How To Elope in Iceland: A Guide For Adventurous Couples

 

How to Elope in Iceland: A Complete Guide

 

Welcome to the how to elope in Iceland guide! In this guide, I’ll talk about the wilderness of South Iceland, taking you through Vik, the famous Skogafoss waterfall, the glittering Glacier Lagoon, the highlands, and the timeless beauty 0f black sand beach. Furthermore, I’ll share the optimal seasons for your vows, tell you how to reach Iceland, and share some of my favorite Iceland stays.

 

Exploring Iceland’s Gems

 

1. Vik: With its dramatic cliffs, black sand beaches, and the iconic Reynisdrangar sea stacks, Vik is a picturesque village that’s perfect for an elopement. Imagine saying your vows with the crashing waves and basalt columns as your backdrop.

2. Skogafoss: This majestic waterfall is a sight to behold. The misty cascades and rainbows that often appear make for a fairytale setting. There’s a reason everyone visits this waterfall! But with its fame comes plenty of crowds so you will want to plan accordingly if you don’t want to be surrounded by a busload of strangers.

3. Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon): For a touch of icy magic, the Glacier Lagoon is unbeatable. Glowing blue icebergs and the Vatnajokull Glacier in the background create an otherworldly atmosphere, making it a top choice for a unique elopement location. There are also lesser known areas with glacier views (and less crowds) that I can help you find!

bride and groom stand in front of the glacier lagoon in Iceland

4. Off-Roading in the Highlands: Imagine renting a Jeep or a classic Land Rover for the ultimate adventure! For the adventurous couple, the rugged highlands offer thrilling off-roading experiences including fording through river streams. With vast landscapes of untouched wilderness, you can elope in a truly remote and awe-inspiring location that few have witnessed.

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5. Black Sand Beach (Reynisfjara): The stark contrast of the black sand against the crashing Atlantic waves and basalt columns makes this beach an unforgettable elopement destination. It’s a place where nature’s raw power meets timeless romance.

6. Secret Waterfalls: Believe it or not there are waterfalls that are amazingly beautiful, easy to access, AND way less trafficked than some of the more well known locations. I’ve scouted some out and am happy to help my clients find these amazing falls for a much more private experience.

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Choosing the Perfect Time of Year

 

Iceland’s weather can be unpredictable, so part of knowing how to elope in Iceland is choosing the right time of year for you.

Summer –  (June to August) offers milder temperatures and long daylight hours, giving you ample time for a dreamy ceremony. With the longer days we can even be out in the middle of the “night” with plenty of light for photos AND less tourists.

Winter – (November to February) brings the possibility of witnessing the Northern Lights, creating a magical backdrop for your special day.

Shoulder seasons – Spring and Fall will bring cooler temperatures but with the possibility of less people than summer. Spring has a slightly higher chance of storms but Fall is perfect if you’re hunting for the aurora borealis and don’t mind cooler temps.

Getting to Iceland

 

Part of knowing how to elope in Iceland is flying into Iceland! International flights go into Keflavik, near Reykjavik, and from there it is easy to rent a car or take a bus into the city. Since we’re mainly discussing the Vik area of Iceland, you will want to rent a car from the airport and then drive through the beautiful countryside of Iceland taking Route 1 the entire way.

How To Elope in Iceland – Where To Stay in the Vik Area

 

The Vik area offers a range of accommodations for all kinds of preferences:

  • Luxury Hotels: Spoil yourselves by staying in a luxurious hotel with stunning ocean views and top-notch amenities.
  • Cozy Guesthouses: Experience Icelandic hospitality by staying in charming guesthouses, where you’ll be welcomed like family.
  • Rustic Cabins: For a more secluded experience, consider renting a cabin surrounded by nature, where you can enjoy each other’s company in peace.
  • Airbnbs: Yes! Even in Iceland you can find beautiful airbnb’s in both the city areas and the countryside for a quieter escape.
  • Rent A Camper Van: If you don’t want to be tied to the same place every night you could rent a camper van. Camper vans give you the flexibility to end the night wherever you want so you don’t have to worry about wandering too far from base camp.

Example Iceland Elopement Timeline

 

  • 9a Meet at Airbnb/hotel

    Brunch & coffee together

  • 11a Get ready and do first look

  • 124p Leave for glacier lagoon, portraits at glacier lagoon and diamond beach

  • 4-7p Head to canyon trailhead

    Exchange vows at canyon waterfall

    Stop for picnic celebration

  • 9-11p Head back to Airbnb for dinner and hot tub. Pop bubbly and relax!

Ready to elope in Iceland??

 

I hope this guide starts you on the right foot and cleared up any questions about how to elope in Iceland! If you’re ready to start planning your own Iceland elopement, you can view Iceland elopement packages and reach out here!

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Iceland Elopement Photographer

Hey! I’m Jessica, your Iceland elopement photographer. Iceland first captured my heart during a long layover on my way to Europe and I’ve gone back every summer since. I would love to help you plan your own Iceland elopement and take some epic photos in this gorgeous country!

 

Wedding Photographer, Jessica Lauren, holds her camera as she sits in a brewery holding a drink

WELCOME

My name is Jessica and I am the dreamer behind Jessica Lauren Photography! When I’m not behind the camera I love spending time with my dog hiking, out on my paddle board, or getting some quality time with my husband while we explore local events. I love spending time on the coast no matter which side of the U.S. I’m on and I’m always chasing that perfect sunset.