Post # 1
Hello, hello! I am so excited that FH and I decided to go to Iceland for our honeymoon! I’ve always wanted to go, but didn’t originally consider it as a potential honeymoon destination until I read a lovely little post called “23 reasons you should honeymoon in Iceland” (http://bit.ly/2jg99TH). We haven’t booked anything yet, but plan to go in September for two weeks. Who here has been to Iceland? Anyone have any advice? Anything you wish you did differently? Our plan is to rent a car and travel around the island, staying at AirBnB’s (3-4 locations for 3-4 nights each). We went to Hawaii this past September for two weeks and did something similar (3 islands, stayed at AirBnBs, etc.) and had an absolute BLAST. I’m excited to explore Iceland and would love to hear about your Iceland experiences if you have them!
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
THAT IS SO COOL!!!
I have never been, but my friend has. He loved it A LOT, but his one complaint was the country smelled a teensy bit like sulphur, and the smell clung to him for the first day or two he arrived home.
Post # 3
Iceland is so gorgeous! I spent a month there last year, and I’ve wanted to go back ever since! Renting a car is a great way to go, but keep in mind that the gas stations are often quite far apart, so don’t let your tank get too low…
It’s also so much bigger than people think, so make sure to plan where you want to go, and use google to check the driving times. With 3-4 days, you probably won’t be able to see the north or west, but you could look into the Golden Circle, the South coast (seljalandsfoss is amazing, and the basalt columns at vik and maybe Skaftafell National Park) and also the snaefellsnes peninsula.
Feel free to PM me if you have any questions, though there are probably some Icelandic bees kicking around who would have even better answers 🙂
Post # 4
It’s apparently a really expensive place so if you have access to a kitchen I would bring some food such as pastas or even ramen etc.
Post # 5
Alicia Montoya :
You’ll have so much fun, Iceland is such a beautiful country! We spent a part of our Honeymoon there but we didn’t rent a car, we did excursions with a tour guide and loved it because all of the tour guides were very knowledgeable so we learned a lot as well. Also we stayed in a hotel so can’t help you there but I do have some tips for you.
Buy any alcohol/snacks you guys will consume on your honeymoon at the duty free before you leave the airport. You can’t buy alcohol anywhere in Iceland except for specialty stores, and the prices are so much more expensive than at duty free (this is coming from a New Yorker so trust me when I say food is expensive).
Be very careful driving as the Icelandic sheep that roam and graze on the fields are NOT contained within a gate so oftentimes they jump in front of cars on the road. Our tour guides have told us that there are many accidents yearly by tourists who were not aware of the sheep (so drive at a comfortable speed limit so as to avoid hurting yourselves or the animals).
Lastly, in my opinion (and my husband totally agrees) the Blue Lagoon is overrated and many of the hot springs that locals use are so much better (like Fontana Wellness). I suggest you guys either visit the Blue Lagoon (since it’s a must see while in Iceland) either right after you land or the few hours before you depart. They have great hours. You should book the Blue Lagoon in advance as they do sell out some days.
Post # 6
I LOVE Iceland! I’m thinking about a trip next month just to do ice caves and try to catch the northern lights again. We went a few years back in Sept… here’s the details: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/iceland-picture-recap/
Post # 7
We just went this summer for our honeymoon and had so much fun. We also went for two weeks, stayed in airbnb and drove the whole island. We enjoyed a lot of time in the car seeing the beautiful scenery and spending time together. I’ll pm you our honeyfund so you can see our iteniary, but like previous posters, I would say get any alcohol you plan on drinking at the airport. Also, if you’re from the us, make sure you have a PIN number and a chip for any card you plan on using. Bank of America assured us we didn’t need a pin for our credit cards and we weren’t able to buy gas in several of the stations outside of major cities. We ended up using Apple Pay to get prepaid gas cards. We also got a prepaid phone for calling your guides or airbnb hosts the couple of times we were lost, we just put the SIM card into my iPhone.
Most importantly, book your rental car way in advance. The price tripled from three months out to two months out when I actually booked. We saw a ton of amazing things. I really enjoyed the airbnb experience and the less touristy parts of the country. Pm me if you have any questions!
Post # 8
I’m not the OP, but would it be too forward of me to ask you to send me your itinerary too? DH and I are hoping to visit Iceland this spring and our prospective plans sound very similar to yours (AirBnB, renting a car, etc). We’re trying to figure out if we can afford it so this would be super helpful. It’ll be a like a 2nd honeymoon for us 🙂
Post # 9
Alicia Montoya :
Thank you for starting this thread! DH and I are hoping to visit Iceland this year (DH’s dream destination) so I’m thrilled to see these questions being answered 🙂 I hope it all works out for you, and that you have a fantastic honeymoon!
Post # 10
Thank you all so much for your comments and suggestions! I am even MORE excited to go now! And @pinkshoes, THANK YOU for providing the link to your previous post. It has GREAT info (and beautiful pictures!)
Post # 11
we went to Iceland last year for 2 weeks. We did the whole island on the ring road, staying at each place, camping for just 1-2 nights at a time.
its very expensive but beautiful.
if you can afford to, hire a 4×4. We had a vw golf and there were certain roads you cant access. We started in Reykjavík and went west, north, east and back to south.
