Planning a honeymoon can be stressful, and planning one to a remote location, can be even more stressful. My husband, Brian, and I decided to go to Iceland for our first trip as a married couple, and were up to the challenge of booking an obscure honeymoon.
We had been to Europe before, but Iceland was a completely different type of trip for us. Extreme weather, driving through the mountains, climbing waterfalls and even snorkeling in 34 degree waters – it was quite the adventure! The process took months of researching, but in the end, it was all worth it!
That being said, I want to share our planning process with you and what we did on our trip! Iceland is an amazingly beautiful country, and can be a very romantic honeymoon destination.
The Research & Booking Process
A lot of our research was done on Guide To Iceland’s website. There are so many great resources on the site, from blog posts on local life, things to see, and info on tours and car rentals (we used Blue Car Rental, and had a great experience).
As for flights, I love using Google Flights to track prices and flight dates. You simply put in the date range you want to travel and it notifies you when there’s a price drop! It’s an easy way to save a few bucks, and can be great if you are a little flexible on your exact travel dates.
Where We Stayed
Outside the capital of Reykjavik, hotels can be harder to come by, so our accommodations ranged from hotels, to Airbnbs, to guest houses. Each more adorable than the last. You can find very reasonable prices on booking sites like hotels.com and Airbnb, but my one main piece of advice for booking any accommodations is book early! Mistakingly, we booked some of our rooms 1-2 months before our trip, and a lot of places were either sold out or the prices had skyrocketed.
We decided to drive around the entire country, so we didn’t just stay in one place. We stayed in Reykjavik for one night, and then traveled to Eyvindarhólar, Egilsstaðir, Akureyri, and then ended our trip back in Reykjavik for a few days.
What We Saw
Because we drove around the entire country, our goal was to see it all! But before we started our several day road trip, we took a day to enjoy the Blue Lagoon. It was right by the airport, so I would recommend going fresh off the plane. It gives you time to recharge after a long flight, as well as spend some time de-stressing after wedding planning! During our research, some blogs wrote that the Blue Lagoon wasn’t really worth it and that is very touristy, but we loved our experience! I’m also a firm believer in doing the touristy stuff, as well as the stuff off the beaten path.
After a day of relaxation and beating jet lag, we started out our journey from Reykjavik and traveled through the southern coast seeing Stroker Geyser, a number of beautiful waterfalls (Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrafoss and Skógafoss), and Black Sand Beach. Then we continued our journey east to see Dyrhólaey, Svínafellsjökull Glacier, Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon, Diamond Beach, and you guessed it, more waterfalls (Systrafoss and Svartifoss)!
Once in the north, we saw two humpback whales while whale watching and stayed up late to watch the sun set (which is never did!). Our Airbnb in Akureyi was our favorite spot on the whole trip because it was so beautiful and relaxing. We wish we could have stayed longer, but were able to enjoy a leisurely day walking the town and having breakfast at a local cafe before heading back to the capital.
After our 4-day road trip around the island, we took a few days to relax in Reykjavik. We still ventured out of town to do some excursions, like swimming at The Secret Lagoon and snorkeling in Silfra, but enjoying a little bit of a slower pace in Reykjavik was nice after our long days of driving.
Our trip to Iceland felt like the trip of a lifetime! There were so many things to see and places to explore together. If you ever have the opportunity to travel there, it will not disappoint!
Want more information about Iceland? Check out my blog, Passports & Cappuccinos, for our full honeymoon itinerary (here, here and here). You can also read my full packing list and tips on driving in Iceland.