2015 List of Top Nordic Wedding Hotels: Iceland Honeymoon House

Clients, Friends, and Fans, Happy Holidays!

I hope the last several weeks have been fun for you exploring the 2015 list of our Top 5 Adventure Wedding Hotels and they have inspired you to push your travel boundaries!  In case you missed them, they were in order as follows:

Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa (Estonia)

Ammende Villa (Estonia)

Baltic Beach Hotel & Spa (Latvia)

Nordic Hotel Forum (Estonia)

Hotel Føroyar (Faroe Islands)

Today, I am bringing you a brilliant bonus feature!  Like hands down the most ideal private cabin I have ever stayed in!  …and guess where that cabin is located?  ICELAND!  If you’re in the market to book the most romantic location for your honeymoon or an Iceland elopement location, I would urge you to consider Kristinn Arnason’s homes in Hafnarskogur (cabin/house) and Akureyri (apartment).

Barely a 1 hour drive from the bustling city of Reykjavik sits a quite secluded cabin I had the pleasure of staying in for 3 nights.  It felt like “home” as soon as I pulled in and looked down the hill at the house.  Falling in line with the traditional Icelandic wooden house design, you’ll find the house exterior is black (in the old days tar was used), a vibrant red door, and landscape accented by sod elements.  Beautiful, just beautiful and 100% connected to nature being only a few steps away.  Then it snowed and somehow made the outside of the house even MORE stunning as you’ll find from my photos below!

Your car stays up at the top of the hill and you have a fun little walk of excitement down a slight hill to the house.  The area feels private and very secure.  As you look around you’ll notice you have a 360 view of the colorful fjord, town of Borganes across the fjord, and a tall mountain across the street.  Pretty perfect if you ask me!  Ah, but perfection continues and increases as you enter into the house!  The décor has been professionally designed by the owner’s fabulous wife Rut Karadottir. It shows, as none of us could eloquently design such a dazzling design that belongs in an issue of Town & Country Magazine.  It boasts warmth, every room is inviting and beckons you to sit and stay a while, and conveys endless amounts of country sophistication.  You’ll leave wanting this same setup in your own home, or at least I did!  But, you be your own judge as you book a few nights here!

So why am I boasting this location as a sweet little spot to elope in Iceland too?  The deck outside offers a perfect spot to exchange vows with the fjords behind and you are then minutes from some of Iceland’s adventure spots such as the following:

  • Glymur Waterfall (30 minutes)
  • Iceland’s Western Highlands (30 minutes)
  • Borganes (5 minutes away – Grocery Store, one of my favorite bakeries, and fuel stations)
  • Langjokull Glacier (30 minutes) –Inside the Glacier Experience (open year round as of 2015).
  • Whale Fjords (30 minutes)
  • Hot Springs (Fontana / Fludir: 30-90 minutes)
  • Downtown Reykjavik (1 hour)
  • Snaefellsness Penninsula (1 hour)
  • Iceland’s famed Golden Circle (90 minutes)

As you tour the country, also keep in mind Kristinn’s other location in Northern Iceland in the awesome city of Akureyri.  The photos of the Akureyri apartment are intermingled in this post as well for your enjoyment!  What I adored the most about the locations is that they were made for couples by a couple!  They have taken the utmost consideration into the amenities to ensure whether you’ve come for your… Iceland wedding, Iceland Elopement, Iceland Anniversary, Iceland Honeymoon, planning to propose in Iceland, or just a romantic getaway in Iceland they have your needs met by ensuring their locations have the following available for you:

  • Perfectly placed locations.
  • Wifi throughout the homes.
  • Parking onsite.
  • All linens (sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, slippers, and even robes)
  • Fully equipped kitchens to cook whatever your heart desires (fridge, oven, dishwasher, pots/pans, utensils, plates, glasses, basic cooking needs like seasonings and more).
  • Exquisite bathrooms that even have a tub big enough for 2!
  • Toiletries (all the basics plus a full size hairdryer, yeah!)
  • Stunning master bedroom with a queen bed.
  • Dinning and sitting areas.

