Babymoon in Iceland
Iceland is the perfect place for a babymoon as your last hurray before the baby arrives. Here in this blog, we go over the reasons why.
What is a babymoon?
A babymoon gets its name from the honeymoon and is the last hurrah before the baby arrives.
Babymoon is both a celebration of the little bundle that will be arriving soon and a tribute to life pre-baby. A babymoon is typically a greatly needed vacation and relaxation for the mother and partner before the baby arrives, but most importantly- it should be an unforgettable experience you treasure forever, making Iceland a great destination of choice!
Why Iceland is the perfect Babymoon location
Iceland is a great place to visit whether you are looking for great outdoor activities to a relaxed, stress-free vacation. Imagine the amazing pregnancy photos you will catch in the amazing Icelandic nature. You could be standing in front of a powerful waterfall, relaxing in the blue lagoon, or in front of a breathtaking lava field!
It might be tempting to avoid traveling for long periods while pregnant. But there are plenty of ways that Iceland will still make your babymoon worth every minute! You can see so much of what Iceland has to offer with just a short drive out of the capital, and there are also so many activities that you can do right inside Reykjavík. For example, the Golden Circle is only a 3-hour drive in total from the capital with 3 stops on the way. You can catch a bus tour to see the Golden circle or you can rent a car. You can even stay the night on your journey at Hotel Geysir. Hotel Geysir is a new and amazing hotel situated just by Geysir and Strokkur, making it the perfect rest stop on your journey.
When choosing the place to visit on your Babymoon, safety should be one of your top priorities. Iceland has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, the police do not carry guns and the locals look out for each other, making Iceland one of the best and safest places to visit while pregnant. Iceland even has one of the cleanest tap waters in the world, making it perfectly safe to drink. We even encourage you to save your money on bottled water and enjoy the water straight from the tap.
The food is also amazing and Iceland is known for that, all around the world! This reputation is well deserved and the key ingredients are usually fish and lamb, which are always fresh and of great quality.
And if you have any cravings for Ice cream, Iceland is the place you should visit! Icelanders are known to love their Ice-cream and no matter the weather, you will see Icelanders waiting in line at the Ice-cream shops!
Relaxed Babymoon trip in Iceland ideas.
The reason for a babymoon is to get away, rest, and build up strength for the upcoming birth and the possible sleepless nights. Iceland may not be big, but a huge part of Iceland is unpopulated so there is plenty of space for everyone to enjoy some quiet time. There are endless road trips you can take, black sand beaches to check out and you can even have a picnic in the open nature.
The best thing about taking a vacation in Iceland is also, that you never have to worry about getting bitten by mosquitos, as Iceland has none!
Make sure to pack your swimwear as Iceland has loads of great swimming pools. The dip, will make you feel lighter and help with sore muscles and swollen feet, so go ahead and take advantage of that! Icelanders love their swimming pools and you can find them in almost every town. Just make sure to drink water before going in and after you get out.
You are also allowed to go in the Blue lagoon while pregnant. Blue Lagoon has great facilities and the pregnancy photos you can catch in the tranquil turquoise blue water will be amazing!
The Blue Lagoon is a place of great beauty and relaxation. You can indulge in spa treatments, prenatal massage, or have your dinner while watching the sunset over the beautiful turquoise water from their restaurant.
Several great hotels have a relaxing spa as well for your babymoon trip to Iceland.
First of all, is the retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland. Their food is amazing, the hotel is beautiful and if you stay the night you will have unlimited excess to an exclusive lagoon.
Less than an hour away from Reykjavík is the ION Adventure Hotel that we consider to be a great location for a babymoon. With amazing surroundings and located conveniently by the „Golden Circle“ route. You can soak in their hot tub while watching up on the Northern lights, they have a great restaurant as well as a beautiful Lava spa, making it the perfect place to visit recharge before the baby arrives.
Center Hotel Þingholt in downtown Reykjavík has 52 rooms that are a mix of modern comfort with Icelandic nature-inspired design. Located conveniently only a 5-minute walk away from Laugavegur, the main shopping street in Reykjavík with loads of great restaurants close by. Center Hotel Þingholt also has a great spa where you can relax and rewind after a great day exploring the city.
If you are planning on going up to the north of Iceland, the Sigló hotel is a great place to stay the night. The town Siglufjörður is a beautiful small village located only a 40-minute drive away from Akureyri. Many have said that Siglufjörður is one of the most beautiful towns in Iceland with cozy cafés, great restaurants, and a museum that you can visit.
The Snæfellsnes peninsula also has loads of small towns and places to see, like mount Kirkjufell that you may have seen in the TV series Game of Thrones, as well as the beautiful Búðarkirkja black church, beautiful village Arnarstapi and its surroundings, Kirkjufoss waterfall and Ytri Tunga beach where you might spot a few seals, are only a few of the places to see on the peninsula.
As it may be uncomfortable to make the trip from Reykjavík, all around the peninsula and back, all in one day. We suggest spending the night in the town called Borgarnes. There are a few hotels you can stay the night. We recommend the Icelandair Hotel Hamar or B59 hotel for
When to take a babymoon vacation?
The second trimester is the best time to plan for a babymoon. Between week 14 and 28 to be exact. Speak to your doctor on what is the best time for you to go on a babymoon.
Babymoon in Reykjavík
There are several activities you can do in Reykjavík when pregnant.
Reykjavík has loads of great museums you can visit. Below, there is a list of the museums, we think are worth a visit!
- National Museum of Iceland
- Reykjavík Art Museum.
- Icelandic phallological museum.
- Árbær open-air museum
- Whales of Iceland
- The National Gallery of Iceland
- Reykjavík Maritime museum.
- Settlement Exhibition
If museums are not your thing? Don´t worry, there is plenty of other things to do in Reykjavík!
You can find several great swimming pools. The ones we recommend visiting is Laugardalslaug, Vesturbæjarlaug, Kópavogslaug and if you are visiting in summer and get so lucky to have good weather, you can visit Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. You can relax in the sand and take a dip in the heated small pool on the beach as well.
Then there is the wonderful Sky Lagoon as well. You have to make an appointment with that, just like for the Blue Lagoon. They offer private changing rooms and showers that you do not get in a regular swimming pool in Iceland and then once you are in, there is a 7-step spa ritual.
Again, just remember to stay well hydrated while in the pool and drink plenty of fluids before and after. That will help to keep you healthy and happy!
Take a stroll in downtown Reykjavík, and you´re sure to find something that interests you. You will find interesting shops and great restaurants and do not forget to visit Hallgrímskirkja cathedral and Harpan Concert hall! If you are looking for some cultural experience, you can look into what shows are being set up while on your visit.
Both Hallgrímskirkja and Harpan are amazing sights to see with both architects getting inspiration from the asphalt columns in Iceland.
Want to see whales in their natural habitat? One of the most popular tours in Iceland is whale watching and you can take one from Reykjavík harbor as well as puffin tours. The whales you might see are mostly minke whales, porpoises, dolphins, and humpbacks. If you are experiencing morning sickness, it may not be a good idea to jump on a boat though, but that is quite alright as there is still a lot to see“
Look for Northern Lights! The Northern Lights are a rare occurrence, and you´ll want to be in the perfect spot for them. We recommend going a little outside the city limits to experience them fully. Light pollution will greatly affect the sight, so a little drive-out will be sufficient. Monitor the Aurora forecast online or using an app and plan accordingly.
If you are staying in a hotel, you can also request to be called in the case of Aurora.