Romance doesn’t equal to white-sand beaches, breeze and palms, and cocktails with double straws. Iceland comes to prove that cold and ice can be as romantic as heat and sand. A road trip winter adventure can take you and your beloved one(s) to unbelievable places any beach getaway can’t beat.
Warning: this post contains lots of selfies and lots of cheesy moments. But what can you do, when it’s so cold and you feel so romantic? Don’t blame us for our authentic smiles (with chattering teeth) and our winter coats covering half of the picture. We’ll give you more of the landscape on our post about the road trip itinerary in Iceland.
OK, geothermal spas do sound romantic. I mean, how can lava fields and warm waters rich in silica and sulfur not be romantic? A lot of people decide to skip the Blue Lagoon, mainly because it’s a bit pricey and could be quite crowded. We are so happy we didn’t skip it though – it was a nice relaxation for the body and mind after the long flight and the first introduction to winter in Iceland.
We had to do a bit of dancing and a bit of mudding inside the warm waters. Other people enjoyed drinks, long talks or walking exploration of the pool area. Blue Lagoon was the spot of our very first and very romantic selfie.
We stayed at a house of a local in Hafnir and our first morning was very special – we had survived the first night in Iceland, no natural disaster and nobody had frozen. Hafnir has a very small port and a lot of different birds to observe. We didn’t quite see the birds, but there was a group of ornithologists on a quest over there.
Thingvellir is a national park and it hosts the boundary between the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian. If that’s not the perfect stage for romance and photos, and thinking of just standing somewhere between tectonic plates! We couldn’t stop taking photos of waterfalls and boardwalks cutting the stone fields.
Later we would learn that one of the world’s most exciting dive sites was just there – the Silfra rift. It is the only place you can dive and swim between two continental plates. Amazing, right! And the visibility is 70-80 meters!
Geyser eruptions are hardly romantic. Having in mind how many people wander around waiting to see the next eruption, it could be even crowded. But observing a huge bubble forming and in a blink of the eye, exploding, is worth the hassle!
We struggled to find romance at the Gulfoss Falls as it was snowing and super windy during the short time of our visit! Something so massive and beautiful still attracts tons of people even when the weather is close to disastrous. It evoked the quick photographer in Nace, as it was unbearable to remain there, looking for the perfect shot.
Bergthorshvoll ice caving
Caves carry their romantic vibes, sometimes in a bit claustrophobic way. Ice caves are so cool because they can appear and disappear with every new winter and summer. So being able to do ice caving in the area of Bergthorshvoll was supposed to be an amazing experience.
It did live up to the expectations. Nace struggled to take photos in the narrow sections of the cave, I had to do high-level yoga to pose. Eventually, we took a couple of selfies with our helmets and headlamps and enjoyed the blue kingdom.
It took a walk to find the perfect spot for a dance with the Seljalandsfoss waterfall in the background. The huge open space and the approaching sun convinced us we should try to bring in some moves.
There was a nice small forest nearby. We took a walk to admire it. In Iceland trees and forests are a rare view, so when you visit, make sure you stop by and enjoy them if you see them.
This volcano, the name of which nobody can pronounce, did a lot of trouble a few years back. It erupted and blocked the Europe airspace for quite some time. I couldn’t fly back from Germany to Bulgaria so I had to take a 36-hour horrible bus ride to reach Sofia just in time for an important exam.
So I had to see the volcano and make sure I let him know he’s not allowed another performance like that! It is hard to imagine the whole area, including a tiny village, covered in dust. Bad, bad volcano!
When we approached Skogafoss, the sun seemed determined to overcome the clouds and finally show its face to us. That resulted in a couple of rainbows and our happy smiling and almost non-freezing faces. How can you not take a selfie in one of the very few sunny moments for the whole week?
Fjaðrárgljúfur is a canyon so old that it dates back to the Ice Age. We didn’t mind a long a muddy hike to an observation platform just to spot the fairytale canyon from above. The sun was still happy to be up in the sky and illuminated the green moss covering the wet soil.
We’re sure your perception of a great beach doesn’t include pieces of ice but after we spend some time exploring the black and white scenery – we just fell in love with Jökulsárlón. Huge ice sculptures, carved by the sea, solid sand and end oceans – romance makes its way to any beach!
Northern Lights near Hofn
If you are lucky enough to see and photograph the Northern Lights, you should know that experience can go well beyond romantic. It’s the whole universe saying hello to you, so you should try to put yourself together and be grateful for all you’ve got, including the people you have the chance to travel with!
Vatnajökull ice hiking
Out of all the amazing places to visit in Iceland, Vik had the chances of being the most romantic. There were zero people on the beach, we finally got to the liqueur store on time, and our accommodation was more than romance-inspiring. But the photographer decided to photograph some rock formations in the distance, so I had to take a selfie with his back.
If you think of romance and Iceland at the same time, Reynisfjara should be the first thing to pop up. It is one of the most fascinating places to enjoy a breath-taking sunset, to try to climb the basalt columns or to beware of the powerful sneaker waves.
The beach is quite popular but even tens of people and hundreds of birds wouldn’t chase away the feeling of intimacy and the romantic taste of the whole experience!
We had to be quick observing the Dyrhólaey Arch as it was the most freezingly cold weather during our whole road trip in Iceland. The wind didn’t want to spare us, so clicking just few photos was painful. But that’s the point of being together in good and bad times, isn’t it?
Iceland’s capital has its fair share of romantic spots to visit. Our favorite turned out to be a lake full of ducks and swans. They were not freezing (unlike us), so we stayed with them trying to figure out how they figured staying warm. This didn’t happen so we said goodbye and went to a warmer place to share a cup of tea and some hugs.
So, is Iceland a romantic destination?
We say yes! Iceland has all it takes to foster romance so all you need is a person you love. Proper equipment, willingness to dance and being okay to stay in the car are things that would definitely help you enjoy all the romantic places to visit in Iceland! Or you can even spend your honeymoon there!
Have you been to Iceland? What are the most romantic places you visited? Would you give the cold a chance or would you rather prefer stick to the hot weather?