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Visit Iceland: 8 romantic things to do

Us under the northern lights in Alftaver, near Klaustur

Us under the northern lights in Alftaver, near Klaustur

Today i suggest my favourite best 7 romantic things to do in Iceland together or for the honeymoon, based on my recent experience of my 3 journeys in Iceland

So here we go with the Top 7 romantic list!

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1) SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS TOGETHER

Us under the northern lights in Alftaver, near Klaustur

Us under the northern lights in Alftaver, near Klaustur

Behind the reason of visiting Iceland for many people, there is often the desire to see this natural beauty, the aurora borealis, or northern lights like many people call it.

It’s dark, it’s cold outside, your jacket sometimes is not enough to stop the breath of the wind chilling your body. You only wait for the emerald green light to dance in the sky. What better chance to do it with your love?

However, northern lights reward only the most patient lovers. Infact often it can take up to many hours before they appear in the sky. As an instance, one night we started to watch the sky around 10 o’clock in the night, although the aurora borealis only appeared around 1 o’clock in the night, 3 hours later!

Luckily, it was worth to wait, because that night we even assisted to a solar storm, meaning that the aurora intensity was at its maximum level, as depicted in the picture above. For this reason, don’t give up, be patient, and if needed, here is the link to my complete guide to see the northern lights in Iceland:

NORTHERN LIGHTS IN ICELAND: MY FULL GUIDE

2) ENJOY THE LAST SUNSET FROM THE REYKJAVIK LIGHTHOUSE

Us in Seltjarnarnes with Grotta Island in the background

Us in Seltjarnarnes with Grotta Island in the background

Although less known, i consider this part of coast beautiful, and probably it’s not a case that even the italian singer Marco Mengoni decided to shot a piece of his music video in this place.

The Reykjavik lighthouse is situated in the north west coast, it lies on the Grotta little island, and it’s called Seltjarnarnes. In front of it, a very pleasant beach from which it is possible to enjoy a romantic sunset

I believe that the very best moment to do it (and i did it 2 times in 2 different trips), is the very last day before coming back home (hoping that the weather is good of course). It’s a little bit nostalgic, but i find it to be a very good way to say “goodbye” to Iceland. And after that, why not it’s possible to enjoy a good dinner in the middle of Reykjavik city to conclude the day

Above a picture of us during the last sunset of our journey in Iceland in front of the Seltjarnarnes lighthouse

3) HAVE A BATH TOGETHER IN THE BLUE LAGOON

Photo taken from the middle of the Blue Lagoon pool

Photo taken from the middle of the Blue Lagoon pool

This place is magical and vibrant. The water is more blue than usual, thanks to the presence of some elements such as the silica. The temperature is quite hot, something which clearly allows people to enjoy the Blue Lagoon in any season, winter included.

It’s an occasion to visit a special place, but also to have a rest, especially after many days of trekking and driving. For this reason, probably i would suggest to visit this place during half of the journey or even the very last days.

Among the funny things to do here apart from the bath itself, it’s possible to have a drink directly inside the water, thanks to a special electronic bracelet which is directly connected to the credit card account of the customer, and which allows to order and pay a drink from the “in-water” cocktail bar.

Moreover, on some corners are present some “mud” dispensers, that kind of mud used to improve the skin of face, and that can turn a woman in a monster in less than 2 minutes. Well, sounds cool!

To know more about the Blue Lagoon, you can read my guide:

BLUE LAGOON: MY GUIDE + FAQs

While here it is possible to reach the official website of the Blue Lagoon:

BLUE LAGOON MORE INFORMATION ON BOOKING AND OPENING TIME

4) GET LOST SOMEWHERE FAR FROM EVERYTHING

Me and my girlfriend on the road to Hveravellir from Gullfoss in Iceland

It’s incredible how Iceland can let people feel far from everything. Some roads give such sense of solitude that it’s not rare to hear travellers comparing Iceland to a moonscape.

This phenomenon generally happens everywhere in Iceland, but is far more present along the F-roads, which are special unpaved roads that can be taken only with a 4×4 vehicle, because they take people to very remote and hidden places of Iceland where the asphalt is in very bad condition for a standard vehicle.

While doing it, it’s very recommended to bring a phone in case of emergency since the mobile signal is quite good in the entire Iceland, to use a GPS to not get lost, and to also fill up the vehicle tank in advance because fuel stations could be completely absent

A couple of examples of such roads with an incredible moonscape are represented by the F-road n°35 which goes from Gullfoss to Hveraellir and the F-road n° 208 which takes people to Landmannalaugar trekking park from north side

Just to give an idea, in the picture above it’s me with my girlfriend Martina while driving toward Hveravellir on the F-road n°35, a popular fumarole area of Iceland….around us…..simply nothing……

To know more about how to drive in Iceland on F-roads, it is possible to read my article:

ICELAND: HOW TO DRIVE AND THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE GOING

Or it is possible to get an overview of the roads condition and safety informations through the official road administration website of Iceland:

VEGAGERDIN:  TRAVEL INFO FROM THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF ROAD ADMINISTRATION OF ICELAND

5) WATCH THE NIGHT FALLING FROM JOKULSARLON LAGOON

Us enjoying the last minutes of the sunset in front of Jokulsarlon

Us enjoying the last minutes of the sunset in front of Jokulsarlon

What a great place Jokulsarlon is. I came here 2 times to both enjoy the atmosphere and try to spot the northern lights.

