Your Iceland honeymoon will be something utterly unique. You can find beaches and mountains anywhere. Iceland, however, is the land of fire and ice, and it will give you the experience of a lifetime that no other destination can.
This island nation is not only surrounded by water, it is ruled by water. Iceland, with its distinctive geothermal power, has one of the most dramatic landscapes in the world, with volcanos, waterfalls, working geysers, and lava fields.
If you are looking to heat up your romance, look no further than the many hot springs. Immerse yourself in local culture and jump in.
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About Iceland 📖
Best Time to Visit Iceland 📅
Top Things to do in Iceland 👫
Weather in Iceland ☀️
There is a good chance that you will end up in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, during your Iceland honeymoon. Iceland is a very expensive country, and a dinner out will not be cheap. However, it is all part of your Iceland experience, so don’t miss out. It is well worth it.
Reykjavik has a lively nightlife and a number of great upscale restaurants and bars. Check out which bars offer happy hour goodies; this will help you offset some of the meal and drink expenses. Don’t imbibe too much, because life in Iceland requires a certain amount of sobriety. During the summer months, you will enjoy 24 hours of daylight. The winter months bring 24 hours of darkness. It gets confusing.
Iceland is a solitary island it the midst of the North Atlantic. Everything about the country is sheer wild and untamed beauty. No matter where you look, you will be treated to nature at its most majestic. The landscape can get so alien, it feels you’re in a sci-fi movie set. Fire and ice combine for some powerful magic.
To get to Iceland, you can take a flight to Keflavík International Airport, located 30 miles from Reykjavik. Or, bring your car on the Norröna Ferry from Denmark. There are also a myriad of cruises that have discovered this incredible place.
The country has a remarkably low crime rate. Police officers are unarmed. With so much daylight, most crimes really are not an issue.
Life in Iceland is extremely active below the surface. The island has approximately 125 volcanos, and some of them are still quite active. A volcano erupts around once in four years. This continuous eruption accounts for the many lava fields. The surface of the country is constantly changing due to all this activity.
Sadly, there are no forests in Iceland, so don’t count on a refreshing stroll through the woods. Glaciers have pretty much gutted all trees, and the ones the glaciers left, the Vikings destroyed. The lack of trees actually is notable and very strange. The good news, however, that your Iceland honeymoon will also lack any mosquito, snakes, spiders, and most crawly things. They just don’t exist here. Just watch out for the biting sand flies. As an aside, another thing you won’t find in Iceland is a ubiquitous McDonalds. It is the only western country where you can’t get a Big Mac.
Most Icelanders speak Icelandic, which is an ancient language. Like the island itself, it is absolutely unique and left unchanged over time. While most of us find medieval English difficult to read, an old Icelandic bible dating back to 1500 AD, located in a museum in Skógar, is still read by the natives to this day. The language has not changed. Iceland has moved slowly through time.
No place in the world has sunsets like Iceland during the summer. The days stretch out forever, leaving Iceland included in the enchanted phenomenon known as the Land of the Midnight Sun. Imagine a romantic stroll at midnight as the sun is still shining above. In June, the sun rises at 3:00 am and doesn’t set until midnight – 21 charming hours. During the summer solstice, dance with the native at a solstice music festival. The light shines brightly, and it never gets dark.
For an unparalleled view of the Midnight Sun, go to the Grotta lighthouse in Reykjavik. You will not only marvel at the sun slowing dropping beyond the horizon, you’ll enjoy one of the best views of surrounding mountains and glaciers. Icelanders take full advantage of this sunlight and engage in all kinds of activities during the evening, from running to taking photographs. Or grab a glass of wine and slide into one of the many hot water spas.
Best Time to Visit Iceland
The best time for your Iceland honeymoon depends on what it is you wish to experience. Iceland is unique year-round but will provide you with totally different encounters depending on the season.
