Honeymoon Destination: Iceland
The Land of Ice and Fire
by: Theresa Chu-Bermudez of Get Out! Custom Travels
It seems like everyone has either gone to or is planning on going to Iceland. With the numerous activities, hospitable people, and otherworldly scenery, it isn't hard to see why the country draws so many people. For engaged couples, Iceland is usually not the first destination that comes to mind; however, this destination is perfect for couples who love adventure with a side of relaxation (and don't forget Game of Thrones fans!). Summer is the peak season and is significantly more crowded and expensive than the off season in the winter. In the winter, though, couples have the opportunity to go ice-caving, glacier hiking, and have a greater chance of seeing the beautiful Northern Lights.
Main Airport: Keflavík International Airport Getting Around: Rental car, local bus system, tour buses, intercity buses, ferries Top Things To Do:
- Food tour in Reykjavik (make sure to try the world famous Icelandic hot dog!)
- Golden Circle Tour to see the southern portion of Iceland
- Snorkeling/scuba diving the Silfra fissure
- Taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon on the way to or from the airport - reservations are
- Going on a Game of Thrones set tour
- Doing a self-drive through the country
- Glacier hiking (winter only)
- Ice-caving (winter only)
- Viewing the glacier lagoon and visiting Diamond Beach
- Spending a relaxing day at Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths
- Hunting for Northern Lights
- Iceland is very expensive even in the winter. Make sure to budget enough for food, activities, and souvenirs.
- The weather in Iceland can change quickly and is often unpredictable. Don't forget to bring rain gear as well as extra layers just in case. As the Icelanders say: "There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes."
- Because the weather in Iceland is unpredictable, itineraries can change. For example, last December was the warmest and wettest December Reykjavik had experienced in over 150 years. The ice caves were still flooded so travelers were not able to go inside. Also, the cloudy skies prevented travelers from seeing the Northern Lights.
- There is so much history and geological information in Iceland. Having a guide is not necessary (unless you are going glacier hiking or ice caving); however, a guide can offer neat facts and stories about Iceland's history.