15 Iceland Honeymoon Ideas You’ll LOVE

An Iceland honeymoon is sure to get you and your partner excited. The Nordic country may not have the beaches of Hawaii or the Bahamas, but it is so much more! Iceland is a land that is just waiting to be uncovered. Intimate hot springs, beautiful glaciers, majestic wildlife, and striking waterfalls come together on this Scandinavian island. It will dazzle any traveler, especially those looking for romance on their honeymoon.

There is no right or wrong time to enjoy your Iceland honeymoon. Summer months yield 24 hours of daylight from the “Midnight Sun” to long winter months, which provide a dark sky for the Aurora Borealis. Either way, you look at it, you’re in for a memorable and unique treat in the picturesque country of Iceland.

I’ve been to Iceland three times now, once alone and together as a couple with Cameron. Our latest trip involved driving around the incredible ring road to uncover all the country’s nooks and crannies. Here are some of my favorite things to do for a romantic honeymoon in Iceland.


Amazing Iceland Honeymoon Ideas


Black Sand Beaches

Natasha Walks Along The Black Sand Beach in Iceland

Black beaches aren’t something seen every day. However, when touring around Iceland’s Southern Coast, there are a few spots to see the dramatic black sand beaches. Reynisfjara, near Vik, is probably Iceland’s most well-known black sand beach.

That means it is packed with tourists. We went in the offseason and are still amazed at how many people were on the beach. I would recommend visiting the East Fjords if you have the time. We thought the Egilsstaðir region was stunning and yielded far fewer crowds, precisely what you want on an Iceland honeymoon.


Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Cameron And Natasha Look Out At Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

It’s hard to deny that Iceland has many gems, but Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in the country’s southeast has to be one of the most beautiful. We spent 12 days in Iceland, and I think the Jökulsárlón lagoon was the most spectacular location we saw.

You can get out and enjoy the beauty from the side or hop on a boat tour to get close to the glacier. If you are in for an adventure and traveling during the winter, a great thing to do on your Iceland honeymoon would be to go on an ice-caving tour in the nearby Vatnajökull glacier. Whatever you do, the lagoon constantly changes, so no two trips will ever be the same.

I would advise bringing some compact binoculars and a travel camera as seals often swim in the lagoon (we saw five!). Afterward, go across the street to Diamond Beach to hold an Icelandic ice cube!


Climb a Glacier

Sólheimajökull Glacier Area With A Hiker

While you’re at Jökulsárlón, you may as well conquer the biggest glacier in Europe (Vatnajökull glacier) nearby! This challenging experience is one of Iceland’s most memorable. We suggest any active traveler strap on some crampons and prepare to climb a massive glacier with mesmerizing views. It’s not the expansive landscape that will steal your breath away, but when you enter the ice caves within the glacier. What’s better than telling your friends back home you went ice climbing in Iceland?


Have a Date Night in Reykjavik

Natasha On A Sunny Day In Reykjavik

A honeymoon in Iceland will be expensive. It is one of the most expensive countries in the world, and the high costs are reflected in the food and alcohol.  However, when you are in one of the coolest capital cities in the world, I would suggest at least having one or two special nights out in Reykjavik.

A thriving bar and restaurant scene is vibrant on weekends and during the summer. The best food we had in Reykjavik was at Matarkjallarinn. It’s a central and upscale restaurant that serves modern Icelandic cuisine. They have live music or a pianist playing every night, and on weekends, the cocktail bar here is packed with patrons for a lively atmosphere.

There is almost a bar on every corner of the capital, so it won’t be hard to find a good one. Many offer happy hour specials, so make sure to do your research and get there a little early for a deal. Keep in mind that the sun never sets during the Icelandic summer, so when you walk out of the bar at 2 a.m., you may be just a little bit confused.


Drive Iceland’s Ring Road

Iceland Supermarkets

This one involves renting a car (or campervan like us!) and is ideal if you have longer than seven days for your Iceland honeymoon. However, it is hands down the best adventure you can have in Iceland and will ensure you get the absolute most out of your trip.

Iceland’s famous ring road connects the whole country in a…well… a ring. The road is one road technically called “Route one” and is approximately 1332 km. Along the route, you’ll find glaciers, a million waterfalls, winding roads, and just a few of the Icelandic horses.

Driving around the ring road with your own car gives you the freedom to stop where and when you want without any time limits. It’s what allowed us to spend hours atSkógafoss, take a detour to the Snaefellsnes peninsula, and camp out under the Northern Lights.

You can either rent a car and stay at hotels, camp in a tent at campsites along the way, or take your house with you in a Happy Camper Van. Either way, the trip is iconic and will give you lots of Iceland honeymoon memories to share. See our full review of Happy Campers here. 


Descend into a Volcano on your Iceland Honeymoon!

Thrihnukagigur Volcano

What’s more romantic than going inside a volcano in Iceland together? Inside Þríhnúkagígur, you will descend 120 meters into a gigantic chamber, only to be overcome by shimmering hues of pink, blues, and oranges. The colors inside Þríhnúkagígur are sure enough to dazzle any visitor. The dormant volcano is accessible only by guided tour. This is one of the best and most unique things to do in Iceland.


Practice Your Horse-riding skills

horseback-riding-in-iceland

You know how most people take romantic horseback rides on the beach? You should try riding Icelandic horses through the wild countryside. Trust me—it’s the perfect Iceland vacation idea. Icelandic horses are small compared to other horses you may be used to, but they have a distinctive gait style that makes riding them exceptionally smooth.

The “Tölt” is one of the five gaits of an Icelandic horse and makes this breed so different from any other on earth. The Tölt is a natural, fluid gait where at least one foot always touches the ground. The horses are known for being well-natured and robust horses, not to mention beautiful. How can you not love that hair?

