Hey girl, your friend is getting married! And she asked you to be her maid of honor — which means, you're in charge of planning the bachelorette party. You want it to be amazing, you want it to be different and you want it to be worthy of all the Insta pics. So you decided on an Iceland bachelorette party weekend in Reykjavik, the ideal destination for adventurers, party animals and relaxation seekers.
How to Get to Reykjavik, Iceland
The quickest way to get to Iceland is to fly to Keflavik airport, the main hub for international transport. Many international airlines fly to Iceland from the U.S. regularly. You can't go wrong with Icelandair or Play — boththese airlines fly year-roundto Keflavik.
From the airport, it's only about 31 miles to Reykjavik. You can take a taxi or the bus, unless you're keen on hiring your own vehicle. Taking a taxi is the easiest and fastest way — however, if you're on a budget and have a big group that needs to stick together, taking a public or private bus is the better option.
Where to Stay in Reykjavik, Iceland
Check out these lodging options for your stay in Iceland.
Reykjavik Residence is an apartment-style hotel in downtown Reykjavik. These historic properties will provide comfort and flexibility for the whole bachelorette crew. TheTwo Bed Two Bath Apartmentsare great rooms to book with king-size beds, which can be replaced by twin beds upon request. Each can accommodate one to six guests and is equipped with:
Two king-size beds
Pull-out sofa bed
Just a few feet from the apartments you'll find Port9, one of Reykjavik's most well-known secrets. Thischic and intimate wine barserves a great selection of reasonably priced wines from all over the world, served with wonderful appetizers in a great atmosphere.
For a classy chic option combined with sophisticated comfort, you can't go wrong with Hotel Borg. Known asa landmark hotel in Reykjavik, the Borg watches over the scenic gardens and cafes of Austurvöllur Square. Take some well-deserved time to relax and receive facial or body treatments at Borg Spa. You can also enjoy beautiful and tasty classic dishes at the hotel's restaurant with live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Whether you stay at the hotel during winter or summer, you can be sure the bride-to-be will form ever-lasting memories.
Vacation House in Downtown Reykjavik
Just off the main shopping area on a quiet side street, you'll findan entire vacation housein downtown Reykjavik. You won't find any other Airbnb vacation houses in such an amazing location, since it's within walking distance from shops, restaurants and cafes. The cozy two-bedroom apartment can accommodate five guests with one queen bed, two single beds and one sofa bed. It offers high-speed Wi-Fi, cable TV, air conditioning and a kitchen, plus a washing machine and dryer in the building that's free to use.
What to Do in Reykjavik, Iceland
Consider these options for activities during your Iceland bachelorette trip.
Visit a Luxurious Spa
A trip to Iceland would be incomplete without a visit to one of many Reykjavik spas. Treat yourselves before or after an Iceland party with a truly relaxing experience. Love sea views? Sky Lagoon has a range of packages available that will meet every need. From accessing andunwinding in the geothermal lagoonto immersing yourself in the popular seven-step ritual, your friends will love breathing in the refreshing ocean air.
To admire Iceland's unique volcanic landscapes, you should visit the iconic Blue Lagoon. As one of theoldest and biggest lagoons, it's famous for its backdrop of rocky black lava fields.
See the Northern Lights
Yes, you can see northern lights in Reykjavik! The best time to see them is in winter with clear skies. Northern light tours in Iceland typically run from September through to April, but you'll have most luck on the darkest nights between November and January. There aredifferent guided tours to choose fromof various durations, including large and small group bus tours.
If you have time to spare, combine your northern lights tour with a visit to the Golden Circle or the Blue Lagoon. Share thishandy northern lights photography guidewith everyone to make sure you capture Instagram-worthy pics that will make everyone jealous!
Party at Reykjavik's Clubs
The nightlife is no exception when it comes to planning things to do in Reykjavik. Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world and the people are super friendly. Most venues are hybrids of bars, dance clubs, cafes and restaurants with almost no queue in sight.
Stop byPablo Discobar, a cocktail barfor great drinks, funky décor and a fun crowd. It's an awesome place for people who feel like dancing. Another popular place to visit while experiencing the Reykjavik clubbing nightlife is Paloma. It's shaped like a Viking ship and is always buzzing with an international DJ lineup.
Go Whale Watching
Take in the stunning scenery of the Icelandic Coast and discover the rich marine life on a whale-watching cruise. Look out for magnificent mammals such as minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises, humpback whales and more. If you're lucky, you may even see some orcas.
Where to Eat in Reykjavik, Iceland
There's no better way to dive into a new culture than to experience the food. Check out these great dining options in Reykjavik.
Icelandic cuisine is the driving force behind Tides. This restaurant is located inside the Reykjavik Edition Hotel in view of the surrounding sea, mountains and the old harbor. You'll have an assortment of wine and other alcoholic beverages to pair with theunique dishes of Tides, whether you join them for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Start your meal with an aged cheese salad or caviar, and then enjoy entrée options like lamb loin or fresh fish, like the Arctic Char or Atlantic Perch. To finish off your meal, try a few dessert options, including the popular vegan hazelnut ice cream.
Drop byAnna Jóna for continental foodwith a twist and enjoy an all-day breakfast — including fluffy Japanese pancakes and poached eggs with seaweed caviar — lunch and dinner. Enjoy food with your choice of Italian coffee, sparkling wine or custom cocktails. This bright, fashionable venue also houses a cozy in-house cinema for small groups to enjoy movies, viewings and music performances.
Former Dill chef Ragnar Eiríksson and TV host and sommelier Ólafur Örn Ólafsson opened this seafood-centric restaurant in 2021. Stop by the restaurant for dinner or a brunch buffet with bottomless mimosas over the weekend. Or have fun with two-for-one specials on all drinks and wine during happy hour.
Some menu items you have to try include:
Icelandic sea snails with garlic butter
Monkfish with chicken glaze, hazelnuts and mushrooms
Watermelon carpaccio with pistachios, rucola, shallots and balsamic vinegar
Items Perfect for a Bachelorette Party in Iceland
Figuring out what to wear in Reykjavik depends on the time of year you're planning your bachelorette weekend away. However, you can expect all seasons in one trip, whether you travel during warmer months or chilly seasons. Layers are your friend on your trip to Iceland.
Don't forget to add these must-have bachelorette weekend items to your luggage: