Iceland, one of the most unique and strikingly beautiful places in the entire world, is a must-see location for couples all around the world. Not only does Iceland have some of the most breathtaking landscapes, but it’s also incredibly easy to get married within this beautiful country. I created this guide to help you see just how simple it is for you to plan your very own Iceland elopement by including all the information you need to know about marriage laws, elopement locations, rental cars, Iceland elopement packages, and so much more!

Iceland Elopement Checklist

  1. Choose the best time of year to elope in Iceland
  2. Choose your perfect elopement location
  3. Get your marriage license
  4. Book your lodging
  5. Book your activities
  6. Wrap up the details (rental car information, important tips, cost etc.)
  7. Iceland elopement packages

The Best Time of Year to Visit Iceland for Your Elopement

Summer (June-August)

Summer is Iceland’s most popular time of year to visit. With nice weather, no snow, and the midnight sun, this time of year is amazing! However, the nice weather and long days come with some drawbacks. During the summer, the country is pretty packed with people. Prices are more expensive, scoring some rental cars and lodging takes a bit more effort, and famous attractions like the Blue Lagoon is flooded with tourists. While summer is a great time to visit, I suggest visiting during a calmer time of year to get the most out of your elopement experience.

Fall (September-November)

The beginning of fall is a great time to visit Iceland if you want to avoid the crowds but still have semi-pleasant temperatures. This is personally the time of year I recommend eloping in Iceland. If you visit late enough in the fall, you may be able to see the northern lights. However, the fall season is when the sun begins to set a bit later, so if you want maximum amount of coverage in Iceland, I recommend booking a 2-day elopement experience.

Winter (December-February)

Winter proves to be a difficult season to plan elopements in, simply due to the unpredictable weather. However, if timed right, winter can be a magical time to visit. This is an ideal time to see the beautiful northern lights, take a dip in the local hot springs, and walk on a glacier.

Spring (March-May)

The spring is another magical time to visit Iceland. As the snow melts away, the greens become as vibrant as ever. This is also a great time to see Iceland’s unique wildlife. From puffins and whales, you can see it all. You always run the risk of rain or snow during this time of year, but it’s all part of the adventure.

8 Dropping Elopement Locations in Iceland

Below are some of Iceland’s must-see destinations. However, there are so many beautiful off-the-beaten path locations around the country that are completely private. Pro tip: Hire an elopement photographer who specializes in scouting out hidden locations to have an incredibly private ceremony. I personally create personalized location lists using an in-depth questionnaire for all my couples.

Kirkjufell in Iceland.

Kirkjufell

Kirkjufell is the most photographed mountain in Iceland, and one of the most breathtaking places to have a ceremony, especially during sunset. It’s also a great place to watch the northern lights, see wildlife, and enjoy the numerous waterfalls.

Reynisfjara Beach in Iceland.

Reynisfjara Beach

That famous black sand beach in Iceland that you’ve probably seen in pictures is called Reynisfjara Beach, and it’s one of the most breathtaking Iceland elopement locations you’ll come across. It looks amazing against a white dress, and the basalt rocks will make for some epic pictures.

Skógafoss falls in Iceland.

Skógafoss

Skógafoss is one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland, and certainly one of the most epic. Keep in mind that this waterfall is one of the most popular in Iceland, so if you’re wanting an intimate wedding, I recommend having your ceremony during sunrise or sunset on a weekday at this location.

Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar is one of the most unique and colorful places in Iceland. It’s a geothermal nature reserve, known for its hot spring pools and colorful mountains that are pink, blue, black, and more. It’s an unforgettable area you must see to believe.

The Black Church of Budir, a wedding venue in Iceland.

The Black Church of Budir

If you’re wanting a more traditional or religious elopement ceremony, The Black Church of Budir is the Iceland wedding venue for you. It’s one of the most photographed places in Iceland, and certainly one of the coolest in wedding photos.

Víti Lake

Víti Lake is a geothermic lake known for its opaque aqua-colored water. It’s the perfect wedding venue in Iceland for couples looking for something more simple, yet timeless. It’s a great spot to relax as well!

Lagoon of Jökulsarlón

If you’re a big fan of glaciers, Lagoon of Jökulsarlón is the perfect spot for you. Around the lagoon, you’ll see seals, black sand beaches, and even the northern lights. It’s a super unique location and perfect for the couple looking for an adventure.

Wedding venue in Iceland in Westfjords.

Westfjords

Westfjords is one of the least visited parts of Iceland, but don’t let this deter you. This place truly has it all. Waterfalls, hot springs, fjords, wildlife, and beaches are just a few of the many sights you’ll see in this part of Iceland. I always recommend this location for couples looking to have a more intimate wedding.

Can Foreigners Elope in Iceland?

Yes, foreigners can elope in Iceland. In fact, the process is much easier than other countries. Iceland also recognizes elopements of any religion or sexuality.

How to Get a Marriage License in Iceland

Before getting started, you need to be aware that the documents I’m about to discuss must be mailed in at least 3 weeks before your wedding date. Usually, I recommend you hire a local wedding planner to help you with this process, as they can obtain the marriage license for you on your behalf.

  • Marriage notification (also known as hjónavígsluskýrsla). This is a document stating that there are no legal impediments to your marriage.
  • The original copy of your birth certificate.
  • A certificate of marital status from both parties. The certificate must be issued within 8 weeks prior to the wedding ceremony.
  • A divorce decree (if applicable).
  • An official document showing that the assets and liabilities of the deceased spouse has been finalized/divided (if widowed).
  • Passports.
  • An itinerary of your trip (entrance/exit date).

Once you submit all your documents, you must show up in Iceland at least two days before your wedding date to obtain your license and documents.

To see more details about how to obtain a marriage license in Iceland, check out the official marriage site here.

If you are overwhelmed with this process, I always recommend getting married within your home country, then having a symbolic ceremony in Iceland. This is the easiest and most stress-free process.

Do I Need an Officiant and Witness in Iceland?

Yes, you will need an officiant and two witnesses to elope in Iceland.

Best Places to Stay for Your Iceland Elopement

Iceland has some absolutely incredible Airbnbs and hotels. Below are some of my favorite Airbnbs you can find in some of Iceland’s most beautiful places.

Reykjavik

Reykjavik is the capital and largest city in Iceland. This is where most couples stay for their elopement, as it’s close to natural wonders yet offers modern amenities.

  • Garden Cottage – A charming and clean cottage located close to the seaside with boho touches.
  • Northern Lights Luxury – A very popular stay with large windows, beautiful landscapes, and the perfect view of the northern lights.
  • Cozy Nature Cabin – A stunning cabin located just outside the city filled with elements to make it make it feel like home.
  • Ocean View Home – A breathtaking home right on the ocean with rustic charm.

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Though hard to pronounce, this oceanside town is close to Vik, another well-known town 2 hours from Reykjavik. This area is mainly known for its famous black sand beaches and rolling hills.

  • Fossar Cabin – A cozy, secluded cabin located near a lava field and creek.
  • Cabin 9 Iceland – A high-end luxurious nature resort with a sauna and sweeping views.
  • The Cozy Cabin – Situated on a volcanic landform, this modern cabin is ideal for couples looking for an off-grid experience.
  • Secluded Waterfront Cabin – This stunning cabin has the perfect view and modern amenities.

Akureyri

Located in northern Iceland, Akureyri sits at the base of snowcapped peaks. With various sights to see around the area, this is one of the best places to stay in Iceland.

  • Peaceful Cabin – This cabin has some of the best views around! Located just 5 minutes from town, it can’t get much better than that.
  • Luxury Villa – A small villa with floor to ceiling windows, a hot tub, and priceless landscapes.
  • Cabin in the Woods – This off-grid cabin is not only close to a fishing town, but it also has views of the mountains and ocean.
  • Modern Cottage – This stunning cabin has a stunning view of the fjords and is equipped with modern touches.

Iceland Elopement Activities

Most couples book a 2-day elopement experience to capture everything during their stay. One of the best parts about elopements is that you can incorporate activities the two of you would do together. The only difference? It’s captured on camera for you to look back on for years to come! Below are some of the many activities you can find in Iceland.

How Much is an Elopement in Iceland?

