LNOF Guide to Reykjavik
If you’re here, then you’re already doing something highly commendable, looking for that something a little bit different. Whether it’s your own hen weekend or a friend or family member’s, one thing’s clear: the ordinary just won’t cut the mustard. If you and your group have trod the beaten track or you already know it won’t be for you, Reykjavik offers something completely unlike anything on our broad location portfolio. A visit to the capital city is a chance to explore the entire country of Iceland, and, if you’ll excuse us for using such a whimsical word; the glaciers, valleys, geysers, lakes, volcanoes and rivers of this island country place it firmly in the realm of the magical.
Located in the North Atlantic, Iceland is an island nation with close ties to the Nordic and Scandinavian countries of Northern Europe. Consistently ranked amongst the top countries in the world for quality of life indicators such as literacy, safety, education and healthcare, the country also runs virtually entirely on renewable energy. Permanently inhabited since 874 AD when the Norwegian Viking chief Ingólfr Arnarson made the island his home, Iceland has grown from relying on a subsistence fishing and farming economy to boasting a diverse, modern one anchored in finance and biotechnology. A recovery since the global financial crisis of 2008 has been spearheaded by tourism, as the world realised the incredible things possible in this beautiful country.
If you, or your hen, are one of many people with ‘see the Northern Lights’ on your bucket list, then Iceland is one of the best locations in the world for sightings, and Northern Lights tours with specialist guides are easy to organise out of Reykjavik - provided you’re travelling in the ‘season’ (September to March). An absolute must-do is the world famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, where huge pools of naturally-heated cyan waters attract thousands of visitors every year with their reputed restorative powers and stunning setting in one of Iceland’s large lava fields. For the thrill-seekers, quad biking and snowmobiling through Iceland’s jaw-dropping natural landscape are very popular, as well as white water rafting and spectacular glacial hikes. For the nature lovers in your group, whale watching boat trips and horse riding expeditions are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
When it comes to donning some glad-rags and heading out to celebrate the upcoming wedding in slightly more alcohol-fuelled, hard-to-remember-when-you-get-home fashion, then rowdy Reykjavik can cater for that as well. Pretty much all of the late night venues are located in a small area around the main shopping street, Laugavegur, and are super relaxed when it comes to dress codes and entry fees – these two things being extremely rare. Nightclubs are also notably largely absent, instead you’ll find cafés that turn into bars that turn into dance venues as the night rolls on and more alcohol flows. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed and bar-hopping is easy and safe, but if you would like to put your night into the hands of some experts, we offer a brilliant bar crawl that even includes a hot dog from the world famous Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur hot dog stand.
If you are looking to push the boundaries of what people bring to mind when they hear the words ‘hen party’, and organise a weekend that will be memorable for much more than L-plates and personalised t-shirts (not that those aren’t completely acceptable attire, by the way), then Reykjavik is perfect for you. Your only trouble may be prioritising all of the fantastic options and squeezing everything in – but that’s what we’re here for.