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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We’re staying in a cosy wooden cottage with an outdoor hot tub (must have!) in Haukadalur – Hawks Valley.

In the early 11th century this valley was the site of an upcoming Icelandic dynasty and served as the setting for the famous Gísla Saga. The Sagas of Icelanders are perfect travel reading and bring all fantasies to life. Sometimes, when hiking through the vast expanses of Icelandic nowhere, you may feel as if somebody is watching you. The Sagas will stoke your imagination and definitely enrich your stay!

The best way to see the fountain geyser Strokkur is to be an early bird and go there before too many tourists arrive. You have a great view from top of the hill between Strokkur and Haukadalur – just pass the geyser and head up the trail.

But keep in mind: never leave the house without the number one Icelandic breakfast – Skyr with fresh berries!

Now it’s time to head north to the Kerlingafjöll area. You definitely need a 4-wheel drive to go there and a thermos full of hot tea, as well as some snacks for the ride. The trip is perfect for families though, because you can do it within a day without having to spend the night in a new location with the kids. When driving there you’ll pass Bláfell; according to the Sagas this used to be the home of a friendly troll which was buried in Haukadalur. Afterwards, you’ll see the Sandvatn lake with its glacier in the distance. Keep on driving along the bumpy road through no-man’s-land until you turn to the F347 to the Kerlingafjöll area. Inside the little tourist information, you’ll get hiking maps of the area. Pack your things, prepare the kids, switch on your cam and off you go through volcano wonderland!

To have an overview of the valley, we drive to the parking lot P1 and climb up Olafur, which is a small mountain built from nothing but little stone rocks. Once you are on top you have the perfect view and you will find all these crazy black glass stones, which were created by an earlier eruption. You can also continue the small trail to the next peak, but with kids the track is pretty tough. It might be better to stick to the trails explained in the hiking maps for the Kerlingafjöll area.

After your hike, you will be quite exhausted and maybe feeling cold. But gather all the energy you have left and make the 20 min walk to a wonderful natural hot spring. Follow the creek until you find the 40°C warm Borhola Kerlingafjöll pool. Lie back, enjoy the tea you brought, get yourself warmed up and be happy!

As the day draws to a close your kids will be peacefully sleeping in the car. On the way back, make a stop at the waterfall Gullfoss. While your kids are sound asleep, you can enjoy this powerful spectacle of nature – the best time is close to dusk, because then only a few tourists will still be around. In case your kids are still not sleeping, make a stop at the Iceland horses in the Haukadalur valley: jump over the fence – your kids will love it!

And now a very personal recommendation of mine for an afternoon activity. When you have a family with two kids any time you can get for yourself is rare and valuable. One thing I enjoy most when I am on vacation is to randomly pick a mountain or a wild hill which is in line of sight and go and crest it. Crawling through bushes, running through fields, climbing rocks – just being dependent on your own strength and motivation feels so good. In those moments there is nothing else other than you and your goal, the summit. Searching for possible paths, fully focused on your ascent. I love it! During our time in Haukadalur I climbed the mountain on the north-west side of the valley. This great hike took me around four hours. There is a small river running down the hill, which is the perfect trail for the way back.

Another fantastic destination for a day trip in the area is Þingvellir in southwestern Iceland. Situated on the northern shore of lake Þingvallavatn, Þingvellir is an important location in Icelandic history, being the oldest existing parliament in the world. The first assembly there took place in 930 AD. It’s also a national park and home to Almannagjá – a canyon formed between two tectonic plates (America and Europe), a visual representation of the continental drift. The waters nearby are famous for their fishing and scuba diving since the water is so clear.

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Taste the Nectar. Feel the Pulse in Iceland.
Love, The Rooses

PS: Check out our other Iceland guide here.


Haukadalur - Hawks ValleyHelludalur, Island

We lived in a cosy wooden cottage with our own outdoor hot tub.
StrokkurGeysir Iceland

From the hill on the eastern side of the Haukadalur valley you have a great view of Strokkur. Head up the trail from the F333.
Kerlingafjöll areaKerlingarfjöll, Island

Great for hiking.
Borhola Kerlingafjöll poolF347, Island

Cross the bridge in the Mountain Resort and follow the creek southwards. After a 20 min walk you’ll find a small but wonderful natural hot spring.
GullfossGullfoss, Island

Impressive waterfalls; not to be missed when in this area.
OlafurF347, Island

Look for the beautiful little black glass stones, up on the hill.
ÞingvellirÞingvellir, Island

This area is very important in Icelandic history because the Icelandic Parliament was established here in 930 AD. It’s also home to a beautiful national park.
BláfellBláfell, Island

It is the myth that the good troll Bergþór used to live in a cave on the mountain Bláfell.
SandvatnSandvatn, Iceland

This lake exists thanks to the glacier to the north. Also located north of the waterfall Gullfoss.
‘Pick your hiking route: start your adventure and enjoy a natural hot spring!’
  • As any experienced hiker will tell you, you're going to want to have a proper meal before you get going.
  • Our cosy wooden hut in Haukadalur.
  • The big man excited for some fun days in South Iceland!

Our thoughts about Iceland South

What do you love about your destination?

The wilderness! Iceland is a breath-taking country full of beautiful nature, wonderful food and inspiring art and culture. It has so many different facets and surprises wherever you go.

Which music fits best to your destination?

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

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

Bathing in natural hot springs, watching the Northern Lights, cross country hiking, eating Skyr, attending a concert from a local band, talking to the trolls and elves.

In love with Iceland.
Þingvellir is an important location in Icelandic history, being the oldest existing parliament in the world
In love with this man.
Local cuties.
Gullfoss – an impressive nature wonder.
Hiking – no matter which weather.

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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.

Christian & Tanja Roos


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