Your wedding is planned to happen as the northern hemisphere thaws and exploring rugged coastlines to start your happily ever after is appealing. One of the best ways to get up close and personal with the ocean and shore in from a kayak. Kayaking Norway fjords is a jaw dropping, humbling experience in the scale of both ocean and mountains. A stunning adventure for your honeymoon.
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Norway has over 50,000 km of coastline. This is due mostly to the dips and folds of the fjords that penetrate from the ocean deep into the coast. There is no way to explore this entire coast in one season and I suspect that once you start paddling in these waters you will be back for more. The coast stretches from a relatively balmy 58 degrees latitude to well past the Arctic circle topping out above the 70th latitude. The coastal waters are under the influence of the Gulf Stream and are kept “warm” relative to expectations for the high latitude.
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Your route can depend entirely on how rugged or remote you would like to journey. Many of the outer and northern areas are studded with parks and wilderness preserves. Due to the lack of accessibility, these areas also lack permanent settlements. If you are interested in something more pampered there are large number of areas featuring cozy cabins and vacation resorts to take care of food and accommodations. Having reservations is a good idea because these coastal areas are very popular for tourist from the rest of Europe who may not be arriving by kayak like you.
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Getting off the water for some hiking can be just as spectacular. Climbing the some of the towering peaks that embrace and define the fjords will reward you with stunning vistas. Typically, hikes will take you several hundred to a thousand metres about sea level and can be comfortably accomplished in half a day. You may want to linger longer and soak in the views, they can be breathtaking.
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It’s Paris, what’s not romantic about it? A French pastry in one hand and your lovers hand in the other, wander around the city by foot and admire its grand architecture, or pass a whole afternoon outside a café such as St Germain’s great literacy café de Flores, just staring into your lovers eyes….
If Paris is beautiful by day, it’s magical by night. Escape the tourist crowds, and explore some of Paris’ great and romantic tourist attractions in the late afternoon, evening or even night. Getting to Paris may also be easier than you think – iDBUS London to Paris line is affordable and the prices don’t go up as you get closer to your departure date. So if you fancy travelling to Paris grab yourself a map and try my suggested route below:
Start your night ramble at the Musée de Louvre (the largest museum in the world, I’ll have you know), which is open as late as 9:45pm on both Wednesdays and Friday. You will find the infamous Mona de Lisa here, and make sure you take a look at Napoleon III’s apartment to get an idea of what the Louvre interior looked like when it was a royal palace.
Make your way on to the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, a smaller version of its famous sister the Arc de Triomphe. This Arc is situated close to the Tuileries Garden, a well maintained and formal French garden, which is particularly pretty at sunset if you do decide to set off on the walk in the late afternoon.
Moving on, perhaps once the sun has gone down, walk onto the Place de la Concorde, the Egyptian Obelisk believed to be more than 3,000 years old. Towering into the sky it is simply stunning, particularly as it is lit up at night-time.
Next is the Champs-Elysees, one of the most famous avenues in the world, measuring 70 metres wide and running 1910 metres long. Soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Paris here, and look into the distance at the Arc de Triomphe, which is where you are walking to next. This grand and gigantic Arc (also lit up at night) is the result of Napoleon’s ambition to make the capital of the empire he had acquired, the most beautiful in the world! I think he may have succeeded.
Talking of beauty, your final stop is to be the one and only Eiffel Tower, possibly the most renowned romantic building on earth. There is no heart wrenching love story behind this structure, unlike the Taj Mahal for example, yet aesthetically it is a delight, and there is most certainly something alluring about it.
After some hand holding and gazing out across the city lights of Paris, your journey might have worked up a bit of an appetite. For a truly amorous evening, and to continue gazing at the Parisian city landscape, you might want to feast at the top of the Eiffel Tower in the restaurant ‘Le Jule Verne’. This is not somewhere you can just drop by and hope to get a table; you will need to book weeks in advance. I’m not going to lie, it is very pricey (she’s worth it though!), but the views are incomparable compared to any other restaurant you will visit in Paris, and the food is divine. You will be presented with a tasting menu (meat or fish) made up of 5/6 different dishes.
