A honeymoon in Iceland is an exciting option for newlyweds looking for adventure. This picture perfect, European honeymoon destination has recently been made even more popular thanks to the ‘Games of Thrones Effect’ which has sent visitor numbers to the Scandinavian island soaring. With an impressive array of hot springs, glaciers, waterfalls, wildlife, and of course the world famous Northern Lights, it’s time to grab your (fake) furs and animal skins à la Jon Snow style, and head to the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ for a Nordic, adventure-filled honeymoon in Iceland.
Light up your life
The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis is one of the greatest, natural light shows on the planet. During the winter months, from around late September to early April, you’ll be able to observe this astonishing, spectacle of light all over Iceland. With hues of mesmerising green, purple, red and blue adorning the night skies, what could be more romantic than cosying up to your love and watching this dramatic, dazzling, dancing display of light, right before your very eyes.
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Iceland has a plethora of inviting hot springs and geothermal pools dotted around the whole country. Most famous is the Blue Lagoon located just 40-minutes’ drive from the capital city of Reykjavik. Despite it being the most busy and pricier option, it’s still well worth the visit.
For somewhere a little less touristy, take a day trip to Reykjadalur or ‘Steam Valley’ which again is around 40-minutes’ drive from Reykjavik. Once you recover from the stench of stinky Sulphur, and the 45-minute hike to get there, you’ll be glad to sink into the warm waters and simply switch off.
Equivalent to the touristy Blue Lagoon is Gamla Laugin, also known as the ‘Secret Lagoon’ found in Flúðir. With an inviting water temperature of between 38 to 40 degrees C, a visit is made even more magical in the winter months when it’s possible to view the Northern Lights high above – an unforgettable experience during anyone’s Icelandic honeymoon.
Climb a glacier
Jökulsárlón is a spectacular glacial lagoon and again, a great place from which to observe the Northern Lights. Take a boat tour to get up close and personal with the glacier, and you might even catch a glimpse of a swimming seal or two. For couples seeking even more adventure, embark on an ice-caving tour at nearby Vatnajökull Glacier, the biggest glacier in Europe. Scoot across the glacier on a snowmobile for an even more thrilling way of experiencing these incredible masses of ice.
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Romance of Reykjavik
Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik is renowned for being a super cool city, packed with plenty of stylish bars and sophisticated restaurants. The local scene explodes in the summer months when there’s 24-hours of daylight to enjoy! Try some contemporary Icelandic cuisine or enjoy a romantic refreshment at one of the many fine establishments scattered around the city.
If you’re feeling peckish in the city, grab a hot dog at the world-famous Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur. This Scandinavian snack stand was made famous after Bill Clinton paid them a visit, and now people from all over the world come to snag one of their delicious sausages.
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Get back to nature
Drive, or even better, embark on an organised day trip around the Golden Circle. Guided by the region’s experts, they will ensure that you don’t miss a thing. The 300-km loop around the capital city of Reykjavik will take you on a magical journey of discovery to many of Iceland’s natural beauties. Highlights of a Golden Circle trip include: Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site located to the east of Reykjavik; Haukadalur geothermal area, where Strokkur Geyser famously erupts every 8 minutes; Langjokull, Iceland’s second biggest glacier; popular Gullfoss waterfall also known as the Golden Waterfall; and Seljalandsfoss falls, which you can actually walk behind for a water-view with a difference.
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