The word “honeymoon” dates all the way back to the 1500s, but it didn’t always mean what it means now. Back then, it was used to refer to the fleeting honey-like love of newlyweds, but over time it lost its cynical connotation and acquired the meaning it has today.
In contemporary times, the honeymoon is a fixture of modern romance as crucial and cherished as the wedding itself in many ways.
But what if you and your bride or husband to be don’t want to fall into the same tired honeymoon tropes of Carribean getaways and sandy shores? This list is for you, the adventurous couple looking for unique honeymoon destinations.
Here are 10 one of a kind honeymoon spots sure to satisfy the explorer in you.
1. Oymyakon Valley, Russia
Why not start the list off with the most extreme locale of them all?
Oymyakon valley isn’t known for its resorts, but rather for being the coldest inhabited place on the entire planet. Winter temperatures there consistently fall far below zero and the snow is virtually unending.
With a population of only 500 permanent residents and definitely no cell phone service, this is the perfect getaway for a couple desiring total solitude. While it certainly isn’t suited for everyone, those adventurous enough to brave the extreme conditions will return with a truly once in a lifetime memory.
2. Jules’ Undersea Lodge
Located in Key Largo, the Jules’ Undersea Lodge is just what it sounds like. It’s a simple but beautiful hotel room 30 feet below the ocean’s surface.
Even the process of getting there is an adventure, as you have to actually scuba dive down to it yourself. So if you’re looking for new experiences, you can kill two birds with one stone.
Once you’re in the room itself, you’ll be treated to a view of the crystal clear waters of Key Largo and the hundreds of different aquatic species that inhabits them. This location is worth the photos alone.
3. Null Stern Hotel
Nestled in the breathtaking Swiss Alps, this is less of a hotel and more of a bed sitting outdoors. There are no walls, roof, or any other amenities one would expect of a typical hotel. Instead, you’re treated to a comfortable bed and a butler who delivers your meals.
Null Stern Hotel is almost certainly the most spartan honeymoon destination on this list, but for the couple that wants no distractions and a beautiful view, this is the perfect option. Plus, you’ll return to normal life feeling unbelievably refreshed.
4. Makepeace Island
This Australian paradise offers up the more traditional palm trees and sand, but it does so with a heart-shaped private island.
You read that correctly. Lovebirds can book this island entirely for themselves, enjoying kayaking, swimming, river cruises, and more with no interlopers.
While this will certainly be out of many budgets, if you can scrounge up the extra cash, it’s well worth the investment.
5. Hammerfest, Norway
Hammerfest is one of the few locales on Earth that boasts months of non-stop sunlight. If you visit during the summer, you’ll be treated to 76 days of uninterrupted sunlight.
Though you’re unlikely to be afforded the luxury of a 76-day vacation, even a week there will be an unparalleled treat. Beyond the novelty of endless sun, you’ll also be able to explore Norway’s beautiful countryside.
6. The Blue Lagoon Spa
The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa is an Icelandic wonder that harnesses the natural volcanic hot springs of the wondrous island nation. Not only will you witness the natural splendor of Iceland like its one of a kind geography and whales, you’ll be able to bathe in the otherworldy geothermal springs.
If you like hot tubs, you’ll love Mother Nature’s naturally occurring equivalent. And who doesn’t like hot tubs? Plus, if you’re wanting to sprinkle in an urban experience, you can visit the bustling city of Reykjavik.
Sadly, humanity has yet to discover a portal leading to J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved fantasy land of Middle Earth, but this is the next best thing.
Hobbiton is the actual set used in Peter Jackson’s Lord of The Rings films. If you’ve ever dreamt of being a Hobbit (who hasn’t?) this is a dreamland for you.
Though you won’t have the opportunity to quest for magical rings or slay dragons, you will be able to indulge in the many other adventures New Zealand has to offer, like cage diving with Great Whites and cliff jumping.
8. Alnwick Castle
If this UK castle seems familiar to you, it might be because it’s been featured as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. Anyone enamored with the fantastical world of wizards will find this castle more magical than anything Disney could ever offer.
Even for folks who aren’t magically inclined, there are few experiences like seeing a real-life castle. Flights to the UK aren’t too expensive, but maybe set aside some side hustle money just in case and see if this scenic landmark can awaken your inner wizard.
9. Skylodge Adventure Suites
Not for the faint of heart, this exciting honeymoon location is located 1200 feet in the air on the side of a cliff in Peru.
South America is renowned for its beauty, and you’ll have a bird’s eye view of it for the duration of your stay here. Even if you’re afraid of heights, it might be worth conquering for this one of a kind honeymoon.
10. Atacama Desert
Since the list started with one extreme, why not end it with another?
The Atacama Desert in Chile is known for being the single dryest location on the planet earth. Like the snow-covered Oymyakon Valley in Russian, this vast expanse of land is one of extremes.
Although not as harrowing as the aforementioned winter wonderland, it still offers up a special honeymoon experience for the couple who thinks outside the beach.
Unique Honeymoon Destinations For Unique Couples
While this is just a small sample of the potential adventures you and your new spouse can embark on, it should give you an idea of just how much there is to do for unusual couples. From island paradises to sprawling snowscapes, the planet has more than enough to offer adventure seeking lovers.
But before the honeymoon comes the wedding. It wouldn’t be terribly pleasant to have company on a romantic getaway, so you’ll have to document that yourself, but having someone to capture the special moments at your wedding isn’t a bad idea. There are many different options for your wedding photos, which you can view here.
After the family and friends have gone home, it’s time to start seeking out those unique honeymoon destinations and taking some much needed time to yourselves. So don’t wait. Start planning your next big adventure with the one you love.