If staying in the cabin as we did, you’ll find a fun little upstairs that features an open air sitting and/or entertainment area where you can watch the TV or read a book with a fabulous view to the fjord or to the below living and dining room.  Next to this space is a bonus bedroom that has 2 twin beds so this space would be perfect if you are a family of 4 or have a friend or two joining you on your Iceland wedding adventure!

For these dreamy romantic accommodations, please contact:

Stay tuned next week for our final post for 2015!  We’ll be doing a year in review and you won’t want to miss it as we have super exciting news!

With a smile, Ann Peters (Iceland Adventure Wedding Photographer and Planner)

© 2015, Iceland Wedding Planner /  Photos by Miss Ann, All Rights Reserved

Faroe Islands Weddings: Hotel Føroyar

Are you a couple who thrives on adventure and is looking to get married in a destination wedding location that encompasses magic, mystery, light, energy and nature based explorations you’ve never ever encountered before?  Please allow me the pleasure of introducing you to the captivating and unforgettable:

Faroe Islands

Are you racking your brain right now trying to figure out where are the Faroe Islands?  They are owned by Denmark (just as Greenland is) and are a hypnotizing set of islands in-between Iceland, Norway, and the U.K.  Inside these magical 18 islands you will lose yourself and find yourself over and over again.  …and the almost unbelievable part is when you leave the islands, you’ll be overcome with an unyielding amount of inspiration, focus, and view of nature that you didn’t know was possible.  You’ll almost believe Faroe Islands = Narnia!

You giggle, but I’m serious!  What other place has more grass covered houses than anywhere in the world, more sheep than people, horses playing in magical looking areas (see below), jagged cliff edges that will get your heart pumping, hikes that are self-finding, a serenity that you thought only exists in your mind, and a place that still offers a deep and rich culture that mixes the best of the best Nordic worlds of Denmark and Iceland?!  Nowhere, Natta, No place but the magnificent Faroe Islands, I tell you!  …and you all know I’ve traveled the world seeking the world’s best Adventure Wedding spots!

Within the mainland island just a 5 minute drive from the sparkling seaside city of Torshavn, sits on a hillside overlooking the city, the perfect Faroe Islands wedding location: Hotel Føroyar.  Back in September I was lucky enough to call this amazing hotel my home base for several nights as I location scouted both on land and on sea for epic Faroe Island wedding locations!  From the moment I arrived, I smiled.  It was very late and pitch dark but I was able to see the lights shinning from the city below and when I opened my hotel room window I found that the hotel was built right into the hill it was perched upon!  The next morning, I may or may not have climbed out my window and did somersaults down it 😉

So, are you wondering why I personally loved Hotel Føroyar?  The connection I felt to nature was outrageously awesome.  Walking towards the entrance to the hotel, you see the entire roof of the hotel is grass covered and then you follow your way to the reception desk and the colors, tones, and textures all feel earthy but with an underling accent of luxury.  I was given my keys and told to walk down the hallway where there are rocks from the land incorporated right into the walls you pass to your room.  It was brilliant, really freaking brilliant!

…and then you ask me the real question: Why would I choose Hotel Føroyar to hold my Faroe Island destination wedding?  I would playfully ask the question back to you as, “Why the heck wouldn’t you? It’s the best the Faroe Islands has to offer, hands down.” #TrueStory

There are 106 panoramic view rooms overlooking the amazing city below.  The room list follows below:

  • Clinton Suite
  • Prime Ministers Suite
  • (2) Wedding Suites –I toured and loved!
  • (98) Double rooms –I stayed in one and it was light, bright, and beautiful.
  • (2) Family rooms
  • (2) Combined family/handicap rooms

All of the rooms are well equipped and even more so, I think by American standards and offers the following in-room amenities:

  • Fast Wifi
  • Private bathroom with shower/bathtub
  • Full size hairdryer
  • Vanity Pack (hair tie, cotton balls/pads, nail files, earplugs, and q-tips)
  • Minibar
  • Telephone
  • Clock Radio
  • Work Station
  • Iron/Ironing board
  • Digital TV (10 channels) / Satellite TV
  • Coffee and tea facilities
  • Wake Up Call
  • Free Parking
  • Additional Costing Services are available as well such as the following: Room Service, Car Hire, Laundry Service, Horseback Riding, and Excursions.

