Iceland Elopement

Eloping In Iceland

The Complete Guide To Eloping In Iceland. For Iceland Elopements and Weddings. Created by Iceland Elopement Photographer Francis Sylvest.

Eloping In Iceland

The Best Time Of Year To Elope In Iceland

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in Eastern Iceland.

The time of year you choose to travel to Iceland will greatly affect your experience, the visuals you see and the landscapes you experience. Here’s How:

Skogafoss Waterfall in South Iceland Near Vik

Iceland Spring Elopements:

Early April – May

Eloping in Iceland during the Spring features a beautiful mixture of snowfall, snowmelt & greenery. April still features winter conditions, but the perfect time to have a winter elopement without the extreme winter temperatures. Just be aware that not all areas of the Island are accessible in this season due to winter conditions. It’s often suggested that if eloping in Iceland during this season to stay closer to Reykjavik. The latitude is better for the season, and can provide warmer temperatures (15-20F) compared to the northern areas.

Iceland Summer Elopements:

June – August

The wildflowers are in full bloom, the Island is fully accessible, and the midnight sun provides a seemingly never-ending golden hour. It’s without a doubt the most beautiful time to elope in Iceland. Though beautiful, it also attracts the highest amount of visitors. Most easily accessible locations will be crowded, and privacy could be limited. What’s the best way to elope in Iceland during the summer? Consider eloping at midnight or later. You’ll likely have the best colors in your photos & incredible locations all to yourself.

Iceland Fall Elopements:

September – Late October

Like most places around the world, Autumn provides an incredible array of colors. In Iceland, this season brings cooler temps, fewer tourists and lower accommodation costs. It’s also known to be the Islands windier season as temps begin to drop and the days become shorter. Regardless of the conditions, it’s an absolutely beautiful (and affordable) time to elope in Iceland. As you near the Winter months, you’ll also improve your chances of seeing the Northern Lights, as well as higher chances of snowfall.

Iceland Winter Elopements:

November – March

The wildflowers are in full bloom, the Island is fully accessible, and the midnight sun provides a seemingly never-ending golden hour. It’s without a doubt the most beautiful time to elope in Iceland. Though beautiful, it also attracts the highest amount of visitors. Most easily accessible locations will be crowded, and privacy could be limited. What’s the best way to elope in Iceland during the summer? Consider eloping at midnight or later. You’ll likely have the best colors in your photos & incredible locations all to yourself.

Iceland Wedding Venues

Iceland Elopement and Wedding Locations

The time of year you choose to travel to Iceland will greatly affect your experience, the visuals you see and the landscapes you experience. Here’s How:

Iceland Waterfall Weddings

There are over 10,000 waterfalls in Iceland, each uniquely beautiful in their own way. With some reaching heights of nearly 700ft, others are equally wide. In canyons, on cliffs, wherever you can think, they’re there & beautiful. While some are hot tourists locations, there are still plenty of beautiful falls that are little more out of the public eye.

Iceland Glacier Weddings

Hence the name, ‘Iceland,’ there is plenty of ice to be found here. Glaciers are a huge part of Icelands visual offerings. Vatnajökull National Park has some of the countries most notable glaciers, most of which are very accessible. Other notable glaciers are located farther to the north in central Iceland. There are also more (but smaller) located in the Northwest Fjords.

Black Sand Beach Iceland Wedding

These aren’t your typical tropical beachfronts. With black sands and large peaks in the near distance, it’s quite ethereal. With a high amount of volcanic activity in Iceland, it’s a staple on most parts on the Island. These black sand beaches photograph incredibly well (especially light colors) and would be an incredible sight to experience.

Iceland Highlands Wedding

The highlands of Iceland will truly put you on another planet. This rugged volcanic terrain holds some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Iceland, but also the most challenging. With river crossings and varying weather, it’s highly suggested that you go with a professional guide. However, there’s no shortage of amazing guides in the country.

Iceland Wedding

Creating A Unique Iceland Wedding Experience

Iceland Weddings

Want to still incorporate more traditional Iceland wedding aspects into your day such as an officiant, bringing family members with you or having a reception? Iceland is still the perfect place for your wedding! There’s no shortage of options to give you the wedding experience you’ve always dreamed of, but also still do a bit of exploring for some incredible photos.

Pro Tip:

If you’d like to still have a traditional Iceland wedding but also still get some incredible visuals, consider booking coverage on separate day that’s solely dedicated to exploring, enjoying time together. That way, you can enjoy your wedding day with family and friends, and then have another day with no pressure to explore Iceland.

