February 18, 2020

Romantic Things to do in Iceland

by Ragnheidur Harpa
Things to do
Ragnheidur studied anthropology with a minor in media so it might not come as much of a surprise that she is curious about the nature. She loves educating others about her findings or her home country, Iceland. Ragnheidur is into country living, traveling, Icelandic horses, the Icelandic naming system, plants and all things having to do with food and beer. Her favorite places in Iceland are the Westfjords and the South Coast but she has lived in downtown Reykjavik for the last few years.
Romantic Things to do in Iceland

Updated June 2022

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 to 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 couple of great days with the one they love or for those needing to rekindle, here are my suggestions for you. 

Gaze at the Northern Lights

Northern Lights Iceland

The Northern Lights are a phenomena like no other. When they appear, dancing in neon-bright colors in the pitch-black night sky, anyone can help but go weak in the 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 Northern Lights tours. Following the Aurora experts to the ultimate best spot that evening as 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 the Northern Lights 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 the 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 to 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! 

Treat Yourself in Iceland

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! 

For the foodie traveler who loves to spend time trying new culinary experiences, the blog Icelandic food and drinks you need to try might just be your next stop. 

Hike and Bathe in Reykjadalur

This valley is quite literally called the smoky valley due to its smokey hot springs and fumy pillars. Pack a bathing suit and hiking shoes, cause this trail is one for the books. The hike itself only takes about 45 minutes but the scenery whilst at it, is simply put, breathtaking! It’s easy to follow the track along 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! 

Reykjadalur hot river winter

The further up you go the warmer it gets. So, it’s possible to find warmer spots and kind of control the 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, just a couple of small timber dividers to hide behind. You’ll be one with the elves. So, bring a big towel and cover each other while changing clothes.

Go on a Food 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 Reykjavik are very popular. And make sure to try the beer – they say that the Icelandic water makes all the difference when it comes to the taste of Icelandic beer! 

beer/food tour Iceland

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 the happy couple together, is hard to beat. 


There are so many waterfalls around Iceland, ranging from the most popular ones like Gullfoss (south-west) and Skogafoss (south) to the lesser-known ones like Dynjandi (Westfjords) and Glanni (west).

Share the Ice Cream Blend ‘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 a 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. 

Ice cream Iceland

Pro Tip: To make this romantic buy one big one and choose together. Finally ask for two spoons and enjoy feeding each other.

Take a Walk Along the Sea 

The beautiful coastline of Reykjavik offers splendid panoramic and romantic views, taking in the glory of Mt. Esja that watches over the capital city day and night. Enjoy the boats sailing around in the ocean and the tiny island of Videy island that peaks up from the bay. In December it’s possible to see a shining beam of light into the sky, from the Imagine Peace Tower, an outdoor art piece by Yoko Ono, dedicated to the memory of John Lennon.

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 Reykjavik 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 Thufan. Enjoy the view and the fresh air!

Looking for the perfect romantic getaway? We’ve got you covered … 

Iceland Travel’s short breaks has all the quality time travelers might want to spend with the one they love. Most of our breaks are based in one place for the majority of the time, to enjoy the luxury of not having to pack and unpack on a daily basis.

If staying in the capital city of Reykjavik, discover a small city with a huge focus on art and culture, 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.

Some of the winter short breaks include a Northern Lights hunt, that will scout for the best possible locations to witness the magical Northern Lights. Another highlight in most packages is the opportunity to experience a relaxing bath in Iceland’s renowned geothermal waters.

For an even more customized experience, please ask your dedicated Iceland Travel’s hosts about tailor-making an itinerary that suits your clients.

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