For something a little kinder to your bank balance, that offers traditional French food, including mouth-watering sea food platters, and a truly authentic 19th century atmosphere, head to Brasserie Flo. Here the staff are friendly, the portions decent, and everything is delicious, sautéed tender rump, gratin dauphinois and green pepper sauce….yummmm.
The next day round off your romantic getaway with a chocolate massage at the four seasons George V hotel (yes, real chocolate), and a cheese and red wine picnic along the river Seine. If you are in the mood to splurge, go all out and try a cheese and wine tasting course. This is one trip that you won’t forget in a while!
Looking for a different honeymoon spot? Something heavy on romance, luxury, and culture? How about Peru?
I know most people wouldn’t think that hiking the ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu would be good for a honeymoon but I’m here to tell you differently. Trekking over the Andean Mountains is the perfect way to start your life together. The air is crisp and clear, the views of the Andean Plateau are absolutely stunning, and the deep history beneath your feet is awe inspiring. Taking in the view of the ancient lost city from the Sun Gate on the dawn of the final morning is something that must be shared in order to be fully appreciated. Hike down to Machu Picchu and discover the wonders of the architecture before taking the train back to Cusco.
Now is the time for luxury and Lima is the perfect place to find it. Boutique hotels abound in the Miraflores District of the city; carriage rides around Plaza Mayor and romantic dinners at world class restaurants make Lima a perfect honeymoon destination. There is even a ‘love park’ on the waterfront of the city; El Parque del Amor is the perfect spot for a sunset stroll.
Arequipa is another great city to visit. Watched over by the volcano El Misti, this city boasts great colonial architecture and an evolved food scene that has helped catapult Peruvian cuisine onto the world stage. It’s a smaller, more intimate city than Lima; better for wandering about and discovering its nooks and crannies. The Santa Catalina Monastery is here also. This stunning complex is worth spending an afternoon. (Hint: pick up a guide at the entrance to learn about the deep cultural and religious history of this site.)
A perfect honeymoon would finish with some beach time. Northern Peru has some of the best beaches in the world. Mánorca is a great option – perfect for surfing and great for relaxing – a great way to cap off a great honeymoon.
Looking to learn more about Peru? Check out this video by Marca Peru and discover all the secrets that Peru has to offer.
The two of you are looking to pack as many adventures as possible into your adventure honeymoon. Hiking, jungle trekking, surfing and river rafting all sound appealing. You are in luck because your Costa Rica adventure honeymoon will pack all of these into a nice neat bundle. Snuggled in between Panama and Nicaragua with easy access from North America, Costa Rica offers many adventures and two coasts.
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Starting at the ocean, you are here for the surf. Both coasts offer many breaks to you for a ride. Good information on local conditions is available on line if you are experienced and packing your own board. Looking for lessons and a board rental then the number of shops are too numerous to mention. Pick a beach with surf and go for a stroll when you get there to survey the businesses first hand. Looking for a quick frolic in the waves, then pick up a couple of boogie boards feel the exhaustion while you sip beers on the beach afterwards.
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Sticking with the water theme but moving inland and up. Let gravity feed your adrenaline with some white water rafting. With several rivers flowing down from the mountains, you can spend your entire vacation rafting down a different river section every day.
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Heading into the jungle and hiking up volcanos is next on the adventure. Jungle tours are plentiful in Costa Rica. The question to ask yourselves is what do you want to see. Leading the way in eco-tourism, the ability to immerse in natural ecosystems is preserved for future generations. Hunting for wildlife photos can be your goal. Making your way to stunning waterfalls and a perfect picnic spot may be your preference. Thinking something tougher, ascending a volcano for the views or challenge is right up your alley. Look towards Arenal Volcano National Park as a potential destination.
