Just like any other country, Iceland has its own features of dating and meeting new people. Even though the country is very modern and developed, it doesn’t always mean that the locals see dating and relationships in the same way as the other Western countries do. Some of traditional American or European things might be seen as extremely boring or stereotypical there, and at the same time, some of the things which are not very popular in other countries can be really appreciated there.Even though a simple walk is often boring for people from different countries, there are a lot of unusual museums and beautiful places you can visit in Iceland. So add a bit of creativity and your date will be great and worth remembering.
One of the first things you should know about dating in Iceland - it can be rather pricey there. Scandinavian countries considered to be pretty rich and people living there have good salaries and economics, so it’s okay for them to pay more than a foreigner might be used to pay. It means neither that you’re obliged to go out only to expensive and popular places, nor that you need to go out on a date to a cafe or restaurant at all. There are a lot of ideas about how to spend time with fun and great memories while you’re on a budget. Even though a simple walk is often boring for people from different countries, there are a lot of unusual museums and beautiful places you can visit in Iceland. So add a bit of creativity and your date will be great and worth remembering.
As you may know, there are only a bit more than 300.000 people living in Iceland. That means that most of the people there usually socialize inside their social group and meet new people not that often than people from the other countries do. It makes it rather interesting for the locals to speak with foreigners and make new friends. Most of the Icelandic is extremely friendly and cheerful, so it won't be a great problem for a tourist to start a conversation with them. Even though some of those people are kinda shy, it makes many of them look incredibly cute. So whether you dream of a beautiful shield-maiden or a handsome Viking, it’s definitely worth trying to speak to those people.
Because of many Icelandic people being shy there are a lot of people who use the advantages the “liquid confidence” gives them. The locals drink a lot, and it’s especially seen while they try to make new friends or hook someone up. Alcohol not only makes those people more confident but also works as a boost which makes them more talkative and friendly. Even though a lot of foreigners are not into alcohol that much, it doesn’t mean that someone will try to force you to drink with them or behave rude or unfriendly while being drunk. In that case, the local love for alcohol drinks won’t cause any serious problems for you, but the bad thing is that those surroundings stimulate people who already have drinking problems to drink even more. If you have a good amount of self-control or avoid drinking a lot, then it won’t be your problem too.
But why do attractive Icelandic people need to drink? In fact, the shyness makes the local men pretty bad at approaching. As some people say, it’s extremely difficult for local men to approach, and somehow it’s much easier to find a sexual partner there than a partner for dating. Those people tend to avoid the phase that is usually considered the prerequisite to sex and start from the end. And maybe - only maybe - after that two people will be confident enough to know each other closer.