Another reason why you should consider Hotel Føroyar is because they have lavish conference rooms that can perfectly accommodate your Faroe Island wedding reception from a whimsical Faroese elopement to a 300+ guest list.  There are 3 standout locations within Hotel Føroyar that I was totally struck by… First, the VIP top floor houses a hall that can capably host your 340 guest Faroe Islands wedding reception.  Second, there is a wine cellar that would be perfect for your intimate elopement for two or exclusive party of 10 that has a deep romantic vibe embedded in it.  Third, there is the CUTEST little grass covered trailer that can fit your fabulous party of 2-8 people in it and it can be towed to some of the really amazing spots we have scouted throughout the island!  Talk about service and options, right?  So I’m here right now, picturing you, your soon-to-be, and your closest friends/family indulging in exquisite cuisine… Seaside, Cliff-side, in View of an Amazing Natural Wonder, or set within one of their super cute magical towns.  Are you in?!

The final reason why Hotel Føroyar is rounding out my Top 5 Adventure Wedding Hotel List for 2015 is the caliber of the food and the euphoria it left me in.  Never have I ever had such an intense, beautiful, and creative tasting experience than at Hotel Føroyar’s world renowned (and awarded) restaurant: KOKS.  For 3 hours and 21 courses, I put things in my mouth I never thought I would and each dish made me even more excited in taste and presentation.  For my lovely high-end foodies out there that are all about the adventurous experience during the day and the evening being about food and conversation… THIS IS THE ULTIMATE DESTINATION WEDDING EXPERIENCE.  The dishes were delicate, intriguing, and came with amazing drink pairings that amplified the experience (as if that was possible).  Each course was introduced by a restaurant staff member who was well-versed on the local/cultural ingredients and also a skilled sommelier. The menu I had follows below (don’t drool too much!):

  1. Oda (Horse Mussels)
  2. Igulker (Sea Urchins)
  3. Toskur (Cod)
  4. Jakupskel (Scallops)
  5. Skerpikjot (Whale)
  6. Reydrotur (Beetroot)
  7. Garnatalg
  8. Rabarbur (Rhubarb)
  9. Toskur Og Urtir (Cod and Herbs)
  10. Skota Og Sanddunnuber (Skate and Sea Sandwort)
  11. Makrelur Og Mairotur (Mackerel and Turnips)
  12. Hummari (Langoustine)
  13. Skinka Og Ostur (Ham and Cheese)
  14. Breyd Og Raest Kjot (Bread and Lamb)
  15. Sitronjarnurt Og Timian (Lemon Verbena and Thyme)
  16. Sula Og Skardssyrusmaera (Gannet and Wood Sorrel)
  17. Lamb Og Tari (Lamb and Seaweed)
  18. Hvonn Og Jogurt (Angelica and Yoghurt)
  19. Rabarbur Og Hvonn (Rhubarb and Angelica)
  20. Godarad
  21. Kvarkkoka (Cheese Cake)

Drink pairings were out of this world and follow below:

  1. Cote 2000, Maison Bereche (Champagne, France)
  2. Riesling Cuvee Theo 2013, Domaine Weinbach (Alsace, France)
  3. Sancerre “Akmenine” 2011, Sebastien Riffault (Loire, France)
  4. “La Mailloche” 2012, Andrew Tissot (Jura, Portugal)
  5. Rinkusteinur, Okkara (Local Faroe Islands Beer)
  6. Marquis de Terme 2009 (Margaux, Bordeaux, France)
  7. Riesling Mandelgarten Spatlese 2013, Weingut Muller-Catoir (Pfalz, Germany)

