Historically speaking, Iceland has not been considered the most romantic place on earth but I am here to tell you that it actually can be. You just need to know your way around. Imagine this, jumping on a plane for a romantic weekend getaway and finding yourself snuggling up with your partner in a dim-lit cafe, with a warm cup of cocoa or perhaps some delicious wine after a long day of great discoveries and unforgettable adventures.
Iceland is packed with the unexpected, from its incredibly eccentric capital to the roaring mountains there are so many different ways in which you can get to know the country. Meanwhile sneaking in those precious lingering moments a truly romantic setting consists of.
For those who are looking to get straight to the point, perhaps even down on one knee. Look no further. My colleague made a special blog about the top places to propose in Iceland. The blog even has suggested lines to use.
However, for those who are just looking for a great day with the one they love or for those needing to rekindle, here are my suggestions for you.
Gaze at the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are a phenomena like no other. When they appear, dancing in neon-bright colors in the pitch-black night sky, you can help but go weak in your knees. Even as someone who grew up watching them I still get that feeling of complete amazement every time I see them.
The best way to catch them is by joining one of the guided Northern Lights tours. Following the Aurora experts to the ultimate best spot that evening. They will have spent hours researching and planning and know the routes by heart. Something that comes in handy on a dark winter’s night.
Nevertheless, keep in mind that they are all-natural. Meaning that they won’t appear just because we want them to. And, as much as Icelanders wish they could they can’t be called upon. But, when they do appear, oh heavens, it will all have been worth it!
Soak in the Blue Lagoon
There aren’t many places that will compare in romanticness to the one and only Blue Lagoon. At first, it’s the fairy-tale looking surroundings. Not only the moss-covered lava fields that beautifully frames the turquoise blue waters but also the simplistic architecture and the Scandinavian rawness of it all.
Next, it’s the warmth of the water, the feel of the natural silica coating your skin and exfoliating it all at the same time. There are saunas, steam caves and endless snuggly nooks to have a little alone time. Furthermore, making you feel like you are alone in this mesmerizing volcanic landscape.
Lastly, I’ll mention the Lava restaurant. Where world-class chefs come together to dazzle with one dish after the other made from fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. My mouth is getting watery just writing this!
Pro tip: If you have long hair: do not put it in the water. You’ll have a quite gracious yet stiff 80’s hair if you do. Load some conditioner, it’s free in the showers, into your hair before and let it stay in.
Treat Yourself to a Nice Dinner
Iceland isn’t the cheapest country you visit. So, when planning the trip to Iceland it’s always fun to pick one night that you really treat yourself. Equally in food and drink!
Spend the night indulging in some Icelandic cuisine. Maybe you want to share some dishes, go for the set menu or if you aren’t a picky eater – make the waiter surprise you!
If you are a foodie traveler who loved to spend time trying new culinary experiences, the blog Icelandic Food you need to try might just be your next stop.
Hike & Bathe in Reykjadalur
This valley is quite literally called the smoky valley due to its smokey hot springs and fumy pillars. Pack your bathing suit and hiking shoes cause this trail is one for the books. The hike itself only takes about an hour but the scenery whilst at it is simply put, breathtaking! Once you have followed the river that leads through the valley to the bathing spot. Yes, the river is warm enough to bathe in. It’s time to undress and dip in!
The further up you go the warmer it gets. So, you can kind of control your bathing temp with where you go in. Good gracious, mother nature was really feeling amorous when she created Iceland.
Just note that there are no designated changing facilities. You’ll be one with the elves. So, you might want to bring a big towel and cover each other while you change.
Go on a Food / Beer Tour
Iceland is globally known for its quality food ingredients and its clean glacial water. So, when in Iceland it is one’s duty to try as much as possible. That’s why Food Walks around Reykjavík, the local cooking classes, or for the thirsty trippers, the Reykjavík Beer Tour. They say that the Icelandic water makes all the difference when it comes to the taste of Icelandic beer!
Visiting a Waterfall
There is something so dreamy about standing in front of a gushing waterfall with your other half. The natural power, the force, the beauty and, let’s face it, the stellar opportunity for an amazing photo of you two together, is hard to beat.
There are so many waterfalls around Iceland, ranging from the most popular ones like Gullfoss (SouthWest) and Skógafoss (South) to the lesser- known ones like Goðafoss (North) and Rjúkandi (East). Pick at least two for your love birds in Iceland itinerary.
Share a ‘Bragðarefur’
Bragðarefur might not make a lot of sense to you but to a local it is how every great romance starts. Bragðarefur is basically the Icelandic equivalent to a McFlurry but WAY Better. You pick soft-serve ice cream from the machine and then you have your choice of three mix toppings: fruit, sauce or candy. This is then swirled together to create the most spectacular ice cream blend you’ll ever taste.
Pro Tip: To make this romantic buy one big one and choose together. Go for two spoons and feed each other.
Take a Walk Along the Sea
Make your way down to Sæbraut and take in the glory of Mt. Esja that watches over Reykjavík day and night. Enjoy the boats sailing around in the ocean and the random island of Viðey that peaks up from the bay.
Head towards Harpa Musical Hall and behold the light display before gradually arriving at the old harbor. This is one of the places in downtown Reykjavík where you completely forget that you are in the capital. It’s homey, friendly and kind of has that small-town charm. You can even visit the yellow lighthouse and the outdoor artwork ‘Þúfan.’ Enjoy the view and the fresh air!
Looking for the perfect romantic getaway? We’ve got you covered …
This short break lets you spend quality time with the one you love. You´ll stay in Reykjavik, a small city with a huge focus on art, fine dining and nightlife. A stroll around the city, visiting the landmarks, shops, museums and galleries is a great way to get to know this northernmost capital of the world. Go on a private Northern Lights tour on your first night with your own personal guide who will take you to the best possible location to witness the magical Northern Lights. Then enjoy the highlight of this package which is the opportunity to experience a relaxing bath in the geothermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. Try out the silica mask which is excellent for your skin. Afterwards, you can choose to dine at LAVA restaurant, located within the Blue Lagoon premises!
Celebrate your romance Iceland-style!