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Winter Romance: Iceland

Winter Romance: Iceland
Thorsteinn Sverrisson (Thor)

As a native Icelander, I have tried to explain to my foreign friends why I actually love wintertime in Iceland. After all, what’s so great about cold weather and very little sunlight? The truth is that many native Icelanders actually like winter because it’s a time when people spend time together in their warm and cozy little houses, drink hot chocolate/coffee, light candles, look at the stars and the northern lights when skies are clear, relax in the hot springs with your friends, etc. etc. Thinking about these “typical” winter activities, you can’t help but to feel that they are very romantic. Going on a romantic getaway with your partner doesn’t mean you have to be in the tropics! That’s why I’ve decided to list the top things to do in Iceland for couples looking for some romance!

Romantic Dinner in Reykjavik
 
Reykjavík has numerous small, cozy restaurants that are perfect for enjoying each other’s company over a candlelit dinner. Lækjarbrekka is a classic choice, located in the heart of the city, in one of the oldest buildings in Reykjavik with rich history. Fish Market is another excellent choice if you like great seafood and a relaxed atmosphere. As an avid sushi fan, I can definitely recommend their sushi! For a good steakhouse, try Argentina and if you are looking for something slightly less expensive, I could most definitely recommend Tapas Barinn, which specializes in Spanish cuisine.
After dinner, take a walk around downtown Reykjavík and maybe stop for hot chocolate at one of many small cafés around.
Coffee in Reykjavik

Relax in a Spa/Hotspring

Iceland offers so many places where you can relax with your partner in warm, geothermal water. You can check out some of Reykjavik’s spas, like Laugar Spa, Nordica Spa, or Reykjavik Spa. Outside of Reykjavik, you should definitely check out the Blue Lagoon. During the winter times, it will be a lot less tourist-y, so you can have it (almost) all to yourselves! If you’re in the north, check out Myvatn Nature Baths; it’s a little bit smaller, but very similar to the experience you’ll get at the Blue Lagoon. Finally, Fontana is a nice place to relax. It’s located at Laugarvatn in the south and is placed right by the lake. You can even take a dip in the lake if you dare!

For a little more privacy, you could visit some of the more remote/hidden places, like Seljavallalaug and Reykjadalur, but I wrote about them in the previous post called “Our Top 10 Hidden Gems of Iceland”.

Fontana at Laugarvatn
Fontana at Laugarvatn

See the Northern Lights

What’s more romantic than being alone with your special someone, keeping each other warm as you look at the stars and the northern lights? Leaving the busy city and getting to the countryside with no other people takes no more than 15 minutes, no matter where you are in Reykjavik. Just follow the aurora borealis forecast and choose the perfect time to take your partner to a nice spot to watch the northern lights. It’s an experience that you won’t forget any time soon!

Northern lights in Iceland
The Northern lights in Reykjavik

Be Active Together!

 
Who says an adrenaline rush can’t be romantic? Going horseback riding can not only be romantic, but it’s also a lot of fun and a great opportunity to experience the uniqueness of the Icelandic horse. Check out Eldhestar and some of their winter tours! You could also go dog sledding together, ride a snowmobile together, or even go snorkeling. Sharing an adventure with the person you love is definitely romantic.
Snowmobiling in Iceland
Explore the Icelandic Winter Wonderland
 
Iceland is known for its exceptional natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes. Although different, Iceland is really beautiful in the wintertime, as I mention in my previous post. Discovering the dramatic and unforgettable scenery Iceland has to offer with your significant other can be very romantic. Iceland has numerous volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches, and geysers. If you’re not aware of the beauty Iceland has to offer, you can get an idea right here
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Northern lights - Jokulsarlon
Why not think outside the box and do something romantic that isn’t just laying on the beach? Spoil the person you love with everything Iceland has to offer 🙂

Comments

  1. Nothern lights and winter wonderland favorite 🙂

  2. You’re definitely right. There is something about Iceland that you just can’t explain. I can’t wait to visit again.