Before, during, and after our Icelandic honeymoon, I was asked this question over and over. This along with questions like
You’re already planning a wedding, why would you want to plan an entire trip on top of that? Why don’t you just do what everyone else does and just go to an all-inclusive resort? Hiking on your honeymoon? Are you crazy? You’re supposed to be relaxing on your honeymoon! Iceland? Isn’t it cold there? Why don’t you go lay out at the beach instead?
And I would always have to go into my typical spiel where I would justify our choice. It got old really fast.
So why did we honeymoon in Iceland?
We are not “beachy” people.
I love the ocean. I love the beach. I live on an island and work to preserve our coastlines after all. But we are not the types to sit on a beach all day. This isn’t fun or relaxing to us, which brings me to the next point…
Hiking is our idea of relaxation.
When I think of a fun vacation, the first thing that comes to my mind is the opportunity to hike. And we certainly did a lot of hiking on this trip! 70 miles and over 500 floors of elevation according to my Fitbit. It was exhausting, but in the best way. At the end of the trip I felt so refreshed. It was exactly what I needed after the wedding stress.
But you can still get some spa time!
Iceland is a geothermal heaven. There are hot springs (natural and man made) all over the country! We took advantage by having a soak and calming our tired bodies after all the hiking we did, and it was amazing! One night we stayed in a private log cabin on the Golden Circle, and the owner had a hot tub that was completely powered by geothermal and hot water from drilling down into the ground under the house!
We flew from Houston to Boston to Reykjavik for about $500. It was the cheapest destination that fit what we wanted our of our honeymoon. Every other location would have run us at least $1000.
Iceland is BEAUTIFUL.
Seriously, need I say more on this point? The country is one of the most amazing places I’ve been in my life. Literally everywhere we turned we were faced with jaw dropping beauty. Waterfalls everywhere. Rainbows. Black sand beaches. Rolling hills. Blue rivers. Fabulous Icelandic horses. Amazing geologic formations. The list goes on.
There are so many amazing, new experiences to be had!
Stand between two continents. Or snorkel between them! Bask in the midnight sun. Hike on the largest glacier in Europe. Step into a volcano. See the Northern lights. Sail around an iceberg lagoon. These experiences are all so amazing, and in my opinion they beat sitting on a beach for a week.
Iceland is also very romantic!
There were a lot of days when we were alone in nature, just the two of us. And I really cherish that time we got to spend together. It was nice to have time to ourselves where we got to be independent and explore with each other.
The truth is, there are so many reasons why we chose to honeymoon in Iceland. And a lot of them are subjective.
Everyone is different and has different ideas of the “perfect honeymoon.”
I’m glad we went to Iceland, and I would 100% do it all over again. But when it comes to planning your honeymoon, follow your arrow and don’t allow anyone’s opinions of what is/is not a “real” honeymoon destination to sway you.