Once wedding vows are promised, rings are exchanged, and the first dances are (hopefully) beautifully performed, it’s time to celebrate your happy new marriage with an unforgettable honeymoon in Iceland. If you’re looking for a trip that encompasses breath-taking nature sights, a romantic city and gorgeous photos to remember it all by, then you need to visit Iceland. Read on for our top 10 reasons why Iceland is an Instagram perfect honeymoon destination.
1. Blue Lagoon
A dreamy and most definitely romantic destination, the Blue Lagoon or Bláa lónið is a geothermal spa famous for its mineral rich milky-blue waters, ethereal atmosphere and reputed skincare benefits. Relax in the warm water, enjoy a drink and by all means, go to the mask bar and apply a famous silica mud mask and take some selfies while you’re at it!
The colourful and vibrant city of Reykjavik is famed for its lively atmosphere, charming streets and fantastic night life, especially during summer where the long days mean you’ll be partying from dawn … until dawn. Additionally, the architecture, homes and Old Harbour area provide gorgeous viewpoints in which to snap away and create memories.
3. Delicious Icelandic Food
Whether you’re a self-confessed foodie or a lover of good, simple hearty cooking, Iceland packs a culinary punch with access to the freshest seafood, tasty traditions and an ever-growing restaurant scene that attracts some of the best chefs in the world. There are cute cafes, romantic restaurants and everything in between to suit your tastes and budget.
What is Þingvellir (pronounced Thingvellir) you ask? Whilst the name is curious, it’s a national treasure and a protected historical site within the national park in Iceland. The beautiful grounds are split into a valley that was caused by the separation of the European and North American tectonic plates leaving the site with rocky cliffs covered with wild plants and pools of crystal clear water. A perfect opportunity to flex your photography muscles we think!
Natural beauty is something that Iceland has in buckets, actually, in waterfalls. Stunning visitors from across the globe, these naturally occurring wonders are truly once in a lifetime sights from the gigantic Gullfoss waterfall to the Seljalandsfoss.
6. Black sand beaches
Due to Iceland’s volcanic landscape, you’ll see that the surrounding coast and beaches are filled with black sand, a stark contrast to the icy blue sea and a sight to behold. The Bahamas and Seychelles can keep their white sand, we’re very happy to walk hand in hand on our black beaches. Visit the stunning Reynisfjara & Reynisdrangar which are without a doubt the most famous sights in all of South Iceland, and you’ll see it featured on postcards and brochures throughout the country, as well as on pretty much any travel blog or video about Iceland.
7. The Midnight Sun
More often than not, holidays go far too quickly, and this is only hampered by the realisation that eventually you’ll both have to get back reality – fortunately during the summer months the Nordic region is bathed in the warm glow of the midnight sun. We suggest checking out viewpoints such as the Old Harbour in Reykjavík or even getting away from the city and experiencing the sun at the Magma Hotel where you’ll have a private view of a lake in a cosy cabin. Days stretch on and night barely reaches the horizon, meaning you’re able to explore even more as well as see fiery sunsets well past bedtime.
The land of Fire and Ice is not named so because of the odd icy patch or cold season, Iceland’s glaciers are renowned for their massive size and beauty. You can even walk on one during a guided glacier hike on our Iceland Full Circle Classic tour where you’ll see vast glaciers as well as the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón. A perfect setting for honeymoon strolls we think!
9. Whale Watching
Native to the cold seas surrounding Iceland, we’d recommend seeing these magnificent creatures in Faxafloi Bay where you’ll have the opportunity to see minke and humpbacks as well as dolphins and rare porpoises. A common sight for locals, this is certainly an activity you’ll both want to share. Why not look at our packages for a walk or boat ride on the wild side.
10. The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights, or the aurora borealis would be the perfect experience to share with your loved one. A natural phenomenon that occurs when the solar wind disturbs the magnetosphere (don’t worry, we’re not sure what that means either) it results in glowing jewel-tone ribbons of light spanning the night sky. It’s an awe-inspiring sight that is weather and luck permitting but truly unforgettable.
11. Bonus point – Icelandic Horses
Well we simply couldn’t help ourselves, Iceland is already so Instagrammable but one thing that couldn’t be omitted was the fact that Iceland is home to adorable, stocky horses that roam in the countryside, grazing across the vast grasslands and looking ever so cute. There’s even an opportunity for horseback riding! With this, we recommend you trot along and learn more about our packages and honeymooning in Iceland. What a sweet beginning or end to any honeymoon.
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