The city of Reykjavik is not necessarily the first place you would think of when planning a romantic break. However, there is plenty to recommend it as a destination for a weekend away with your partner for some quality one-on-one time.
Our tips for seeing the best of romantic Reykjavik will help you get the most out of your weekend break with your other half.
The Blue Lagoon
Not strictly speaking in Reykjavik but on the outskirts of the city, the blue lagoon is a popular attraction for visitors to the city and with good reason. Lying in the midst of the strange black lava plains of the Svartsengi national park this outdoor lagoon is filled with natural hot spring water and is rich in minerals, silica and algae all of which give it the famous unique blue hue.
The water at the lagoon is thought to be good for a number of skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema, and there is a health clinic based at the lagoon that offers treatment for anyone with skin complaints. In addition to being good for the skin, a visit to the lagoon is a very relaxing experience, and the centre offers a range of treatments including in-water massages for individuals and couples.
As the lagoon lies on the road between Reykjavik’s airport and the city, it is a perfect stop on the way to your hotel as a way to relax and unwind for your romantic weekend ahead.
Take a boat trip around the Harbour
The seas around Iceland are well known as a habitat for numerous species of whale. Humpback, Minke and Killer whales have been seen in the area around Reykjavik and can be spotted at certain times of year in the water around the bay.
Wrap up warm and take one of the scheduled boat trips out into the seas around Rekjavik and see if you can spot some of these gentle creatures swimming in the wild.
A romantic meal for two
If you want to eat out during your stay in Reykjavik, there can only be one restaurant on your list. The Perlan is housed in a striking building that looks much like an observatory, with a glass dome, and offers stunning views across the city. The Pearl, as it’s known, has a viewing platform which provides the perfect position from which to watch the sunset over the city.
Once you’ve watched the sun slowly fade over the horizon, check in for your booking at the Perlan restaurant where you can enjoy some of the finest cuisine that Iceland has to offer. With spectacular panoramic views on a rotating platform that complete a circuit every 2 hours, you can enjoy the perfect backdrop and savour a memorable meal.
The forest walk
Very close to the city lies the Ellidaardalur Valley, with peaceful and clearly marked hiking trails that take you through the evergreen forest. Although very close to the city, once you’re in the forest it feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds.
A visit during the winter months will make this walking expedition particularly special. Although the paths are kept clear, the snow on the hills and in the trees all around really make the scenery seem nothing short of magical.
Iceland is a country of breathtakingly beautiful landscapes and is warm and welcoming to its visitors. Reykjavik is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown, and is a wonderful and unusual destination for a romantic break.