Oh Iceland, one of the most unique and strikingly beautiful places in the world. Not only does Iceland have some of the most breathtaking landscapes and venues, 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 own Iceland elopement. I included marriage laws, elopement locations, Iceland elopement packages, and more!

Can Foreigners Elope in Iceland?

Yes, foreigners can elope in Iceland. However, there are a few extra steps you need to take.

How to Get a Marriage License in Iceland

Before we get 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.

  • 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.

Be sure to show up in Iceland at least two days before your wedding date to obtain your license and documents.

To see more details, 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.

The Most Jaw Dropping Elopement Locations in Iceland

Kirkjufell in Iceland.


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 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 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 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.

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 Iceland wedding, 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.

Plane crash in Iceland.

Iceland Elopement Tips: 5 Things You Must Know

#1: Be prepared to drive. Iceland is huge, and the must-see locations are spread out very far away from each other. It takes quite awhile to get from one location to the next, so be prepared for longer drives. I also recommend renting a 4×4 in Iceland if you want to see more off-the-beaten-path locations.

#2: Don’t walk on the moss. While moss is extremely abundant in Iceland, it’s crucial that you avoid walking or stepping on it. Doing so will ruin it for decades to come.

#3: Plan in advance. By planning in advance, you’ll save a TON of money. Plus, you’ll have much better luck at snagging reservations at restaurants and booking the coolest Airbnbs.

#4: Bring layers and wool. The weather in Iceland is usually chilly and very unpredictable. Make sure to always bring layers with you.

#5: The northern lights can’t be seen in the summer. Summer gets a ton of daylight, so if the northern lights are a must for you, be sure to visit in the winter. Think Alaska timing!

The highlands of Iceland.

Iceland Elopement Activities

Best Places to Stay for Your Iceland Elopement

Iceland has some absolutely incredible Airbnbs and hotels. Below are some of my favorite you should consider looking at for your Iceland elopement.

Hekla Comfort House – Located in the southern area of Iceland, this beautiful home is close to many of the must-see locations. It’s also situated on a large area of land that’s quiet and secluded.

Austurey Cottage – This small cottage has sweeping views of the country and has everything you need for a few days stay. It’s cozy, bright, and modern.

Two Bedroom Apartment with Amazing Views – This modern, dark cabin has not only beautiful architecture, but it also has plenty of room, stunning views, and close proximity to sights and activities.

Diamond Suites Luxury Hotel – This 5-star hotel is one of the most popular places in Iceland. With a variety of suites, food options, and amenities, I recommend this place to all my couples!

The 5-Star Grimsborgir Hotel – The Grimsborgir Hotel is another 5-star hotel located near the southern area of Iceland. Similar to Diamond Suites, this place has a variety of rooms, activities, and dining options.

Wedding venue in Iceland.

What Time of Year Should I Have My Iceland Elopement?

The weather in Iceland is usually pretty chilly and wet. The highest it usually gets is around 58 degrees during the summer months, and 37 in the winter months.

If you want warm weather and don’t mind the crowds, visit Iceland during the months of June-August.

If you don’t mind cooler weather and don’t want a ton of crowds, consider May or September. I personally recommend September for a lesser chance of snow and warmer temperatures!

I don’t recommend visiting in the winter. Driving is nearly impossible, storms are unpredictable, and it’s super cold!

Iceland Elopement Packages

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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
    • permit assistance
    • customized elopement timeline
  • 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 $8,500
  • Interested in an all-inclusive experience? Check out that pricing here!

Want more elopement inspiration? Check out this Glacier National Park Wedding Guide, Alaska Elopement Guide, and Olympic National Park Wedding Guide.


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