Looking for a romantic vacation after all the stress of planning your wedding and reception? If you and your new husband or wife are nature lovers who love outdoor activities, maybe you should visit Iceland. The Land of Fire and Ice is home to careening waterfalls, fiery volcanoes, charred lava fields, bubbling hot springs, and icy glaciers. An Iceland honeymoon could be the perfect start to your marriage and the beginning of the rest of your lives. Let’s take a look at some ideas for couples during a honeymoon in Iceland.
An Iceland Honeymoon: Pampering for Two at the Blue Lagoon
The world’s famous Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa that is one of Iceland’s most visited attractions. Of course, if you’re honeymooning in Iceland, the last thing you want to do is be surrounded by hundreds of tourists taking selfies. That’s why I recommend a visit to the Retreat Spa at the Blue Lagoon. The package includes access to the intimate Retreat Lagoon filled with mineral-rich, geothermally heated water. It’s the perfect escape for the bathrobe and massage-loving crowd.
Hold Hands Walking on Vik’s Black Sand Beaches
The misty atmosphere and volcanic black sand beaches of Reynisfjara Beach are one of a kind. A cool experience of your honeymoon in Iceland and new life together can be walking hand-in-hand along these haunted shores. Be sure to check out the hexagonal Basalt column cliff face for an even more out of this world experience. And if you’re looking for a place to stay nearby, the newly-opened Black Beach Luxury Suites provide both intimacy and get you close to nature.
Honeymooning in Iceland: Glacier Hiking
This is a great idea for the ultimate adventure-loving couple on their post-nuptial vacation. Everyone knows that Iceland is famous for its glaciers, which cover around 11% of the surface area of the island. There are tons of activities related to our massive ice sheets, and surely you’ll find one that works for you. The first is to do a glacier hike somewhere like Skaftafell.
There’s also ice caving as well as a caving tour of the glacier caverns that rest below the surface of the expansive sheets of ice. You’ll no doubt feel a sense of accomplishment and want to give your honey a kiss once you’ve reached the top. These are the types of memories that will make you remember your Iceland honeymoon forever.
Honeymoon in Iceland: The Northern Lights
If you decide to take your honeymoon in Iceland Between the months of October through March, you’re in for a special treat. Not only will you save money on everything from restaurants to accommodation, but Mother Nature also has something in store for you. Because you’ll be traveling during Northern Lights season, you’ll get the chance to enjoy the dazzling light show that illuminates the heavens every night.
The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, are natural phenomenon you absolutely don’t want to miss. There’s nothing more romantic than watching waves of turquoise, emerald, and amethyst dance across the sky. And because you’ll be here during a time when it’s typically colder, that’s all the more reason to snuggle up close and stay warm. Not that you would need an excuse to do that, but honeymooning in Iceland certainly is a convenient one.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Once you find your soulmate, it often feels like the only thing you want to do is be with that person. You don’t even have to talk in order to enjoy each other’s company. The beautiful floating icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon will take your breath away and you can stand still marveling at them together.
It’s possible to watch from the shore but it’s even more of an adventure to take a ride on one of the boats that go into the water. You’ll get up close with the ice as you float among the white ghosts in the glacial lake. Bring some binoculars as well so you can appreciate the wildlife and lagoon seals.
And don’t forget to head across the street to visit the Diamond Beach. This is another black sand volcanic beach, but with one particularly striking feature. The chunks of ice that have floated out to sea from Jökulsárlón occasionally make their way back to shore. The result is a shoreline scattered with sparkling pieces of ice, some as large as SUVs. It’s quite a spectacular sight to behold.
Take a Road trip from Reykjavik
While some newlyweds choose to spend their time having an adventure around Iceland Ring Road, others prefer to just relax. whether you choose to take a road trip around the island or chill out in the capital city is entirely up to you. That being said, there’s definitely a day trip or two that I highly recommend. And if you have the light of the Midnight Sun in the summer, you’ll have even more hours to explore while honeymooning in Iceland.
The first one that I recommend is to do the Golden Circle tourist circuit. This route loops around from Reykjavik and visits exciting highlights such as Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, Haukadalur Valley and more. The Reykjadalur hot springs and geothermally-heated river are also a fun, off-the-beaten-path destination.
And of course, you should definitely take advantage of being in Iceland’s capital, at least for one or two nights. We’ve got a thriving nightlife scene as well as a wide selection of fine dining establishments. From modern takes on Icelandic cuisine to fusion style cooking to excellent wine selections, we’ve got it all.
Honeymoon Iceland Outdoor Ideas
For those looking to enjoy the great outdoors with an unusual activity, have you ever thought about taking a horseback excursion? Horse riding is extremely popular here and you’ll get to know our famous Icelandic horses. They are the direct descendants of the equines used by the Vikings, so they have noble blood.
Mounting one of these small steeds and riding through the wild Icelandic countryside is not only romantic but not something everyone does. Though these horses are small, whatever you do, don’t call them ponies. They are proud Icelandic horses with a distinctive gate and you’ll enjoy getting to know them. They are a unique breed that you won’t encounter anywhere else on Earth. You’ll have a professional guide leading you and educating you about this fascinating animal.
Try Something New
Coming to Iceland after you get married is not something initially on most couples’ radars. But the more you think about it and the more you learn, the more appealing the idea becomes. Talk to your partner to see if this just might be the perfect destination for you.
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