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10 Best Locations to Pop the Question

When it comes down to finding the best, most romantic and even a unique way to pop the questions, many great ideas cross the mind or maybe non. Iceland is powerful in so many ways. Here you find mountains, waterfalls, northern lights, the midnight sun, glaciers, hot springs, volcanic craters, caves, ice bergs and we could go on and on. It doesn´t matter where it is spring, autumn, summer or winter, you can always find something unique, romantic and powerful. If you fancy the power of nature, unique circumstances and amazing views, here are our top 10 ideas for popping the question. Whether your budget is high or low, it doesn´t matter. We would be happy and honored to help you plan the perfect proposal.

On a Glacier

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Pop the question upon a glacier. Now that is a story to share with family and friends! Whether you choose to go on a snowmobiling tour or rent a helicopter to fly to the top, to propose on the top of a glacier is something you and your loved one will never forget!

In the Secret Lagoon

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Relax and float in a geothermal heated lagoon with snow falling around you for the perfect proposal. Join us with the Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon Floating and Bubble Tour on your special day and night.

Inside a Cave

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You can find caves everywhere in Iceland. Small ones, larger ones and even an ice cave. To plan a nice day tour with a stop at one of the caves, where you would pop the questions, is an adventurous and a romantic way indeed to pop the question!

Under the Northern Lights

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Those who have seen the northern lights know how magical they are. Dancing in the winter sky, changing colors and glittering above your head, it hardly gets more romantic than that. Plan a private tour to hunt for the lights and pop the question under the dancing aurora.

Between Two Continents

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How does it sound to pop the question in two continents? You might not know this but in Iceland you can stand on two continental plates at Reykjanes Peninsula and at the National Park, Thingvellir. At Reykjanes there is a bridge where you can cross from one continental plate to another. How romantic would it be, especially if one of you is from USA and the other one from Europe, to get engaged crossing the two continents.

At a Waterfall

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Waterfalls are everywhere in Iceland but it isn´t often you can walk behind one. Seljalandsfoss waterfall is located on the south coast. It is a beautiful waterfall and behind it is a path where you can walk and enjoy the view from under the waterfall. It´s not just a lovely place to be, it is also very romantic and a perfect spot to propose.

At the Glacier Lagoon

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The Glacial Lagoon (Jökulsárlón) is one of many magical places in Iceland. It is famous for many reasons, for instance for being a filming site for a James Bond movie. In summer you can sail on the lagoon and popping the questions surrounded with icebergs is truly a unique and a romantic gesture.

Kerid Crater Lake

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The crater lake Kerið is within an hour´s drive from Reykjavik. The route from Reykjavik to Kerið is a nice one. There are many places to make stops on the way, such as Hveragerði where you can hike and relax in the nature baths, and also have a lovely lobster dinner by the coast at Eyrarbakki. When you come to the crater lake, you can walk down to the bottom where there is a small lake. The sound down there is amazing and if you are a good singer you can charm your loved one with a love song before you propose.

The Blue Lagoon

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The Blue lagoon is always a lovely place to visit. Surrounded with lava, you have many options on where and how to pop the question. You can plan an adventurous day at Reykjanes peninsula (where the lagoon is located) and then end the day by popping the questions in or by the lagoon. In winter you might even get lucky and add the northern lights to the picture.

Under the Midnight Sun

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The midnight sun in Iceland is truly unique and romantic. No matter where you are located in the country, it will always be a romantic night. You can pick a mountain, a geothermal pool, glacier or even just a walk by the sea in the capital, Reykjavik. The summer nights in Iceland just can´t fail!

10 Best Locations to Pop the Question

When it comes down to finding the best, most romantic and even a unique way to pop the questions, many great ideas cross the mind or maybe non. Iceland is powerful in so many ways. Here you find mountains, waterfalls, northern lights, the midnight sun, glaciers, hot springs, volcanic craters, caves, ice bergs and we could go on and on. It doesn´t matter where it is spring, autumn, summer or winter, you can always find something unique, romantic and powerful. If you fancy the power of nature, unique circumstances and amazing views, here are our top 10 ideas for popping the question. Whether your budget is high or low, it doesn´t matter. We would be happy and honored to help you plan the perfect proposal.

On a Glacier

Pop the question upon a glacier. Now that is a story to share with family and friends! Whether you choose to go on a snowmobiling tour or rent a helicopter to fly to the top, to propose on the top of a glacier is something you and your loved one will never forget!

In the Secret Lagoon

Relax and float in a geothermal heated lagoon with snow falling around you for the perfect proposal. Join us with the Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon Floating and Bubble Tour on your special day and night.

Inside a Cave

You can find caves everywhere in Iceland. Small ones, larger ones and even an ice cave. To plan a nice day tour with a stop at one of the caves, where you would pop the questions, is an adventurous and a romantic way indeed to pop the question!

Under the Northern Lights

Those who have seen the northern lights know how magical they are. Dancing in the winter sky, changing colors and glittering above your head, it hardly gets more romantic than that. Plan a private tour to hunt for the lights and pop the question under the dancing aurora.

Between Two Continents

How does it sound to pop the question in two continents? You might not know this but in Iceland you can stand on two continental plates at Reykjanes Peninsula and at the National Park, Thingvellir. At Reykjanes there is a bridge where you can cross from one continental plate to another. How romantic would it be, especially if one of you is from USA and the other one from Europe, to get engaged crossing the two continents.

At a Waterfall

Waterfalls are everywhere in Iceland but it isn´t often you can walk behind one. Seljalandsfoss waterfall is located on the south coast. It is a beautiful waterfall and behind it is a path where you can walk and enjoy the view from under the waterfall. It´s not just a lovely place to be, it is also very romantic and a perfect spot to propose.

At the Glacier Lagoon

The Glacial Lagoon (Jökulsárlón) is one of many magical places in Iceland. It is famous for many reasons, for instance for being a filming site for a James Bond movie. In summer you can sail on the lagoon and popping the questions surrounded with icebergs is truly a unique and a romantic gesture.

Kerid Crater Lake

The crater lake Kerið is within an hour´s drive from Reykjavik. The route from Reykjavik to Kerið is a nice one. There are many places to make stops on the way, such as Hveragerði where you can hike and relax in the nature baths, and also have a lovely lobster dinner by the coast at Eyrarbakki. When you come to the crater lake, you can walk down to the bottom where there is a small lake. The sound down there is amazing and if you are a good singer you can charm your loved one with a love song before you propose.

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue lagoon is always a lovely place to visit. Surrounded with lava, you have many options on where and how to pop the question. You can plan an adventurous day at Reykjanes peninsula (where the lagoon is located) and then end the day by popping the questions in or by the lagoon. In winter you might even get lucky and add the northern lights to the picture.

Under the Midnight Sun

The midnight sun in Iceland is truly unique and romantic. No matter where you are located in the country, it will always be a romantic night. You can pick a mountain, a geothermal pool, glacier or even just a walk by the sea in the capital, Reykjavik. The summer nights in Iceland just can´t fail!


New Years in Iceland

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Iceland is one of the best places to celebrate New Years. Icelanders go crazy with the fireworks, people gather by the bonfires and party until dawn.

Bonfires

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Bonfires have been a tradition in Iceland for a long time. They are in several neighborhoods in Reykjavík and usually the largest one is at Ægisíða. Bonfires are held all over the country and people gather around to enjoy the fire and meet others. It´s a unique experience and great atmosphere.

Fireworks

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Icelanders go crazy on New Years with fireworks. Every family buys at least one package with fireworks and sparklers. Only certified organisations can sell fireworks - rescue teams, sports clubs, etc - so all the money spent on fireworks goes to a good cause. At midnight the sky is one big firework - an amazing sight and a great way to start the new year.

Parties

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After midnight and having spent a lovely evening with family and friends, people go to parties at private homes and/or go to special New Years parties at clubs and pubs that last until dawn, or even longer!

