The Top 5 Hotels for a Honeymoon in Iceland

With awe-inspiring natural wonders like the Northern Lights, out-of-this-world outdoor pursuits, and a lively capital, it’s easy to see why Iceland ranks as one of our most popular European honeymoon destinations.

If you’ll be heading to the “land of fire and ice” for your ultimate getaway, drop your bags at any of these incredible hotels. Highlights include a brand new resort at the Blue Lagoon, an adventure hotel in the countryside, and boutique properties in Reykjavik.

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland

Nearly every person who travels to Iceland makes time for a soak in the world-famous Blue Lagoon, a naturally forming geothermal pool surrounded by 800-year-old lava fields. This blue-hued hot spring is not only an Instagram-must, but it also supposedly has healing properties (the average 100-degree waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur).

When the Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland debuts in late-spring, couples will be able to stay overnight for the first time. The 62 suites open on to a private section of the lagoon, offering 24/7 access to the water (grab a complimentary Icelandic beer from the minibar before you dip in), plus other amenities like a subterranean spa and a high-end New Nordic restaurant, serving seven-course tasting menus at the chef’s table.

Hotel Ranga

Situated about 75 minutes from Rekyjavik, this charming 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 specific country or continent themes.

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel

Here’s 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, an 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

We’re huge fans of this boutique property close to Laugavegur, Reykjavik’s main shopping avenue. On top of modern, cozy rooms, 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.

 

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Photo courtesy of the Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland

Honeymoon With a View: Explora Patagonia Hotel, Chile

Our latest edition of “Honeymoon With a View” takes us to Chile’s spectacular Patagonia region.

Patagonia is sometimes referred to as the end of the world, and the Explora Patagonia hotel is situated right in the thick of things, as the only hotel inside Chile’s Torres del Paine national park, the southernmost tip of South America.

Glaciers, lakes, rivers and forests are framed by mountains and enormous granite pillars, while exotic species of bird, puma and deer roam the land.

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View: Untouched Patagonia landscape

TV-free rooms keep the focus on the natural landscape outside, and the wide windows bring an almost IMAX-like feeling into your bedroom.

The hotel happens to host over 50 adventurous outdoor expeditions, but we won’t fault you for taking a day (or few) off to soak in this scene from the comforts of your bedroom.

 

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5 Activity Ideas for an Iceland Honeymoon

Traveling to the enchanting country of Iceland for your honeymoon? Add these once-in-a-lifetime activities and experiences to your list.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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What It Feels Like to Win a Trip to Vietnam

Ever wonder what it would feel like to win a trip to Vietnam?! Kelly and John share their amazing story.

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We recently teamed up with Mr. and Mrs. Smith (side note: we are all obsessed with Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s gorgeous hotelsto co-host a Vietnam Giveaway and are so excited for our winners, Kelly and John! You know how there always seems to be that one hip and inspiring couple you know and love? That’s Kelly and John. They are wanderers at heart. In true adventurous fashion, they shared with us their how-to for enjoying life to the fullest and what they’re most excited to try in Vietnam.

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Kelly, what was your reaction when you found out you had won the contest?

My first reaction was of skepticism and disbelief. I received the email from Ann Marie [of Mr. and Mrs. Smith] while I was at work and talking with a co-worker. It was like “OMG, I think I just won a trip to Vietnam” and then I called Ann Marie to see if it was legit and she assured me it was. I was just super floored by the whole thing, I’ll enter these contests from time to time, you know, “The Downton Abbey” sweepstakes, “Win a Trip to Wimbeldon”, “Win a Trip to the French Open” (we’re both big tennis fans), I just fill them out and forget about them, never expecting to win, but this time I did! I called John and let him know and we both still cannot get over how crazy the whole thing is. We’re super, DUPER insanely, excited!

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What are you and John most excited about for your Vietnam trip?

The prospect of taking a REAL, proper, vacation! Overseas! To an exotic locale! On the beach! 5-star hotels! John has never been out of the country aside from Mexico and I’ve only ever been to Paris so having a real vacation is just a dream come true. Neither of us has EVER stayed in a 5-Star hotel. We plan on extending the trip a bit and taking a full two weeks. Seeing the temples of Angkor Wat has been on my bucket list for years and we figure, while we’re over there, let’s just go to Cambodia too! We both love Vietnamese food so we plan on spending a lot of time sampling the offerings of the various street vendors. We’re just so excited to explore a part of the world that’s so different from ours!

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We’d love to hear, where did you and John go on your honeymoon?

Well, we had initially registered for a Croatian and Slovenian honeymoon but because we didn’t have a traditional wedding (we were married in a courthouse in August 2012 and had a party the following October with our friends to celebrate), we didn’t quite make our goal, funding wise. Instead we used the money our friends donated through Wanderable and took an epic two week camping trip through the Eastern Sierras and the Cascades and back down the coast of California with our dog, Juniper. We both love the outdoors, camping, and hiking, and this turned out to be the ideal trip for us at the time. We had a blast!

Why did you choose to register for experiences over things when you got married?

