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Northern Lights Honeymoon Vacation Itinerary - 2023 Update

|February 1, 2023
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Iceland offers a lot of unique opportunities for a romantic getaway. Stunning black sand beach, hot springs, and, of course, a possibility to see the Northern Lights make up the most memorable honeymoon in Iceland!


Looking for ideas on how to spend your honeymoon in Iceland? In this itinerary, made for the 2023 winter season, you will find the best places to go to see the Northern Lights in Iceland!

Day 1: Reykjavik and Northern Lights

Spend the first day in the Land of Ice and Fire exploring the capital. Reykjavik offers a lively city life with lots of museums, shops, and cozy cafes. Visit the iconic Hallgrimskirkja Church and enjoy the panoramic city view from the church’s observation area. If you feel you didn’t pack enough, you can gear up for upcoming adventures in Laugavegur shopping streets. Visit the relatively new building in Reykjavik, Harpa Concert Hall, and maybe even attend an event there!

And as the night falls, it’s time to catch the Northern Lights! The best places to watch the Northern Lights in Reykjavik are Grótta lighthouse, standing in the most westernmost part of the city, and Öskjuhlíð hill, where the Perlan museum stands. A bit outside the city, there’s a Heiðmörk forest and Kleifarvatn lake where you can watch the Northern Lights in the peaceful scenery where there’s only you and your loved one. On your way to Kleifarvatn, you can stop by the Aurora Basecamp observatory to learn about this natural phenomenon before seeing it in real life.

Traveling during summer, or there’s no sight of the Northern Lights while you're there? No worries! You’ll still have a chance to see them! Perlan museum, which stands on the Öskjuhlíð hill, hosts an amazing Northern Lights show throughout the day, called Áróra. You can visit the show at the museum’s planetarium all year round.

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Day 2: Golden Circle and Northern Lights

On day two, visit the famous Golden Circle attractions. Located in southern Iceland, the Golden Circle is known for its most unique natural attractions, including geysers, waterfalls, and a national park. You’ll be able to step into history in Thingvellir National Park, a place where two tectonic plates, North American and Eurasian, meet.

Couple Walking in Thingvellir National Park during Winter

The next stop at the Golden Circle is Haukadalur geothermal area where the famous geyser called Geysir is. Even though the Great Geysir is now dormant, its little brother, Strokkur, erupts every 5-10 minutes! Last but not least, the famous Gullfoss waterfall – a beautiful water cascade falling down in two stages.

Combine Golden Circle with the Northern Lights hunt with this amazing Golden Circle Aurora Surprise tour!

Day 3: South Coast and Northern Lights

On day three, it’s time to go deeper into the South Coast. There are numerous things to see along the south coast, including incredible waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches and glacier lagoons.

Make the first stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, located at the foot of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull. As the glacier retreats and melts, it leaves a glacier lagoon behind. Jokulsarlon is filled with icebergs from the glacier slowly making their way to the ocean. Some of them don’t make it to the ocean and are washed to the black sand beach nearby, and that’s another place to visit.

Diamond beach earned its name from the giant ice crystals laying on the beach. These icebergs create a beautiful contrast with the black sand of the beach, making it a true photographer’s paradise. Both Jokulsarlon and Diamond beach became world-famous after it was featured in numerous Hollywood films, including Tomb Raider, Batman Begins and James Bond.

Couple Between Icebergs at Diamond Beach

Another unique feature of Iceland’s south coast is, of course, incredibly beautiful waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is one of the most visited among them. This scenic water cascade plunges down 60m into a shallow pool. But the most unique thing about this waterfall is that you can actually walk behind it and admire it from a completely different perspective!

Visit the main highlights of Iceland’s south coast on this day tour from Reykjavik!

This is just a small portion of what you can expect in Iceland during your honeymoon vacation. If you’re staying in Iceland for a longer time, we recommend continuing your journey along the Ring Road to East Fjords, then towards the Akureyri in the north of Iceland and, finally, to West Fjords. If you want to see the best of Iceland in one week, we recommend checking out this 7-day Complete Iceland tour which includes Golden Circle, South Coast, Northern Lights and more!

If you’re looking for a place to stay, these Northern Lights hotels might be a perfect fit!

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