Gala ball 1st January

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Gala dances on the 1st January have been popular for the past years. Tux or suit with a tie for the gentleman, a long dress or a cocktail dress for the lady. It differs from one year to another where the gala dances are held and are usually not advertised until just before New Years.

Restaurants & stores

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Restaurants are well aware that foreign guests are discovering Icelandic New Years and are increasingly offering great menus and dinner parties. You won´t starve although most supermarkets close at 6pm on the 31st December. If you are planning on buying beer, wine or something stronger for the evening, it´s important to know that it´s not allowed to sell alcoholic beverages in supermarkets. ATVR are special wine stores with special opening hours so please make sure to check the opening hours in advance so the doors won´t be shut when you show up.

Relaxation & adventures

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When in Iceland over New Years, we recommend you come a few days before or spend the first days of the new year in Iceland, relax and enjoy what Iceland has to offer. The Northern lights are truly magical and Dec/Jan is usually a good time to see the beautiful aurora. Snowmobiling, The Blue Lagoon or relax at Laugarspa are only a few options to choose from. The possibilities are endless! Enjoy!


Romantic get-aways

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Iceland is an ideal location for a romantic getaway. The options are endless and here we will be giving you a few ideas. Whether it´s an anniversary, a proposal, a surprise for your special someone or just some alone time with your spouse, there perfect place awaits you.

ION Hotel

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ION luxury adventure hotel is one of the best hotels in Iceland. It is adjacent to Thingvellir National Park and Thingvallaatn lake and within an hour´s drive from Reykjavík. Besides the National Park, many natural attractions are close to the hotel, such as Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station, Öxará river, Gullfoss waterfall, the crater lake Kerið and the Geysir hot spring area.

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The hotel offers standard and deluxe rooms. Each room has an astonishing view over lava fields and white geothermal steam. The Lava spa has a 10 meter outdoor hot tub, sauna and a relaxation room which is an ideal place to unwind after a long adventurous day. The hot tub is also an ideal place to relax in winter and wait for the Northern lights to show up. It doesn´t get much more romantic then that!

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The Northern lights bar is an exquisite place to experience the night sky. With double height windows and a cozy lounge area, the bar offers amazing panoramic views of the Thingvallavatn lake, the lava fields and the Northern lights in winter. It is an ideal place to create a romantic atmosphere.

Hotel Rangá

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Hotel Rangá is the only 4 star luxury resort in the south of Iceland. It offers standard rooms, deluxe and suites. The suites are themed and each one is truly outstanding. The junior suites are Asia, Australia, North America and South America. The master suites are Africa, Antartcia and the Royal Suite with a view of the East Rangá River and Mountain Hekla.

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Hotel Rangá is popular among Icelanders. It is also a celebrity hot spot, a top honeymoon destination, great for weddings and romantic get-aways. It is located 96 km east of Reykjavík (driving time around 80 minutes) and about 140 km north-east of Keflavík airport (driving time around 120 minutes). Its location is perfect for day tours as it is within a driving distance from many of the main attractions the south coast has to offer, such as Eyjafjallajokull glacier, Gullfoss and Geysir geothermal area.

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Hotel Rangá is also one of the best places in Iceland to see the Northern lights. If you are planning to propose to your better half, it doesn´t get more romantic than proposing under a bright winter sky with the Northern lights dancing above you.


Planning a wedding in Iceland

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The proposal, the engagement and the wedding itself is a super exciting time for you and your husband/wife to be. When planning the wedding itself, there are many things that need to be taken care of but first and foremost, you want to have your dream wedding perfect - including the wedding place & the honeymoon.

When planning a wedding in Iceland, it´s first and foremost about the location and what time of year you are getting married. The possibilities are endless on the beautiful volcanic island and here are a few ideas for you.

