Looking for an incredible location for your Iceland Elopement? Look no further, with epic waterfalls, black sand beaches, towering glaciers, lush green plains… Iceland may just be one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful and geographically diverse countries in the world. The country has become a popular travel destination for eloping couples and tourists alike – and it’s so easy to see why!
If you’re thinking about eloping in Iceland, read on! My extensive, complete guide to planning an Iceland elopement has information on accommodation options, legal marriage laws, fun activities to do around your wedding day and So. Much. More.
If you’re planning an Iceland elopement, my Iceland elopement packages normally start at $5,800, but…
*If your Iceland elopement happens to be in August 2021, you are in LUCK! I will be in Iceland this August. If your elopement fits into my travel dates (August 14 – 31, 2021) my packages start at my local Oregon price of $3,800 with all travel fees WAIVED! What does that mean for you? It means you’ll be saving more than $2,000!*
I have 3 spots reserved for Iceland Elopements in August 2021 on a first come, first serve basis. Click here for a free consultation to learn more.
Iceland has so many gorgeous and magical places to elope, it can be difficult to pick just one place! From sandy black beaches to dramatic waterfalls to serene lakes and beyond, Iceland has a huge variety of possible elopement locations for couples. Here are some of my absolutely favorites:
Of course, this list has only a few possibilities for your elopement location. I’m down to help you find the best spot for your elopement – just shoot me an email!
Adventure lovers, there is no shortage of incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experiences in Iceland. Whether you plan to car camp around the Ring Road, take a private helicopter over the island or snowmobile on a glacier, Iceland HAS IT ALL!
Make your Iceland elopement really special and intentional by planning an adventure around your wedding day that speaks to you. Here are some of my favorite ideas:
If there’s something you want to see, but you don’t see it on my list, don’t stress – I am up for any and all adventures! Plus, I can help you plan ahead and create the perfect Iceland elopement itinerary. Just shoot me an email!
The best time to visit Iceland for the perfect Iceland elopement will all depend on the type of elopement you want!
No matter the weather you want, though, it’s important to know that Iceland has REALLY tumultuous and wild weather. Some days, you may seriously experience all four seasons! In addition, due to the geographic position of the island, the hours of sunlight will fluctuate depending on the time of year.
Iceland’s peak season is June to August, where the weather is most similar to summer. Due to Iceland’s geographic position, you can also experience a phenomenon called “Midnight Sun” from April to August. During Midnight Sun, the island never really gets dark, and you have hours of magical, golden hour light (which makes for outstanding photos!).
The unique lighting situation also gives you plenty of time to explore the country. But if you do plan to visit during the Midnight Sun, make sure to prepare and bring things like eye masks or even melatonin if you struggle with sleeping.
Outside of the peak season, you should consider visiting in December to February for the best winter conditions. Winter may not seem like an ideal time to visit, but Iceland is home to some spectacular Northern Lights. You can also enjoy whale watching during winter. Some of the downsides of the winter season, though, include much shorter days and extreme wintery conditions. You’ll need a 4WD vehicle and some roads may be closed, too, if they are too icy.
If you’re looking to visit around the shoulder seasons, like March to May or September to November, be aware that weather conditions can vary quite a bit. There will be far fewer visitors, of course, but fluctuating amounts of snow and ice may make your trip unpredictable.
Staying in Iceland can be expensive! However, the good news is that there are so many different options for accommodations.
When planning your Iceland elopement, keep in mind the type of experience you want: do you want to car camp through the country? Would you prefer a luxury cabin with a view? Is renting a campervan right up your alley? Iceland has it ALL!
If you’re looking for some amazing places to stay in Iceland, keep these awesome spots in mind:
Several major cities in the U.S. offer direct flights to Iceland’s Reykjavík–Keflavík Airport, though most of these non-stop flights start on the eastern seaboard.
Pro tip: If you plan to fly to Iceland with IcelandAir, be aware of their stopover program. If you plan to book a trip to Europe (say, for your honeymoon), you can add a stop in Iceland for no additional cost. You have to book through IcelandAir’s site to take advantage of the program.
You do not need a visa to enter Iceland, as Iceland is part of the Schengen zone. This means that U.S. citizens can enter Iceland for up to 90 days as a tourist. However, make sure your passport is valid for at least three months after your date of departure from the Schengen zone! If not, the country may not let you in.
Iceland allows foreigners to get married in Iceland, either legally or symbolically.
If you plan to get legally married in Iceland, you’ll need to bring some paperwork with you:
A few days prior to your wedding, you will need to meet with a local Iceland District Commissioner.
In addition, you will need to be married by an ordained religious pastor, licensed spiritual pastor, an Icelandic civil officer, humanist organization or Ásatrú Goði.
I’d personally recommend getting legally married in the U.S. to make it easier on you both and then have the symbolic ceremony in Iceland.
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