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11 Unusual Date Ideas to Try in Reykjavik

Picture of Camille Buckley
Updated: 9 October 2017
An increasingly popular honeymoon and wedding destination, Iceland is notorious for its romantic vibes during every season. While you can find many unusual things to do in Iceland, here are a few things to do in Reykjavik that make for especially interesting date ideas. Apparently, even Game of Thrones co-stars fell in love here.

Northern lights boat tour

From October to April, you can be aurora borealis spies with Guide to Iceland, that offers boat excursions at night in search of the northern lights. There is a great chance of seeing a clear and beautiful display once you are away from the city lights and surrounded by darkness above and below.

Iceland Aurora | © Javier Rodriguez/Flickr
Iceland aurora borealis | © Javier Rodriguez/Flickr

Viðey island

Take the five-minute ferry from the Reykjavik harbor to this small island, which features a cozy restaurant in one of the oldest stone houses in Iceland, at 250 years old. You can also explore the church from 1774 with the original interior still intact, walk on the hiking trails and on the beaches and coves. There is also significant contemporary art by Richard Serra and Yoko Ono on the island.

The Icelandic Phallological Museum

The Icelandic Phallological Museum is the only museum of its kind in the world, containing a variety of specimens from many types of mammals. Definitely a one-of-a-kind dating excursion.

Explore the world of phalluses at The Icelandic Phallological Museum
Explore the world of phalluses at The Icelandic Phallological Museum | Courtesy of Icelandic Phallological Museum

The Elf School

In the neighboring suburb of Reykjavik, in Hafnarfjörður is The Elf School, where you can take classes or guided tours of the most well-known elf habitations and elf-related stories in Iceland. The tour will take you to the lovely Hellisgerði Park and around the town in an intriguing folklore lesson.

Hellisgerdi Park | © Jennifer Boyer/Flicker
Hellisgerði Park | © Jennifer Boyer/Flickr

Sensory deprivation tank

Float Reykjavik is a sensory deprivation tank that recently opened in Reykjavik. In a warm, densely salted chamber, you can find extreme relaxation. While it isn’t possible for two people to be in the tank at once, you can each be in neighboring tanks and continue the date afterward in an extremely relaxed state. How romantic!

Helicopter ride

Get a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful landscape surrounding Reykjavik through a variety of helicopter tour companies based in the city. However, keep in mind it can be difficult to book a tour when there is a volcanic eruption!

Reykjavik, Mosfellsbær, and Seltjarnarnes from the top of Esja | © Matito/Flickr
Reykjavik, Mosfellsbær, and Seltjarnarnes from the top of Esja | © Matito/Flickr

Whale watching

Check out Elding whale watching company in the Reykjavik marina for whale watching tours offered year-round. It’s truly a breath-taking experience no matter what the season, although your chances of spotting a whale are most promising during the height of summer.

Whale Watching in Reykjavik | © ctraltdileep/Flickr
Whale watching in Reykjavik | © ctraltdileep/Flickr

Foot bath at Grótta

In this art exhibition by Ólöf Nordal, geothermal waters bubble up from the ground creating a small, warm foot bath. With a beautiful view of the mountains and the surrounding bird-watching area as a backdrop, this is a very promising date location.

Kvika | Courtesy of the author
Kvika foot bath | Courtesy of the author

Viking portrait

Travel back a thousand years in time together through the excellent props and costumes provided by Mink Portrait Studios. Wrap yourselves in fur, leather, and metal garb and commemorate the event with this kitsch token of Viking celebration, or just pretend like you’re characters from Game of Thrones.

Reykjavik | © Shadowgate/Flickr
Iceland has a rich Viking history | © Shadowgate/Flickr

Haunted Walk

Haunted Walk deals with Icelandic history, folklore and ghost stories, all thoroughly researched by a local historian. Taking place during the evenings and only in the summertime, it’s the perfect pre-dinner outing.

Reykjavik Cemetary | © Bryan Poncius/Flickr
Reykjavik Cemetery | © Bryan Poncius/Flickr

Eat sheep’s head

There is no better way to be introduced to some local cuisine than by heading to the bus station, BSÍ, sitting down at Fljótt og Gott and ordering a seared sheep’s head with your sweetie.

Þorramatur - Svið | © Stefán Birgir Stefáns/Flickr
Þorramatur – Svið | © Stefán Birgir Stefáns/Flickr