To say that having your destination wedding in the Faroe Islands would be magical, would be an understatement.  Simply put, it would be an off the charts fairy-tale!  Mark my words folks, the Faroe Islands is just like Iceland was before the HUGE tourism boom… Pure, untouched, majestic, and no matter where you go you can escape people even in the frequented areas.  We would love to help you plan an incredible unforgettable adventure wedding in the Faroe Islands using Hotel Føroyar as your home base!  Please contact us for more information!

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Adventure Wedding Planners + Photographers)

Hotel Føroyar Contact Information:

  • Address: Oyggjarvegur 45 ; 100 Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.
  • Phone: Tel +298 31 75 00
  • Website: http://www.hotelforoyar.com/
  • GPS Cords: 62.0128859 / -6.8013864

2015, Photos by Miss Ann / Your Adventure Wedding, All Rights Reserved

Win a Nordic Elopement Package!

Hello, Clients, Friends, and Fans!

Such amazing news to share with you!  We have partnered with several of the industry’s best for a once in a lifetime contest to win a $15,000 Nordic Elopement!  See more here on our hosts website:Brides Without Borders!

Our sister company, Photos by Miss Ann  is also playing a huge part in it and so are we (Nordic Wedding Planner)!  So if you want to romantically elope somewhere adventure is endless you may want to consider these unforgettable destination wedding locations…

We hope to see your adventurous wedding entry soon!

With a smile, Ann Peters (Nordic Wedding Planner + Photographer)

Norway Weddings

Norway is a heavenly area of the world that just screams, “Have your Nordic destination Wedding here!”  Some may even dare to say it is a place where heaven and earth meet!

I mean really, What better place to hold an enticing elopement or intimate wedding adventure than on the top of a mountain with stunning fjords behind?!  Or holding your ceremony in a “stave” medieval wooden church?

So now I have you on the edge of your seat, right?

As to where do you signup for this fabulous Norway wedding?!  Oh oh don’t worry, we can help you – contact us!

With a smile, Ann Peters (Norway Wedding Planner and Photographer)

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Sweden Destination Weddings

Sweden is a unique destination wedding location that just happens to have…

  • An Ice Hotel
  • Stone Churches
  • Glamorous Castles
  • Bustling historic downtown’s
  • Midnight Sun
  • Northern Lights
  • Dramatic Cliff-lines

All those options in one country, really?  YES!   Sweden is one of those meccas for cold weather and nature lovers. Holding a Swedish wedding or elopement gives you the best of all worlds from top to bottom!

​So how do you even begin to choose a wedding location for your destination wedding in Sweden?  Don’t fret, we’re excited to help you create the best Swedish wedding adventure ever! Contact us!

With a smile, Ann Peters (Sweden Wedding Planner and Photographer)

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Nordic Wedding Planning & Photography Packages

Nordic Countries offer unforgettable scenes

like nowhere else on the planet…

Places that exude adventure at every turn… Think: Powerful waterfalls, dynamic cliff lines, canyons, volcanoes, glaciers, iceberg lagoons, castles, enchanted old world cities, and endless amounts of epic scenes!  Doesn’t that sound like the BEST wedding destination EVER?  It is, trust me!

Be Different!  Escape the “typical” (and overdone) wedding day locales of warm/tropical and go somewhere slightly colder but incredibly unique!

At Nordic Wedding Planner, we turn your destination wedding plans into a epic adventure!  We start with a personal consultation where we begin the journey of getting to know the two of – your style, your stories, and adventure level.  Then we combine meticulous planning with impeccable attention to detail to design the wedding (or elopement) of your dreams.

Which really means what?  You =  Worry-free to relax and savor the most important day of your lives.  We offer all-inclusive packages that combine wedding planning and destination wedding photography.  Please contact us for more details!

With a smile, Ann Peters & Team

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