One of your best friends is tying the knot, and you have been asked to plan one last party for them to celebrate being single. You open your web browser and you realise that you and your buddies don’t have to celebrate this momentous occasion at the same place where the groom lives or where he grew up. If this is what you’re thinking, then you have landed on the right page and we are here to help. Iceland’s picturesque, almost fantasy-like beauty is well known, and it is home to Thingvellir National Park and Skógafoss Falls. This is the perfect place to hit pause on reality for a bachelor party. To find out why Iceland is the perfect place for such a celebration, scroll down to find out about the top bachelor party ideas in Iceland.
Perhaps the most talked-about light display on the planet is the elusive northern lights. Only appearing in areas near the poles of the world, this is a magical sight to behold. Minimal light pollution makes for the best viewing experience. To achieve this, take a cruise to a prime spot - in the middle of Faxaflói Bay, for example. The comfort of being on a cruise and the quiet of being on the serene waters of the bay ensures the best views. At the same time, immerse in Icelandic folklore by hearing about myths surrounding the northern lights. An experience like this is sure to charm you and your friends, leaving you with a humbling memory of the world.
Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Iceland’s landscape is an amalgamation of everything from volcanoes to glaciers. Apart from witnessing fantastic landscape on the beaten path, why not go off-trail? Of the many glaciers in Iceland, Langjökull is the second-biggest - and you can explore it. On an eight-hour trip from Reykjavik, visitors can explore the glacier on a snowmobile. Apart from exploring the glacier itself, the guided snowmobile exploration will also take visitors to an ice cave formed over thousands of years. Visitors will get to view the pristine conditions preserved in the cave that features glistening blue ice sure to enthral. Massive natural formations like these are unique only to a small number of places on Earth, so do not miss the chance to be awe-struck!
Glacier Snowmobiling and Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik
Duration: 8 to 10 hours
Surrounded by water, Iceland’s seafaring culture is known in history but is still very much alive today. For a peek into this culture, take a boat ride out onto Eyjafjordur Bay to watch the whales and dolphins frolicking in their natural habitat. The tour offers an immersive experience as it takes place on a classic Icelandic oak fishing boat. Apart from that, visitors also get the chance to experience the methods of Icelandic fishing by trying their hand at sea angling. With a 98% success rate for sightings, the tour is bound to be rewarding for you and your group.
Whale Watching Hauganes & Sea Angling
Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Min Duration
The best way to learn about a city’s ways is through its food. Often, local food gems are closely guarded secrets that visitors might miss out on if they do not do their research. Luckily, Reykjavik offers a food walk that takes tourists through Reykjavik’s most delicious eating spots. From food trucks to fine dining restaurants, visitors get to experience both the fun and formal culinary culture that Reykjavik has to offer. Starting from the grand Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall, participants will also get to see and hear about the key cultural spots of Reykjavik. This is the best way to keep your stomachs full while learning about the capital city.
Reykjavik Food Walk
Duration: 3 hours
5. Reminisce the good times over music, food and drinks at Dillon Whiskey Bar
No bachelor party is complete without involving humanity’s favourite drink - alcohol. Dillon Whiskey Bar is the best spot in Reykjavik to take a shot or more. This place hosts live bands, but the show-stealer is definitely the display shelf of the more than 170 whiskey variants the bar collects. It also serves delicious burgers. To add on to that, the popularity of this establishment also means that it is a bucket list item when in Iceland, so be sure to check it off! Here is a pro-tip though: happy hour is every day from 4 pm to 6 pm. Hop on down to have a simple yet perfect evening of food, drinks and music so you can mull over the good times with your best friends.
Dillon Whiskey Bar
Address: Laugavegur 30, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Website: Dillon Whiskey Bar
Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 2pm - 1am; Thu: 2pm - 3am; Fri: 12pm - 3am; Sat: 12pm - 12am; Sun: 12pm - 1am
Earthquakes and tectonic plates - we are all familiar with these geological phenomena, but have we ever seen them? In Iceland, you get the chance to see the geological effects of tectonic plates. Formed due to the tectonic activity between the North American and Eurasian plates, the Silfra fissure is a rift where visitors can enjoy snorkelling. The trip will take your party to Thingvellir National Park, where Iceland’s parliament resided from the 10th to 18th centuries. There, you put on the snorkelling gear and dive right into this geological wonder. GoPro cameras will be provided so you can capture this moment, so be creative when striking your poses!
Snorkeling Between Continents in Silfra with Photos Included
Duration: 3 hours
When people dream of a trip to Iceland, they will definitely include a trip to the iconic Blue Lagoon. A result of the geothermal wonders of Iceland, the warm spring waters of Blue Lagoon is a place for your party to ease off and relax after all the fun. While the prospect of marriage might indicate the passing of time and the end of youth, the Blue Lagoon is there to stop your party from feeling old. The lagoon provides rejuvenating properties, leaving visitors fresh after soaking in its waters. The scenic surrounding that cradles the lagoon also makes for an ideal backdrop for a group shot. A visit to the Blue Lagoon is definitely essential to the party’s rest and recovery.
Iceland Blue Lagoon Admission Ticket
Duration: 1 to 4 hours
When it is time to kick things into high gear, a Reykjavik pub crawl is the perfect formula to help with that. Iceland’s beer culture is as diverse as its natural offerings. Come meet a local guide who will introduce you to 10 different Icelandic beers. The small group size will make sure that you get time to learn about not just the beer, but also Iceland’s social culture. Learn about why beer was banned in Iceland for 74 years, then continue drinking through the evening. The guides will also share some tips and tricks to upgrade your party experience.
Reykjavik Pub Crawl - Icelandic Beer Tour
Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
Often, the most intense experiences make for the best memories. What better way to enhance the experience than with a shot of adrenaline, and what better way to do that than to go whitewater rafting? Whitewater rafting brings your party together, pitting you and your friends against the rapids of the West Glacial River. While it sounds dangerous, each raft will have the support of an experienced guide. The thrilling ride will definitely include hilarious moments amongst your friends as you splash your way down the river.
Hafgrimsstaoir to West Glacial River Family Rafting Adventure
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Iceland’s countryside is expansive, and it might be almost impossible for anyone to walk through all of it. Fortunately, Laxnes Farm offers visitors the opportunity to experience the farm on horseback. The tour will take visitors through luscious meadows and across gentle rivers. The best part is, of course, the experience of travelling through the plains on horseback. It also includes a meal amidst the picturesque meadows together with the lovely horses. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, the farm’s tranquillity grants visitors the chance to relax.
Icelandic Horseback Riding Day Tour at Laxnes Farm
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
The best formula for a party to remember
A bachelor’s party is an occasion to remember. It is when friends celebrate a milestone together, and that calls for a precise formula for it to be successful. Fortunately, Iceland offers a unique blend of relaxation and thrill. Most importantly, its fantasy-like scenery is the perfect backdrop to reminisce and have fun.
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