Iceland is a country known for its extremes. It’s called the land of fire and ice, and it boasts stunning landscapes, enormous glaciers, bubbling volcanoes, black sand beaches, and expansive waterfalls. Iceland has something for everyone, from singles to families, and even those celebrating their Iceland Elopement.
So if you are planning a wedding or a honeymoon to Iceland, it only makes sense that you’ll want to take advantage of everything you can when visiting this Nordic island. Here are some must-see Iceland attractions that you’ll want to be certain to include.
The Blue Lagoon
Visitors should head right to the Blue Lagoon as soon as they touch down in Iceland. This pool is fed by silica-rich water by a nearby geothermal plant, and it’s the perfect place to relax. The Blue Lagoon features white sand and bright blue water, and it’s surrounded by black basalt rocks, and luxurious mist floating around the entire area.
The entire lagoon is surrounded by spa-like amenities, and you can relax inside on comfortable lounges, outside in the pool, and even get a couples massage inside the water. You’ll also find a swim-up bar and a sit-down restaurant, so you have nearly everything you could ask for. Best of all, the lagoon isn’t too far from the Reykjavik airport, and plenty of buses and shuttles go directly from the airport to the lagoon before dropping you off at your hotel afterwards.
Iceland was settled by Norse Vikings and to this day, plenty of Viking roots are deep within Icelandic culture. One example of this is the Icelandic horses. The horses are direct descendants of the original horses the Vikings brought over. These short, stout, and fluffy horses are a protected species. If they leave the island, they would be prohibited from returning because of the fear that they may contaminate the ancient bloodline.
These horses are perfect for riding and exploring the Icelandic landscape. You can find tours in almost every region of Iceland, and can do tours that last either multiple days or just a few hours.
The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle tour is a miniature tour of Iceland that can be experienced in just one day. You’ll start by visiting a geyser that explodes from the ground every few minutes, then you head to Gullfoss, where you’ll view a magnificent waterfall from a viewing platform above. Then you’ll end the tour at Thingvellir National Park, which is popular for a couple of different reasons. The park was the location of Europe’s first recorded Parliament gathering. It’s also the place where the European and North American tectonic plates are pulling apart from one another. So when you are there, know that you’ll be walking on land that isn’t on a continent!
Whale Watching tour
Reykjavik is a harbor town, and it’s surrounded by water on all sides. A fun activity to try is to catch a whale watching tour from the harbor and be in awe of these large creatures as they swim by. If you’re lucky, you may be able to catch a glimpse of some seals and puffins as well. These tours last a good few hours, and can be a great way to relax and see some nature without traversing too far away from the city center. Even if you aren’t able to see any whales, you’ll still be surrounded by a breathtaking mountain landscape surrounding the harbor.
With these items on your itinerary, your Iceland honeymoon is set to be one for the record books!