Chances are that if you're looking at places to go after your wedding, you want somewhere special. This once-in-a-lifetime post-nuptial vacation needs to be a place that's unique and that has a lot to offer. One of the more creative ideas is to rent a campervan in Iceland and to take an Iceland honeymoon. This is the perfect choice for outdoorsy couples with a sense of adventure.
Why take an Iceland honeymoon in a campervan rental
Think about it. You've just gotten married to the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. I assume you've traveled together before this, and a road trip around Iceland’s Ring Road is the ultimate bonding experience. Additionally, when you visit Iceland you'll be seeing and doing things that not many people on the planet have done. And who better to experience this with than your new spouse?
From lava fields to ice caving to the famous Blue Lagoon and more, let's look at all of the things amazing Iceland has to offer.
Date night in Reykjavik
Once you land at Keflavik International Airport, you'll pick up your Iceland campervan rental and head for the capital city. The Reykjavik campsite is close by, so you can park your camper and make a beeline for Reykjavik capital.
Once you've arrived, it's up to you what you decide to do next. You could stop by one of the many establishments on Laugavegur street to take in some of Iceland's legendary nightlife. You could also spend some of your Iceland honeymoon dining at some of the best restaurants in the country. Places like Dill restaurant, Kopar, and Kol restaurant are excellent dining options.
Honeymoon in Iceland: A romantic dip in the Blue Lagoon
Once you've established your base in Reykjavik, you've got a few different options for things to do. There are day trips to places like the Golden Circle or Snaefellsnes Peninsula. You've also got one of the most special activities to do in Iceland, a trip to the Blue Lagoon. Iceland's most famous attraction is one of you absolutely can't miss out on.
The silica-infused, mineral-rich waters of the geothermally-heated lagoon are known for their healing properties. Everything from asthma to eczema has been known to benefit from taking a dip. The milky blue waters of this geothermal spa make for a great day of fun during your honeymoon in Iceland
Take a visit to black sand beaches
As you travel along the Ring Road in your camper, you'll have plenty of time to visit Iceland’s famous black sand beaches. Whether it's the haunting plane wreck at Solheimasandur or the seaside village of Vik, make time on your Iceland itinerary for a volcanic beach. Vik is especially popular thanks to the basalt column cliff face and unusual seaside rock formations. There's also the misty atmosphere that creates something magical as you're walking hand-in-hand with your partner along the shore.
When you're taking a honeymoon in Iceland, you want to have as much romance as possible.
Honeymooning in Iceland: View the Northern Lights together
Speaking of romance, there's an activity that I highly recommend to any newlyweds thinking of honeymooning in Iceland. Picture this: You're snuggled up nice and warm in the back of your toasty camper. As you look through the windows you see waves of emerald and turquoise dancing through the sky. This dazzling nighttime light show is known as the Aurora Borealis, or more commonly, the Northern Lights.
Watching Mother Nature's wonder on full display is an unforgettable experience, and it's even better sharing it with the one you love. Plus the cold, clear nights that provide the perfect viewing conditions will give you all the more excuse to snuggle up close to your honey. This is one of the most romantic things you can do when you visit Iceland.
Just make sure that you come during Northern Lights season. It runs from mid-September through mid-March. If you come at another time of year, during the time of the Midnight Sun for example, you won’t be able to experience the Aurora Borealis.
Hot springs and hiking
As you continue honeymooning in Iceland on your camper van road trip, you don't want to pass up visiting our famous hot springs. from the steaming hot River in Reykjadalur Valley to the Lake Myvatn Nature Baths, there are plenty of opportunities to go for a swim. Iceland is an outdoor lover's dream, and for sporty couples there's nothing better than taking a hike and going for a swim.
It surprises many that they need to pack a swimsuit for a vacation to a country with the name ice in the name. But we are a volcanic country and as a result, there are thousands of geothermal hot springs all over the island. If you're both really into hiking, I suggest coming during the summer when the hiking trails of Landmannalaugar open up. This area is Iceland's hiking mecca and part of its wild interior Highlands.
Visiting the Icelandic backcountry requires a 4x4 camper rental, so make sure you choose the right vehicle for your desired itinerary.
Honeymoon Iceland ice caving and glacier hikes
Another great option if a honeymoon in Iceland is on your mind and you love adventure is a visit to our spectacular glaciers. Not only can you take a glacier hike across skaftafell glacier, there are also the glacier caverns and ice caves to explore. You may have seen photos of these phenomenal activities. Hikers strap on their crampons and safety equipment to traverse the massive ice cap. They also explore the otherworldly turquoise blue glacier caves and caverns.
There are also ice caves, which are a related but different extreme sport. When you opt for doing a tour of an ice cave, it's a long tube covered with ice. They are there year-round, as opposed to the glacier caves, which are more domelike and only accessible in winter. When planning your honeymoon, Iceland's season and available activities are huge point of consideration.
Horse riding and Icelandic horses
Another fun activity could be mounting one of the proud and noble Icelandic horses. Horse riding through the Icelandic countryside will take you through a variety of breathtaking landscapes and gorgeous scenery. This is a wonderful activity for animal lovers. You'll also meet the special breed of Icelandic horses up close and personal. These fine creatures descended directly from the steeds ridden by the Vikings who came here over a thousand years ago.
A romantic trip to the Land of Fire and Ice
When you get married, there are so many options for where to go after the excitement of the wedding and the reception have died down. Couples looking to do something out of the ordinary or visit an off-the-beaten-path destination can't go wrong with the trip to Iceland. And renting a camper is one of the best ways to see the island. So what are you waiting for? Book your trip and start planning the first adventure of many with your new husband or wife.