Iceland Elopement Tips: 6 Steps
Updated: Mar 27
So, you've decided to elope to Iceland, and you couldn't be more thrilled! With good reason, this wild and magnificent land has become a favorite wedding venue for those seeking a one-of-a-kind experience for their special day. But, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the planning process since there are so many things to consider and prepare for. That's why I'm here to provide advice on how to have a magical elopement in Iceland.
Choose the right time of year - Travel to Iceland is possible throughout the year, although the weather and other factors will considerably fluctuate from season to season. Elope in the summer for warmer temperatures and more hours of daylight. Eloping in the winter, when the Northern Lights may be visible, and the country is blanketed in snow, maybe a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Remember that the Icelandic climate is notoriously changeable, so pack accordingly.
Rent a cool off-road vehicle - Do this! Iceland is home to some of the world's most stunning scenery, and the best way to take it all in is in an off-road vehicle. This will not only make it possible for you to travel over the country's rough terrain, but it will also offer you the independence to seek out and find the country's many undiscovered treasures. Just picture yourself on the road to your wedding vows, traveling by glaciers, black sand beaches, and strange vistas. It's also a cool "prop" to use in media creation.
Don't forget the layering - Because of the possibility of sudden shifts in the weather in Iceland, it is important to pack appropriately. It is recommended that you dress in layers, so make sure to bring a lot of warm clothes. In addition, remember to bring an umbrella with you just in case the forecast calls for rain. I would recommend a down coat and snow pants for the occasion (just in case). There is a wide selection of waterproof hiking shoes available at REI; I have a pair of Sololmons, and they have served me very well on my travels.
Plan for the unexpected - The unpredictability of Iceland's climate and the ruggedness of the country's landscape make it a good idea to have a backup plan in place before traveling there. You should give yourself at least three days to plan an elopement at the location of your choice. This is a reasonable amount of time. If you do this, you will increase your chances of having a day with pleasant weather on the day of your elopement.
Hire a photographer/videographer - I've been shooting professionally on destination elopements and weddings for years and I will say this is a MUST. I always give my couples insight into what would look the best for lighting and act somewhat as a guide to helping them with their planning also. There is a lot that goes into an elopement that you just wouldn't think about off the top of your head, and I love being that "third wheel" and extra support for my couples to bring them the best experience they can imagine.
Make sure to take care of the legalities - it's important to make sure you take care of the legalities of getting married in the country. follow this link that goes over the requirements to get eloped in Iceland.
Take time to enjoy the experience - Your elopement is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so take the time to savor it. Whether it's taking a dip in a hot spring, watching the Northern Lights, or simply taking a moment to enjoy the quiet and serenity of Iceland's landscapes, make sure to take the time to enjoy the experience. I always recommend making your elopement also a "mini-moon" or even your honeymoon! So stay a few extra days out there, I know I will.
In conclusion, Iceland is a fantastic destination for romantic elopement. There is no lack of incredible things to do and see in this world; the landscapes are stunning, the terrain is challenging, and the culture is one of a kind. You're in for an exciting voyage, so bring your humor and spirit of adventure. Explore the glaciers, the black sand beaches, and the hot springs (but not too hot, otherwise you would run the risk of running off with a lobster instead of your intended). But above all, don't forget to enjoy yourself and make the most of your stay in this beautiful land. You will only elope once, so make it count! (unless you end up getting lost in the wilderness and have to do it all over again). Best wishes for your hasty nuptials!
Fun Fact: Iceland holds a funeral every time a glacier completely melts away.