With a year to reflect, now I'm not so sure what was more fun: building our Traveler's Joy website or the honeymoon itself.
Fortunately, our Traveler’s Joy registry shouldered close to half that cost. We may not have a shiny new toaster, but this trip thrilled us more than any appliance could.
Home to awe-inspiring natural wonders (including the Northern Lights), one-of-a-kind outdoor pursuits (like taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon), and a captivating capital, Iceland lands as one of the most unique honeymoon destinations on the planet.
It's also never been easier to visit, as many major U.S. cities now have direct flights to Reykjavik throughout the year, including New York, Boston, Denver, Washington, and Seattle.
If you're always in pursuit of that next thrill -- whether it be whitewater rafting, glacier hiking, or off-roading -- Iceland will be the perfect honeymoon destination for you.
Blue Lagoon — A trip to Iceland isn't complete without experiencing the Blue Lagoon, one of the country's most visited attractions. Prepare to spend at least a half day there. With it’s bright blue geothermal water, amazing spa facilities, and incredible ambiance, you many never want to leave.
Whitewater Rafting — Head to the northern part of the country, better known as the capital of whitewater rafting in Iceland. Get ready to hit East Glacial River for action-packed day filled with incredible canyon scenery and non-stop whitewater that will surely get your adrenaline pumping.
Snorkeling — Believe it or not, you can snorkel in Iceland. This one-of-a-kind experience at Silfra will have you floating between two continental plates in crystal-clear water. You’ll have an amazing perspective of the mesmerizing colors and features of this underwater world.
Kayak Excursion — Iceland's fjords, inlets, and secluded coastlines all make incredible places for sea kayaking. From calm water kayaking beneath massive mountains to wildlife tours on beautiful Vigur Island, there’s a memorable sea kayaking experience for every type of paddler.
Glacier Ice Hiking — With an experienced guide leading the way, couples can explore miles of dramatic glacier terrain, trekking through a mesmerizing wonderland of ice formations and incredible blue colors.
Northern Lights by Boat — View the Northern Lights from the North Atlantic Ocean as you sail along the coastline outside of Reykjavik. Not only will couples have a jaw-dropping perspective of the aurora borealis, but also a prime vantage point of Iceland’s mountains and the beautiful capital lit up at night. Cozy overalls and warm beverages are provided as well.
Hotel Ranga — Situated about 75 minutes from Rekyjavik, this hotel offers premium views of the aurora borealis. The 4-star property boasts a terrific on-site gourmet restaurant and comfy suites with Jacuzzis and country or continent themes.
ION Luxury Adventure Hotel — A great option for couples looking to embrace Iceland’s incredible landscape and plethora of outdoor recreation options. Highlights include 45 rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, on-site restaurant, and even a thermal pool. The 4-star adventure hotel is about an hour from Rekyjavik.
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina — This harborside hotel is stylish, affordable, and overall a great option for newlyweds. On top of excellent food and drink options (read more about Slippbarinn above), guests can’t beat the cozy rooms and convenient marina location.
Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre — A terrific boutique option close to Laugavegur, Reykjavik’s main shopping avenue. Couples can enjoy bikes for exploring the city, complimentary artisanal daily breakfast, local art throughout the hotel, and evening tastings of local beers and spirits.
Icelandic Fish and Chips - This family-operated bistro serves up fresh and healthy fish dishes, with many using Icelandic ingredients. Be sure to pair your selection with one of Iceland’s organic brews.
Dill Restaurant - One of Iceland’s hottest new restaurants, Dill offers New Nordic cuisine and overall some of the most inventive food in the country. Among the many highlights: Diners can enjoy 3, 5, and 7-course tastings along with custom wine pairings.
Slippbarinn - Don’t miss this trendy restaurant and bar located at the Old Harbour in the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina. The lively spot is a favorite among locals for its terrific food, art, live music, and fabulous cocktails, which are among the best in town.
The Bar at Kex Hostel - We’re huge fans of this beautiful bistro and bar, a perfect spot for local lager and locally sourced food based on the Icelandic heritage.
Keflavík International Airport (KEF) is Iceland's main airport and is located about 40 minutes from Reykjavík's city center. The airport offers taxi, bus service, and car rentals.
Current non-stop service includes the following North American cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Boston, Washington, Seattle, and San Francisco, among several others.