It’s no surprise Iceland is becoming an increasingly popular honeymoon destination, boasting romance and adventure in equal measure. Explore volcanoes and glaciers, relax in geothermal hot springs, and take in some seriously dramatic landscapes. Here’s our pick of the best romantic honeymoon hotels in the land of ice and fire, from luxury boutique hotels to isolated retreats surrounded by lava fields – now bookable with Culture Trip.
Nothing says romance like the Art Deco-inspired interior of this boutique hotel overlooking the square of Austurvöllur, in the heart of Reykjavík. It’s conveniently located within walking distance of many of the city’s restaurants, as well as the Harpa conference and concert hall, Laugavegur shopping street and Hallgrímskirkja church, making it the perfect base to explore the city. There are 99 rooms and suites, including the elegant two-floor Tower Suite that has a living room with panoramic views over Reykjavík. Unwind at the luxurious spa, or indulge in a treatment, such as the DrBRAGI HydroZyme Illuminating Facial, a 75-minute treatment based on hydrodermabrasion and marine enzymes.
Built into the fisherman’s marina at Siglufjörður – a small fishing town in a narrow fjord on the northern coast of Iceland – this hotel offers a relaxing escape for guests. There are two restaurants and a cafe, including Sunna Restaurant, where you can try dishes such as seafood soup with sautéed langoustine and citrus-marinated shrimp, plus the quaint Hannes Boy, which is located in a neighbouring house painted bright yellow and specialises in ice-cream and waffles. All the rooms have ocean and mountain views and a window seat, so guests can watch the world go by, while the suites and deluxe rooms have large private balconies.
Honeymoon in style at this boutique hotel in a historic building in the heart of Reykjavík. It was designed in 1917 by Guðjón Samúelsson, the former state architect of Iceland and the architect behind the Hallgrímskirkja church. The 45 rooms – which include eight Junior Suites and a Tower Suite – are decorated in a monochromatic scheme and feature Nespresso coffee machines. A highlight is the Apotek restaurant and cocktail bar, which serves fun dishes – think an “Icelandic Landscape” of lamb tartare, pickled onions, smoked cream cheese, chives mayo and vinegar snow – alongside creative signature cocktails like the Dillagin, a combination of dill-toned Tanqueray gin, mango liqueur, lemon juice, sugar and bitters.
Looking for a romantic private villa in Iceland? Check into this hotel on the northern side of the Whale Fjord, just 45 minutes from downtown Reykjavík. Alongside 22 cosy rooms with views over the surrounding mountains or the beautiful Hvalfjörður fjord, Hotel Glymur has six self-catering villas. Each home caters for up to six people and features unique artwork, designer furniture, a state-of-the-art kitchen and an outdoor hot tub. If you fancy a special meal out, the hotel restaurant serves traditional Icelandic dishes, such as seafood soup with Arctic char, cod, shrimp and scallops, and lamb fillet with fried vegetables, potato gratin, lamb glaze and mushroom foam.
Honeymooning in Iceland on a budget? This collection of seven historic properties, in the centre of Reykjavík, has a number of affordable Economy Studios, each featuring modern furnishings and a well-equipped kitchenette with a coffee machine. For more spacious accommodation, book one of the Junior Suites or a one- or two-bedroom apartment. The characterful properties range from an old publishing house to a former embassy, and guests are treated to a daily breakfast basket with freshly baked bread, fruits, cheeses and yoghurt.
Immerse yourself in the dramatic Icelandic scenery at the appropriately named 360 Hotel & Thermal Baths in Mosató, South Iceland. There are 10 deluxe rooms, two junior suites and a luxurious signature suite with a separate living area, all with private furnished patios overlooking the landscape. Enjoy a three-course “chef’s catch of the day” set menu at the restaurant, which celebrates fresh farm-to-table ingredients, and unwind in the thermal bath, which includes a pool with warm geothermal water that sits at 36-40C (96.8-104F) and a sauna.