Red7 , July 12, 2013
Reykjavik is Iceland’s largest city and is home to some of the most breathtaking natural views in the world. It has everything: snow-capped mountains, natural spas, an extensive culture scene and some great bars and clubs to finish off the night. But why is it such a sought after destination for hen weekends?
Hen parties are getting bigger and better, and people are seeking out experiences that their already married friends haven’t already done. For the adventurous in you, Reykjavik is an amazingly unique city to explore for a hen weekend, full of sights and natural wonders for a true once in a lifetime experience.
If snowy mountains and museums appeal more to you and your friends than pub crawls and pink tiaras, then Iceland’s capital is ideal for you. Its impressively varied culture, classy bars and stunning scenery all contribute to a relaxing weekend where you can really reconnect with your best friends before wedding mania takes over!
It really is an unforgettable experience, different from the adrenaline-fuelled club nights where you can’t converse over the heavy baselines. Instead, a visit to the geothermal pools of the Blue Lagoon are ideal for a calming night among your nearest and dearest. Planning a wedding is the height of hectic, and many women are choosing not to add to this stress. Where better than a natural spring warmed by lava formations, and how better than enjoying a water massage in the most stunning of locations?
Reykjavik has 22 hours of daylight in summer, which makes it a great place to revel in the abundance of natural beauty, without having to worry about making it back to the hotel before it gets dark. The sun setting close to midnight in summer means that you can appreciate these most awe-inspiring of surroundings in full daylight, and enjoy the exceptional nightlife too.
A tour of the Golden Circle includes some of the most amazing views of the country. Relaxation may be key in a Reykjavik excursion, but postpone it for a while to enjoy the Strokkur hot spring shooting water up in the air every four to eight minutes. It’ll make you jump, but it’s a natural phenomenon that you won’t find elsewhere. The tour also takes you to Iceland’s most famous waterfall, gullfoss. As you approach the fall, the breathtaking appearance of the river seemingly falling into the earth will leave you with memories to treasure.
On top of the organic elegance of the city, there are plenty of things man-made to make Reykjavik a key destination for hens looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Laugardalur park is ideal for a relaxing picnic with the girls, provided you bring a blanket. To warm up you can jump into the thermal pool and people watch the Icelanders passing through to the amusement park and the zoo.
The tranquillity of the capital is perfectly encapsulated by Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace tower; a beacon of light that is seen to shine for 4000 metres. It is lit on its home of Viðey Island from John Lennon’s birthday on October 9th, and was created as a symbol of world peace. Gathered at its base are 500,000 written wishes. The tower blends with the natural scenery of Iceland to further make this an ideal site for a relaxing hen party.
Of course, Reykjavik has much to do and see in terms of restaurants, adrenaline-fuelled activities and brilliant bars to complete a hen weekend. But it is clear that it has become an ideal place to experience a new culture and unwind with a hen party that none of your friends will have been to before!