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Looking for a honeymoon adventure getaway that feels like Europe without the jet lag? Thinking that adventure alone may be too hard core for your honeymoon? You find the right mix in Quebec City, a city of romance and adventure. Long considered a gem of old European charm hidden in North America, Quebec City has a beautiful river side setting and one of the longest histories on this side of the Atlantic.
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One can’t help be romantic in a city like Quebec. The french language alone will set you in a mood outside of your normal routine. The feel of an older whole charm with European influenced architecture. The old town is a cobblestone stroll from cafe to bistro to patio to dinner that will keep you happily full.
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City romance is good for a few days but now you will need to get the adrenaline flowing as well and maybe start working through a few of those calories from the delicious food. First up is more of a nature encounter. Depending on how you feel about small boats on big water it could lead to a good adrenaline shot too. Head out on the St. Lawrence River and go whale watching. The whales, seals, dolphins and belugas are always a treat when they are encountered. Check out any of a number of tour companies that depart from Quebec and the local area.
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For some mountainous adventure, only 30 minutes away from the city is Mount Sainte Anne. A premier four season resort area that will give you the gravity, terrain and lifts needed to speed downhill on a sturdy mountain bike. If you are more interested speeding around on your own power, the cross country bike trails will keep you riding for days. This is a well appointed winter ski area that has made a great transition to incorporate mountain biking and hiking to complete it’s year round fun.
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If the idea of lying on a beach all day is already boring you, an active honeymoon filled with thrills and adventure could be just what you need. As the happy couple, it’s completely up to you what direction you take your holiday in: it can be as traditional or bizarre as you like. This article will run down three of the best ideas for a more extreme honeymoon.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a country more filled with action than Australia. This sun-soaked location has plenty of high-adrenaline activities that the two of you can take part in. From bungee jumping and skydiving to surfing and diving, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.
Highlights include the stunning Sydney Harbour Bridge climb, snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef and rigorous jeep trips to Fraser Island. For more advice on things to do in this lively location, visit AdventureTours.com.au.
If you both share a love for triathlons, what better way to celebrate your marriage than by taking part in one of the many events that are held in the Caribbean each year? The Nevis international triathlon started 11 years ago and has become one of the most testing and enjoyable experiences in the country – this is an event perfectly suited to couples who can spur each other on.
You can find out more information about the event at Active Caribbean. If you decide to enter, make sure to pack all the necessary equipment and clothing you’ll need for the event. Decathlon are worth checking out if you’re looking to kit yourself out.
A very popular choice among couples is an adventure holiday to Egypt. Ride around on camels, scuba dive in the Red Sea and take in the view of the majestic pyramids while enjoying the gorgeous sunshine. This is the perfect choice for newlyweds who like a little rest and relaxation between their high-octane pursuits.
Looking for a honeymoon adventure on the way between destinations or a short flight to somewhere completely different? A quick hop between major North American and European hub airports is where you will find your honeymoon in Iceland. Some of the most photogenic and varied lands await close to the Arctic Circle but warmed by favourable currents, active volcanos and friendly locals.
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Reykjavík is your starting point. With about two thirds of the country’s population, it is as urban as you will find on the island, but that is not what you are here for. This is the land of glaciers and volcanos. Otherworldly scenery and natural geothermal pools abound. Time for some trekking and exploring. For a full view of Iceland consider touring Route 1. It is the island’s ring road and at just under 1,400 km you will be able to get around in a reasonable trip with plenty of stopping for activities and sights.
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Make time to capture some of the highlight sights. The landscape creates magnificent waterfalls like; Gullfoss, Hjálparfoss and Seljalandsfoss. The geothermal activities create some spectacular sights such as; the Blue Lagoon, Geysir or Deildartunguhver. The people have carved out enchanting farms and villages in the over a thousand years of settlement on the island.