If you are planning on a road trip on the Ring Road to take in all of Iceland’s wonders, your optimal time is from autumn to early spring. But you want to avoid driving when it snows, as the roads can become hazardous. Also, keep in mind that the cost of gas is sky-high. If you do drive, understand that it can take hours for help to arrive in the event of an emergency. Always have water and extra food in your car. Winter is also best if you want to revel in the magic of the Northern Lights. Of course, the winter landscape, filled with snow, is totally different than the summer.
Do you dream of endless sunlight? The Midnight Sun, with its non-ending sunlight, happens in the summer. Summer is also the best time for hiking through some of Iceland’s greenery. Of all the seasons, summer draws the most crowds. It is also the most expensive time for a honeymoon in Iceland.
Do you have a yen to see some puffins? You’ll see them throughout Iceland, and they arrive to nest in the month of April. These make an adorable photo opportunity.
For the least crowds and best travel, hotel, and car rental prices, visit Iceland during the spring and autumn months instead of winter and summer.
Top Things to do in Iceland
For a fairytale land, there are many earthly activities in Iceland.
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is surely Iceland’s most famous and popular heated pool. Located a mere 10 minutes from the airport, it is easy to reach and can get a bit crowded. The mornings are the quietest times, so bring some coffee and let the waves of relaxation and heated water flow all over you. If you are enjoying an Iceland honeymoon in the winter, sink into the thermal waters and catch the sunrise. It’s not too early to bring champagne.
The Northern Lights, also called aurora borealis, attract more visitors to Iceland than anything else. This is no ordinary stargazing. The Northern Lights are an incredible phenomenon of nature. The night sky is lit in dazzling colors such as green and red. The heavens truly come alive. It can be difficult to predict when these lights will be at their most vibrant, but a dark night and no clouds are needed. This phenomenon only occurs during the winter – summer visitor get the Midnight Sun.
It is difficult to predict the best (and darkest) place to catch the Northern Light, but the trusty Grótta lighthouse, so highly recommended for the Midnight Sun, might be your best option. Another option would be a boat tour from either Akureyri or Reykjavik. A boat tour might coincide with a whale sighting as an extra bonus.
A bottle of champagne would be entirely appropriate for the occasion.
As mentioned, Iceland is ruled by water. Don’t visit this island without seeing at least some of its magnificent waterfalls. These waterfalls are the results of Iceland’s many glaciers melting their way through the rocks. Some of the more famous ones are:
- Kirkjufellsfoss can be found in west Iceland by the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The drama of the surrounding mountains makes for an enchanting photo opportunity.
- Hraunfossar is in West Iceland is one of the most dramatic Icelandic waterfalls.
- Bruarfoss can be found in South West Iceland by the Brúará river is another photographic opportunity gem.
- Svartifoss in Skaftafell National Park is known for the contrast of gushing white water and black lava columns
- Godafoss is the only waterfall on Iceland’s great tourist route, the Diamond Circle. It is known as the “Waterfall of the Gods,” referring to the Vikings’ transition to Christianity.
These caves are created inside of actual glaciers. You can visit these between October and March. These caves can shift and might be unstable. A guided tour is undoubtedly best.
Tours for whale watching leave Reykjavik on a regular basis. Most tours last between three and four hours.
Weather in Iceland
Thanks to its high latitude, Iceland can get cold and windy, even during the summer month. The cold is mitigated by a mild Gulf Stream current. The weather can change rapidly, so bring clothing for any occasion. In addition, the northern coast of Iceland is colder than the rest of the country because the Gulf Stream does not reach it.
The amount of snow you get depends on where you are. Reykjavik gets approximately 30 inch of snow and rain each year. The southern portion of the mountains frequently get more than 155 inches of snow. Without any trees to hold off storms, the winds can be quite forceful.
Even during winters, the temperature usually remains around 32 degrees Fahrenheit, although it can get colder up north.
Summer temperatures rise to a height of merely 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Perhaps for a happy cuddle under a blanket.