Iceland has become one of the most popular wedding destinations for couples from all over the world. If you and your partner are considering getting married in this volcanic land then this post is for you. We put together 5 things you need to know and 5 questions you should ask when planning an elopement in Iceland.

A couple eloping to Iceland

Where do you begin?

So you’ve started to think about the details, which is really what makes an amazing elopement. I don’t just mean finding a beautiful location, but a location that is meaningful and special to the two of you, sorting out the paperwork, travel and so on. You’re in a good place.

Legal documents

In order for your marriage to be considered legal, you will need to send your paperwork to National Registry Office in Reykjavik. This must be done at least 3 weeks prior to your wedding date. The good news is that you don’t need to translate your documents if they are in English which is a bonus for couples from English speaking countries. Other nationalities will need to have their paperwork translated.

What should I wear for an Icelandic wedding?

The weather in Iceland is quite variable, with strong winds, rain and snow at any time of the year. Be prepared for unpredictable Icelandic weather and pack an extra layer just in case. If you want to be really safe, consider bringing a warm winter coat, even if you’re getting married in the summer.

Be aware that it can be very windy in Iceland so it may be a good idea to bring a scarf or a shawl to wrap yourself up when walking outside. If you want to embrace the Icelandic nature, go for natural colours – like browns and greens.

When it comes to shoes, we recommend choosing something comfy but still stylish (or bring two pairs of shoes – one for the ceremony and another for afterwards). If you’re planning on getting married outside or doing any outdoor activities during your trip, I highly recommend hiking boots which will keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable as well as good socks to avoid blisters.

Do I need a priest for a wedding in Iceland?

A wedding officiant is needed but it doesn’t have to be a priest. There are available members of all belief systems, including a Goði (chieftain) and a humanist or a local registrar if you would like to have a completely non-religious ceremony.

Choosing a photographer for your Iceland elopement

An important step would be to choose a photographer for your elopement in Iceland. There are many local suppliers available in and around Reykjavik. Consider going for a local photographer that is familiar with the area and knows a lot of good photo locations for your wedding shoot.

Married couple in front of a black church in Iceland

Same-Sex Marriages in Iceland

Iceland is the land of fire and ice, a place where you can get married in a glacier cave. It’s also a country with a strong focus on equality, and it was the first country in the world to have an openly lesbian head of government. One of the most common questions asked about Iceland weddings is the legal status of same-sex marriages. Same-sex weddings in Iceland have been legal since 2010 and the island is often described as one of the most LGBT friendly places. It’s also a popular wedding destination for gay couples.

Buying alcohol in Iceland

Buying alcohol in Iceland can be very expensive due to high local alcohol tax. Consider buying your alcohol at the airport when you arrive or search how much alcohol you can bring to Iceland for your wedding. 

Scenic Iceland Wedding Locations

Iceland’s breathtaking landscapes, Iceland’s breathtaking landscapes, natural beauty, and raw landscapes make it a destination like no other. Rocky highlands, waterfalls, rivers, cliffs and black sand beaches make it one of it’s kind places for amazing wedding photos.

Married couple posing in front of a waterfall in Iceland
Iceland boasts many picturesque waterfalls

Renting a 4×4

If you’re looking to have your wedding photos taken in Iceland, your best option is to rent a 4×4 and drive yourself. The island is largely accessible by car, so you can explore the different locations and get to your photo shoot locations. Even if you plan on being only in Reykjavik, you might want to go somewhere else with your car and explore the island. You’ll be able to reach most places but trust me, having 4×4 will make it much easier for you.

Final words on planning your elopement in Iceland

Congratulations! You’ve just made a major decision. An elopement, a small intimate wedding, is something that you and your partner-to-be will remember forever. If you want to get away from it all and celebrate your love in a stunning environment, Iceland is the place you should go.