how to elope in iceland

Wild Wedding adventures in the land of fire and ice

your guide to planning an epic iceland elopement

Eloping in Iceland has become wildly popular in recent years and there is a really, really good reason for it. Iceland is one of the best places in the world for an adventurous destination elopement. With shooting geysers, black sand beaches, adorable puffins, a chance to see the northern lights, and direct flights from all across the U.S., Iceland is pretty much the perfect place for your elopement.

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Hey! I’m Jen Dz!

From the moment I first stepped foot in Iceland I know there was something special about this place. Helping couples celebrate their love surrounded by all that rugged beauty is the privilege of a lifetime!

How do you get married in iceland as a foreigner?

Getting married in a foreign country always presents some unique challenges but it is very much doable. There are two main ways to get married in Iceland:

Getting Legally Married in Iceland

If you choose to go this route you will need to fulfill the Icelandic government’s requirements for marriage in Iceland. In advance of your elopement you will need to submit certain documentation (passport info, birth certificates, etc.) to the government so that your marriage may be made legal in Iceland. You can read more about how to get married in Iceland here.

Symbolic Wedding Ceremony in Iceland

This is what I suggest to all couples thinking of eloping in a foreign country because it is just so. much. easier. If you go this route you will be legally married back home (i.e. go to the courthouse …) and what you do in Iceland will be purely ceremonial. It may sound a little weird but, in my opinion, you are married when you say your vows, NOT when you sign the paperwork! It also just makes things SO much easier

WHen is the best time of year to elope in Iceland?

Iceland is gorgeous year round and each season presents its own beauty – and challenges.

Summer brings the best weather along with endless days (midnight sun!) … and lots of tourists. Winter is stunning but comes with shorter days and more challenging driving conditions. I think fall is the PERFECT time to elope in Iceland. The summer crowds are gone, you get plenty of daylight and darkness, and you have a chance to see the northern lights!

Iceland Elopement Locations

One of the best things about Iceland is how diverse the landscape is – meaning you can visit all kinds of spots in the same day. Because driving times can be significant between spots, I always recommend planning for a full day elopement experience!

These are just a few Iceland elopement ideas to get you started!

  • Skogafoss Waterfall
  • Reynjisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Jokulsarlon Diamond Beach
  • Selfjelandfoss
  • Solhemiasandur Plane Crash
  • Thingveiller National Park
  • … and many, many more

When is the best time to see the northern lights in Iceland?

Generally speaking the best time to see the aurora borealis in Iceland is from October to March – which doesn’t mean you CAN’T see them at other times! The very first time I EVER saw the northern lights was in late September and it. was. magical. If seeing the northern lights is really important to you I recommend planning your trip and your elopement around the new moon.

Iceland Elopement Ideas

Opportunities for adventure about in Iceland! Whether you want to incorporate some of these ideas into your elopement day or are looking for suggestions for things to do during your honeymoon, this list will help you get started! Obviously some activities depend on weather and season so its best to plan ahead!

– Soak in the the Blue Lagoon

– Visit other hot springs (there are TONS of them!)

– Hike to the plane crash

– Explore an ice cave

– Hike on a glacier

– Go horseback riding on Icelandic horses

– Visit the Westfjords

– Check out Jokulsarlon

– Watch for the Northern Lights

– Check out the Golden Circle

– Try the tasting menu at Grillmarkaðurinn

– Take a side trip to mainland Europe, the Faroe Islands, or Greenland

– Drive the Ring Road

– Go whale watching

– Look for puffins

Iceland Elopement Packages

Having photographed 100+ elopements sine 2016, I know how to put together an incredible day … and how to make the planning stress-free and FUN (no really! It can be fun!).

My all-inclusive Iceland elopement packages have been created with all of this in mind! Package include full day photo coverage, location and timeline planning, vendor recommendations, high-resolution digital photos, a printed album, and my travel to Iceland with no additional travel fees!

Packages range from $10,000-12,000

Special rates may be available for dates that fall within my travel schedule


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