Who doesn’t love a minimoon? Whether you take it before your wedding to ease the nerves, or right after, these can be ideal for people if you can’t get too much time off work, or simply budgeting for a large far-flung honeymoon at a later date. As our closest neighbour, European honeymoons are of course very popular with British couples. However, have you thought about flying east out to the Scandinavian countries for a winter escape?
Scandinavian countries have so much to offer any time of the year, but they come alive when the snow starts to fall. This is an extremely popular location for winter activities, shopping and stylish weekend breaks. I’ve put together a selection of top places to stay and a few itineraries that are perfect!
Where to stay
Here are a few hotels and private accommodation options that are perfect for a romantic break. By booking a hotel you can then choose what you fancy doing and when you do it. You’re on your own time here, so whether you make the most of it with activities or simply lounge around with a coffee and a book, it’s up to you.
River Eye Treehouse, Norway
For accommodation truly unlike anywhere else, the River Eye Treehouse on Host Unusual is one incredible place to spend your honeymoon. It’s set on the edge of the Hardangervidda mountain plateau in Norway, it features views across the unspoilt river nearby and the beauty of the natural world. Climb the wooden steps and open the door into your quaint escape in the treetops.
When staying at River Eye Treehouse, you’re on your own time and not stuck to any itineraries. Wake up with the sunrise in the morning and fall asleep watching the twinkling stars beneath the breathtaking skylight in the loft bedroom. This is one location for a honeymoon to remember!
For further information, visit hostunusual.com
Known for its 5-star elegance, Hotel d’Angleterre is a stunning historical landmark in Copenhagen. Beautiful stately Victorian architecture graces the exterior of the building and when you head inside, you’ll discover chic contemporary Nordic design. The hotel boasts 92 spacious rooms and suites with exquisite styling throughout.
Hotel d’Angleterre is located on Kongens Nytorv, right in the heart of Copenhagen. You’re only a few minutes from all the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The Royal Theatre, Kongens Have (The King’s Garden), Tivoli Gardens and the Royal Palace of Amalienborg are all within walking distance. If you fancy some shopping, the longest pedestrianised shopping street in Europe, Strøet, is not far away.
For further information, visit dangleterre.com
Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Norway
Stavanger is a breathtaking city to visit in Norway. Nestled on the coast with stunning fjords, mountains and long white beaches, this is a very unique city to visit in Norway. The Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel Stavanger offers stylish Norwegian design throughout it’s newly refurbished 365 rooms and suites. Each room is flooded with light and space, enabling you to unwind in tranquillity.
The hotel is located in the perfect place to explore the city including its picturesque harbour, whitewashed wooden houses and windy cobbled streets. Whether you go for a hike in the countryside or take in the view from the world-famous Preikestolen (rated as the one most breathtaking viewing platform in the world by Lonely Planet), there’s plenty to discover in Stavanger.
For further information, visit radissonblu.com
Kurhotel Skodsborg, Denmark
Relaunched in 2017, Kurhotel Skodsborg is an international Spa Hotel and Retreat based on simple Nordic traditions. The hotel upholds a particular focus on promoting a healthy approach to life that has been part of the hotel’s philosophy since it was established 115 years ago. This is truly the place where you can switch off, unwind and relax.
The rooms are simple and inviting spaces to spend your time which features all the latest essentials you need. There are beautiful large windows which flood in light and offer breathtaking views, some even offer views out to sea. If you can pull yourself away from the comfy room, head down to the spa for some relaxing treatments or one of the many activities on offer. If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a bike and spend some time in nature.
For further information, visit skodsborg.dk
Booking an itinerary is a fantastic way to do multiple activities throughout your break. Whether you’re chasing the northern lights or relaxing in the sauna, you’ll find an itinerary which will suit you. Here are a few of my favourites.
Loggers Lodge, Sweden
What could be better than snuggling up with your loved one in front of a roaring fire in a private log cabin in Sweden? If this sounds like your kind of honeymoon, keep reading! This private retreat for two is hidden away in the Boreal forest in Northern Sweden. In this quaint and quiet wilderness, the only people you’ll discover are your hosts that are on hand to make your stay perfect, whether that’s preparing a delicious meal by your private chef, or keeping your hot tub at just the right temperature.
The itinerary can be action-packed or kept quiet so you can spend time relaxing in the sauna and hot tub. Various activities can be organised such as a Snowshoe Walk with Swedish fika, Ice fishing combined with Snowshoes or Skis, Dog Sledding and many others.
For further information, visit magneticnorthtravel.com
Alta Arctic Adventure, Norway
This three-night mini-moon is perfect if you dream of viewing the northern lights. The Alta Arctic Adventure takes place in the very north of Norway in search of the world famous northern lights. You’ll be chasing the aurora through snow-laden surrounds, husky excursions on the frozen Alta River and relaxing late-night jacuzzi bathing. This is the ultimate winter trip!
During your time in Norway, you’ll get a chance to stay in the incredible Aurora Tipi in Alta. These tipi’s feature double beds, wood-burning stoves and floor to ceiling transparent windows for stunning views of the stars and of course, aurora viewing. You’ll also spend a night at the Sorrinsiva Igloo hotel and experience reindeer sledging and even more northern light hunts.
For further information, visit discover-the-world.com
Icehotel Break, Sweden
Extremely popular year after year is the famous ICEHOTEL, a luxurious break in Swedish Lapland. This four-day escape is perfect for winter-loving couples seeking a romantic getaway. During your visit, you’ll spend a night in ICEHOTEL in one of the individually-designed Ice Rooms and two more in warm accommodation.
With so many winter activities and excursions on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Discover Nordic traditions and indulge in delicious Lappish food and cocktails at the hotel’s very own ICEBAR. If you’re feeling inspired by the surroundings, why not take a class in ice sculpting using traditional tools or try steering a reindeer sleigh on an adventure.
For further information, visit theluxuryholidaycompany.com
Where will your Scandinavian minimoon take you? Let us know in the comments below!