When you think of bachelorette party destinations, you typically think Vegas, Nashville and LA. However, I knew that the wild clubbing scene wasn’t really for me. I wanted to go somewhere more off the beaten path and share a real adventure with my closest friends. Coworkers and family members often looked at me perplexed and asked “why Iceland?”, but I say “Why not Iceland?”.
My best friend and Maid of Honor and I had always talked about how we wanted to go to Iceland and see the Northern Lights, so when I got an email from IcelandAir with roundtrip flights for under $400, it seemed like the perfect opportunity! That’s about how much I’d spend, if not more, going to California or Florida, and this would be much more exciting. I texted my other bridesmaids, not sure how they’d react to an international bachelorette party, but surprisingly they were all in and excited about the idea! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that my closest friends would have somewhat of a travel bug too.
Iceland ended up being the perfect destination for a best friends’ trip. Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful, but there really is something for everyone here. There is the blue lagoon for your pampering spa day, amazing tours for adventure or great sightseeing, and some really delicious restaurants.
We got our trip started right away by going straight from the airport to the Blue Lagoon. You can get a locker to hold your luggage, so it’s a very convenient first stop. The Blue Lagoon was much better than I imagined! It is very luxe feeling. The facilities look very new and clean and the service is great. You get different items for whichever package you get. We purchased the Premium package which included a robe, slippers, one drink and two masks in the lagoon and one glass of prosecco with lunch. The Blue Lagoon gets flack for being overcrowded with tourists, and don’t get me wrong, there will be other tourists there, but that did not detract from my experience. I think it’s crowded for a reason- and the reason is that it’s awesome! It was so relaxing to sink into the warm water with a face mask after an international flight. I could have stayed there for the entire day and been so happy. Especially since they have a nap room with reclining chairs! We, in fact, did spend almost 6 hours there.
We had lunch in the LAVA Restaurant, which was great. The food was great and the views were beautiful, and the best part is you get to dine in your robe and slippers! What more could you ask for? (answer: a glass of prosecco)
The LAVA Restaurant is expensive, however, ALL food in Iceland is expensive. Due to food quality and view, I would recommend paying splurging for a meal here. I ordered the grilled beef tenderloin with crispy potatoes and also enjoyed the glass of prosecco that came with my package. The bread to start was also delicious.
All in all, myself and my bridesmaids all loved the Blue Lagoon! It’s a great place to go with a group of friends, or your significant other – I highly recommend making this stop on your trip to Iceland!
Next up, I’m putting together another post of the South Coast Tour we took. It was so exciting I felt it deserved its own post!