The colder climate makes for such a beautiful and romantic backdrop for a wedding. Crisp blue skies, bare trees, cozy venues and even snow are making an appearance more often in weddings these days, in part because it tends to be more economical to get married offseason. If you’re a cold lover, not a sun worshipper, you might prefer the idea of a cool honeymoon location, but most honeymoons are geared around warmer weather. A winter wedding doesn’t mean you have to travel to the other hemisphere for a summer honeymoon. Here are four stunningly romantic winter honeymoon destinations, that look great in the snow.
If you’re keen on relaxation and exploration, Iceland is a great destination. Relatively unspoiled by civilisation, the landscape is exquisite. Hot geothermal springs are perfect for a pampering session after your big day. You’ll leave with the softest skin, and ready for an adventure. Quad biking, scuba diving, horseback riding, and dog sledding are all popular with visitors. A wooden lodge in the wilderness is the perfect place to cuddle up at the end of a long day, and you may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights if you’re lucky.
- Swiss Alps
Beautiful ski chalets dot the snowy hillside in the stunning Swiss Alps, and the apres-ski scene is to die for. If you’re a fan of winter sports, or you’d like to give it a go, the Alps make for the perfect romantic getaway. Even if you’d prefer to stay off the slopes, thermal spas, boating trips on the lakes, and charming villages will be more than enough to keep you occupied. Warm up after a day in the snow in front of a log fire, with a hot chocolate or a glass of wine. Heaven.
When you think of Lapland, your first thoughts are probably of winter breaks for families to visit Santa Claus at home, but there is far more to Lapland than meets the eye. Situated in northern Finland, there’s plenty of winter holiday fun for adults too. Husky tours, igloo hotels, treehouses, ice-swimming, Northern Light spotting, and super cool cocktail bars make for a great intimate holiday. Just remember that if you do choose to go in December or January, they’ll be experiencing their polar winter, which means it never gets light. It’s amazing to experience, but you might want to bear it in mind.
- Lake District
For a little less ice and snow, but equally idyllic scenery, the Lake District is an incredible honeymoon destination. Stunning Victorian hotels or beautiful stone cottages are great places to call base, and the rest is up to you. If you’re both into your fell walking, there couldn’t be a better destination. The delectable Michelin Star restaurants in the area add a touch of luxury too. If you’re looking to honeymoon a little closer to home, look no further.
European winter honeymoons have something available for all budgets, so your honeymoon doesn’t have to break the bank like it might if you travel to the other side of the world. Good luck, and happy wedding planning!