Iceland Day 2: Northern Lights Proposal

Friday, January 12, 2018


Back in November, Me and Sam went to Iceland on our first child-free weekend away together. Iceland is somewhere we had both wanted to visit and there were so many things we wanted to see and do so planned to make the most of every moment that we had there. 

On our second day we took a walk into Reykjavik to do some exploring. The first thing we did was have a look inside the beautiful big church we had passed the evening before. It is called Hallgrimskirkja and it is the largest church in Iceland. We discovered some beautiful snowy mountains overlooking beautiful open water close to the harbour. We then walked around the city looking for different historic sites on a map that we found, including an old cathedral and the Parliament house. We visited the Saga Museum which tells you all about the Viking settlements in Iceland. I love Vikings so found the stories so interesting. We then headed for some food before going back to the hotel to prepare for our late night trip to see the Northern Lights.


I had always imagined the Northern Lights to be this amazing show of colourful lights dancing in the sky around you. We had been driven to Thingvellir National Park to wait and hope the lights would show. It was pitch black darkness with just snow on the ground guiding the way and there were more stars in the sky than I had ever seen before in my life. I had never seen the sky looking so pretty. We had been given an hour before we needed to be back on the coach and about half way through we were stood under the stars still waiting for the Northern Lights to show when he proposed. He had obviously planned on doing so when the lights were glowing all around us but it didn't look like things were going to work out that way. It was quite funny really and makes me smile when I think back, his plans had gone out of the window and he was lost for words (I have never known him to be lost for words) but somehow he managed to ask me to marry him and I of course said yes! 

When our time was almost up we headed back towards the coach and just as we got there we got to see the Northern Lights. It was not what we expected it to be. It looked like a white cloud dancing in the sky. It was so faint I couldn't get a single photograph of it but was quite surprised that some of the other people there got amazing photos with an array of colours. So it turns out the Northern Lights don't actually look how we expect them too and you can only really see them in their spectacular glory if you are a pro with a camera. First thing on my Christmas list this year was a book to teach me how to use my camera properly so one day I can go back and capture a magnificent photo!

Missed my other Iceland Posts?

Day One, Travelling, Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Day Three, Golden Circle Tour & Fontana Wellness Spa

Day Four, Sam's Birthday, Shopping and The Blue Lagoon

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20 comments

  1. Oh what a wonderful way to propose :) congratulations!!

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    1. I know it was really lovely. Thank you!

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  2. Congratulations. Iceland is somewhere on my list that i would love to visit

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    1. I would really recommend it! It was an amazing experience.

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  3. Congratulations to you both, that’s so amazing, and as for the northern lights ..? Definitely on my bucket list. I wish you both an amazing future together 🙏🏼

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    1. Thank you! It is definitely a must see but definitely do some research first on how to take amazing photos!

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  4. Aww, what an amazing proposal! Congratulations. My brother said similar about the Northern Lights. He took some amazing photos but said that it didn't actually look like that.

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    1. Thank you! Yes I really wasn’t prepared for the Northern Lights really. I wish I had researched them before the trip and made the most of them.

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  5. Lovely, even though it didn't work out perfectly, I bet it was wonderful and perfect.

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    1. It was! I think it was perfect for us and makes me happier than it probably would have if it had have gone according to plan!

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  6. Oh that's so romantic. Iceland is somewhere I would really love to visit. Congratulations to you both.

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    1. It was really cute! Iceland is a beautiful country and the people are lovely. I would definitely recommend.

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  7. Aww what a great place to propose, what a lovely place to have those memories. I love Iceland, I really want to go back.

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    1. Yes I am so glad we have somewhere really ‘special’ to us now. It is certainly a holiday I will never forget!

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  8. Huge congratulations! I so want to visit Iceland this year. Kaz

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    1. Thank you. You definitely should! It is a beautiful country especially in winter.

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  9. I've always wanted to go to Iceland, I didn't relive the Northern Lights were so faint x

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    1. I had always wanted to go too. The Northern Lights were certainly not how I expected but it was magical nonetheless.

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  10. Amazing congratulations and what a lovely way to propose!!! I’ll love to visit Iceland someday

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    1. Thank you. It was really lovely. I hope you manage to. It is a lovely place to visit with so much to see!

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