Visiting Reykjavik and not visiting the Blue Lagoon is like visiting Paris and not going to the Eiffel Tower. While some people undoubtedly do it, the Blue Lagoon is considered the largest tourist attraction for those visiting Reykjavik, though it’s not actually located in Reykjavik.
The Blue Lagoon is actually about 4o minutes from Reykjavik. Because it is so close to Keflavik Airport, many people choose to visit just before or after arriving, which is easy to do if you are renting a car, or booking a bus service. Many people recommend going right before your flight, to relax, but I actually recommend doing it as soon as you arrive. I think there’s no better introduction to Iceland than a soak in these iridescent blue waters.
From Reykjavik – Take road 41 southwest out of Reykjavik towards Keflavik. Turn left onto road 43, going south towards Grindavik. From here, you’ll see signs directing you to the Blue Lagoon.
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From Keflavik – Take road 41 east towards Reykjavik, turn right on road 43 and head south towards Grindavik. The drive will take about 20 minutes.
If you’ll be traveling without a rental car, you can take a bus to the Blue Lagoon. Several bus companies offer transportation from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon, and many offer a drop-off/pick-up service that will allow you to go directly before or after your flight. There are luggage lockers at the Blue Lagoon, though they cost extra and won’t hold much more than a standard size carry-on.
It is possible to take a taxi from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon but it will cost you close to 10,000 ISK, so unless you can split the cost with several other people, this is not a recommended option.
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