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  • Writer's pictureJessie Ladipo

A Perfect Honeymoon in Iceland

More and more couples are choosing Iceland as their honeymoon destination. And there is little doubt that they will discover a unique and romantic destination. Reykjavik is a beautiful place to relax after the stress of wedding planning. Wander the winding streets or unwind in a spectacular hot spring. But there is a lot more to Iceland than the capital! Head to the wilds of Iceland and encounter stunning nature and unique creatures, a Honeymoon in Iceland is genuinely exceptional.

My Perfect Honeymoon in Iceland itinerary does a fantastic job of highlighting some of the loveliest cities and towns in a logical, quickly followed plan. This 13-day self-drive itinerary easily modified to your desires and timeline. But as it is, you will experience the best that Iceland has to offer. This itinerary is perfect for any couple that wants to meander and explore. Yes, you will be driving from one city to the next, but it allows you to stop and discover the incredible sites that Iceland has to offer.

Day 1: Fly into Reykjavik to begin your Honeymoon in Iceland!

Today you will arrive in Reykjavik. Pick up your rental car and check into your hotel. Spend your day exploring this lovely old city. Head to Laugavegur, which is the main shopping area, and pick up tons of souvenirs. Are you looking for a romantic restaurant in Reykjavik to kick off your perfect honeymoon? Head to nearby Snaps Bistro; it is close to the shopping. This rustic and romantic restaurant is ideal for couples. A pub crawl is a perfect end to the first day of your honeymoon. Many pubs in Iceland have Happy Hour at different times so that you will experience a fun and reasonable time.

Spend the night in Reykjavik.

Day 2: Reykjavik

Today you are going to take a day trip to the adorable Videy Island. A quick ferry ride from Reykjavik. Spend the day strolling this quaint island village. There is an intimate restaurant and one of the oldest stone houses in Iceland to explore. Take to the trails to discover the secluded beaches and coves.

Day 3: Reykjavik

Leave this day open, so that you can stroll hand in hand through the streets of Iceland’s capital.

Day 4: Reykjavik to Hvolsvollurs (approximately 140 miles)

Today, you leave Reykjavik and drive to Hvolsvollurs, so you are starting on the classic Golden Circle trip. Plan to make several stops on the way to your next hotel, when in Iceland, you will want to wander!

The first stop of the day will be Pingvellir National Park. You can snorkel in Silfra, where you will be diving between continents! Love the water? Don’t miss rafting in the Hvita River.

After playing in the water, you will move on to Haukadalur geothermal areas. Here you will be amazed by the power of the earth as you watch the Geysir and Strokkur spout water high into the sky. Continue your hike to the Gulfoss Waterfall and the Kerio Crater.

Spend the night in Hvolsvollurs.

Day 5: Hvolsvollurs to Skatafell (approximately 100 miles)

Today you will marvel at some of the world’s most gorgeous waterfalls and stunning volcanic beaches. Take your camera; every place you visit will leave your Instagram followers pea-green with envy! Your day begins with one of Iceland’s most beautiful sites, the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Hike to the caves behind the waterfall so that you can steal a kiss from behind a waterfall! A short drive away is the Skagafoss Waterfall. Make the acquaintance of the famous rock troll as you hike from the base of the waterfall to the top.

Finally, head to a gorgeous black sand beach. Hop on an ATV for 2. Cross small rivers and head down to the black sands which derive from the volcano Katla. Ride along the coast to the southernmost part of Iceland, the small peninsula Dyrhólaey.

Spend the night in Skatafell.

Day 6: Skatafell to Hofn (approximately 130 miles)

Before leaving Skatafell, hike Vatnajokull National Park all the spectacular Svartifoss waterfall; this is the perfect spot for a late breakfast. After breakfast, head on the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Sail between floating glaciers. Go for a glacier walk or ice climb or if you desire a little more adventure.

