Well here we go, our second Honeymoon in Iceland…
That is, our second Honeymoon (don’t worry I’ll explain), our first Honeymoon in Iceland!
*phew* Glad I managed to clear that one up!
Firstly, you may remember that we decided to cram in as many Honeymoon’s as possible until, well, until we couldn’t anymore… family planning and all that.
Aptly, we chose a Honeymoon in Iceland as a funky destination.
You’ll remember that we really do recommend putting your Honeymoon on “ice” whilst you go off and enjoy a smaller “Minimoon” first.
That way you have something to look forward and knock post Wedding blues on the head!
So it all began in Norway, the year after our Wedding…
That’s where we had our first Honeymoon and I guess you might say, we were bitten by the Nordic bug!
We LOVED it! What fantastic people, what a chilled out and happy country!
Consequently, the obvious next choice was to go exploring having a Honeymoon in Iceland too.
In retrospect, I suppose this was a tough one to plan ahead for!
A Honeymoon in Iceland would end up being literally unlike any other adventure we’d ever had.
I’d dare say Iceland is completely unique!
And thus, the PERFECT destination for a Honeymoon.
You’re looking for those once in a lifetime type experiences, right?
Now contrary to many a mistaken belief, Iceland is NOT permanently covered in snow and ice… that’s the Antarctic!
We had our Honeymoon in Iceland in August and it was perfectly warm and sunny most days.
So rather than be completely covered in snow and ice, the landscape in Iceland is actually very delicate. Much of the rock is covered with a precious moss that takes years and years to grow.
Fancy farming in Iceland?
Well that’s particularly tricky as the animals have a tendency to eat up all the vegetation faster than it can grow.
See, unlike the UK where grass just grows anywhere and everywhere it can get a foothold…
there’s a fragile base moss in Iceland, which is the first requirement for an area to become fertile. So walking on it is a complete no no as it would take literally years to recover…
Our tour guide, Albert told us that Iceland was ALMOST growing enough food to support it’s native population…
so as you can image, MASSIVE amounts have to be imported to cope with the influx of tourists every year.
When we drove around Iceland, even just outside of Reykjavik, some areas are barren wastes as a result of accidental over farming from wandering goats. Areas like these have to be carefully cultivated back to life and protected.
Love to be inspired by jaw dropping awe? There’s a sense of delicate awe everywhere in Iceland!
Iceland has 3 major glaciers which cover a large proportion of the country. These are home to all sorts of activities such as snow mobiling, which, if you’re thrill seekers like us, you’ll absolutely love. We love breath taking scenery and atmosphere and you’ll find it here in spades!
In these kinds of environments, large groups of humans are not included! It’s just you, your small group and the ice. Amazing!
Iceland’s “off the beaten track” landscape is constantly changing…
Why not explore the ice caves that appear and melt within days. Experienced mountain climbers will take small parties out to go on expeditions through these uncharted territories and we’ve never seen or experienced anything like it!
Water around Iceland is heated by geothermal energy which is amazing.
When you turn on the shower, you’re enjoying natural warm glacier melt water. Hot water is transported around Iceland in giant metal over land pipes which have been designed to maintain the maximum amount of heat possible. Icelandic engineers are the world leaders in this technology! Fantastic!
Even more crazy is the fact that the cold water we drank in Reykjavik originally melted from ice around the time we were born!
It took over 30 years to travel through the rock, being filtered to emerge as crystal clear drinking water in 2017. That’s different!
We have it on good authority that Iceland is home to the world’s ONLY uncollapsed magma chamber.
You can literally go inside it to see a rainbow of scorched deposits from the magma which burst out of the earth’s core.
Several people have speculated as to why this magma chamber in particular, did not collapse on this super rare occasion. One leading theory is that everything cooled so rapidly that the heat of the magma did not have time to collapse the volcano in on itself!
We were super lucky on my birthday to see the man who discovered this “earth treasure” doing some survey work on the crater!
Now here’s one for all you romantics out there!
Diamond lake is a fascinating place!
Watch glaciers slowly calve giant ice blocks into the river. Marvel as they float downstream to meet with the ocean around 300 metres away.
We witnessed these ice blocks collect in the water and slowly melt into the sea.
Because this process is taking place, hundreds of tiny ice formations wash up on the beaches like hundreds of tiny diamonds… hence the name 🙂
Some, yep, make pretty good fun Wedding or Engagement Rings… whilst they last 🙂
An absolutely huge percentage of the Icelandic population live in Reykjavik with the remainder of the population spread across the entire country.
In contrast… the sticks are pretty sparsely populated out there.
At one point we had a 4 hour round trip from our Hotel pictured above, to the next large(ish) town…
For a recommended trendy Pizza place that cooked up all manner of amazing flavour combinations, naturally! 🙂
As a result, if you love road trips, you’re absolutely in the right place and the scenery is to die for! Hot Tip: Bring your camera, make sure it’s insured against accidental damage!
We’d love to know if a Honeymoon in Iceland makes your shortlist!
We found Iceland to be like nowhere else and we can honestly say that we came back changed people.
I think our appreciation of nature, it’s forces and natural beauty was really heightened by this trip and we’d recommend it whole heartedly to anyone looking for a life changing experience!
Remember, you’re only one inspiration away…
Happy DIY Wedding Planning!