When you think about the ‘classic’ honeymoon, images of decorative cocktails, poolside massages, and picture-perfect beach walks probably spring to mind. There’s certainly nothing wrong that. But if you’re the kind of couple who needs a bit of adventure alongside your fancy drinks, why not go for something a little different? To give you a head start, here’s our pick of six honeymoon destinations that will get your heart racing (in more ways than one).
Majestic glaciers. Volcanic hot springs. Rugged fjords. Iceland has a reputation for being one of the most starkly beautiful countries in the world. And just over 30 miles from the nation’s capital of Reykjavik, the scenic town of Selfoss doesn’t disappoint.
The landscape surrounding Selfoss is an adventurer’s playground. You can roam the banks of a volcanic crater lake, walk behind a famous waterfall (Seljalandsfoss), hike through the famous Paradisarhellir Cave (Paradise Cave), and take shots of Europe’s first known geyser – the aptly named Great Geysir. With the help of tour guides, it’s all within easy distance from the town itself.
Got a thing for romantic sunsets? Let’s just say Selfoss takes it to another level – especially between December and February when they literally last for hours on end. And if you’re into stargazing of the truly stellar variety, you can’t miss out on seeing the epic Northern Lights.
Think of Tuscany and you’re likely to conjure up rolling hills, legendary wine and lip-smackingly good food. If you can believe it, there’s actually much more to this famed Italian region than world-class tranquillity.
As undeniably good as the food and wine is, Tuscany also serves up some of Italy’s best outdoor activities. We’re talking about horseback tours through the countryside, foraging for truffles, bike-hopping from one vineyard to the next, and hot ballooning over Florence. For the adrenaline-fuelled honeymooners, you can even tour the region in a Ferrari.
For the less active, but historically adventurous couples, Tuscany’s cobblestoned villages and cities are filled with incredible art galleries, museums and architectural masterpieces. The bottom line - it’s kind of the perfect destination.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Welcome to Mexico’s 80-mile strip of paradise. With crystal clear Caribbean waters on one side and primitive jungle on the other, Riviera Maya has everything an exciting honeymoon could ask for. While Monterrey is known as a sprawling center for urban excitement, Riviera Maya is certainly something else.
As stunning as the beaches are, the one thing you can’t miss out on is Rio Secreto – which translates to Secret River. As the name suggests, Rio Secreto is tucked away underground, and is made up of a series of caves and rivers. The best part is, you get to hike, snorkel and swim your way through it all.
For added thrills, make sure you check out Xplor – Riviera Maya’s new activity park of ziplines, amphibious drives, river rafting and more. When the sun goes down, head to Playa del Carmen for a local candlelit dinner – or a night of drinks and dancing.
Feel like swimming with whale sharks? Visiting a crocodile park? Or maybe just a romantic sunset camel ride? You can do all of the above (and more) in beautiful Broome, Western Australia.
Sitting at the base of the Dampier Peninsula, Broome is surrounded by aquamarine ocean waters. As laid back as it is adventurous, it has plenty to offer honeymooners looking for the perfect mix of action and relaxation.
To add to the activities above, you can also go pearl diving, take a four-wheel drive tour, or unleash your inner-Aussie by learning how to drive cattle in the outback. Plus, no trip to Broome is complete with seeing the horizontal waterfalls of Buccaneer Archipelago – from the comfort of a seaplane of course!
Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls
How about a swim in Mother Nature’s ultimate infinity pool? If that sounds appealing, you’ll have to pack your bags and head to Zambia. The suitably named Devil’s Pool is perched on the lip of Victoria Falls – the world’s largest waterfall. And during the drier months of the year, from August to January, it’s open to people looking to take the dip of a lifetime.
Bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia, the pool is only accessible from the Zambian side, where you’ll find local guides who’ll show you the way. The journey requires clambering across rocks and swimming through shallows. But trust us, it’s worth it. With 500 million liters of water a minute crashing over the falls, you’ll soon realize why the locals call it Mosi-oa-Tunya, or The Smoke That Thunders.
So what do you need to bring? Just your camera, your swimmers, and a wild sense of adventure. When it comes to picking a thrilling honeymoon activity, this one literally has an edge over the competition.
Queenstown, New Zealand
If you’re into high-energy activities, not too many places in the world can compete with Queenstown. From heli-skiing and skydiving to bungee jumping and paragliding, this New Zealand resort town will take your honeymoon to precarious new heights.
Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with impressive views of The Remarkables mountain range, Queenstown is as beautiful as it is exciting. And while it’s tempting to just sit and stare, you’ll want to make the most of the water activities. This means taking a ride on the world-famous Shotover Jet, white-water rafting on the epic Kawarau River, or skimming across the top of the lake in the Hydro Attack – half shark, half machine. For the perfect combination of adventure and scenery, there’s also the Dart River Wilderness Jet.
To put it simply, when it comes to a honeymoon big on thrills, Queenstown has you covered.
Getting married is an adventure in itself. But for some couples, honeymoons are a chance to really keep the fun times going. So before you settle for lazing by the beach sipping mojito after mojito, do us a favour and think about making your special week (or two) a little more thrilling.