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Thinking of a honeymoon in Iceland?

By: Jessica
Posted in: Iceland, Contests

Maybe we should rephrase that question in a different way: do you want some amazing photographs to commemorate your milestone?

When it comes to picture-perfect moments, it's hard to beat IcelandThese aren't just photos you'll share on social media to impress your friends; these pictures you'll actually want to print out and have framed. Plus, you'll have the added bonus of being able to say things like, "Remember that time in Iceland?", making you the coolest couple at any dinner party.

To better illustrate how cool it is to take a honeymoon in Iceland, we turn now to two of our Photo of the Month winners, Kar Kit Lee and Laura Hui Qi Siew, who explored the autumnal beauty of South Iceland on a custom Nordic Visitor self-drive tour.

With the help of their favourite photos from their trip below, we've highlighted a few of the perks of a honeymoon or romantic getaway (or any trip, really) in Iceland:

It's a steamy place

Blue Lagoon, Iceland
A phenomenal trip to Iceland starts, or ends, with a soak in the Blue Lagoon. The fresh air, steamy warmth, skin-smoothing minerals and lava field surrounding the bright blue water all combine to give this an extraordinary atmosphere.

If you want to soak in some soothing geothermal pools and soak up some stunning scenery at the same time, you've got your pick in Iceland. You can relax at the Blue Lagoon near the international airport, Mývatn Nature Baths in North Iceland, Fontana Spa or the Secret Lagoon in the Golden Circle area, or at dozens of geothermal-heated public pools and hot tubs scattered all around the country.

Some are tucked away in secluded mountain valleys while others, like the Drangsnes hot tubs, are right on the beach or built to overlook a fjord, like the pool at Hofsós. Even better? Admission to public pools is easy on your post-wedding budget. So remember to pack your bathing suits!

It's inspiring in all seasons

Kar Kit Lee & Laura Hui Qi Siew - South Iceland at Leisure Winter 2015 (3) (1000x667)
Waterfalls in Iceland just seem to have that effect on people. This one is Öxarárfoss in Thingvellir National Park, part of the must-see Golden Circle route that also includes the popular Gullfoss waterfall.

Those waterfalls always look amazing, whether they're glistening with winter ice crystals or throwing off rainbows in the summer sunshine. With just a few exceptions, you can visit most of Iceland's natural attractions year-round, and many of the most famous sights — including lava formations, hot springs and breathtaking coastline — are found near or alongside Route 1 (the Ring Road).

Of course, no matter when you visit you'll need to pack your good outdoor clothing and sturdy hiking boots because you might need to trek a little on rough pathways (like the one behind the waterfall at Seljalandsfoss) in unpredictable weather for the very best photo opportunities.

It's off the beaten path

DC3 plane wreck in Iceland
This was taken at the eerie DC3 wreckage in South Iceland. This US Navy cargo plane made an emergency crash landing on the desolate black sand beach back in 1973, and luckily all crew members walked away unharmed.

Not all of Iceland's amazing sights are so easy to find, and that's the beauty of travelling here — you never know what hidden gems you might stumble upon in your journey. Even the best guidebooks and travel websites cannot completely prepare you for the surprising contrasts in landscapes you'll experience, seemingly around every corner, on each day of your road trip in Iceland. The things you weren't expecting might turn out to be the number one highlight of your trip.

One thing that won't be a surprise is where you'll end up at night or how you'll get there; the resourceful travel experts at Nordic Visitor take care of all the accommodations, route planning and other local practicalities beforehand so there's no stress.

It brings out your originality

Kar Kit Lee & Laura Hui Qi Siew - South Iceland at Leisure Winter 2015 (8) (1000x667)
Kar Kit and Laura found themselves a nice place to rest their legs at Reynisjara beach in South Iceland. While the beach is known for its black sands and powerful waves it also boasts these unusual columnar basalt -- similar to Giant's Causeway in Ireland.

Iceland is a laid back place with a famously eclectic arts and music scene, as well as unique fashions and architecture, so you'll get the feeling that you can just be yourselves here. This sense of creativity isn't limited to the culture, either. Depending on where you go in Iceland, it might seem like Middle Earth (or Mordor) from Lord of the Rings, the North Pole or even the surface of another planet. So there are plenty of imaginative landscapes to strike a pose.

It's got room to move

Kar Kit Lee & Laura Hui Qi Siew - South Iceland at Leisure Winter 2015 (7) (1000x667)
This beautiful iceberg-dotted beach is located just across the highway from the much more visited Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon (pictured in the image at the top of this blog post).

Sure, Iceland is a popular tourist destination, but with just over 330,000 inhabitants in the entire country you'll have plenty of room to yourself. 

On certains stretches of highway, especially outside of summer months, you might even feel like the only people on the road. If that sounds more worrisome than cosy, rest assured that Nordic Visitor gives you free GPS navigation in your rental car, a temporary cell phone with an Icelandic SIM card and a 24/7 helpline if you need urgent assistance at any point in your stay.


GOOD TO KNOW: Any of Nordic Visitor's tours in Iceland can be tailored for a honeymoon. We can even combine a trip to Iceland with other Scandinavian destinations.

Just let us know about your special occasion, and we can sweeten the deal with welcome champagne, spa reservations, guided day tours, accommodation upgrades or other little perks. If you have any particular interests, like finding some of those picture-perfect attractions or pools mentioned in this post, just let us know and we'll make sure your road map is marked with the places we think you might like.

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Post by: Jessica

When not writing about Northern European tourist attractions, Jessica Bowe is busy daydreaming about her next trip or scouring Instagram for travel inspiration. Originally from Wisconsin (USA), she's lived in Iceland since 2008 and has since become fully immersed in Eurovision mania and Scandinavian coffee culture.

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We'd love to give you the same amazing travel experiences as you read about in our blog! To visit the destinations and attractions mentioned in this post - and to discover a few new highlights along the way, check out these recommended Nordic Visitor tours.

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