The Rooses

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The Rooses are a wanderlust laden family of four. Chris and Tanja both work passionately for Nectar & Pulse and their two sons, Jonathan and Victor, come along on every journey, be it near or far. The Rooses love contrasts and discovering the world in all its different aspects. They are deeply in love with each other and their adventurous (and often crazy) life.

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24 hours Snæfellsnes

There are a few trips which stay in your mind forever. They change you. For us, our trip to Iceland was one of them.

The journey begins with a long drive from Reykjavik to the peninsula of Snæfellsnes, which is already an experience in itself. With our trusty 4-wheel drive we set out on a magical tour through this part of Iceland.

On the way to our hotel we make a stop at the hot springs of Landbrotalaug. The weather is misty and foggy, so a hot bath is exactly what we need to rest our bones. In order to get there, take road no. 54 going to Stykkishólmurvv, make a turn by the farm Skjálg and continue for about 1 km. You will see a sign saying “Heit Laug / Hot Spring.” The landscape here is breathtaking. We love to watch our son discovering his surroundings with big blue eyes and his mouth agape. He makes us see the world in a new way. With him we can release our inner child as well, and play around all day long.

The hotel we’re staying in is called Hotel Búðir (read all about it here) and it is a wonderful place – solitarily situated on a sizeable lava field at the edge of Snaefellsjokull National Park.

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel we drive through the National Park Snaefsjökull and the glacier. We take the offbeat road F570, park the car somewhere between the two villages of Arnastapi and Ólafsvík and go hiking along mystical rivers and waterfalls. Our son Jonathan has a great vantage point from his child carrier backpack, into which he is strapped tightly and carried about by his beloved daddy. When we’re done with hiking, we take a round trip, taking the road Útnesvegur to Ólafsvík to Hellissandur to Hellnar and Arnastapi. Along the way we stop at Vatnshellir Cave and at Djúpalónssandur, where we head down to the black beach to see an old ship wreck and breathe the ocean air. A moment where everything just feels right. We are at peace with ourselves and nature. Breathe in deeply and kiss in between!

Next stops are Hellnar, where we find a cosy café in a little black stone bay called Café Fjoruhusid, and Arnastapi (the lone house that stands there is beautiful!). We treat ourselves to waffles, coffee and some hot fish soup. Yum!

After this very active day we enjoy a hot bath close to the hotel at the Lysuholl Swimming Pool. It’s a bizarre place in a school area. The hot geothermal water feels so good. We end the day with a delicious dinner and a well-deserved local beer called Einstök, back at the Hotel Budir. Their food is really quite outstanding!

On the way back to Reykjavik we drive through Grundarfjörður to have a look at the famous mountain Kirkjufell. If you are up for a bath there is a geothermal pool here as well. We decide to drive a bit further and play a round of golf at Sudur-Bar (9-hole course) where you have a great view looking either over the bay of Breiðafjörður or over Snæfellsnes.

Enjoy this magical country.
The Rooses


ÓlafsvíkÓlafsvík, Iceland

Tour the coastline of the peninsula, for example from Ólafsvík to Arnastapi.
Hotel BúðirBúðavegur, Island

Hotel Búðir is without a doubt located in one of the most beautiful places in Iceland, just a couple of hours drive from Reykjavik. This elegant hotel is in a league of its own, offering a host of amenities, charming atmosphere, great service, and a restaurant renowned for its exquisite cuisine.
Snæfellsjökull National ParkSnæfellsjökull, Island

A national park in which the glacier volcano Snæfellsjökull stands. It’s like a huge park where you can hike and discover nature all day long.
HellissandurHellissandur, Island

A little fishing village. A bird-lover’s paradise and one of the largest arctic tern nesting areas in Iceland.
Cave VatnshellirVatnshellir Cave, Island

This 8000 year old lava tube reaches over 200 meters and goes 35 meters below the surface.
DjúpalónssandurUnnamed Road, Island

A fascinating black pebble beach.
Café FjoruhusidHellnavegur, Island

A cute little café right by the ocean with great waffles, hot chocolate and some other homemade delicacies.
Lysuholl Swimming PoolLýsuhólsskóli, Island

A pool with warm, naturally carbonated geothermal water close to Hotel Budir. Healthy and healing.
Sudur-Bar golf courseSudur-Bár Guesthouse, Grundarfjörður, Island

Play a round of golf with a great view. They also have a guesthouse where you can stay over night.
KirkjufellKirkjufell, Island

Kirkjufell mountain is the shooting star of the mountains in Iceland. Such beauty!
‘Iceland is pure magic - a place where fire and ice co-exist. Full of sharp contrasts.’
On our way to hotel Búðir.
Witness the majesty of unspoiled nature.
Stone formation at Café Fjoruhusio.
Hello Iceland! I love you!
  • Chris running through lava fields.
  • Hotel Búðir in the evening sun.
  • Butter on a lava stone. The food at Hotel Búðir is outstanding and always prepared in a creative way.
  • Iceland makes me happy. :)
  • Father and son exploring.
  • Is this where the trolls live? Yes!
  • Black stone beach at Djúpalónssandur.
  • Climbing the rocks at Djúpalónssandur.
  • Hiking on small trails in the area of Djúpalónssandur.
  • Can you find me?
  • In front of the volcano Snaefellsjoekull.
  • Happy parents – happy kid.
  • Solitary house in Arnarstapi.
  • On our way to hike in the Snæfellsjökull-Nationalpark.
  • Somewhere in the fog of Snæfellsjökull-Nationalpark.
  • Snæfellsjökull National Park.
  • Arnarstapi.
  • Café Fjoruhusio.
  • Eating waffles and drinking hot chocolate at Café Fjoruhusio.
  • Playing at the nearby beach at Café Fjoruhusio.
  • Hitting some balls at Sudur-Bar.
  • Going to Iceland feels like a hole in one.
  • Witness the majesty of unspoiled nature.

