Reykjavik, Iceland

Where: On a lava-black sand beach with waves crashing, bringing small icebergs ashore.

Why: Southern Iceland's surreal monochrome landscape is like a cool black-and-white movie set, and the possibility of seeing nocturnal Aurora Borealis displays from September to April make this an unforgettable backdrop.

Where to stay: Celebrate your engagement with a couple of harborside nights at Reykjavík's hip art-filled 101 Hotel.

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