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10 interesting places to visit in Iceland for young couples

By Sara McMahon

  • Grótta Nature Reserve Travelling with your significant other includes a great amount of unforgettable experiences and beautiful memories, especially for young couples. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

Travelling with your significant other includes a great amount of unforgettable experiences and beautiful memories, especially for young couples. Whether it‘s exciting hikes, beautiful white beaches, dazzling Northern Lights, a night of partying, or simply to relax, Iceland‘s got it all.


1.     Blue Lagoon
Rest and charge your batteries in the turqois blue water of the Blue Lagoon. Couples can enjoy a relaxing in-water massage in the lagoon while floating in the soothing warm water.

Blue Lagoon, bláa lónið

The Blue Lagoon Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

2.     Ion Hotel, South Iceland
The ION Hotel is situated at the base of Mount Hengill, on the outer rim of Þingvellir National Park. There are plenty of day-time activities to choose from within the hotel’s vicinity; including horse riding, fishing, kayaking, 4×4 adventures, white water rafting, glacier tours, natural hot springs, hiking, snorkeling and diving. Or you can simply hit the hotel spa for some R&R.

Ion hótel, ION hotel

ION Hotel Photo/ION

3.     Rauðisandur beach, Westfjords
Rauðisandur beach, located near the famous Látrabjarg cliffs, is one of Iceland’s most romantic spots. The beautiful white sand, the vast, roaring ocean, the towering mountains in the distance: Pure bliss. A small café is located on the beach, open only during the summer, where one can stop for a romantic lunch after taking in the breath-taking scenery and unique tranquillity of the place.


Rauðisandur beach Photo/Johann Dréo/Wikipedia

4.     Hornstrandir nature reserve, Westfjords
The Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is located at the northernmost part of the Westfjords, only a few kilometers south of the Arctic Circle. Apart from the central highlands, this is Iceland’s most isolated region. There are no roads in the region and low-flying planes are banned in order to maintain the serenity of the area. Here, couples can enjoy the great outdoors and each-other’s company without any modern distractions.
Organised trips to Hornstrandir are only available in June, July and August. To get there, you can either take a scheduled boat tour or charter your own boat from the towns of Ísafjörður or Bolungarvík. The trip takes about one hour


Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson


5.     Dog sledding in North Iceland
Dog sledding offers visitors a chance to experience Icelandic nature in a completely unique way. Huddle up closely and enjoy the motion of the sled move smoothly on the snow and the beautiful scenery around Lake Mývatn. One of the highlights of the journey is interacting with the dogs and witnessing the behaviour of the pack. Later, lucky couples could catch a glimpse of the dazzling Northern Lights dancing across the winter sky.



What a day!

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6.     Flatey island, West Iceland
Flatey island is located in Breiðafjörður, a bay north of Snæfellsnes peninsula. Inhabited mainly in the summer, the island is home to an old church that houses both the oldest and the smallest library in Iceland. It is also the home to a large colony of puffins. Grab hold of your partner’s hand and take a romantic stroll around the gorgeous island. Then cuddle up in the grass and take in the red-orange blaze of the midnight sun.
The island is accessible by ferry from the town of Stykkishólmur.

Flatey, Breiðafjörður, Vesturland

Flatey village. Phot/Vilhelm Gunnarsson


7.     Reykjavík night life
The nightlife in Reykjavík has a reputation for having an element of rowdiness – understandably so because the bars in Reykjavík don’t fill up until at around 2 am and Icelanders have been known for their ability to stay out all night drinking. Enjoy a night of bar crawling together. Reykjavík’s nightlife should not be missed!


Kaffibarinn bar in downtown Reykjavík. Photo/Pjetur Sigurðsson


8.     Whale watching in Húsavík, North Iceland
For the more adventurous couples why not embark on a whale watching tour in North Iceland? Húsavík, a small fishing village located in North Iceland, has been dubbed the ‘whale watching capital of Europe’. Visitors have been lucky enough to encounter a blue whale, the largest mammal on Earth, during such trips.


Húsavík harbour Photo/Pjetur Sigurðsson


9.     Seyðisfjörður village in East Iceland
Seyðisfjörður is a beautiful, small village located in the eponymous fjord in east Iceland. The town is a popular destination for young and aspiring artists, attracted by the lUNGA art festival that takes place in mid-July each year. The perfect spot for artistic, free-spirited young couples to visit.

Norræna, Seyðisfjörður
Seyðisfjörður harbour. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson


10.  Midnight sun at Grótta, Seltjarnarnes
The Grótta Nature Reserve is located in the Seltjarnarnes municipality, a short five-minute drive from downtown Reykjavík. In summer, the sun will paint the evening sky a bright red colour, creating the most sensational backdrop when looking across to Snæfellsnes peninsula.
After exploring the area, loved-up couples can take a moment to unwind at the geothermal footbath located on the seafront.

Sósetur, Grótta, Snæfellsjökull

Sunset at Grótta. Photo/Hilmar Þór Guðmundsson/Vísir



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