Top 5 happy honeymoon destinations
While who you travel with matters more than where you travel, these five ‘happy’ countries will definitely cater to even the most finicky traveller
While the annual World Happiness Report for this year saw the Scandinavian nations emerge as the top five happiest nations in the world, that’s not the only reason to plan your honeymoon here. Here’s why…
Finland might be one of the remotest countries in the world, but that’s where its charm lies. Don’t let the sub-zero temperatures deter you from some of the most romantic landscapes the country has to offer. Discover your passion in the snowcovered wilderness as you explore activities such as skiing, a dog sled ride and the adrenaline rush while speeding down the hill. Visit Lapland, the northernmost part of the country to witness the Northern Lights that are typically visible from November to March. During the summer months, the region transforms completely with flowers, rolling grasslands, and pristine blue water bodies. Summers are usually not the most popular travel months and many places are shut then. But if you are on a budget, those that are open are cheaper.
MUST VISIT: Whichever month you choose to go, visit Rovaniemi—the official hometown of Santa Claus.
With cosy log cabins, impressive ice hotels and stunning fjords, coupled with impressive architecture and museums, Norway is truly one fantastic getaway for couples. Enjoy a daytime adventure with your partner, or just relax and take in the craggy cliffs that loom over picturesque fishing villages. While most travellers visit the country to experience the midnight sun and the aurora borealis, the more adventurous can head to Svalbard that lies midway between Europe and the North Pole. The archipelago is home to polar bears, walruses, seals and reindeer among others; cruising around the islands is the best way to see polar bears in this Arctic realm.
MUST VISIT: Hit the Atlanterhavsveien, or Atlantic Road, one of the 18 scenic roadways, locally called ‘National Tourist Routes’ that pass through lush coastal landscapes and craggy rocks, where you can see the sun sink into the horizon. Halt at the designated viewing points to enjoy the scenic view.
For newly-weds, this is a perfect place to break the ice. This land of fire and ice has secluded hot springs, majestic wildlife and arresting waterfalls that are sure to dazzle any traveller, especially those on their honeymoon. Closer to Reykjavik, one can explore a lava tube in the Hallmundarhraun lava field called Víðgelmir where you will find stunningly well-preserved lava stalactites and stalagmites. If your idea of a honeymoon is a getaway with minimum people sighting, head to the easternmost coast, where you can embark on a reindeer safari and some adrenaline-worthy kayaking. Explore Fossardalur (also known as valley of waterfalls) and the dramatic cliffs of Berufjörður or stop by the quaint village of Seyðisfjörður with plenty of quaint galleries and live concerts.
MUST VISIT: For those who seek adventure, take a road trip around Iceland’s Snaefellsnes peninsula, where the ocean lashes against sheer cliffs and craggy lava fields are blanketed in smoke and fog.
The country offers some of the most romantic sites to visit, so begin by exploring the cobbled streets and harbour vistas of author Hans Christian Andersen’s city Odense that offers a fairy-tale setting. Head out to North Jutland Coast and visit charming seaside villages or roam on Råbjerg Mile’s shifting sand dunes. On your way back, stop by the seaside town of Skagen and explore the abandoned lighthouse at Rubjerg Knude, Thy National Park, and St. Lawrence Church. Take a trip to Bornholm, an island far out in the Baltic Sea off the east coast, where you can cycle to seaside villages and sample the island’s famous smoked fish. When you are satiated, stretch out on the pristine white sand beaches.
MUST VISIT: An hour’s drive from Copenhagen brings you to the Viking heartland where you can admire the long ships at Roskilde’s Viking Ship Museum, or visit the last resting place of Denmark’s royalty at the UNESCO World Heritage Site—Roskilde Cathedral.
With its Alpine landscape, sparkling blue lakes, picture-postcard villages and wellpreserved medieval towns, this landlocked country ranks among the most preferred honeymoon destinations in Europe. Whether you take a train ride up the mountain in Jungfrau or a gondola ride to Gimmelwald—a quaint little village near Interlaken—or just walk across the 14th century Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, famous for the painted roof panels depicting important events from Swiss history, the country has something to cater to every type of tourist.
MUST VISIT: If want to go off the beaten track, head to Aletsch Arena, situated in the south-western part of Switzerland and home to the Great Aletsch Glacier where you can enjoy the mountains at close range.
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