Top Romantic Things to Do in Iceland

Landscape, Iceland, Northern Lights

With dramatic scenery, impressive waterfalls, the special lights show put together by Mother Nature, and the ease of getting away from any other human being, Iceland’s romantic vibe is more on the wild side. Yet exploring almost alien landscapes, glaciers, hot springs, and lagoons either closer to civilization or lost among the islands and scenic drives makes for the perfect backdrop for an exciting and unique romantic getaway. If you’ve seen just one of the may beautiful photos of Iceland, you’ve probably fallen in love. It’s almost impossible not to. So what better place to express your love and explore with your significant other? Here are some romantic activities to enjoy while visiting Iceland, from touristy to adventurous!

Cozy up to Watch the Northern Lights

Yes, the Norther Lights are at the top of my list. Sometimes, the shows nature comes up with are the best you will ever see. To enjoy them, make sure you travel between September and March. You might think summer is a great season to visit, but the Aurora is not visible. You can enjoy the Northern Lights from the comfort of your hotel room—and some hotels make this their selling point—or choose one of the many trips to see the Northern Lights. I for one would rather enjoy them outside, despite my passionate hate for cold, but I do understand the appeal of being warm and fuzzy in a hotel room.

Northern Lights, Iceland

Northern Lights, Iceland; photo via

Take a Dip into the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is an Iceland landmark. Yes, it is touristy, it attracts a lot of people, but—for something that is the product of runoff water from a hydro-electric power plant—it’s too gorgeous to pass. Take your partner and dip in this geothermal spa. As the biggest crowds come here in summer, timing your tip in time to catch the Aurora will also mean you’ll share the lagoon with less people.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Find Your Private Hot Spring to Enjoy

If you want to get away from the crowds, the solution is very simple: move away from Reykyavik. As two thirds of the population lived in and around the capital city, driving away in any direction guarantees you a shot at privacy. Look for a little bit and you’ll bump into one of the natural hot springs and soak the stress away. If you happen to visit the Westfjords on the South coast, the Hellulaug or Krossneslaug pools might be perfect for you.

Hot Springs Iceland

Visit the Volcanos for an Adrenaline Boost

For a little bit of thrill, go for a volcano hike! Iceland is located into a volcanic hot spot, so there are about 130 active volcanoes that you can choose from. While it sounds scary, only 40 of them have erupted in the last millennium. If you want to stay safe, try hiking Hengill. Although this western volcanic belt bad boy is in a highly active geothermal area, it hasn’t erupted in the last 2000 years. If you want to visit the most active volcano in the world, that’s Hekla. Or visit Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano we all know because of all the delayed and canceled flights.

Active volcanos

With volcanoes come caves and large lava tubes that you can explore. This will turn your adventure sprit up a notch. If instead you want an unusual beach experience, then visit Vik in the South. It is home to one of Iceland’s most famous black sand beaches, Reynisfjara.

Explore the Glaciers

Glaciers are an Icelandic must see. Especially since 11% of the country is covered in them. What’s more impressive is that a single one, Vatnajökull, covers 8% of the entire country. That makes it the second largest in area in Europe, and the largest in volume. Vatnajökull and a lot of other glaciers in Iceland are an icy cover over more volcanoes. So volcanic lakes are quite common. If you are a movie geek like my boyfriend is, you’ll make sure to see this glacier: A View To Kill’s opening scene was filmed here. So Bond, James Bond, wasn’t really in Siberia.

Glaciers Iceland

Lavish Meals to Spark the Romance

The local free-range meet and the fresh fish and seafood are always a great choice for a romantic dinner. A great whine and a rich desert are just what you need to make it perfect. Just be careful with your budget. Reykjavik is famous for its high end restaurants, but the prices are just as high. You can easily pay for the entree as much as a full meal would cost elsewhere. Still, if you come across one of the fancier dining spots, do spoil yourself a few times!

Landscape, Iceland, Northern Lights

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Other Natural Beauties Not to Miss

It’s hard to pick favorites when you think of Iceland. The waterfalls dotted around the country are absolutely breathtaking, whale watching tours are to die for if you are fascinated by these huge mammals, and that’s not all. Iceland is the country of geysers. That includes the geyser to name all other geyser, Geysir. Its earliest record dates back to 1294, but it rarely erupts now, so you’ll have to rely on the newer ones to keep you entertained. And I haven’t even gotten to mention the beautiful volcanic lakes like Mývatn, birthed by a volcanic eruption way before the A.D. era. Or the newest place on Earth, Surtsey Island, in the Westman Islands, also created by a volcano eruption as early as 1963.