Jokulsarlon is a natural lagoon formed at the base of the great glacier Vatnajokull. The specialty of this place is represented by the fact that during summer, many fragments of ice detached from the glacier itself, by falling inside the water of this lagoon. The result is outstanding, and resembles so much a real arctic landscape!

To be more precise, after reaching the car park, there’s a hill just north, where it is possible to climb to enjoy a more aerial view of the place, waiting for the night to fall, in the hope of spotting the northern lights!

To know more about Jokulsarlon, it is possible to read my guide linked below:

JOKULSARLON LAGOON: MY GUIDE TO VISIT IT

6) WALK AMONG DIAMONDS ON THE BEACH OF BREIÐAMERKURSANDUR

My girlfriend on the beach of Jokulsarlon full of ice fragments

My girlfriend on the beach of Jokulsarlon full of ice fragments

Just on the other side of Jokulsarlon, right after of the bridge, you will find a special beach, full of fragments of ice which look like real diamonds. During sunrise or sunset, the sun shines over the ice by creating many light effects. Having a walk in this place it’s very romantic and of course, unique.

The visit can be organize the same day of Jokulsarlon, since both places are very close each other, less than a mile

7) MAKE A RIDE WITH AN ICELANDIC HORSE

View of the valley of the Steinsholt guesthouse while enjoying our horse ride

View of the valley of the Steinsholt guesthouse while enjoying our horse ride

Don’t be scared by this. It is possible to do it even for real beginner people. This is because often the horses just follow the row and the instructor leading the horse tour. You only need to keep steady on the horse, and it will do the rest.

It’s not that expensive and it can nicely complete a journey, especially because the icelandic horses are quite different from those of other countries. They are smaller like a pony, and they tend to have a longer hair. For this reason, i believe that is also a nice chance to get some good pictures.

Regarding me, i can only recommend to do it with Kari Torkildsen from the Steinsholt Guesthouse with whom i made 2 tours during 2 different trips, one in March and one in September.

We went for a hour along an emerald green valley situated all around her beautiful and relaxing farm. The horses were both very calm and clean and we even crossed a river with them, such unforgettable experience. We really enjoyed both horse rides, and i’m still hoping to come again one day to make more tours, because Kari doesn’t stop in her green valley, but makes tour also in more remote Icelandic popular areas

Here it is possible to find more information about the Steinsholt Horse Ride Tours:

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE STEINSHOLT HORSE TOURS

8) ENJOY A DINNER IN A SPECIAL, UNEXPECTED RESTAURANT

Minilik Ethiopian restaurant in Iceland Fludir town

Minilik Ethiopian restaurant in Iceland Fludir town

Often people wonder what icelandic people eat. Sometimes we have heard bad stories such as that of the Kæstur hákarl, or treated shark, considered among the most bizzarre or even disgusting food out there.

Jokes apart, Iceland is not just about this. I have tried different delicious food, among which very delicate soups, and special combination of ingredients and i have been surprised more than once (my most favourite chef of Iceland it’s still Kari from the Steinsholt guesthouse…she is very good in preparing food! Hello Kari!!!)

In this sense Tripadvisor can seriously help, but for this occasion, i would like to recommend one of the most positive experience we did in Iceland, in regards to a restaurant that not only offers such unexpected food, but also presents a real romantic story behind its existance, which so, is very suitable for the article of today!

It’s called Minilik, and although unbelievable, it is an ethiopian restaurant that we unexpectedly found in the middle of nothing, in the heart of a very small town (it was a street cross) called Fludir, quite near to Gullfoss and Geyser…..

We couldn’t believe we were having an african dinner in the middle of a country which is right the opposite of Africa! The food in this place is very nice and the special characteristic is represented by the fact that the dishes must be eaten with hands, like tradition wants!…not joking!

And now, getting to the point, why is the story of this restaurant romantic? Let me tell about it….

One day a young girl, came in Iceland from Africa in the hope to make a special experience and learn a different culture, by also searching for a temporary job. She wanted to work as an au-pair girl, those kind of girls who give help to families in change of accomodation, food, and possibly an allowance. However, one day she met an icelandic man, and thanks to this she ended up in marrying him and living in Iceland for the rest of her life, by also deciding to open together this place to celebrate her country of origin! Well done Minilik, you rock!

This is the Tripadvisor link to see more from this restaurant:

TRIPADVISORS REVIEW OF MINILIK RESTAURANT:

Above is a picture of the couple with us after we finished the meal

 

CONCLUSION

Hope the informations provided will help enjoy this beautiful country even more….I love Iceland!

Thanks for reading!

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Discussion

4 thoughts on “Visit Iceland: 8 romantic things to do

  1. already in a romantic mood, just by reading this 😀 . will really try to get to this country of enchantment again and follow a few of your tips.

    Posted by hildA | August 3, 2016, 6:47 pm
  2. Love your insight to places to go, see and eat in Iceland! been there twice now and WILL GO BACK!! There is nothing I don’t love about that country.
    cheers,
    carolyn
    Metta Living.

    Posted by Carolyn Schmitz | August 15, 2016, 4:02 pm

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