Stock up on fuel and food everytime you come across a supermarket/garage as they are very far apart.
if you want to go whale watching, do it in the north. We met so many people that did it in the south and didn’t see anything. We went north and seen loads as this is where you are likely to find them at any Tim of year.
from September until may, its very cold and dark. We went August and it was lovely but just starting to get very cold at night.
if you want to see northern lights dont book an expensive tour. If they are out, you will see them, no need to pay someone to point them out.
The Marco Polo Iceland guide book is brilliant and comes complete with a full pull out road map.
You cant buy alcohol above 2.25 % in supermarkets. It is only sold in licensed restaurants and bars, bars are hard to come by outside of Reykjavík and the foid and alcohol is very expensive
Hope this helps
Enjoy your honeymoon
Post # 12
I went there last month and it’s amazing. First of all, make sure you buy a bottle of alcohol at the Duty Free then buy a chaser at the supermarkets. My husband and I went to the blue ice cave tour hosted by Extreme Iceland…absolutely the best BEST trip I’ve ever had. Well worth the price. We wind up staying in Reykjavik the whole time but we were barely there. I do highly recommend the blue ice cave tour because you cannot cannot go to ice caves by yourself. They have experts that go out and make sure it’s safe for people to check it out. It seems like quite a few people on those tours were doing what you did and honestly you’ll probably get more amazing tours not from Reykajvik (form Extreme Iceland). Honestly, it was the highlight of our tour and the Northern Lights hunting was included in it. The tour guide was fabulous. We stopped so many times at places that weren’t part of the itinerary like the Glacier National Park or random beautiful waterfalls. He also spent around 4 hours looking for Northern Lights. We saw it but since it was so cloudy during that time it was hard to see it. Also…from what I gathered it will be really hard to see Northern Lights from now on because of the climate change. I went last month from end of December until Jan 2nd and it was 32-40 degrees Fahrenheit plus it RAINED. Not to bust your bubble on that but the guides all said the weather is highly changing in Iceland. It was the warmest December they’ve had since early 1900s.
We also went to the Secret Lagoon…apparently better than the Blue Lagoon, amazing. We loved it. It was actually hot af in the lagoon where my husband I had to get out a few times to cool down. It was still amazing, there was about 20 of us and the lagoon was huge. We did quite a lot but like most people mentioned CRAZY expensive. We bought 800 pounds between the two of us for 4 nights and we spent it all. One meal we spent 150 pounds granted it was a fancy meal but most meals still were super expensive. So watch out for that. Other than that, it’s a great time.
Post # 13
would you mind sharing what company you used for the tour guide? I’m going in march and am looking for excursions, since we aren’t renting a car. Thanks!
Post # 14
Reykjavik Excursions: https://www.re.is/?gclid=CM2o-di70dECFc5LDQodbBoEVA
They are very well organised and pick you up/drop you off at the hotel.
Post # 15
We are also going to Iceland for our honeymoon for two weeks from September 5-20. I have had our flights, car rental and accommodations booked for a few months already. My advice is to nail down your itinerary asap and book your flights and accommodations now. If you are planning to travel the whole ring road +/- the Westfjords, there are some locations where there aren’t as many options to stay, and September seems to still be on the busier side, and budget accommodations are the first ones to book up. There were a few places where I was having trouble finding anything for less than $200+ (Canadian) a night, even with Airbnb. Also, a lot of Airbnb owners seem to not have their calendars open that far yet which I find strange, so I made a lot of reservations on booking.com that have free cancellation/pay when you get there so that I can try to find some cheaper options as we get closer to the date.
Also book your car rental asap once you have an idea of your itinerary. If you are not planning to go anywhere too far off the ring road into the highlands then you will be fine with a car. If you are going on any F-roads in the highlands you will need a 4×4. Just know that it is possible for the highland roads to be closed already by mid September. We opted to rent a smaller car and the one day we will be going to Landmannalaugar if the weather permits, we will be booking a bus because we don’t want to have to worry about river crossings. There are lots of tours/buses you can book just make sure they will still be running when you are there because as I said, lots of the interior roads close in September. Overall the price difference between a 4×4 vs a car and one bus trip will save us a couple hundred bucks.
Also, we decided to purchase all of the available insurance options for our rental because of all the horror stories I read on the TripAdvisor forums about people being charged outrageous amounts for all kinds of damage. Most places offer Super Collison Damage Waiver, Gravel Protection, Sand and Ash Protection and Theft Protection (this is the only one you don’t really need but it’s usually included in a package or its free). Adding a package for all four made our rental cost almost double but I think its worth it for the peace of mind that if something happens the amount we have to pay is maxed out around $500 CAD instead of thousands. There are tons of car rental companies in Iceland, so definitely do some research. The TripAdvisor forums are an amazing resource. People will also recommend you take very detailed photos of your car before you sign for it and make sure every little scratch is documented, just to make sure you are covered.
Also be prepared that Iceland is an expensive country, it’s not as bad for the American exchange into Icelandic Krona but the Canadian exchange rate is awful. Food is expensive if you eat out all the time, so we are going to buy groceries and cook whenever we can and apparently the gas station food is pretty decent, especially the hot dogs. Gas is also pretty expensive (it’s almost double what we pay in Alberta per litre but with a small car hopefully the cost won’t be too over the top).
Also be prepared for cool, windy, rainy weather. I’ve heard countless number of people say you need to wear a light waterproof jacket that you can layer under for warmth and get waterproof pants and hiking boots. The weather is pretty changeable so layering is key.
If you have any specific questions let me know, I’ve been researching for over a year now so I’d love to help any way I can. I can also post our itinerary if you’re interested. Have fun planning!