Spend the night Hofn

Day 7: Hofn to Lake Myvatn (approximately 260 miles)

As you can see, you will be driving farther today, but don’t worry, the view is outstanding! Pass by fantastic fjords, old-world fishing villages, immense volcanoes as you drive to see how many elves you can spot! Interested in exploring the wilderness? Spend a few hours riding an Icelandic Horse. Inch you way across the Jökulsá river by a traditional cableway...if you dare! After a long day on the road and in the wilderness, you will want to relax. Watch the Northern Lights dance above your head as you soak in the healing waters at the Myvatn Nature Baths.

Spend the night in Lake Myvatn.

Day 8: Lake Myvatn to Dettifoss (approximately 150 miles)

Start your day by driving to Husavik. Once there, you will embark on a whale-watching cruise. Enjoy the whales and wildlife playing in their natural habitat. After your cruise, you will be driving to the most powerful waterfall in all of Europe, Dettifoss Waterfall, in Vatnajokull National Park. It is 150 feet high and a whopping 330 feet wide. This waterfall is astonishing. It is located in the Jokulsarglijufur Canyon and flows into the Jokulsa a Fjlollum River. Take your hiking boots; you are going to want to explore this area on foot.

Spend the night in Dettifoss

Day 9: Dettifoss to Skagafjorour (approximately 160 miles)

Today, stop at the ‘Waterfall of the Gods,’ Godafoss, on your way to the magical city of Akureyri. Weave your way through charming streets. Pop into boutique stores and cozy cafe. Don’t miss their lovely botanical gardens. After your strolling through Akureyri, drive to Arskogarsandur for a beer break. That’s right; you are going to a beer spa! Let all your cares melt away as you soak in a couple’s beer bath. Let the young beer and live beer yeast reinvigorate your body. But, don’t over imbibe; you have to drive on to Skagafjorour!

Spend the night in Skagafjorour.

Day 10: Skagafjorour to Snaefellsnes (approximately 170 miles)

Today you will be going to the Snaefellsjokull National Park. This park is known as home to an immense glacier, Snaefellsjokull. Climb the glacier and explore the massive lava fields and lava tubes. Nature lovers can spend their day watching the whales playing in the ocean.

Follow the Vatnshellir Lava Cave down into the center of the planet (ok, you won’t hit the center of, but it’s still pretty cool). You will head 115 feet under the surface.

Spend the night in Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Day 11: Snaefellsnes Peninsula

You will spend a second-day exploring Snaefellsjokull National Park and the glacier. Watch the puffins and wander the lush valleys and deserted lava fields. Love seafood? Take to the high seas to let out your inner Viking! The best seafood is the food you catch yourself. Imagine finding and preparing fresh scallops, crab, and lobster on a traditional Viking schooner! End the night, strolling hand in hand on the black volcanic beach of Djúpalónssandur.

Spend the night in Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Day 12: Snaefellsnes to Reykjavik (approximately 180 miles)

You have wholly circled Iceland and now are back at the starting point. After a week and a half of driving and exploring incredible Iceland, you are most likely in need of a little TLC. So today you are going to the Blue Lagoon. (Did you think I would leave one of Iceland’s most incredible natural wonders off this list?)

Enjoy a tranquil day at the Blue Lagoon, a unique natural pool of mineral-rich water lying in a lava field in the Icelandic wilderness. After a morning spent swimming in the magical water of Blue Lagoon, you will head inside to the sauna. Relax in a steam-bath with white walls that resemble silica- mud and a cozy steam-bath carved into a lava cave. Lastly, rejoice in energizing massage under a waterfall.

Spend the night in Reykjavik

Day 13: Last Day of your Honeymoon in Iceland

Sadly, your honeymoon has come to an end (boo-hoo). After returning your rental car at the airport, you will start the journey home. But it’s not all bad news; you have your beautiful memories and amazing pictures. The flight home is the perfect time to start planning your first-anniversary trip!

Remember, you can modify this itinerary to fit your dream. Either way, you can have a perfect honeymoon in Iceland. If you want to learn more about Iceland, check out our Iceland Sites That You Need to See to Believe.

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