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Romantic Iceland Honeymoon Ideas

Iceland may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re planning your honeymoon, but we have so many magical and romantic places to visit here that most honeymoon destinations will never be able to live up to them. In fact, an Iceland honeymoon offers many once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

If you’re busy planning your honeymoon or already have a honeymoon in Iceland in mind, this article is for you. Here are some of the must-visit honeymoon spots:

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Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a must-visit honeymoon hot spot (quite literally). This magnificent hot spring doesn’t just have the regular allure of hot healing waters, but it also has a very unique aesthetic, making it the perfect place for an Instagrammable honeymoon moment. It is this incredibly unique look of its bright blue waters and rocky edges that has also made it onto our big screens.

So, if you or your partner are a fan of movies such as Hostel or Star Wars – you can wear the “I was there” badge with honor. But there’s much more to the Blue Lagoon as a romantic getaway than just taking a dip in a hot spring. You will also find the Retreat Spa there, where you can arrange for some couples pampering.

There’s also a restaurant where you can end your day with a romantic dinner. And, if you don’t want your Blue Lagoon outing to end just quite yet, you can always opt to stay over at the hotel. All of the above makes Blue Lagoon one of Iceland’s best honeymoon resorts.

When is the Best Time to Visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is open all year round, so when you decide to visit will depend on your personal preferences. For example:

  • Most locals will promote visiting the hot springs in Iceland during the colder winter months (December to March). This is because of the contrast in temperature between the hot water and the cold outdoors making it a pretty memorable experience.

  • If you don’t want your romantic Iceland getaway to be too crowded, a summer trip to the island (between June and September) is not for you. Summertime is considered to be peak season here in Iceland and you’ll need to contend with our peak season crowds wherever you go.

  • If you need to plan a honeymoon in Iceland on a budget, we highly recommend that you choose one of our shoulder months (April, May, October, or November). This way you avoid any peak season crowds along with all the peak season pricing.

  • Because of its location between Keflavik Airport and Reykjavik, many people opt to visit the Blue Lagoon whilst they’re staying in the capital city, or on their way from or to the airport. This is just because of convenience and being time-efficient.

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Where Can We Stay Near the Blue Lagoon?

The Blue Lagoon is quite close to Reykjavik, so it is possible to simply drive back to your accommodation in the capital city. But if you would like to stay closer to the resort itself, the following come highly recommended:

Silfra Fissure

This is one of those unique experiences Iceland has to offer visitors that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. What can be more #couplegoals than holding hands and literally lying suspended between two continents? It also makes amazing shots if you happen to have an underwater camera.

The Silfra Fissure is a tear (fissure) in the earth where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are pushing apart from one another. This fissure is now filled with the clearest glacial water, offering visitors visibility of up to 120 meters.

Just keep in mind that you can either dive or snorkel the Silfra. If you want to dive, you’ll need to ensure that you have a valid diving license with you as well as sufficient diving experience under your belt.

When is the Best Time to Visit the Silfra Fissure in Iceland?

It may sound counterintuitive, but the Silfra is open to the public all year round. It’s glacial water, so you’ll need to dive with a dry suit irrespective of time or season. Deciding exactly when the best time for you to snorkel or dive the Silfra will be will depend on the following:

  • Whether you want to avoid our peak season summer crowds. In this case, you may want to opt for a trip before June or after September. Or, you’ll just need to get a real early start to your day during the peak summer season visit.

  • If you consider yourself someone that doesn’t do too well in the cold, you might want to stick to snorkeling the Silfra in the summer. Whilst the water will always be cold, you can at least choose what getting out of the water feels like.

Silfra Fissure in Iceland

Where Can We Stay Near the Silfra Fissure?

Once again, the Silfra Fissure is close enough to Reykjavik to be able to drive back to your accommodation there. But if you’re on a road trip or would like to stay over closer to the Silfra, you can consider the following:

Horseback Riding (Almost Anywhere in Iceland)

Now is your chance to star in your very own romantic Hallmark movie moment, you and your partner riding across the landscape on horseback together (slow motion not included). But in all seriousness, horseback riding in Iceland is way more special than any Hallmark movie could ever be.

Not only do you get to take “the road less traveled” when exploring the island on horseback, but you also get to do it on the island’s very own breed of horse called the Icelandic Horse. These horses look more like ponies even when fully grown, and they are known for their incredibly friendly nature. These guys also sport a thick, fluffy coat during the colder months of the year, and are famous for the fact that they can perform an extra gait called the tölt.

If you and your spouse want to add a bit of competition to your honeymoon, you can challenge them to a beer tölt. This is when the rider is given a pint of beer and asked to perform the tölt without spilling a drop.

