Photo: Getty Images
With some of the wildest scenery and nightlife on earth, Iceland is one cool place to celebrate. Grab your girls, your guests, or your guy, and head to this amazing getaway for all your wedding festivities.
The Bachelorette Party
To Stay: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina
From mid May to early August, the sun is up all night and you and your crew will be too. Stay at this hip airline-owned hotel, within stumbling distance of Reykjavik's coolest bars. Bonus: Its lounge serves the best tipples in town. (Doubles from $170, Icelandair Hotel)
To Eat: Fridrik V
At this locavore-centric eatery, each course comes with Icelandic beer and fun details about the provenance of the dish's ingredients. (You can thank Helga, the resident milking cow from the farm down the road, for that crème brûlée. Seriously.)
To Do: Super Jeep Tour
Swap heels for crampons and jump in a 4x4 to explore glaciers and volcanoes with Midgard Adventure. Do a day trip or spend the night in a hut slinging back Brennivin (the local liquor) with your super-buff guides.
To Stay: Hotel Egilsen
The most epic place to say "I do" is on the Snaefellsnes peninsula, home to a breathtaking dormant volcano. Have guests post up nearby at the 10-room Hotel Egilsen, a former merchant's manse that blends sea-shanty charm and a mod Scandinavian aesthetic. (Doubles from $232, Hotel Egilsen)
To Eat: Hotel Budir
Kick off your weekend with a rehearsal dinner at this countryside inn on the edge of a moonscape-like lava field. Along with insane local lamb and mussels, expect impeccable service and a rustic-chic ambiance.
To Do: Church Mountain
What better backdrop for your vows than Kirkjufell, a.k.a. Church Mountain? (Extra points if it's officiated by a Nordic chieftain.) Party afterward among columns of H20 collected from glaciers at the sleek Library of Water.
To Stay: Hotel Djupavik
After a few days in Reykjavik, escape to the remote Westfjords, known for its waterfalls, wildlife, and folklore. Check in to the region's most historic digs and eat homespun stews, visit its herring factory turned art installation, and take in the #nofilter fjord views.
(Doubles from $90; Hotel Djupavik)
To Eat: Malarhorn Guesthouse
Go to Grimsey Island to see the puffins, then stop in Drangsnes, a quaint waterfront village, for fresh seafood. Sign up for the hotel's fishing excursion and dine on your catch at the restaurant for dinner.
To Do: Krossneslaug Geothermal
Krossneslaug Geothermal pools are everywhere in Iceland. This one, flanking a black-sand beach with nary a neighbor in sight, is one of the sexiest spots to chill after a morning of Arctic-fox watching in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.