GET­AWAYS

ICE­LAND

Martha Stewart Weddings - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY K AT I E JA M E S WAT K I N S O N

Dis­cover the hottest beach hon­ey­moons and an oth­er­worldly Ice­land re­sort, plus swim­ming with an­i­mals, our editor’s re­view of Madrid, and an African sa­fari.

Since open­ing to the pub­lic in 1999, Blue Lagoon Ice­land has at­tracted mil­lions of vis­i­tors to its 100-de­gree geo­ther­mal pool, which is sur­rounded by oth­er­worldly lava fields. Now you can stay overnight at the Re­treat at Blue Lagoon Ice­land (from $1,462 per night, blue lagoon.com). Three of the 62 suites open onto a pri­vate sec­tion of lagoon, of­fer­ing 24/7 soaks in mineral-rich wa­ters. Get mas­sages at the sub­ter­ranean spa, take a guided hike, and try the seven-course tast­ing menu at Moss Restau­rant. It’s the per­fect wind-down af­ter a trip to the Golden Cir­cle’s Gull­foss wa­ter­fall, or to see the North­ern Lights on the re­mote Snæfell­snes penin­sula, home of Kirkjufell (Church Moun­tain) and the fish­ing vil­lage of Arnarstapi. Stop in Reyk­javík to visit the crazy-cool con­crete Hall­grím­skirkja church, and snack on Ice­landic hot dogs (made of pork, beef, and lamb) from famed stand Bæ­jarins Beztu Pyl­sur ( bbp.is). Af­ter all that ad­ven­ture, you’ve earned it.

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