Horseback Riding Iceland

When is the Best Time to Go Horseback Riding in Iceland?

Once again, horseback riding is available all year round, but you’ll need to take the following into consideration when deciding when to take this activity on:

  • It is an outdoor activity, so you’ll need to keep a close eye on the Iceland weather forecast. You don’t want to get caught in bad weather whilst out and about.

  • Since horseback riding is a popular summer activity, you will need to book well in advance to avoid disappointment if you’re planning on including this in your Iceland honeymoon package during the summertime.

  • Due to the winter weather conditions, trails and horseback riding outings may be restricted and limited. Phone the horse farm or tour operator ahead of time to inquire.

  • As an outdoor activity that relies on daylight, you will need to take the length of the ride and the available daylight hours into account. You can’t plan to go on a half-day horse riding tour when you barely have 4 hours of daylight mid-winter. You will have a failed trip itinerary before you even reach the island.

Where Can We Stay When Horseback Riding in Iceland?

Since horseback riding can be found all across the island, your accommodation options are legion. There are also places where you can sleep over on the horse farm itself. Some of the most popular farm stays include:

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Vatnajökull Glacier

As the saying goes; “those who hike a glacier together, stay together”. Okay, not really, but it’s still a great way to experience a once-in-a-lifetime moment together and get some great pics. Especially if you can tell people that you hiked the largest glacier in all of Europe; Vatnajökull! Due to safety concerns, this activity is only available via guided tours, but groups are kept small and intimate.

When is the Best Time to Hike Vatnajökull Glacier in Iceland?

This is also one of those Iceland honeymoon activities that seem pretty counterintuitive, since this icy adventure can be undertaken all year round – even in the warm summer months in Iceland. When deciding when to go hike Vatnajökull Glacier, just keep the following in mind:

  • This is a popular activity that can be done only via guided tour, so please ensure that you book your spot in advance to avoid disappointment (especially during the busy summer months).

  • Since a glacier hike can take up to 4 hours, we highly recommend that you do this activity when there are enough daylight hours at your disposal. This, obviously, does not include mid-winter since you barely get 4 hours of daylight in total.

  • As an outdoor activity, you always need to double-check the Iceland weather forecast, especially before heading out.

Where Can We Stay Near Vatnajökull Glacier?

The following places come highly recommended if you’re planning on staying over near Vatnajökull Glacier:

Vatnajökull Glacier in Iceland

Rent a Camper and Road Trip

We believe that there’s no better way to explore the island than via road trip, and there really is no better way to have the honeymoon adventure of a lifetime (and the most affordable honeymoon in Iceland!) than renting a campervan upon arrival in Reykjavik and hitting the road.

We have various popular road trip routes all across the country, including Ring Road, Golden Circle, the South Coast Way, Diamond Circle, and the Westfjords Way.

When is the Best Time to Go on a Road Trip in Iceland?

Once again, you can hit the road for your Iceland honeymoon all year round, but what time will work best for you will depend on the following:

  • What you want to do and see. For example, you can go explore the ice caves during the summer, you can’t experience a Midnight Sun during winter, and you can only see the Iceland Puffins from May and August.

  • Where you want to go. There are quite a few roads and routes that are closed every year during the colder months, especially in the Westfjords and the Highlands. So, if you’ve got any of these regions on your Iceland bucket list, you’ll need to plan your trip for summer.

  • If you’re a nervous driver. Winter road conditions here in Iceland are not for the faint of heart. So, if you consider yourself a nervous driver, or you’re just not used to driving in harsh weather conditions that include snow and ice, it might be best to stick to a road trip during the warmer months (April to October).

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Where Can We Stay On Our Campervan Road Trip?

Since you’ve made the clever choice of opting for a campervan road trip, your accommodation has already been taken care of and you just need to find a designated parking spot (remember parking next to the road or somewhere that’s not clearly marked as a designated parking spot is illegal here in Iceland).

The best and most cost-effective option is finding a campground near you. Some of the best campsites here on the island include:

An Iceland Honeymoon; Plenty More Where This Comes From

When it comes to Iceland as a honeymoon destination, we’ve merely touched on the tip of the iceberg in regard to all there is to see and do here on the island. For example, other must-do Iceland honeymoon activities include taking a romantic stroll on one of our black sand beaches, fine dining in the capital city, or admiring the Northern Lights in Seltjarnes.

But if you plan on having a road trip honeymoon in Iceland, you’ll be able to add all these island “extras” to your honeymoon trip itinerary all along the way. So, come and visit Iceland for your honeymoon and kick-start your life together with once-in-a-lifetime experiences!



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