Planning your honeymoon can be both tedious and exciting. To get started, you must answer the very first question: Where should I go on my honeymoon? We all have our travel bucket list, but where is it that you and your partner desire to explore together? While you are looking for some inspiration, we have got some ideas on how to plan a honeymoon in Iceland. From best honeymoon activities in Iceland to must-visit places, we have got them all covered here. Don't forget to bookmark this page to ensure you have all the information that you'll need to plan your romantic getaway with ease.
Couple on a black sand beach in Iceland
Is Iceland good for honeymoons?
Picture perfect landscapes, spectacular views of the glaciers, and majestic wildlife all blend together to give you an otherworldly experience. Iceland is undoubtedly one of the best spots to plan your honeymoon. With the right amount of planning and information, we can assure you that this trip will be etched in your memories forever.
Landscape of Iceland
Whether you and your partner would love an adventure or a quiet getaway nestled in the mountains, this Nordic island nation has the best of everything. Whether it's for the love of awe-inspiring natural wonders, stunning scenery, or soothing azure waters, Iceland will never disappoint you. By the end of your romantic getaway to Iceland, you will probably even declare it as heaven on Earth, and rightly so.
Blue lake in Iceland
Getting There and Going About
For those traveling from the US, it's just five hours away from the New York airport. There are over 20 airlines that operate in and out of Keflavík International Airport to make this destination more accessible. If you are traveling from Denmark, you could also consider the Norröna ferry to bring your car along for the road trips here.
Renting a car, preferably a 4X4 vehicle, would be the most ideal option to get around Iceland. The roads are well maintained and monitored. Be sure to keep a track of your speed limits to avoid any fines.
Couple in a van traveling and exploring Iceland
Where to stay?
Stay options are quite unique in Iceland. We recommend you look for accommodations depending on your budget, choice of activities, and Icelandic experience. Nestled amongst the lava fields with the Snæfellsjökull glacier in the backdrop, Hótel Búðir is one of the spectacular places to stay. 101 Hotel is a boutique hotel that has a lot of history to it. They feature some impeccable art creations by local artists, a luxurious spa, and an in-house restaurant too.
Hotel Rangá must be your pick for a comfortable stay to see the aurora borealis. If you are planning your visit between the months of September and April, you could also take advantage of their observatory that features two high-tech telescopes on site, with a local astronomer to guide guests to enjoy sky-gazing at its best.
Where to eat and drink?
When in Iceland, eat as the Vikings do. Treat your taste buds to some local delicacies like Skyr, pylsur (hot dog), Harðfiskur (dried fish), and local seafood dishes. Bergsson Mathus in Reykjavik is a great spot for baked goods, and Fjoruborodid, in Stokkseyri, is our favorite spot for seafood. We would also recommend Bryggjan Cafe in Grindavik, which is only 10 minutes away from the Blue Lagoon and Islenski Barinn in Reykjavik if you are looking for a typical Icelandic bar. Relish every bite and enjoy your favorite food.
Top 5 ideas for a Perfect Honeymoon in Iceland
1. Capture an Insta-worthy picture at the black sand beaches
The dramatic black sand beaches in Reynisfjara are not to be missed. During the peak season, you may find the place packed with tourists trying to get the perfect capture. But then again, how many times in our life do we get to see black, sandy beaches like the ones in Iceland? Answer: rare. So, make sure to take a stroll by the beach and capture some memories that can go into your honeymoon album too. Located on the South Coast of Iceland, the black sand formation is attributed to the volcanic activity here. The enormous basalt stacks and the stunning panoramic views of the beach are not to be missed during your travel.
Couple at Reynisfjara black sand beach in Iceland
2. Relax and rejuvenate at the Blue Lagoon
Your Iceland honeymoon is never complete without visiting the world-famous Blue Lagoon Spa. Nestled amongst the dark, volcanic fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula, this unique setting of the spa is truly mesmerizing. This is your opportunity to admire your surroundings while relaxing your body and mind. A truly rejuvenating experience that must be booked to make the most of your getaway. Although during the peak travel time, Blue Lagoon's main pool might get a little busy, but it is totally worth unwinding in the steamy water and enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Couple relaxing in Blue Lagoon geothermal pool
3. Don't miss the Northern Lights
Every year, Iceland gets to witness this stunning natural phenomenon of Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis. From late August to the early days of April, the Northern Lights are visible from all over Iceland. We recommend you take a mini road trip on a camper van to the countryside with your dear one and enjoy sky-gazing into the wee hours of the morning. Don't forget to capture the beautiful hues while enjoying this spectacle during your honeymoon in Iceland.
Couple Enjoying Northern Lights in Iceland
4. Take a warm dip
When looking for the best honeymoon places in Iceland, you may have seen some incredible pictures of the hot springs. This country has several spots of hot springs and geysers. Always have your swimsuits and beer handy, so you are all prepared for a warm dip in the hot springs and geothermal pools that you'll find in every nook and corner of Iceland.
Geothermal hot spring pool in Iceland
5. Chase the waterfalls
Throughout Iceland, you'll find waterfalls. An Iceland honeymoon is never complete without taking the off-beaten path to some of the most gorgeous waterfalls there is. Goðafoss, Háifoss, Morsárfoss, and Dettifoss are the ones that must be on your checklist. While Morsárfoss is the highest in Iceland, Dettifoss is known to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe. We have to make a special mention for Skógafoss, which is a unique waterfall that originates from two glaciers.
Couple Looking at Skógafoss Waterfall in Iceland
When we say there is no lack of romantic things to do in Iceland, it is true. There are so many fun honeymoon ideas and activities, that you are sure to be spoilt for choice. While these are just our top 5 places to visit in Iceland, this destination has so much more to offer.
For those chasing the Northern Lights, we would recommend the best time to visit Iceland would be between October and April. Although the lights are visible from late August, the night skies are expected to be much darker to give you a better view from October.
Now, if you aspire to do whale watching, May to September is the best time to visit Iceland. Summers in Iceland starts from June to August, and it is the perfect time for hiking and to enjoy the summer festivals. June, with its 24 hours of daylight and summer temperatures, you may find it the best time for sightseeing and exploring the best of Iceland.
Whale watching in Iceland
Budgeting Iceland Honeymoon Cost
There are so many good places to go on a honeymoon, but do they all fit your budget criteria? Let's take a closer look at how much a honeymoon in Iceland would cost you approximately. This will help you plan in advance and prepare you for your upcoming travels.
The cost of travel to Iceland would depend upon the duration. For a two-week Iceland honeymoon, we recommend you budget for $3500 to $5,000. This should cover gas, food, activities, and other miscellaneous expenses.
To Wrap Up
Iceland is an awe-inspiring destination. No pictures can do justice to the beauty that this destination has to offer. From iconic landmarks to picturesque landscapes, there's much to see here. Plan your travel itinerary and book everything in advance in order to enjoy the destination to its fullest.