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Getting away from the road can go in one of two directions; off the major road or off the island entirely. Heading off shore for a whale watching tour or to some of the bird islands to colonies of puffins, guillemot or auks will add to your adventure. Heading off the major road leads to exploring volcanic caves, hiking across glaciers and trekking around volcanos. Horse trekking tours are common using the unique Icelandic breed. All other horses are banned from the island to keep this stock pure and free from diseases.
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Winter wedding and need a warm adventure beach honeymoon? What about the long flight away from everything to Australia. A couple of things come to mind when thinking about Australia; kangaroos and beaches. While the kangaroos may be interesting to watch and perhaps tasty, it will be the beaches that can give you a reason to stick around. Here are some ideas to start your Australian beach honeymoon adventure for your happily ever after.
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The first beach activity that jumps out for Australia is surfing. If you have been riding waves for awhile then heading out to some of the classics should be on your itinerary; the Superbank on the Gold Coast, Bells Beach along the Great Coast Road and Desert Point on the North Coast if you are interested in some rougher camping. These are expert’s waves and attract very skilled surfers so set your sight else where if this is a learning trip. If the town has a wave there is sure to be a surf shop that can set up lessons where you won’t upset the locals. Playing in the waves could also be on a boogie board or there is some paddle boarding in your future if the waters are calm.
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Next up for the planning is under the waves. Diving in Australia can take you to one of the best locations in the world. You may have heard of the Great Barrier Reef. While not beach exactly, if you are a diver or even just a surface snorkeler, planning some time under the waves is a good way to go. As the largest reef system in world, stretching over 2,600 km and studded with 900 islands, there is going to be something that fits both your budget and adventure. Luxury private resorts and multi-day live aboard ships are all happy to indulge a long term diver. If you are dabbling and somewhat casual about being below the waves then a day trip from anywhere along the coast will probably suffice.
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If you are thinking more sporty, then get your serve warmed up and start challenging the locals to some couples beach volleyball. Perennial contenders on the international circuits, the national representatives have honed their skills on the many courts here. You and your partner can start off small and hustle your way up the rankings. Perhaps join a tournament or two to finance the trip.
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Getting married is the start of a joint adventure between you and your beau. What better place to kick-start that journey than by taking your honeymoon in South Africa? Home to some of the most beautiful animals and picturesque landscapes in the world, it will provide the perfect setting for your vacation.
If you’re tempted, this handy guide will talk you through all of the best places to stay and visit.
Where to stay
Boasting a wealth of unique and luxurious resorts, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting your accommodation in South Africa.
One of the main draws of the continent for many travellers is the wildlife. If you’re centring your honeymoon around the country’s magnificent creatures, look no further than the Gorah Elephant Camp.
Bookable through MrAndMrsSmith.com, the resort is nestled in the heart of the Addo National Park and is home to zebras, tortoises, warthogs and lions, to name but a few. Make sure you take your camera to capture all of the amazing sights you’ll see.
The tented lodges are far from the camping you may be used to, providing back-to-basics stays for those looking to reconnect with nature.
Of course, if you’re not ready to ditch your home comforts just yet, you could always choose Rodwell House instead. Nestled in a small fishing village, this plush accommodation is anything but quaint! Featuring stunning courtyards, gardens and an expansive pool, this elegant boutique style hotel is ideal for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town.
What to do
Once you’ve decided on where you’ll be staying, you can start planning what activities you’ll be doing. There are a wealth of things to see and do in Africa, so make sure you have enough spending money with you. Use companies like Travelex as they offer really competitive rand exchange rates, helping you to get the most for your money.
No holiday to South Africa would be complete without a safari trip. There are various tours in operation, but one of the most popular – and arguably the best – is the Kruger Park safari.
If you’re passionate about food and drink, or merely enjoy a tipple, make sure you check out Cape Winelands for wine tasting and tours of the vineyards themself. Or, if you’re looking for a more relaxing break, chill out on one of the country’s white sandy beaches. Bliss!