Thinking about an Iceland elopement? The land of ice and fire is an absolutely magical destination to share your vows and say “I do”! Here are my three reasons why you should seriously consider eloping in Iceland.
Wild and Romantic Scenery
This goes without saying, but Iceland is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world that I simply CANNOT get enough of! As an elopement photographer, it is seriously a dream every time I get to shoot my clients in this picturesque country. Here are just a few of my favorite locations to capture an Iceland elopement.
Located in the gorgeous Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Kirkjufell is an iconic Iceland elopement destination – and for good reason! This absolutely stunning peak is surrounded by countless waterfalls, plenty of wildlife, and incredible sunsets. You might even catch the northern lights here, too!
Reynisfjara Beach is a truly out-of-this-world location. With its famous black sand and basalt cliffs, I can guarantee that you’ve never seen anywhere quite like this. If you’re looking for an unforgettable place to elope, then Reynisfjara Beach is it.
The Black Church of Budir
Just because you choose to elope doesn’t mean you have to throw all tradition to the wind! The Black Church of Budir is a stunningly chic chapel nestled between the coastline and mountains and is perfect for couples looking for a more traditional wedding ceremony without having to sacrifice on their elopement adventure. In Iceland, you can have the best of both worlds!
Incredible Icelandic Culture
While its natural beauty is unparalleled, the culture in Iceland is also unlike anywhere else in the world. From its whimsical folklore to unique architectural structures, this Nordic country is an enriching cultural destination that will make you a more well-rounded global citizen!
The Folklore of Iceland
One of the things I love most about Iceland is its folklore. From elves, trolls, and ghosts, to the Yule Lads leaving treats or rotten potatoes for children during Christmastime and the four land wights standing guard over the country, Icelandic culture is filled with legends. I even learned of the existence of elf houses built into the hills while I was there! These tales have been passed down for centuries, serving as a form of entertainment during long winter nights and educating generations of Icelandic people about their country’s unforgiving environment. They are still widely told to this day!
Iceland has unique architectural designs you won’t find anywhere else. For the majority of its inhabitance, turf houses dominated Icelandic housing design. Without coal or geothermal energy available, these wooden homes were outfitted with grass-covered roofs to help solve the issue of heating. They are seriously unique structures! Then, in the middle of the 1800s, houses made of corrugated sheet metal began to pop up, especially in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik. These colorful ironclad homes are full of charm and are extremely weather resistant! It’s just another example of Icelanders’ ingenuity to survive the harsh conditions of the country.
An Iceland Elopement is Relatively Hassle-Free
Compared to other countries, Iceland is an easy place to elope! And as long as you follow the rules to legally get married, it’ll be honored in the U.S. Here are a few of my favorite things about Iceland’s elopement process.
It’s Fully Inclusive
No matter what you believe or who you love, an Iceland elopement is for you! This country is one of the most inclusive in the world and invites those of all religions and sexual orientations to elope within its borders!
Friendly to Foreigners
The process of eloping in Iceland is very friendly to foreigners! As long as you submit the required documents on time, you should be on track to elope legally in the land of ice and fire. Also, If you’re coming from the U.S., you don’t need a visa! Check out Iceland’s official marriage website for more information.
I hope that this blog inspired you to start thinking about your own magical Iceland elopement! Not sure whether a wedding or elopement is right for you? check out my guide on Eloping vs Having a Wedding! And if you have questions about how many hours of photography coverage you will need, I have a blog that gives you all the answers!
Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland Vendors
Workshop: Roadie Events
Photographer: Taylor Denton Photography
Florist: Þórdís Zophia
Wedding Dress: Atelier Maratana
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