Hotel Rangá

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Hotel Rangá is a four star luxury & dining resort in the south of Iceland. This countryside hotel is perfectly located to explore all the wonders and beauty that the south coast has to offer, including glaciers, waterfalls and northern lights in winter. Driving time from Reykjavík is about 80 min (96 km) and from Keflavík airport around 120 min (140 km).
The suites at Hotel Rangá are truly amazing. They are themed after each of the seven continents and provide the ultimate luxury, comfort, romance and relaxation for the guests. The junior suites include Asia, Australia, North America and South America. The master suits include Africa, Antarctica and a large Royal Suite with a view over the Rangá River and Mountain Hekla.

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The staff at Hotel Rangá are experts in wedding planning. The wedding itself can take place in the beautiful church, Oddi, which is a traditional Icelandic country church. You can also opt for an outdoor ceremony as there are many beautiful attractions close to the hotel, such as Skógarfoss waterfall or by the riverbank by the river Rangá. Civil ceremonies can also be arranged. The wedding reception takes place at the hotel.

The staff at Hotel Rangá will do everything in their power to make your day perfect. They will assist you with everything that needs to be done, such as book a priest, inform you about the legal side of the ceremony, get a hairdresser and a make up artist, musicians, the bouquet, a driver, a photographer and help you with arranging the wedding by your request. Hotel Rangá offers 51 bedrooms, split into 24 standard rooms, 20 deluxe rooms, 4 junior suites and 3 master suites. So, there is plenty of room for friends and family if you invite guests.

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The honeymoon is always an important part of the wedding. It is optimal to spend a week or two in Iceland after the wedding. You can either be located at Hotel Rangá and travel from there, do day trips or stay in other parts of Iceland. Ideas for an adventurous day are snowmobiling, hiking, whale watching and surfing. The possibilites are endless. If you are at Hotel Rangá sometimes between September and April, we strongly recommend you keep a close eye on the dark winter sky as Hotel Rangá is one of the best places in Iceland to experience the Northern lights. Not a bad idea to have the first dance as a married couple under the dancing winter sky!

Hotel Ranga is just one option of many. Weddings can take places almost anywhere. In the newly opened ice cave, up on a glacier, on the coast, in the Blue lagoon, out in the nature under the midnight sun or in a country church. These ideas are just to name a few, the possibilities are endless. Make the day special!


New Year holidays in Iceland

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Enjoy good food, spectacular fireworks and the exuberant night life in Reykjavik with this New Year holidays package by Iceland Travel

The New Year is a great celebration in Iceland and the locals are known for doing it with style. You will enjoy great firework that light up the sky and make the atmosphere magical. In Iceland there are no restrictions on fireworks like other countries have, so everyone in Iceland take part making this one massive fireworks show - all over the city.

The 2 days itinerary

Dec 31st - New Year's Eve

You will begin your New Year holidays by exploring Reykjavik with a local guide. The first stop is a Iceland Rescue team Firework sales. Each year some 600 tonnes of firework - yes around 2 kg / 4.4 lbs per inhabitant - go up into the skies. At the firework sale we will buy a bomb to take with us on our tour - a very special explosion to be enjoyed at our last stop. Our next stop will be a old cemetery in Reykjavik. We will hear about whey the dead rise from their graves on New Years Eve! Next we head out to Hafnarfjordur where we will meet the elves! We will take a look at their home - the mysterious "elf stones". The story say that the elves are out and about with us on the New Year´s Eve. We will now head over to a beautiful forest grove where we´ll light a little bonfire and make a toast to life and love.

The New Year´s Eve buffet dinner will be at the award winning VOX Restaurant on the Hilton hotel. It emphasizes a Nordic Cuisine with a flavor of ingredients straight from local farmers.
When it is getting close to midnight we will go to a popular viewing spot in Reykjavik and light our own gold sparklers. Now the fun is just beginning... After midnight the pubs and nightclubs go wild! well into the morning. We will take part in the fun.

Jan. 1st: New Year's Day

This is great day to go and see some of Iceland´s natural highlights, such as the Golden Circle, with Geyser and Gullfoss or relax in the Blue Lagoon. There are loads of interesting day tours available - check our selection and book ahead. This evening there is a optional 4 course dinner a la VOX Restaurant to finish off your New Year holidays with a style!


