The Best 3 Dating Sites and Apps in Iceland

Johanna Vala - Miss Iceland 2007

Johanna Vala – Former Miss Iceland (source: Wikimedia Commons)

Here is my quick list of the top 3 dating sites in Iceland. I’ll go into more detail in my reviews below.

  1. Einkamál
  2. Badoo
  3. Tinder

Iceland, like Finland and Denmark, has a small but effective dating scene.

Iceland is dominated by three online dating sites and apps. All of the other sites that claim that they are the best dating site or app in Iceland are a complete waste of time and money.

I’ll tell you below the sites and apps which will put you in the best position to find dating success in this country.

1. Einkamal.is:

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Einkamal Iceland

Einkamál was launched in May 2001, and with only 24,000 active users is Iceland’s largest and most popular dating site.

Einkamál has a simple and clean website design that I found refreshingly uncluttered. Downsides are that there are no matching features and limited options for searching and messaging.

If you’re looking for Icelandic singles, Einkamál is where you want to be.

Sign up Process

To register, start by selecting what you’re looking for in using the site (Dating, Friendship/Chat, Casual and/or BDSM). Next, select your gender, age and location, and write a short blurb about yourself. You can also select here if you are attracted to the opposite sex, same sex or both sexes. Next, choose a username and password, and enter your email. Final step is to click the link in a verification email, and you are done.

There is not much left to do to complete your profile. You can upload photos and select your interests, choosing between hobbies like travel, food and wine, movies, golf and more. You can also enter your height and weight, eye and hair color, and change your site preferences, age, sexual preference and location.

How to Locate Potential Matches

Einkamál lets you perform full searches before even registering. You can view profiles as well, though only one photo. Once registered, searches have the same filter options: gender, age-range, location, last connection, what they want from the site, height, weight, hair style, photo status, BDSM interest and sexual preference.

If you know who you’re looking for, you can search directly by username. When viewing individual profiles, Einkamál will also show you profiles “You may also be interested in…”.

How to Communicate with Other Members

Options for wooing your potential partner are fairly limited. You can select the profile as “interesting” (basically adding them to your favorites), send them a friend request, start a chat or send a message. Chat and messages are text only and require a paid, premium membership to access.

Unique Site Features

Einkamál hosts a number of live events to help its users meet and connect out in the real world. Past events include bowling nights, evening autumn walks through Reykjavik, “beer school” (learn about the history and brewing process of different beers), speed dating events, and, my personal favorite, Archery classes!

Einkamál also has a “Speed Dating” tab that looks intriguing, but when I clicked on it I was informed: “Nothing found that matches my settings.” Strange considering my settings were as open and lenient as they could possibly be, stating basically that I was willing to see anything and everything from everyone. This tab remains a mystery for now.

What is Included in Each Membership Level

  • Standard – Everything except messaging and chat
  • Premium – Messaging and chat, women receive free access to premium features

2. Badoo

Badoo

Badoo

Badoo is one of the oldest dating sites around. Badoo launched in 2006 and now has over 10 million users in the U.S. The user base is pretty active and skews towards young adults and older teens. Badoo claims to have 60 million active monthly users and over 470 million users in total.

Badoo positions itself as more of a social network with an emphasis on dating, rather than a pure dating site. In practice, dating still takes the center of attention, but you can meet casual friends too.

Sign up Process

A lot of people have tried to scam others through dating websites. Now, many dating apps require phone verification, and Badoo is no different. You can have an unverified account, but features will be limited. To get full-access, you must either link a social media account or undergo a phone interview.

There’s no personality test with Badoo, you simply go to your dashboard. However, once you upload a photo, Badoo may make you go through another verification. The verification process is a bit cumbersome. Badoo will send you photos of people doing poses. You have to upload photos of you posing in a similar manner.

How to Locate Potential Matches

There are a few ways to match with people. First, you can play the Badoo game, which functions a lot like Tinder. You’re shown pictures of people and can click on a heart to like someone, or X to decline. You can filter by age and gender as well.

You can also use Local Searches to search for people in a geographic area. You can filter by age, gender, what they’re looking for, location, and distance. You can send up to two messages to people you haven’t matched with. After two messages the person must reply before you can send more.

How to Communicate with Other Members

Badoo features a messaging platform that you can use to communicate with people. You can save people you really like and block people you don’t. Unlike some dating platforms, you can also send pictures through the messaging platform.

Generally speaking, the messaging platform works well. It’s also nice that you can message people you haven’t matched with. However, this might lead to some spamming and scamming if unscrupulous people message you.

Unique Site Features

Since Badoo positions itself more as a social network than a pure dating app, it’s possible to make friends and other meaningful (non-dating) relationships. You can also see who has viewed your profile, giving you an idea of who might be interested.

Badoo’s profile provides enough room to properly express your interests, drinking preferences, and other factors that will help people decide if you’re a good match.

What is Included in Each Membership Level

Many of Badoo’s basic features are included in the free membership. You can like and message people, and look for dates nearby. You can also purchase Badoo credits and then purchase different features. For example, you could buy a “Rise Up”, which will boost your profile in local searches.

Badoo offers a premium plan as well that gives you access to other features. For example, you can see who has liked your profile, highlight messages to ensure people see your messages quickly, see who has added you as a favorite, and an invisible mode where you can browse Badoo without other people seeing your profile.

Like many other dating sites, Badoo does feature ads, which can get annoying. Either way, Badoo offers good value and its free plan is surprisingly robust.

3. Tinder

Tinder

Tinder

Tinder is a fantastic app and works well in Iceland. You can read my full review on Tinder at this page.

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