Our thoughts about Snæfellsnes

What do you love about your destination?

The landscape is simply divine. Wandering through Iceland you really think there are trolls and elves behind every little stone. The country is quite young and still in the making, which is fascinating. We love the raw feeling of it. You feel the power of nature wherever you go. It’s isolated and reclusive, silent and peaceful.

Which music fits best to your destination?

Sigur Ros, Olafur Arnalds, Björk, FM Belfast, Seabear, Vök…

What‘s a "must do" in your destination?

Everything mentioned in our 24 hour guide 🙂

Love in the volcano fields.
Where the streets have no end.
Hotel Búðir.
Delicious fish soup at Hotel Búðir.
Goodbye! We will come back.

Take a vacation into Our life

What’s your background?

We are a family of four currently based in Berlin but we love to go on adventures near and far. Tanja (with both Swedish and Austrian roots) started Nectar & Pulse in 2010. Chris (originally from Hamburg) and Tanja met in 2011, fell in love, got married, and became parents to their beloved kids, Jonathan and Victor. Chris worked for BMW and holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering but switched over to working at Nectar & Pulse in 2015. We are soulmates with a shared love for family, business, travel, transformation, fashion, music, exceptional hotels and wonderful places made with love. From luxury trips to getting up close and personal with nature and locals, we love it all. Come along and follow us! ☺ We love to show you the world from our perspective.

What is the best moment of the day?

Oh so many, but mostly the tiny little moments in between, when we realise we’re living the life we always dreamed of.

What inspires you?

People of all kinds. Smart people, happy people, passionate people, funny people, successful people, small people (=kids ☺ ), old and wise people, people who dare to be pioneers and do something really well or love to do it.

Travelling. Nature. Sex. Urbanity. Fashion. Photography. Music. Films.

Each other. Love.

How would a good friend describe you?

Soulmates who just HAD to meet! Make babies, business and life together. ☺

Your lifestyle in 5 words?

Love. Family. Business. Wanderlust. Nectar&Pulse.

Which books, newspapers or magazines do you read?

Books by: Haruki Murakami, Susan Sontag, Amelie Nothomb, Martin Suter, Thomas Bernhard, António Lobo Antunes, Benedict Wells.

Books about: Entrepreneurs, business stories, photography, brands, design. Biographies.

Magazines: brandeins, Zeit magazine, sz-Magazine, Vogue, Stern, Monocle, Interview, i-D, 032, Travel Almanac, the gentlewomen, Another Man, Harvard Business Manager, Business Punk, New York Times Mag, Kinfolk, Cereal, Vanity Fair, AD, The Weekender, Numéro, apartamento, Suitcase, Elle Traveller.

Newspapers: Zeit, FAZ, SZ, New York Times.

Online: Zeit, Spiegel, Monocle, Refinery29, Huffington Post, New York Times, Guardian, Twitter, Harvard Business, Süddeutsche,..

Blogs: Mit Vergnügen, A Cup of Jo, Little Years, Journelles, Man Repeller, bleubird, Mother Mag, Romy and the bunnies, Lillies and León, Primer & Lacquer, This is Jane Wayne, Daily Dose, ohhhhmhhhh...

Which films blow your mind?

Films: City of God, most by Quentin Tarantino, Lost in Translation, Magnolia, Before Sunset, Schmetterling und Taucherglocke, Woody Allen Films, Ziemlich beste Freunde, Nowhere Boy, Peaceful Warrior, Margarete Steiff, Into the Wild, Interstellar, Darjeeling Limited, Blow, Das Leben der Anderen, Victoria, Wer früher stirbt ist länger tot, Gegen die Wand, die Verurteilten, Der Pate, Forrest Gump, Grand Budapest Hotel, Garden State, Wie ein einziger Tag, Amelie, Her, Babel, Herr der Ringe, 12 years a slave, Wall Street, Die Kinder des Monsieur Mathieu, Entdeckung der Unendlichkeit, Twice Born,...

Series: True Detective, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Love, Chef's Table, Homeland, Die Brücke, Narcos, Mad Men, Suits, Last Chance U, The Affair,...

Person you’d like to sit next to in an airplane?

Each other.

What are your favourite destinations around the globe?

Sweden, Iceland, California, Austria, Walchensee, Japan, Lago Maggiore, Italy, New York, Maldives, Berlin, Hamburg,...wherever loved ones are.

Your life philosophy?

You only live once — make it a grand journey. Taste the NECTAR. Feel the PULSE.

Suitcase, Backpack or Weekender?

All three. Tanja: Suitcase. Chris: Weekender. Boys: Backpack. ☺

Travelling is…

broaden our horizons.

Life is…

a fulfilling journey.

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