The Blue Lagoon Reykjavik trip is one of the most popular things to do in Iceland. No visit to Iceland is complete with a trip to the Blue Lagoon. But do you know how to get to the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik? We have all the Blue Lagoon Reykjavik options for you in this article. First, let us learn some history of the Blue Lagoon

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. 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 year’s people had bathed in the waters and claimed the waters had helped with numerous skin problems.

Church in Reykjavik

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 from Reykjavik to Blue Lagoon Thermal Pools.

steam rising from the Blue Lagoon Iceland


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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 its certainly not recommended as the price would be exorbinate.  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 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. 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 Gray Line Iceland run a return bus from the airport or via the Blue Laggon on the way to Reykjavik. Traveling by taxi from Keflavik to the Blue Lagoon takes 20 minutes and will cost you between 90-120$

Hotels near the Blue Lagoon Iceland

The Keflavik to Blue Lagoon bus 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

Below you will find the pickup points for the bus to the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik.


Pick up points to get from Reykjavik to Blue Lagoon

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 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

. Below we preview some of the tours that are available from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon and more.

From Reykjavik: Blue Lagoon Transfer and Admission Ticket

Bathe in the thermal waters of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon on a tour from Reykjavik. Experience the geothermal spa properties of Iceland’s most famous attraction. Marvel at west Iceland’s youngest lava field, and the spectacular surroundings of the geothermal steam bath. Relax at leisure in the milky-green waters with flexible return transfers.

The Blue Lagoon Iceland

  • Bathe in the thermal waters of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon
  • Enjoy flexible and convenient transfers from and to Reykjavik
  • Soothe in the healing waters of the mineral-rich Blue Lagoon
  • Treat yourself to a spa therapy
  •  You are free to stay in the lagoon as long as you like. Buses to Reykjavik  depart every hour on the hour between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM
  • Overall rating 4.7 out of 5 over 895 reviews

Amazing experience!

Transportation went smoothly. The Blue Lagoon was a beautiful experience. I highly recommend a trip like this to everyone!

reviewed by Mona – United Kingdom April 2018

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Blue Lagoon & Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik

Take a bath in the healing waters of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, and travel through the volcanic landscapes of the Golden Circle on an 11-hour tour from Reykjavik. Discover the site of the 1st Icelandic Parliament at Alþingi, and marvel at glacial waterfalls. Ideal for visitors with limited time in Iceland, but who still want to make the most of their stay, the tour includes transfers from Reykjavik in the morning so that you can laze in the geothermal spa. At midday, return to Reykjavík to travel along the legendary Golden Circle. Visit Þingvellir, marvel at the majestic Gullfoss waterfall of glacial waters, and continue to the spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur.

Geyser in Iceland


  • Take a bath in the Blue Lagoon and experience the healing properties of the spa
  • Explore the volcanic landscapes of Iceland’s Golden Circle
  • See the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Go to the spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur
  • Duration 11 hours
  • Hotel pickup
  • Overall rating 4.6 out of 5 over 78 reviews.

Beautifully relaxed and surreal experience

We booked and were picked up at our hostel on time. There were no queues on arrival, no crowded changing rooms and shower facilities were immaculate. A fabulous experience, enjoying a glass of prosecco in these strange, but wonderful surroundings! You can’t come to Iceland without a visit to the Blue Lagoon!

reviewed by Julie – United Kingdom, April 2018

For more information and current prices on this amazing tour ⇒click here⇐



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 HERE
  • You can 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 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

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.
  • You can compare and book your stay on Trip Advisor

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