This Icelandic hotel is offering a free night's stay to women who propose on 29 February

Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 3:40 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 3:51 pm

If you're a woman thinking of popping the question to your partner this Leap Day, you could bag a free hotel stay as well as a new fiancé.

Hotel Ranga, an Icelandic hotel just an hour away from the capital's main airport in Reykjavik, is offering a free night's stay to any couple with a female partner planning to propose on 29 February.

The hotel's wedding coordinator will also be on hand to organise the occasion, offering a paid-for helicopter ride or trip to a crystallised waterfall as the backdrop to the proposal.

After your partner has (hopefully) said yes, the pair of you could test out one of the hotel's luxurious hot tubs and relax with a complimentary bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries.

February's long dark nights could mean catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights (Photo: Shutterstock)

The hotel also has its own stargazing observatory for a romantic night looking at the stars - and given the hotel's location, you may even be lucky enough to catch the beautiful Northern Lights.

In the morning, you'll be treated to a complimentary breakfast.

If you're hoping to book a proposal trip at Hotel Ranga, you can email the hotel at [email protected]

Why do women propose on 29 February?

The tradition of women proposing on 29 February stems from Irish folklore about St Patrick striking a deal with an Irish nun named St Bridget.

The tradition of women proposing on 29th February comes from Irish folklore (Photo: Shutterstock)

The nun complained to St Patrick that women were forced to wait too long for their suitors to propose. In response, St Patrick decreed that on the 29 February, which occurs just once every four years, women would be allowed to propose.

Of course, women can propose on any day of the year, but the leap year proposal tradition still lives on today, with many women choosing the 29 February to get down on one knee.