Gay Pride in Reykjavík

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It is not easy to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transsexual in any country. Those on the sexual fringes of mainstream society must be better at what they do and work harder to break down barriers of intolerance. Unable to create and raise nuclear families of their own, openly-homosexual and -lesbian couples tolerate repression and live their lives in the shadows. They depend on community and government support to justify the rights others take for granted.
Not so in Iceland, the first nation in all Europe that broke barriers by electing the first openly-homosexual Prime Minister. Generally-speaking, in fact, Icelanders are a more tolerant people and have more supportive officials.

LGBT in Europe

European countries have split opinions when it comes to LGBT rights. Out of 16 of the major countries comprising Europe, ten of them have legalized same-sex marriages. Fourteen countries allow civil unions between gay couples. Scotland and Ireland are also in heated discussion, with regards to passing legislation on gay marriage.

LGBT in Iceland

Legislation

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GPLegislation in Iceland is very accommodating of the LGBT community. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal in the country since 1940 and recognition of same-sex relationships legal since 1996. By 2008, same-sex couples could register their partnership in church or some religious congregation as well as with a civil registrar. Iceland therefore became the ninth country in the world to allow same-sex marriage.

In 2006, the government took the next step of allowing same-sex adoption. Four years later, the law on same-sex marriage was approved. The government also bans all forms of anti-gay discrimination. This is prohibited by Article 65 of the Constitution, which stipulates clearly that everyone is to be equal before the law and is entitled to their human rights regardless of “sex, religion, opinion, national origin, race, color, property, birth or other status”.

The legal status of LGBT people in Iceland is one of the best in the world and the rights of the individual are protected in the country’s constitution. The rights of married same-sex couples to adopt children are in all respects the same as for heterosexual married couples, should they fulfill those conditions that apply for the adoption of children. Lesbians who are married or cohabiting have the same rights to assisted fertilization as heterosexual women who are married or cohabiting.

Watch a movie

While watching a movie sounds like counter intuitive, you have never watched a movie in Reykjavik and you might not want to experience it anywhere else. The Cinema No2 at the Old Harbour Village is located inside the loft of an old fishermen´s lodging where fishermen used to fix their boats, mend their nets, and sleep in bunks. Since then the place was remodeled as little as possible to retain the old atmosphere, the place provides an ideal setting for viewing old documentary films and movies centered around the Icelandic culture.

Gay Pride

Reykjavik is very proud of its LGBT community and has become the beacon of what is commonly referred to as “rainbow colored light” in the past few years. All LGBT folks in Iceland enjoy the same rights as everybody else regardless of their sexual orientation, including the right to marry. Reykjavik is also home to the award winning travel service Pink Iceland - a company devoted to the travel needs of LGBT guests - and has a great number of gay-friendly hotels, bars and nightclubs.

Gay Pride Festivals

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gay pride2Reykjavík city is extremely proud of its fabulous Gay Pride festivities, which have been adding a spectacular sparkle to the month of August since 1999. A huge, merry and colorful Gay flotilla parades through the center of town followed by a grand outdoor concert attended by over one hundred thousand people – lesbians and gay men, bisexuals and transgender people, friends, relatives, fellow citizens and numerous foreign visitors – all showing solidarity with the gay cause on the second weekend of August every year.

This year, the Gay Pride festivities spanned August 6 to the 11th. This event not only promotes the LGBT community and holds them up for people to notice and admire them; Gay Pride also allows the whole Nordic nation to unite and celebrate the wonderful LGBT freedoms that the government of Iceland allows this segment of the community to enjoy. Gay Pride also celebrates the fact that in Iceland, they allow the LGBT community to live as they are without restricting their individuality.

It is a six day festival with lots of exhilarating events and lectures. Also, there is a Queer Cruise, Gay Walks, a family festival, concert and gallery openings. The Gay Pride gala is usually capped by the magnificent Pride Parade and a huge dance on Saturday.