Oh dear. Exotic, good-looking, and notoriously aloof — dating an Icelander can be a traumatic experience. Our best advice is to…
Autumn is when the search for a winter snuggle partner begins. But be warned that hunting trips don’t start early – Icelanders cut costs by drinking at home before venturing downtown around midnight, which is probably the same time you’ll be heading back to your hotel, perplexed by the empty bars and the lack of ”crazy nightlife” that you had been promised in the brochures.
Snap ‘Em Up
Icelandic dating laws state that you don’t get rid of the old until you’re in with the new, meaning hardly anyone over here is single. So, if you do happen to meet an available Icelander, snap ‘em up immediately. They’ll be vulnerable and susceptible, having recently been dumped.
Icelanders love nothing more than to scare tourists with their wild, volcanic country. Your first date is likely to be a jeep-trip across the glaciers, a naked dip in a hot spring, or a climb up the country’s highest waterfall. Just don’t be disappointed when the rest of the relationship is spent playing video games with the curtains closed.
Get Shacked Up
Iceland is an expensive place to live, so don’t bother with any of that seeing each other stuff. Protocol is to move in together after a couple of weeks — and if you register your co-habitation you’ll get the same benefits as any other married couple, like being able to adopt your partner’s seven children or losing half your DVD collection in the break-up.
Do the Math
There are only 300,000 Icelanders in total, so what are your chances? Well, let’s subtract everybody of the wrong age or gender, plus the 80% of the population already in serious relationships, and we’re down to just 15,000 potential dates. Finally, subtract everybody from the town of Hafnafjörður and that’s only 25 eligible Icelanders left. Good luck.
This article was brought to you by your loving editors, one of whom is married to an Icelander, one of whom is an Icelander, and one of whom is recovering from having had her heart ripped out and jumped up and down on by an Icelander.