The problem with driving around Iceland is that you’re basically confronted by a new soul-enriching, breath-taking, life-affirming natural sight every five goddamn minutes. It’s totally exhausting.
– Stephen Markley, Tales of Iceland or “Running with the Huldufólk in Permanent Daylight
After all that research, where did we decide to head out for our honeymoon? We decided on a double location in the end, because that was the way the flights worked (thank you to whoever invented free stop-overs!)
Honeymoon Part One: Iceland
Iceland in August means you miss out on the northern lights, and a lot of the snow, but it means the weather hits highs of around 14C (aka jumper weather) and there are parades through Reykjavík city centre. It also means that tourist numbers are down because most people think of Iceland as a winter destination. The people are friendly and welcoming, and the food is delicious (Sam thoroughly recommends the Lobster Sub van in by the harbour!)
With only four days in Iceland, we tried to pack in as much as we could, but that isn’t enough! We definitely have plans to go back to the country to travel further out of Reykjavík, ideally rent a Land Rover and just drive and experience the rugged landscape.
Our Iceland Highlights
My beautiful outfits
Fashion will never be my strong point. My hair would have been perfect for the 80’s, I begrudge spending money on clothes when it could go on travel, and generally I just wear things that are comfortable. So this is one of my amazing exploring outfits!
Probably the most famous waterfall in Iceland, once you see it, it isn’t hard to understand why.
Geysir Hot Springs
I’m just going to steal the explanation from Iceland Travel: ‘A favorite stop along the Golden Circle is the highly active Geysir Hot Spring Area with boiling mud pits, exploding geysers and the lively Strokkur which spouts water 30 meters (100 ft) into the air every few minutes.’
Or rather, no-whale watching. In the end, we went out whale watching twice, and saw no whales wither time! The lovely people who run the boats give you a free pass to come back again if you don’t get to see whales, so we got two trips out for the price of one – and could have had a third trip if we didn’t have a flight to catch!
Just looking at the church you know it is something a little bit special, but the views from the top are incredible.
The views in general
Iceland is beautiful. For an island that doesn’t have a lot in terms of natural flora and fauna, it is pretty hard to beat the scenery.
Kudos to Iceland for being one of the most inclusive countries in the world, and for treating everyone as equals.
Ice-cream, crepes, lobster, whale, fish, stews, milkshakes: it’s all amazing! Plus, there is a restaurant called the Chuck Norris Grill; who wouldn’t want to eat there?
The Blue Lagoon
The perfect place to kick back and relax after planning a wedding.
Don’t forget to check out part two of out honeymoon here.
Have you been to Iceland? What were your highlights?