We went on a two-hour horse-riding adventure together with Hestasport near Varmahlid. It was an amazing time and a chance to learn about Icelandic horse culture. Our guide was very professional and made us feel natural on a horse we had never been on before. We conquered the Iceland countryside and flowing rivers with our Icelandic horses.


Get Out and Hike

Múlagljúfur Canyon hike

Looking for a quick break from city life while staying in Reykjavik? There are plenty of challenging yet magnificent hikes to stretch your legs. The best part is you don’t have to travel far to get to them! Esjan, Glymur, Hveragerði, Gjáin, and Seljavallalaug are all within an hour of Reykjavik and are accessible by public transport (and, of course, two feet). All of these hikes are well worth a day; however, the climb up Esjan is a favorite. Once at the top, you are rewarded with a stunning view of Reykjavik.

Of course, if you can get outside the city, the walking and hiking opportunities are endless. We enjoyed hiking around the Husafell region in the beautiful Hotel Husafell in Northern Iceland. This is where the fall foliage comes alive! Always prepare yourself for a hike and tell someone about your plans. The weather conditions in Iceland can be extreme and unpredictable, and you don’t want to get caught in a bad situation on your Iceland honeymoon.


Cozy Up in a Hot Spring

Cameron And Natasha At The Hvammsvik Hot Springs

Iceland may be short of McDonald’s, palm trees, and Starbucks, but it does not fall short in the hot spring category. Hot springs and geysers can be found all over the country, and they are romantic spots to take a warm (or incredibly hot) dip in. Don’t forget some local beer and a swimsuit for Icelandic pools! Visitors can visit the famous Blue Lagoon, but we don’t always recommend that. The admission prices to get into this artificial lagoon are sky-high.

Plenty of natural hot springs around the country are free to enjoy and more romantic without all the tourists. There are also geothermal pools in almost every town in Iceland. The local pools are great for swimming and some hot tubs. The pools are where the locals go to get active and socialize, so you may even get to know a few Icelanders while visiting one! Or check out our post on ten awesome hot springs in Iceland.


Be Awestruck by the Northern Lights

Northern Lights in Iceland

The Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis, are among the greatest spectacles on earth! In the winter months, from late September to early April, they are visible from all over Iceland. Just get out to the countryside and pack a tripod for photographs to capture the most beautiful green, pink, purple, and yellow hues. Jökulsárlón is a trendy place to visit during winter and view the spectacle. This is where we spotted the Northern Lights at their best. You can check the Aurora forecast here!


Drive the Golden Circle

Geysir on the Golden Circle

For those who don’t have the time to do the whole ring road, I recommend taking a day for a Golden Circle trip. The Golden Circle is a popular 300-kilometer route looping around Reykjavik. The drive only takes a day, and you can find some of the best of Iceland’s beauty along the road. Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the geysers Geysir and Strokkur are the main hits of the Golden Circle. You can also see the Kerið volcanic crater and the hot river nearby.

Like many things in Iceland, car rentals can be expensive. Gas is over $8 a gallon. However, the most popular form of travel in Iceland is by tour. The tour will get you to the best sites on the Golden Circle with none of the stress of driving yourself. Not to mention, you won’t miss one of the highlights for lack of knowledge!


Hit the Slopes

A Skier In Iceland At Sunset

In the wintertime, Iceland becomes a ski or snowboarding fanatics playground. Iceland has a few different ski resorts around the country, making Iceland a great skiing destination if you are into winter sports. We love snowboarding but weren’t there at the right time of year. For those who visit January through April, check out ski resorts near Reykjavik, Akureyri, and Husavik. Or, for the truly adventurous, you can check out helicopter skiing in Northern Iceland.


Chase Waterfalls

Skogafoss In Iceland

There are waterfalls all over Iceland. I can’t give you an exact number as many glaciers will melt and form small waterfalls that feed the rivers. That being said, we can direct you to a few of the more notable ones:

  • Goðafoss: Waterfall of the gods in the Northeast
  • Háifoss: A bit off the beaten track, but one of the highest in Iceland
  • Morsárfoss: Highest waterfall in Iceland
  • Dettifoss: The most powerful waterfall in Europe
  • Gullfoss: Along the Golden Circle and one of the most popular falls to visit
  • Seljalandsfoss: You can stand behind this waterfall
  • Skógafoss: Unique waterfall that comes directly from two glaciers

Search for Puffins

Puffins Along The Coast Of Iceland

Iceland is one of the best places in the world to spot puffins. If you love birds, this has to be at the top of your Iceland honeymoon “must-dos” list. There are plenty of places around the country to see puffins. Most notably, puffins are found in Vestmannaeyjar, Látrabjarg, Vigur Island, and Papey. If you have a car, you can get to these places yourself, or you can hop on a tour and sail just outside of the capital to see them in Akurey, Engey, or Lundey. Due to their migration patterns, seeing the puffins is only possible in the summer.


Hop on a Snowmobile

Snowmobile In Iceland

A ride on a snowmobile on top of a glacier in Iceland would complete an adventurous honeymoon. Snowmobile tours are top-rated in Iceland and are a great way to get out of the car and get even closer to the incredible glaciers.

About Natasha Alden

Natasha is the co-founder of The World Pursuit. She is an expert in travel, budgeting, and finding unique experiences. She loves to be outside, hiking in the mountains, playing in the snow on her snowboard, and biking. She has been traveling for over 10 years, across 7 continents, experiencing unique cultures, new food, and meeting fantastic people. She strives to make travel planning and traveling easier for all. Her advice about international travel, outdoor sports, and African safari has been featured on Lonely Planet, Business Insider, and Reader’s Digest.

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