Iceland is the third most expensive country in the world, so expect to pay a bit more for your Iceland elopement than you would in the U.S. Depending on the current exchange rate, 1,000 ISK is usually around $8 USD.

To help you get a better idea of how much you should expect to pay for your elopement, check out these examples below.

*Note: ISK prices were translated to USD and these are peak season prices, meaning you could save more if you visited during the off-season.

High-End Wedding

  • $1,500 – plane tickets for 2 from LAX
  • $250 – 4×4 rental car for 3 days
  • $3,200 – 3 night stay in a luxury hotel
  • $8,000 – photographer
  • $700 – florist for bouquet and decor
  • $3,000 – dress, accessories, and shoes
  • $300 – hair and makeup
  • $800 – suit, accessories, and shoes
  • $1,500 – private 1-day tour around Iceland
  • $500 – private chef
  • TOTAL: $19,750

Mid-End Wedding

  • $1,500 – plane tickets for 2 from LAX
  • $250 – 4×4 rental car for 3 days
  • $700 – 3 night stay in a 3-star hotel
  • $6,500 – photographer
  • $400 – florist for bouquet
  • $1,500 – dress, accessories, and shoes
  • $200 – hair and makeup
  • $500 – suit, accessories, and shoes
  • $150 – dinner in a fancier restaurant
  • TOTAL: $11,700

Low-End Wedding

  • $1,500 – plane tickets for 2 from LAX
  • $250 – 4×4 rental car for 3 days
  • $450 – 3 night stay in an Airbnb
  • $4,500 – photographer
  • $200 – florist for bouquet
  • $700 – dress, accessories, and shoes
  • $100 – hair and makeup (or free if done yourself)
  • $300 – suit (rented)
  • TOTAL: $8,000

If you want a better idea of how much things cost in Iceland, check out this super helpful article that breaks down everything you need to know about prices in Iceland.

Iceland Travel Tips: Everything You Need to Know

Iceland can be quite different compared to other countries. Here are some very helpful tips that will make your travel stress-free and easy.

Renting a Car in Iceland

If you’re eloping in Iceland, you’re going to need a rental car. Iceland is much larger than people think. It can take hours to drive from one spot to the other. Another tip? Be sure to reserve a rental car before your trip, especially during the summer season. Otherwise, you may be out of luck.

Most people rent 4×4 vehicles, as Iceland has many beautiful backroads to explore. While not necessary, it’s extremely helpful. One of the most helpful articles I’ve read about driving in Iceland is linked here. It goes over the cost of gas (hint: $7 a gallon), insurance information, and driving laws.

Overall Cost

Like I stated earlier, Iceland is expensive. It’s not unusual for lunch to cost $30 a person. To cut back on expenses, prepare to cook food yourself. If you have the budget, Iceland has some great places to eat. That being said, save up before your trip. Between food, lodging, and gas, it adds up quick! To see a recent article about food prices in Iceland, check out this super helpful blog post.

Leaving No Trace

Iceland is well-known for their beautiful green moss, wildflowers, and overall uniqueness. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that the moss is extremely fragile and can take thousands of years to fully heal. In order to keep the country looking beautiful for years to come, please practice leave no trace principles during your elopement.

Northern Lights

The northern lights can be seen during the winter months, specifically from September to March. If you’re expecting to see the lights, be sure to visit at a time where they will be visible. It’s almost important to note that you should definitely pack layers, as even in the summer, it can get quite chilly.

Iceland Elopement Packages

I’m Brianna, an elopement photographer who specializes in planning and photographing elopements all around the world. To check out more of my packages and to see more of my work, click here. You can get a sneak peek of what I include in all my elopement packages below!

Iceland Elopement Packages – Pricing

  • 8 hours – 3 full days of elopement coverage in any area of Iceland
  • A hands-on elopement planning experience with unlimited assistance
    • personalized elopement locations and questionnaires
    • vendor recommendations
    • helpful permit assistance
    • customized elopement timeline
    • 90+ page elopement guide
  • Online gallery with full resolution and printing rights
  • 24-48 hour sneak peak images from your elopement
  • Travel fees to ANYWHERE in Iceland are already included
  • Starting at $9,000
  • Interested in an all-inclusive elopement experience? Check out that pricing here!

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