Iceland. Book your transfer easily book an airport transfer with Suntransfers who we have personally used on many occasions.
  • You can reserve a rental car and have it waiting for you at Keflavik International Airport.

Getting around Iceland and 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 “>More information is available here

Where to stay in Reykjavik

  • Reykjavik has accommodation options for every budget from Hostels, to apartments and hotels rooms.
  • Hostels in Reykjavik can start from as little as 25 Euro a night for a shared dorm room.
  •  You can search Airbnb for there Iceland offerings. If you have never used Airbnb before get yourself $50 credit by signing and booking a stay right HERE
  • Hotels in Reykjavik generally start from around $209.00 a night for a double room 3star and increase incrementally as the luxury rating rises towards the 5-star average price of $271.00.

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