The majority of newlywed couples like to spend their honeymoon somewhere hot and sunny. Because of that, most advertising for honeymoons focuses on hot, sunny locations. “The majority” isn’t the same as “everybody,” though, and those who’d prefer not to scorch themselves on the beach are under-served when it comes to travel companies appealing for their business. To quote the late, great comedian Bill Hicks, “who wants it to be hot and sunny every day? What are you, a lizard?” Some of us prefer it to be cold and hot, and we like to get married and go on a honeymoon, too!
If you recognize yourself in that description, help is at hand. Pages upon pages of our website are dedicated to beautiful warm-weather honeymoon destinations, and if that’s your bag, we’d love you to read them. We hope you have a fabulous time. If you’d prefer to go somewhere a little colder like your humble author, that’s what this article is all about. We know where all the best cold-weather honeymoon destinations are hiding, and we’re here to share them with you!
Finland is the most underappreciated of all the Scandinavian countries. Some people don’t even count it as Scandinavian, and there’s also a (bizarre) conspiracy theory that Finland doesn’t exist. We can assure you that it does, and it’s a fantastic place to go if you’re newly married. Lapland is said to be the home of Santa Claus. What could possibly make for a more romantic destination for lovers than that? You can even take a tour of the area on a sled pulled by reindeer. Try doing that on a beach! So long as you visit during the right half of the year – which is easy to plan for because you have six whole months to choose from – you’ll also get to see the Northern Lights. It’s one of the most spectacular all-natural light shows on Earth. Go to Helsinki if you want modern amenities, but consider staying in a glass igloo at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort if you’d prefer something a little more rustic.
The clue’s in the name when it comes to Iceland. It isn’t called “Iceland” because of its blazing hot summers. 10% of the entire country is permanently covered by glaciers. You can see the Northern Lights in Iceland just as clearly as you can see them in Finland, and you have the added bonus of being able to go on a tour of active volcanoes. Make sure you include some time in the world-famous blue lagoon while you’re there – it’s the greatest geothermal spa in the world with a whole cottage industry set up around it. You can even stay there if you want – and you should! The country’s frozen waterfalls look like a Hollywood special effect that’s come to life, and the freezing cold temperatures give you an excuse to get closer to each other.
In the west, we don’t necessarily associate Japan with cold weather. We tend to think of it instead as an old-meets-new technological paradise, as is often seen in science fiction movies and the highly popular slots game “Shogun of Time.” All we can say to that is that you probably shouldn’t get your cultural references from casino websites and review websites. They’re good for many things, and they display an impressive range (honestly, you can play games with just about any theme you can imagine these days), but you won’t get a true picture of Japan from logging into a casino review website. Go to the country for real in winter, and you’ll see what we mean. It’s an expensive place to visit during summer, but prices for accommodation drop by almost half in winter. We have no idea why because Japan stages “snow festivals” in the mountains in winter with hot spring baths to keep you warm, and they’re spectacular. For a truly authentic experience, eschew the big-name five-star hotels and stay in a Ryokan instead. The Japanese practically invented the concept of a guesthouse. Let them show you how and why they mastered it.
Mountains. Snow. Chocolate. These are all words that come to mind when we think of Switzerland, and they’re all excellent reasons to want to visit the country. From its colossal mountains to its enormous natural lakes, Switzerland might very well have reason to claim the title of “most beautiful country in the world.” If you’re lucky enough to have money to spend, treat yourself to the experience of a lifetime by staying at Gstaad Palace in Gstaad. It’s a fairytale-like castle that’s a little like Disney for adults, built in 1913 with honeymooning couples in mind. You might never spend a week or two in grander surroundings. If you’d like to be a little closer to the hustle and bustle of everyday Swiss life, the capital city of Zurich is the perfect place to sample it. The idea of hot tubs in the middle of a busy modern city sounds ridiculous until you’ve tried it. Once you have, you’ll be angry that nobody offers the same facility in your home town or city.
Camden, Maine, USA
So, either your budget doesn’t run to leaving the USA, or you’d rather stay closer to home. That’s absolutely fine. Pack your bags and head to Camden, Maine, instead. You don’t have to love skiing to go to Camden, but it helps! While you could choose to ski anywhere, this is the only place in the USA you could do so while enjoying a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean while whizzing down the slopes at the Camden Ski Bowl. If skiing isn’t for you, find your way to Camden Harbour Inn and stay in one of its Grand Suites. We have two words for you. “Plunge tubs.” If you don’t know what we mean by “plunge tubs,” we cordially invite you to find out. The same goes for rain showers. Camden, like the rest of Maine, is a beautiful place when it’s covered in snow, and the local tourist industry will be extremely glad to have you stay.
We’ve given you five locations as examples that dreamlike cold winter honeymoon destinations are out there. We’re confident that you’d have an incredible experience at any of them, but why stop now if you’ve started looking? Not everybody needs a suntan when they take their first break as a married couple – get cold together instead and give a winter honeymoon some serious thought!
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