When you picture your honeymoon, what do you imagine? For some, it’s white sandy beaches, snorkeling in turquoise seas and watching the sun go down, with your partner, cocktail in hand. For others, there’s nothing more romantic than a magical winter wonderland honeymoon. 

Evoking images of snow-covered landscapes, frozen lakes, starry skies and steaming mugs of chocolat chaud, if you ask us, there’s nothing more special. What’s more, if you love outdoor adventures like skiing, tobogganing and hiking, naturally, many winter destinations cater well for this, making them ideal for active newlyweds looking for some fun.

There are of course many exceptional wintry destinations all across the globe that would make for an excellent honeymoon, but if you’re struggling to choose, take a look through our handpicked list of the best winter honeymoon destinations. Collated by our experts, these picks have been chosen due to their breathtaking settings and the luxurious and unique experiences on offer- perfect for creating special memories with your other half…

What are the best winter honeymoon destinations in the world?

Looking to plan your luxury winter honeymoon but need help picking the best destinations for that once-in-a-lifetime, magical experience? Look no further than our curated list below:

view of an icy ocean
Iceland

Iceland is a truly spectacular destination, throughout the seasons, known for it’s breathtaking landscapes and varied scenery. There’s nothing more magical than Iceland’s Northern Lights, their beautiful green, blue and purple hues lighting up an otherwise jet-black sky. They’re truly a sight to behold, and what could be better than witnessing them on your honeymoon? Just be sure to book during the right season to give yourselves the highest chance of witnessing them (we can help with that).

 

Northern Lights aside, there’s plenty to see and do in Iceland, from hiking its glaciers to exploring ice caves, and of course, relaxing in its famous hot springs, most notably, the Blue Lagoon. If you fancy exploring some of the country’s gastronomic wonders too, be sure to spend a couple of days in

couple drinking wine on a sled in the snow
The Dolomites, Italy

Situated in the southern Alps in the north of Italy, the UNESCO Heritage site of the Italian Dolomites is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful winter landscapes, and one of our favorite romantic winter honeymoon destinations. Of course, you’ve got the snow-capped mountains perfect for skiing or snowboarding, but that’s not the only thing that makes it a truly memorable place. It’s also home to a number of exceptional family-run hotels and incredible restaurants.

 

Our Senior Travel Consultant and ski specialist Jenny Jones says: 

“Why not take in the spectacular views of the Dolomites whilst lunching in a typical mountain hut, or enjoy a beautiful sunrise breakfast with your loved one? Our friendly guides can book you a skiing session in the Lagazuoi hidden valley, or, you could spend the morning skiing the...

a couple sitting on a rock looking at a mountain as the sun sets
Switzerland

For that picture-perfect, cold-weather experience, you really can’t beat Switzerland as a winter honeymoon destination. Imagine chocolate-box villages, fairytale palaces (such as the romantic Gstaad Palace) and crystal clear lakes, all framed by towering mountainscapes - a dreamy setting for soaking up that newlywed bliss.

 

Needless to say, many come for the excellent skiing, but if that’s not your thing, you can also enjoy ice skating, hiking, or simply indulge in a luxurious spa day at a five-star resort. After all, there’s no better time to relax and simply enjoy each other’s company than on your honeymoon.

 

Or, why not take in the picturesque scenery in the way our insider Jenny suggests?

 

“Consider taking in Switzerland from aboard the Glacier...

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Jackson Hole, USA

If you’re keen to head to the states for an active winter honeymoon, there’s no better place than the bucket list ski destination of Jackson Hole. The ski resort boasts an amazing terrain, particularly the advanced on-piste, off-piste steeps and other expert terrain, while the snow is generally considered excellent throughout the season. Although primarily known for its skiing, there’s much more to see and do here, like exploring the vast Yellowstone National Park, rafting on the Snake River, or soaking up the ‘wild west’ atmosphere of Jackson Hole town with its live music, dancing and warm hospitality.

 

A winter honeymoon to Jackson Hole can be as active or as relaxed as you like, but those with a taste for adventure certainly won’t be disappointed.

 

Jenny...

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Lapland (Finland & Sweden)

It should come as no surprise that Lapland makes our list of best winter honeymoon destinations. When it comes to the specific part of the region, you’ve got both Finnish Lapland, and Swedish Lapland, but either way, this destination truly encapsulates the atmosphere you’d hope for on a winter honeymoon. Think cosy, open fires, steaming mugs of hot chocolate, starry skies and incredible outdoor activities in the snow…

 

A real-life winter wonderland, in Lapland, you can enjoy reindeer-drawn sleigh rides, Northern Lights excursions, cross-country skiing and husky adventures, or even ice sculpting - the choice is yours. Accommodation-wise, you and your betrothed could even stay in a glass igloo - just perfect for gazing across glittering, star-filled skies.

 

Our expert Lucy Dennis recommends some truly unique experiences, should Lapland be your...

man overlooking a blue lagoon at snowy mountains
Canada

A luxury vacation to Canada tops many couples' destination wishlists, but imagine enjoying a winter honeymoon here, surrounded by majestic mountains, vast forests and glistening, glass-like lakes. There’s so much to see and do in Canada, particularly if you like getting out and about amongst nature; it’s truly a winter outdoor lover’s playground.

 

If, however, you’re keen to combine a visit to the mountains with the buzz of a city, then you’ve got Vancouver, Toronto and Quebec City - all home to numerous lively bars, fascinating museums, and top restaurants.

 

As for one of our favorite, most romantic Canadian honeymoon destinations, Banff is a great spot. Renowned for its...

two birds communicating and flapping wings in the snow with bare trees in the background
Japan

If you’re keen to go farther afield and experience a fascinating and otherworldly culture, we’d recommend a winter honeymoon to Japan, aka the land of the rising sun.

 

As far as winter honeymoon destination ideas go, Japan is up there as one of the most unique, boasting plenty to do when it comes to outdoor activities, cultural pursuits, and incredible gastronomical experiences.

 

Be sure to stay in a ryokan - a traditional Japanese hotel - for an authentic experience and get used to long, blissful soaks in an onsen (hot spring bath). Alternatively, you and your partner might like to partake in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony or go on a foodie tour to sample local delicacies like freshly-made sushi and oyaki, aka Japanese dumplings.

 

We’d also recommend heading to the Nagano region, renowned for the Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you can watch wild snow monkeys...

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