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Wonderful video of a marriage proposal shows Iceland can be romantic, even during the bleakest months

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The delicate flora of Iceland and the dramatic landscapes can make Icelandic nature very romantic, a fact which the growing Icelandic wedding-planning industry has taken full advantage of. But now a romantic video of a 2015 winter road trip by an Irish couple to Iceland shows that Iceland can be quite pretty and sweet, even during the bleakest and coldest months of winter.

On Christmas Day 2014 Neill Morris’ (25) fiancée Orla O’Neill (23) gave him a surprise Christmas present: A 7 day trip to Iceland. Neill tells us he has always felt he had some kind of connection to Iceland, all his favourite bands are Icelandic and that he has always wanted to come here. “I was already planning on proposing to Orla, but when she got us the flights to Iceland I knew that’s where I had to do it.”:

I knew exactly where I wanted to propose. It had to be Skógafoss waterfall. I kept the entire proposal hidden from everyone including both our families.  I didn’t want word getting out to Orla, I wanted it to be a complete surprise.

Neill is a filmmaker and Orla is a photographer who run a wedding photography and & film company called Paper Sails, so it made perfect sense to create a short movie about the trip, giving Neill the perfect cover to film the surprise proposal.

The two made their trip in early May, when the days are already very long, but the weather can still be pretty cold and nature has yet to really wake up after the winter.

We saw some amazing things such as the Golden Circle, The Great Geysir, all the many different waterfalls. Our favourite being Skógafoss for obvious reasons. We also visited some amazing little towns on our travels, our favourite was Vik. It was so picturesque and had a very homey feel to the town. It also had one of the most beautiful black sand beaches we had seen.

It was on our third day in Iceland, the day that I had been waiting for. Today was the day I was going to ask Orla to marry me. When we got to Skógafoss my heart was pounding out of my chest, I was incredibly nervous, but I knew I had to pretend that today was just any other day. I told Orla that I wanted to get some shots of her walking towards the waterfall and then I wanted one of us standing in front of it. So I set the camera up and we got ready and I told her we will throw our hands into the air. After we did one take I told her I wanted to do it again. So we got ourselves ready and I counted down from 5 and when I got to 1 Orla threw her arms into the sky and I went down on one knee. She didn’t know what was happening at first, then as you can see in the video her knees start to give. She said yes!!! There was one other tourist who had seen the proposal who was standing clapping and cheering us.

 

From: //icelandmag.visir.is

Follow in Justin Bieber’s footsteps in Iceland

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Justin Bieber’s new music video “I’ll Show You”, which was shot entirely in Iceland during his visit in September is getting rave reviews. When this is written it has been viewed almost five million times in less than 24 hours. Many commentators on Youtube, where the video is hosted, are blown away by Iceland’s landscape, with one asking “Places like this actually exist?l” and another “That’s one beautiful place I tell ya where is it?!”

The video was shot at numerous locations along the south coast, here we take you through the exact locations. Maybe you can follow in Bieber’s footsteps one day. See names of each place below and locations on the map.


Opening scene

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon

Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss waterfall, 60 metres (200 ft) high, drops of the former coastline of Iceland, at the Eyjafjöll mountain range.

Running
On the plain in front of Seljalandsfoss in the Eyjafjöll mountain range.

Seljalandsfoss again

Yes, you can hike behind the waterfall.

Canyon again

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.

Bathing
In the ice cold Fjaðrá river (3-4 C/37.4-39.2 F)

On the beach
The magnificent volcanic black sands of Sólheimasandur beach, seen from Dyrhólaey peninsula.

Waterfall
Skógafoss waterfall, 60 m (200 ft) high and 25 m (82 ft) wide. Also located in the Eyjafjöll mountain range. It’s one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls.

Skateboarding

1) On Iceland’s Ring Road (Route 1), Eyjaföll mountain range can be seen in the background.
2) On top of the remains of the crashed US Navy Douglas Dakota DC 3, which sits abandoned on the black sands of Sólheimasandur beach.

Rolling on moss

You can do that almost where ever you like in Iceland; usually only a few meters from the highway.

Running

On the grass plains between the former sea cliffs that are Eyjaföll, and the beach.

Icebergs
At Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon on the south coast. The lagoon is located below Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest ice cap. The temperature in the lagoon is around 1 C (33.8 F)

From: icelandmag.visir.is

On our Jökulsárlón Tour we cover the musics video locations.