I love hearing people’s engagement stories and learning the unique ways people choose to profess their love. I binge-watch strangers engagements on Youtube like I am like a toddler watching a fairytale. Getting to see the exact moment someone’s entire life changes give me goosebumps.
My name is Allison, and I am an engagement addict.
Not many girls can say their engagement stories start with a helmet, safety harness, crampons, and an ice axe.
I know it doesn’t sound romantic, but I swear it was! We were glacier hiking at Sólheimajökull, which is a national park in Hvolsvöllur, Iceland. The adventure started by gearing up and then a group of about 10 of us headed up the glacier. The hike itself was roughly 2 hours long and the weather went back and forth from complete whiteout conditions to perfectly clear within 5 minutes. It was such a thrilling experience.
When we got to one of the summits we stopped to take photos. The view was spectacular and we were so high up the people below were just slowly moving specks. When it was our turn to take a photo we stepped up to the edge of the summit. I looked at him, smiled, and watched him remove a beautiful, small wooden box from the chest pocket of his coat.
As he dropped to one knee the only words I could muster were “are you kidding me?”
It was February 22, 2018, one day shy of our 2nd (dating) anniversary, and there I was in complete shock. He had barely finished his proposal before I was squealing “yes!” and using every ounce of self-control I had to not throw myself in his arms and topple us both off that glacier.
The eight strangers with us clapped and cheered. He slipped the ring on my finger and I was lost in complete awe of the moment. After a couple more photos I immediately put my mitten back on to secure the safety of my newly acquired engagement ring.
I recall hiking back down the glacier completely delirious with joy and excitement.
The glacier hike was immediately followed by a scenic drive to a handful of nearby waterfalls. There were several in the area and they were absolutely stunning. In all honesty, I don’t feel like I gave them their due because I was so excited and distracted by the fact I was now engaged.
Iceland will always hold a special place in my heart. We love seeing people we know visiting and posting photos because it brings back such wonderful memories. We hope to go back again one day.
If you are planning a trip to Iceland, here is some good advice we got before visiting and things we learned along the way:
- Get an authentic Icelandic hot dog from an outdoor stand with the works, actually get two. Yes, you will need to stand in an incredibly long line, but I promise it is worth it.
- Because of the import tax, everything in Iceland is incredibly expensive. Outside of flights and hotels, plan on everything costing about four times as much as it does in the US.
- Stay at a hotel that includes a breakfast buffet and get to breakfast early. You will save a lot of money not having to pay for 1/3 of your meals, but be warned, the breakfast buffets are zoos.
- February is probably not the best time to go. Three of our four tours were canceled due to a huge snowstorm.
- Gas station/rest stop food is actually pretty good. You will be pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety!