Iceland might not be the first location that springs to mind when you think of dream destinations for honeymoons, but it should be.
Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, is only a short flight away from England, so why not include a whirlwind weekend in the country as a part of your UK adventures? You’ll soon find this one dreamy destination that lovers around the world shouldn’t miss.
During the day
A visit to the Blue Lagoon should be one of the first things on your list when you arrive in Iceland. This is a giant outdoor geothermal spa, which is a perfect shade of milky blue. A combination of minerals, silica and healthy algae keep the waters pristine and gift the lagoon its unique colour.
A perfect place for some honeymoon relaxation, treat yourselves to couples spa treatments. You can even receive spa treatments and massages floating on the water on a mattress in the lagoon – so you never miss a chance to enjoy the natural surrounds and breathe in the unspoilt air.
While in summer the lagoon is surrounded by rolling green hills, in winter these turn white with snow, creating a magical atmosphere combined with steam rising from the waters.
Put aside a couple of hours to wander the streets of Reykjavik. Its quaint, colourful buildings look especially wonderful during the Christmas and New Year season when they are dressed and lit up beyond all expectations! The atmosphere is truly festive, with Santa Claus, snow and palpable merriment in the air.
For couples interested in exploring Reykjavik’s wealth of artistic talent, whether it’s paintings, performers, poets or novelists, there are plenty of galleries and museums to enjoy strolling through, hand-in-hand. Try the Einar Jonsson Museum or the National Gallery of Iceland. You might even want to hire bicycles so you can cycle around, or take a tour of what’s on offer.
If you’re an active couple, head for the hills. Iceland has a beautiful, dramatic landscape, with rising volcanos, deep valleys, waterfalls and meadows – all you can imagine from a fairy tale and more. You can embark upon self-guided walks, perfect for those seeking an intimate experience, or join a guided hike.
Those seeking a truly unique adventure might want to explore the scenery together on horseback. Trot gently over volcanic rocks, gallop around mountains and untouched wilderness all from the back of a steed as the wind blows through your hair.
Iceland by night
One of Iceland’s most spectacular attractions is the Northern Lights phenomenon, also known as Aurora Borealis. This is when the sky lights up in an array of colours, though most often a shade of green, as electronically charged particles from the sun collide with the upper atmosphere.
There is no experience in the world quite like sitting with a loved one and witnessing this jaw-dropping event. To see the Northern Lights, your best bet is to head to Iceland in winter when the nights are long and clear. Local tour providers can take you to the best lookout spots slightly outside the city, where you can cuddle up and wait for this masterpiece of nature to appear.
In central Reykjavik the night life is vibrant. There is a huge variety of bars, clubs and pubs so whether you’re after an all-out rave or a more serene glass of wine, there’s something for everybody.
Enjoy a romantic, candlelit meal looking out to the water and see if the Icelandic party mood sweeps you off your feet to dance the night away.
When your feet tire, remember there is a heavenly bed waiting for you at one of the city’s beautiful luxury resorts.