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 wedding. I included marriage laws, wedding venues, wedding packages, and more!

Can Foreigners Get Married in Iceland?

Yes, foreigners can get married 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 state, then having a symbolic ceremony in Iceland.

The Most Jaw Dropping Wedding Venues in Iceland

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 wedding venues 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 wedding, 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 wedding venue for couples looking to have a more intimate wedding.

How Much is a Wedding in Iceland?

Iceland is the third most expensive country in the world, so expect to pay a bit more for your Iceland wedding 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 Wedding 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.

The highlands of Iceland.

Best Places to Stay for Your Iceland Wedding

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

Hekla Comfort House

Austurey Cottage

Two Bedroom Apartment with Amazing Views

Diamond Suites Luxury Hotel

The 5-Star Grimsborgir Hotel

Wedding venue in Iceland.

What Time of Year Should I Have My Iceland Wedding?

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!

Iceland Wedding Packages

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Iceland Wedding Packages – Pricing

  • 8 hours – 2 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 $6,000

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