It's happened. They bought a ring, popped the question, and he or she said yes. Now the planning begins for the wedding and reception for friends, family, and guests. You also want to start brainstorming ideas for your getaway after getting hitched. More and more couples are opting for an Iceland honeymoon as a romantic way to spend their days after saying “I do”.
Why an Iceland honeymoon is the ultimate romantic destination
Think about it. What better way is there to spend time with your sweetheart than snuggled up by a fireplace while it’s cold outside? During the day you can partake in amazing adventures like glacier treks or hiking waterfalls. At night you can take in the natural splendor of the dazzling nighttime show in the sky known as the Northern Lights. A honeymoon in Iceland makes perfect sense if you're looking to make unforgettable memories with the person you love the most.
So what are you waiting for? Pack your suitcases, hop on a plane, and get ready to
experience the Land of Fire and Ice.
Your Honeymoon in Iceland
By far the best way to visit Iceland is to rent a car and take a road trip around the country’s Ring Road. Of course, if you're on your honeymoon, you may just want to relax. You can easily stay in the capital city and take a day trip or two and do excursions at your leisure. Whichever option you choose, an Iceland car rental gives you the freedom and flexibility to go where you want and to do as you please.
As soon as you touch down at Keflavik International Airport, you'll be ready to start your adventure. Whether that's doing a caving tour, going horse riding, or relaxing at a spa with your new spouse, let's check out all there is to see and do. It’s time for a honeymoon in Iceland.
Romantic ideas: The Northern Lights and volcanic beaches
One of your priorities during your Iceland vacation is likely to be getting in a little romance. In my opinion, viewing the mesmerizing light show in the sky, known as the Aurora Borealis, is one of the most romantic things you can do together. Holding each other close to stay warm as you enjoy the Northern Lights is a magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is a memory that you will both surely treasure for the rest of your lives.
Just remember that in order to do this, you'll need to come between mid-September and mid-March. If you come outside of that time during the Midnight Sun in the summer, the Northern Lights will not be visible.
Another romantic option for your honeymoon in Iceland is to book accommodation close to the black sand beaches of Vik. This otherworldly landscape, with its hexagonal basalt column cliff face and dark volcanic shores are unlike anything you've ever seen. Picture you and your honey holding hands as you stroll along the midnight-hued sand and take in the haunting, misty atmosphere. The Black Beach Luxury Suites will get you up close to the action and provide stunning views of the sea and surrounding areas.
Honeymooning in Iceland: Luxury ideas
But what if in addition to looking for romance on your Iceland honeymoon, you also want a little bit of pampering? Splurge on one of the luxury packages at the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. You'll beat the crowds and get away from it all with your significant other. This intimate experience includes exclusive access to private Retreat Spa and Lagoon and the ability to book spa services. Who wouldn’t want to get a relaxing massage or revitalizing face mask while honeymooning in Iceland?
Iceland for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and adventure seekers
Of course, not everyone will want to relax at a spa. After all, Iceland is known for its stunning landscapes, awe-inspiring natural beauty, and thrilling outdoor activities.
Let's start with the Golden Circle. This collection of natural highlights makes for the perfect day trip from Reykjavik and has several stops along the way. The main three are Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the geysers in Haukadalur geothermal valley. There are just under a dozen other detours that you can take while on this route. But scuba diving in the Silfra fissure and watching the geysers shoot into the air are definitely top things to do.
And speaking of geothermal activity, you also might want to pay a visit to the hot springs of Reykjadalur and soak in the hot river. It's the perfect place to visit at any time of year. You'll have to do the hot springs hike to get there, but it's completely worth it.
On the opposite end of the spectrum of honeymoon activities in Iceland is ice caving. Everyone knows you can have the ultimate adventure pursuit by doing a glacier hike on Vatnajökull glacier. But did you also know that you can explore ice caves and glacier caves as well? When you visit Vatnajökull National Park, the possibilities are endless.
From hiking and exploring the park to visiting Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Diamond Beach, there's plenty to see and do here. It truly is every nature lover’s dream. You'll really want to live life to the maximum here and take it all in.
Lava fields and horseback riding
Iceland is famous for its lava fields, and one of our best-known ones is also in the area. The Eldhraun lava field, covered in Icelandic moss, is another really cool place to visit. What looks like an expansive field of rocky green bubbles is actually the leftovers of volcanic eruptions. Over time, moss spores found their way to the volcanic rock and began to sprout. The unique results you see are the emerald-colored lava fields.
Just please be careful and stay on the marked paths. Icelandic flora is extremely delicate and if you tread in the wrong place, you may do irreversible damage. There are spots where people have stepped on Icelandic moss which will now take hundreds of years to grow back, if at all.
Icelandic horses are another option if you're looking for sporty things to do. These fine stallions are unique to our island and descend directly from the horses used by the Vikings. Because the bloodlines have not changed much over the last thousand Years, horses in Iceland are a bit smaller and look like ponies. So saddle up for a horse ride in Iceland.
Honeymoon in Iceland with a road trip
One of the main reasons people come to Iceland is to take a road trip either along the South Coast or around the Ring Road. This is the perfect choice for adventure-seeking couples who want to get out and see as much of the country as possible. It's a wonderful bonding experience and is another vacation option for honeymooning in Iceland.
There are lots of fun things to do on a road trip in Iceland. Road tripping lets you set your itinerary and to do as you please.
Iceland ideas for foodie couples
Lest you think all we eat is fish and lamb stew, au contraire. While it's true these types of dishes make up typical Icelandic cuisine, there's more than meets the eye. We've got Michelin-starred restaurants in Reykjavik and several fine dining options. Hlemmur food hall also warrants a visit.
There's also a thriving bakery and café culture, so make sure to check out some of the country's best baked treats. I won't go into the plethora of Icelandic desserts available to you, but there's one sweet treat that you absolutely must try while on your honeymoon. Take time one morning to stop for kleina, which are pieces of fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar. Yum!
Iceland honeymoon packages
Lastly, you could just be one of those people who want to leave the planning up to someone else. This makes complete sense, especially since you've probably just spent the last year or so planning a wedding. This is no small feat.
It might be a lot easier to just look at one of the many Iceland honeymoon packages available.
There are plenty to choose from, so I don't have a specific one to recommend. They range from all-inclusive packages to ones that simply cover accommodation and a few activities or excursions. With the above guidelines, you've hopefully identified the different destinations and types of travel available to you. This will make it easier when narrowing down the Iceland honeymoon packages you decide to choose from.
In the same way every couple’s love story is different, every set of newlyweds will want to get something different from a honeymoon in Iceland. You know your partner best, and what will make both of you happy. Whether that's hiking Skaftafell glacier, enjoying a glass of wine by the fire, or relaxing in a geothermal hot spring. Now that you know all of your options, time to start planning so that you can have the best honeymoon ever.