Iceland Elopements

Having an Iceland elopement is one of the most freeing wedding experiences. With nothing but beauty in every direction, the options are endless. Being able to have the space on your day to be present with one another is key – being in the outer worldly Iceland landscape only enhances that experience, and is truly unlike any other.

Pro Tip:

Don’t spend too much time on the road or location hopping. The last thing you want to remember your wedding day by is being in the car. Due to the sheer amount of beauty, this is very easy to do in Iceland. Rather, choose 1-2 nearby locations to visit. If you’d like to visit more, consider adding coverage on another day to visit.

Traveling To Iceland

Iceland Weddings & Iceland Elopements

Just Know This: I can help you find the best travel rates, recommend travel dates for what you’d like to experience and help create an itinerary for your trip.

Flights To Iceland

First step is getting there! Like the statement above, I’m always more than happy to help my couples find the best rates & schedules to their destination.

While I can’t book the flights for you, I’ll be there for you every step of the way. If you’re a seasoned travel pro, no worries! Just do your thing & I’ll see you there!

At the very least, just know that it’s best to book flights to Iceland 6-8 months in advance to receive the best rates.

Transportation and Driving In Iceland

Since we’ll likely be away from forms of public transit, renting a vehicle is your best bet to get around. The vehicle you select to rent during your stay is also key. For instance, if there’s a possibility of snow being present, 4WD or AWD is needed. Likewise, if you’re on a summer trip and plan on sticking to main roads, it’s not always a necessity.

Regardless, I’ll walk you all through the details and make sure you’re prepared, informed & confident when booking your transportation! I’m also more than happy to chauffeur you to our locations the day of your elopement, but cannot provide that service outside of your date.

Accommodations In Iceland

Want to stay in a photogenic location to add some incredible views to your collection? Maybe you’re more into camping before your elopement. Either way, I can help direct you to the style of lodging you’d like. Iceland has an incredible mix of vintage farm-homes and modern accommodations that are unmatched. Wether you want a just place to stay at night or an incredible view to celebrate your commitment at, we’ll find the perfect place for you.

Iceland Travel Itinerary

There’s so much to do in Iceland, but how much should you try to accomplish on your trip? How long should your trip to Iceland be? These are just a few of the questions that I can help answer when building you a custom Iceland Travel Itinerary.

With many years of experience traveling to and specializing in Iceland weddings and elopements, I love to share my knowledge with couples.

If you’re interested in a customized or example Iceland travel itinerary, just let me know when you reach out!

Married In Iceland

Getting Married In Iceland

Just Know This: In some cases it might be easier to get married legally in your home country and have a symbolic ceremony in Iceland. Here’s Why:

How To Legally Get Married In Iceland

US & Canadian citizens can get legally married in Iceland but it’s a bit of an ordeal. There are over ten documents that the Icelandic government requires you to show to get your Hjónavígsluskýrsla (Legal Marriage Notification).

You are also required to have a legally certified Icelandic official to perform your ceremony. I’m more than happy to walk you through this process if it’s the route you’d like to go, but most couples tend to opt for the much easier option #2 to reduce the higher levels of coordination.

Getting Legally Married In Your Home Country

This option will save you the hassle of making sure you have all the proper documents and bringing them along with you! It’s as easy as going to your local courthouse or city service office, getting your license and either filling it out then or upon your arrival back.

Most couples seem to opt for the latter, as it keeps a little more excitement alive leading up to your vows. This option doesn’t take away any meaning or value to your elopement day though! Your commitment is still the same!

Iceland Elopement Package

The Cost Of An Iceland Elopement

Haifoss Waterfall in Iceland

These numbers are examples of the cost of an Iceland Elopement and are true to what I’ve experienced over the past year and you can expect in 2024 & 2025.

Iceland Elopement Pricing Breakdown

(Single To Multi-Day Coverage)


(Single To Multi-Day Coverage)


(Flights For Travel For One Person, Round-Trip)


(Per Day, Not Including Gas)


Misc. Things | 250 – 950 (usd)

(Food, Gas, Expeditions, Etc. Per Day, Both People)


Just know this – from start to finish I’ll help you plan your entire Iceland Wedding or Elopement with ease. I only shoot in two locations: Iceland & Colorado (USA) so I can give you an elevated experience

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Austin Francis Sylvest is a wedding and elopement photographer and filmmaker based in the United States. Specializing in Iceland elopements and Iceland weddings, you’ll only find him shooting in Iceland and Colorado, USA, where he’s based. This approach is based on providing his couples a premium experience, a feat only accomplished by love and time in each location.

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