Geyser, Iceland

More Adventurous Activities

There are so many fun, and adrenaline pumping to do in Iceland, you won’t know what to choose. Well, after the volcanos, those go first. And the glacier hikes, and caving. You can go dog sledding, horseback riding, white water rafting, snorkeling, or on an off-road ride. Of course, while all of these are possible, some depend on your level of skill and the weather. Snorkeling in the middle of winter wouldn’t be the greatest idea.

White Water Rafting

Völundur Jónsson – White Water Rafting; photo via

What other romantic ideas would you add to this list? Are you, like me, in favor of adrenaline and the great outdoors being paired with lazy soaks and lavish meals? Or do you have other preferences? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

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22 Comment to “Top Romantic Things to Do in Iceland”

  1. Gabi says:

    Such an interesting list of activities to do! My favorite one has to be the Blue Lagoon. I’d love to visit and spend a few hours relaxing there. This is definitely a great place to explore, there are so many incredible views and stunning corners to see. Loved this.

  2. I think my favorite things to do would be watching the Northern lights, very romantic! Bathing in the Blue Lagoon would be nice to but if there are too many people, it kills the romanticism a bit!

  3. Paola says:

    Iceland is in my travel wish list since long, but I heard from friends that have been there recently that is pretty expensive. I still have to save some money before then 😉

  4. Spectacular images. I’d love to see the Northern Lights someday!

  5. Verushka says:

    Iceland is such a beautiful place and would make a romantic getaway perfect.So much to do ! Love the idea of driving out to find a private hot spring away from the crowds.

  6. Shounak says:

    Wow. Are these images shot by you ? They are breathtaking. And yes being planning a trip to Iceland and this post is very informative and inspiring , Thanks !

  7. Janine Good says:

    How lovely. Iceland has been on my list for quite awhile. I was supposed to go there in April, but sadly it had to be missed. I love the idea of cozying up with my husband to watch the Northern Lights together. What an incredible experience. The Blue Lagoon I have wanted to visit for ages! I could totally use that relaxation right about now.

  8. Kevin Wagar says:

    Interesting list of activities. I would love to have experienced the Northern Lights when I was there. I’m sure there are a load of romantic places in Reykjavik as well.

  9. Carmy says:

    Love the blue lagoon suggestion! It is so beautiful. I had originally planned to head to that this November but it sadly didn’t work out.

  10. Laveena Sengar says:

    Iceland is a place I would really love to visit. It is so beautiful and dreamy place to be in. Great pictures

  11. Iceland is getting so popular now! Seeing this photos, I can fully understand why.

  12. Megn says:

    Iceland looks incredible, my husband has seen the Northern Lights from his plane but I’d love to go!

  13. We always find an abundance of nature synonym to Romanic 🙂 Visiting Iceland and watching the northern lights is such a dream. Iceland has definitely no dearth for nature wonders. The pictures of hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers are so enticing, we just wish we could make it sometime soon 🙂

  14. I’m not sure how romantic one can get in between getting stunned by such breathtaking beauty. but your post just reinforces the fact that Iceland is truly incredible. And everyone manages fabulous pictures!

  15. Blair Villanueva says:

    Add this – I think it is also romantic to just sip your favorite hot coffee or chocolate while watching the Northern Lights, ahh and both dreaming and planning for the future. That’s romantic!

  16. These photographs are amazing. For me, the most romantic thing would be to sit down quietly and stare at the beautiful Lights with your loved one beside you. 🙂

  17. Suanlee says:

    September and March – i must remember that as the most opportune time to visit to see the spectacular lights. I have been dreaming of driving the ring road, soaking in the fjords and capturing the beauty of the lights. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post.

  18. Joanna says:

    I thank that because of the Aurora, Iceland can be a very romantic destination in winter. I can only imagine if it would be possible to watch the Aurora from the Blue lagoon. That would be a one of a kind romantic experience.

  19. Shane says:

    Iceland is on the top of my bucket list! I knew it was good for the adventurous but didn’t know it could be romantic too. Fabulous suggestions!

  20. Anju says:

    I would love to pop into one of those lagoons. White water rafting sounds thrilling and exciting too! If you had to choose, what was your favorite thing to do here? 🙂

  21. Aditi says:

    Iceland is on my bucket list! But after your post should I shift it to my off beat honeymoon list! Romancing under the northern lights sounds pretty perfect to me. Amazing post and pictures 🙂

  22. Komang Ayu says:

    I want to see Aurora, Northern Lights. Looks so beautiful. I have never seen such in my place. The place was too far away. Maybe I should take the time to getaway to a place like that. I wish my vacation will be a very beautiful memories ..

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