A honeymoon in Iceland is a very good idea. This small but mighty island nation (population 364,000) which sits at the juncture of the North Atlantic and Artic Oceans has consistently topped travel bucket lists for years and with good reason. It truly is a country like no other with its magical landscapes—waterfalls, mountains, glaciers, moss-covered lava fields and thermal lagoons to name a few highlights—colourful architecture, sleek interior design style and wonderful people. Iceland is a perfect honeymoon escape because it offers adventure, culture and wellness and is very easily accessible thanks to Icelandair’s regular departures from Canada.
The landmark that draws so many to Iceland to explore is the natural phenomenon that is The Blue Lagoon. This man-made, world-wonder is located in Grindavik, a short 20-minute hop from the airport and about a 45-minute drive from the capital of Reykjavik. The Blue Lagoon’s geothermal sea water originates 2,000 metres below the earth’s surface where ocean water and fresh water converge. Driven by high pressure and extreme temperatures the water is pushed through geothermal wells to the surface. The waters are packed with healing silica (this is what creates the milky, opaque blue hue), algae and minerals. You emerge from a dip in the lagoon with noticeably softer, smoother, glowing skin—it is truly wonderous.
For your Icelandic retreat, we recommend not just visiting The Blue Lagoon, but staying there to enjoy the most other-worldly accommodations complete with access to your own private portion of the lagoon. The Retreat Hotel was opened in 2018 and has quickly became one of the most exclusive and coveted resort stays in the world. The property has just 62 suites which are all luxurious appointed featuring chic, minimalist design with all rooms outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows to soak in views of the lagoon or the surrounding lava fields.
Start your days with an Icelandic breakfast served in the Retreat’s expansive lobby with a lagoon-view table. From there you can head to the water and enjoy exclusive access to the hotel’s private lagoon, or you can easily connect to the public lagoon. At the Retreat you can fully immerse yourself in selfcare and healing at the property’s expansive (it measures 2,300 square meters) and immersive spa. Here a full-service menu of treatments are available from facials to massage (try the in-lagoon water massage for a truly bespoke Icelandic experience) and guest of The Retreat can enjoy the Blue Lagoon Ritual—a self-guided, 30-minute circuit of exfoliation, masking, steam and massage using products from the Blue Lagoon skincare line—on repeat for the duration of your stay. The spa is also one of the most peaceful places to hang on property with so many areas and amenities to enjoy: the terrace, steam rooms, cold plunge pool, the Nest lounge and spa restautant.
The Retreat is also home to one of Iceland’s premiere restos, Moss. Dedicated to presenting a fresh twist on Icelandic cuisine the menu changes with the seasons. The best way to experience Moss is via The Chef’s table with a seven-course tasting menu seated next to the kitchen where you can watch the artists at work.
If you choose to venture out of your lagoon paradise, a drive to explore the surrounding Reykjanes Peninsula is a beautiful way to see the incredible landscapes of Iceland. From rugged, rocky seascapes to black sand beaches and expansive golden, grassy fields, you will be enchanted by its magical sights.
*As of July 2020, all travellers to Iceland will be tested at the Keflavik Airport for COVID-19. Visitors who opt out of testing must quarantine for 14 days before continuing with their trip.