By Carissa Hickok
Iceland has become well known for its magnificent sightseeing spots and unspoiled nature, making it one of the most popular destinations to go to in the last couple of years. With that many breathtaking spots, it comes as no surprise to see the number of romantic getaways and honeymoons in Iceland has skyrocketed, which is why we decided to give you the list of the best romantic spots in this beautiful country.
The green Thorsmork Valley is comprised out of stunning rock formations, rivers, mountains and various hiking paths, some of which are quite demanding to take on. If you visit this natural wonder, you’ll have a few options in terms of accommodations in one of the Volcano, Básar or Skagfjörðsskáli huts, but you also have an option of camping out in one of the many clearings the valley has. Thorsmork valley has a slightly better climate than the rest of the Iceland, which makes it perfect for those camping trips, although you shouldn’t go there by yourself, during the winter season. However, getting a hut in Básar could be a great idea, too, as from there you can easily go to the Eyjafjallajökull glacier, where in 2010 a volcanic eruption took place and the ground is still warm. Amazing!
Some of the hiking paths you can take are ridge Kattarhryggur, one that leads to the top of the Valahnúkur Mountain and the hiking path to the Stakkholtsgjá canyon, which has a stunning waterfall at the end of the trail. The Thorsmork valley was even mentioned in the Brennu-Njáls saga, depicting the adventures of Viking Gunnar.
The Snaefellsnes peninsula is best known for the Snæfellsjökull glacier that’s located at the top of the peninsula. It is surrounded by a national park, which hosts many rare bird species, as well as a few cozy fishing villages. Djúpalónssandur is another sight worth seeing, as it is a truly beautiful, black pebbles beach that hold the remains of a shipwreck to this very day. The Kirkjufell Mountain has become one of the favorite spots photographers go to, as the panoramic views from it are simply stunning. It is also a perfect place for a romantic picnic, with the great scenery that overlooks Reykjavík on one side and Breiðafjörður fjord on the other. This is a spectacular spot to take some great photos.
Just outside of Reykjavík, you can find the Reykjadalur valley that has a hot river running through it, which makes it a perfect spot to visit, even during the winter. You can imagine the beauty and romantic allure of sitting in a warm river, whilst watching the northern lights, being warm in the midst of an extremely cold winter. However, you should be aware of the fact that you can’t hike directly from Reykjavík to Reykjadalur – first, you’ll have to catch a ride to Hveragerði. Even though the scenery with the northern lights is amazing, if you go during the summer season, you are sure to find a lot more people enjoying what Reykjadalur valley has to offer.
Make sure to mark these places down for your visit!
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.