Being an “older” couple (I was 40 when we got married and John 38, first marriage for both us!) we really didn’t have a need for household items, we already had them. Life and marriage for us at this point wasn’t about things or kids, it was just about spending the rest of our lives together. John’s mom had been fighting cancer throughout our engagement and she lost that fight the week that we were married. The importance of enjoying life to the fullest was really and profoundly made apparent to us. We’re both super adventurous and love new experiences, exploring different cultures and foods and really just seeing, smelling, hearing, laughing, loving, doing and living as much as possible! Our time here is short and our time together even shorter, why spend it in the aisles of Target registering for an espresso machine when we could be sipping espresso along the Dalmatian coast, or in this case, sipping Vietnamese Iced Coffees on the beaches of Hoi An!

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How amazing do Kelly and John sound?! Thank you so much, Kelly! And a huge shout out again to Mr. and Mrs. Smith for helping to make Kelly and John’s next adventure to Vietnam a reality!

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The Perfect Dublin Honeymoon with Flytographer!

Meet Kimberly & Josh, the real #WanderableCouple who captured their honeymoon the Flytographer way

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We cannot stop gushing over Kimberly and Josh’s perfect love story. The two met in law school, became close friends, which later blossomed into something much more (which may or may not involve a Disney/Pixar proposal). These two lovebirds chose the funky Dublin for their honeymoon which could not have been more perfect. We got the chance to catch up with Kimberly and Josh to get a closer look at their epic love story & honeymoon, which was captured by the one and only Flytographer {Pssst make sure to check out Flytographer’s article and photo series on these two}!

Give us a little background on the two of you: how did you meet, how long have you been together, when did you get married, and any fun facts?

Well, we met nearly three years ago in law school. Josh and I both went to Wake Forest University to study and we actually met on the first day. We were friends at first—studying together and hanging out with friends mostly—but it eventually turned into a wonderful relationship… and, well, the rest is history I guess! He proposed in Charlotte, North Carolina last July while I was working up there as a prosecutor, and we were married on May 4, 2015. He swears it has nothing to do with “Star Wars” day, but I’m not so sure! Haha.

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How did he propose?

First, it’s important to understand I am a HUGE fan of all things Disney. I grew up near Disneyland in California, watch Pixar and Disney movies often, and even listen to the soundtracks as I drive around or study. Josh actually first introduced himself to me because of a Pixar wallpaper I had on my computer. He commented on the wallpaper during our first week of classes, and that’s what got us talking. Anyways, Josh decided to throw some Disney magic into the proposal and contacted Pixar to see if they could help. They were gracious to have John Lasseter (the head of Pixar and the director of my favorite movie Toy Story) write me a beautiful letter, and had a  drawing framed that put all of the pixar characters around an Etch-A-Sketch where the words “will you marry me” written inside.

When he came to Charlotte, Josh wanted to take me to a nice dinner and an off-broadway show. He had been working at a law firm in another city and we hadn’t seen each other for a couple of weeks. When we went out to dinner, I must say he was acting a bit strange, but I had no idea what was about to happen. We’d finished dinner and there was still a good time before the show, so Josh suggested we take a walk in a nearby park to enjoy the summer evening. As we parked though, he mentioned that he got “something” for my apartment, but it was in the trunk of his car… and that he wanted to show me before we went on a walk. As we parked and got out of the car, he produced two large, wrapped frames. I began opening the first one with all of the characters, and by the time I realized what was going on; he got down on one knee to propose. It was just wonderful! The second picture had the phrase “You’ve got a friend in me.” I cried, he breathed for the first time that day, we called our parents, and had a wonderful night thereafter! The pictures are hanging on our wall now, and I love looking at them and remembering that moment.

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Why did you decide to go with a honeymoon registry?

We decided to go with a honeymoon registry because we didn’t really need anything for our house. We both had a lot of things before we got married, and when we were going through different registries, we couldn’t find anything we really needed. Wanderable was great because we were able to have our dream honeymoon, without spending a lot.

What was your favorite part about using Wanderable?

It was super user friendly and made it so we didn’t have to do much additional research. We did a lot of the suggested or sponsored trips, and they were by far some of the best experiences we had in Ireland.

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What was your favorite thing you did on your honeymoon?

We did three different tours with Extreme Ireland. They were fantastic. We got to see the entire country in a fun, stress-free way. Our guides were super knowledgable and we hit a lot of sites we never would have known about without the tours.

What is the #1 place on your bucket list right now?

We are currently planning our next big adventure on the other side of the country: Japan!

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Do you have any advice for people getting engaged? What should they do right away and what can they wait on?

We made sure to just enjoy the whole process and we did what felt right for us, rather than trying to please a bunch of people. The wedding/ honeymoon shouldn’t be stressful. Ours wasn’t and we couldn’t have been happier.

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How badly do you want to pick up and go to Dublin right now? We’re just a little bit obsessed with this adorable couple and these pics if you can’t already tell. Don’t forget to check out our friends at Flytographer to capture your honeymoon! XOXO


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