I don't know if anyone has officially predicted it yet, but Iceland is going to be the next big honeymoon destination.
I haven't met anyone who has been to Iceland who hasn't become enamoured with its vastness and wilderness and weirdness.
Sure, there are no palm trees or colourful drinks (unless you count the many caramel-coloured beers, which I do). But there are ponies! And the sweetest woolly sheep. And the world's best hot dogs. Ever. Hands down.
There are lakes and waterfalls, and rocky landscapes covered in glowy green moss. There are glaciers and black sand beaches, fields and fjords. There's rain and sun and whisps of fog. There are milky blue geothermal pools and mountainous landscapes. Road trips that last for hours without seeing another human. Hills that are home to faeries.
There's Reykjavik: The hipsterest, cutest city you've ever seen, full of art galleries and design shops and stores stocked to the ceiling with wool sweaters. And the best sushi I've ever eaten.
There's waking up from a nap in your hotel room, perched up on top of the city, to the sounds of seagulls and sight of the sun breaking through storm clouds.
There are friendly locals, with impeccable English and impeccable style.
There are pubs where Icelanders of all ages drink and play card games all night (seriously.).
There's the best tap water you'll ever taste in the world. It's scientifically proven or something. Most restaurants and cafes serve it free from big, communal pitchers.
It also has excellent coffee (maybe it's the water?) and a healthy coffee culture.
Even if you're an East Coast Canadian and you find its coastlines strangely familiar, and even if you're fairly well travelled, Iceland feels somehow exotic. It's romantic and dreamy and intoxicating.
It's the kind of destination you buy a guide book for, sit in an Icelandic coffee shop to read (planning before you arrive somewhere is overrated) and then realize that you could quite easily travel for an entire month and never get bored, never tire of the landscapes, or the people.
It's the kind of place that has you looking at return tickets before you even leave.
And isn't that the kind of place you want to spend your honeymoon?
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