Five romantic places in Iceland that you can't miss
Heading to Iceland with the love of your life? Here are five spots to visit that will get your heart racing.
1. Lake Þingvellir
This stunningly beautiful, cold, deep and mysterious lake surrounded by mountains is ever-changing according to the weather and the light. Sometime's it's mirror-like and calm, at other times the waves rage or, during winter, it's covered in ice. We reccommend a drive around the lake, away from the crowds at the site of the old parliament in the Þingvellir National Park, which is still of course a great visit. Find a spot by the lake, take a picnic and be enchanted for hours on end.
This oasis of green right in the middle of some of Iceland's most stunning vistas- glaciers- black sand and mountains, is one of the wildest, most beautiful areas of Iceland. It's accessible in summer with mountain coaches or 4x4 cars and you have to drive across a few rivers to get there so we reccommend going with a professional tour guide. Once there, stay in a mountain hut or at the camping site and go on hikes where you will feel that there's noone else in the world except you and your partner.
3. The far north of Skagafjörður
The gorgeous farmland of Skagafjörður fjord in North Iceland spans forever. It's the most famous horse county in Iceland and you'll see plenty of horses grazing in the fields. In the northernmost part of Skagafjörður is a geothermal area, Reykir, with a tiny geothermal bathing hole mentioned in the Saga of Grettir. We recommend a walk down to the beach to observe the magnicifent island of Drangey looming on the horizon.
4. Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland
This small town in the remote and un-touristy East Fjords is one of the most picturesque in the whole country. It features lots of traditional style Icelandic buildings, including a powder-blue old church and an astounding landscape all around. There's a fantastically romantic hotel either for staying at or for dining, and there's a thriving artists community with a fantastic art gallery/residence/ cool hangout and café called Skaftfell. It takes 7 hours to drive to Seyðisfjörður from Reykjavik, alternative catch a flight with Air Iceland to Egilsstaðir airport, which only takes an hour.
5. The islands of Breiðafjörður
Take boatride around this beautiful bay, home to endless bird species. There are plenty of available cruises that offer seafood tasting and white wine, and we also recommend a stay at the utopian island of Flatey where there are no cars, just gorgeous traditional houses and endless calm, as if you had stepped back in time.