How to Plan Your Honeymoon in Iceland

Congratulations on your Iceland elopement or wedding! Honeymooning in Iceland is a top choice for many couples, as it’s ideal for both getting married and enjoying a romantic getaway. It’s like having the best of both worlds!

If you’re planning your dream honeymoon, Iceland should definitely be on your list. Here’s why:

4 reasons For Your honeymoon in Iceland

1. Stunning Natural Beauty

Iceland is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty. From the awe-inspiring Northern Lights to magnificent waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, several black sand beaches, and geothermal hot springs, the country is filled with picturesque spots for your honeymoon. Imagine exploring stunning locations like the Blue Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, and the dramatic Reynisfjara Beach, creating unforgettable memories.

Don’t miss our elopement guide for the best wedding locations and planning tips in Iceland.

2. Privacy and Seclusion

For a romantic and private honeymoon, Iceland’s vast and untouched landscapes are perfect. While summer can bring crowds to popular tourist spots, a honeymoon over New Year’s offers a quieter and equally beautiful winter experience.

3. Exciting Adventures

For adventurous couples, Iceland is a paradise! You can hike glaciers, explore ice caves in the south and southeast, or take a Super Jeep tour through rugged terrains. The adventure possibilities are indeed endless.

4. Unique Cuisine

Iceland offers a unique blend of traditional Nordic cuisine and modern influences. The country is often ranked among the top in the Bocuse d’Or, the culinary world cup, which is impressive for a nation of just 350,000 people! Sample fresh seafood like langoustine and hot-smoked salmon, or try traditional dishes like hákarl (fermented shark) and skyr. Iceland’s focus on local and sustainable ingredients ensures a delightful dining experience. Recommended restaurants include Matur og Drukkur and Fisk Félagid.

visit matur og drukkur

What to Do During Your Honeymoon

I’m pretty sure, you’re not visiting Iceland only to stay in your hotel. Here are some top outdoor adventures for your honeymoon:

Drive the Ring Road

The Ring Road (Highway 1) circles the island, providing access to many of Iceland’s wonders. Driving the Ring Road can take 4-14 days, depending on your schedule and budget. I recommend 8-10 days in summer and 10-14 days in winter when there’s less daylight and colder weather, allowing you to take it slower. The best way to experience the Ring Road is by driving yourself! Iceland Road Trip offers both self-drive and guided tours.

Go Inside a Volcano

Þríhnúkagígur is an extinct volcano near Reykjavik where you can be lowered into the empty magma chamber. It’s a visually stunning experience. We did it long ago, and it’s only gotten better since. While it’s not the cheapest option, it’s definitely worth it.

Spend the Night by the Glacier Lagoon

The Glacier Lagoon is a must-visit spot. It’s right on the Ring Road and can be crowded during the day, but in summer, the midnight sun provides the perfect time to explore the lagoon and nearby ice beach. You only need 5-6 hours of sleep when the sun is up 24 hours (We’ve proven it many times by our example!).

Hike a Glacier

Iceland has several glaciers. Sólheimajökull is ideally located in the south and close to the main attractions and waterfalls. It’s perfect for a half-day hike, especially when the weather is nice. I’ve hiked it in both summer and winter, and winter offers incredible views. Another amazing glacier cave is called Katla Ice Cave, and it’s definitely worth visiting!

Best Places to Stay and Visit on Your Honeymoon

The Retreat at Sky Lagoon

The Sky Lagoon is one of Iceland’s main attractions, and for good reason—there’s no other place like it! We strongly recommend Sky Lagoon over the more famous Blue Lagoon, because it’s far less crowded, with a much more luxurious experience, while the prices are more attractive.
PRO tip: Book the slot for the visit to Sky Lagoon at sunset and you won’t be disappointed by the astonishing view and the steam lightened up by the golden rays of sunlight!

Hotel Rangá

Hotel Rangá is a classic luxury hotel known for its high standards and beautiful surroundings, perfect for a romantic stay.

Sigló Hotel

Sigló Hotel (Sigló is the nickname for the town Siglufjördur) is a wonderful 4-star hotel in one of Iceland’s northernmost towns. If you want seclusion, you’ve got it!

Hotel Laki

This hotel is located at the corner of south and east Iceland. If you’re traveling east from Reykjavik, it’s an ideal spot for your first night. I stayed there over Christmas 2019 and was able to see the Northern Lights from the hotel’s outdoor patio.

More Resources on eloping in Iceland

How to Elope in Iceland
Iceland Elopement Locations
Best Iceland Wedding Venues
Budir Church Iceland Wedding
Iceland Elopement Packages
Northern Lights Iceland Elopement

Jane Iskra

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