Congratulations on deciding to elope in Iceland! It's truly one of the most beautiful places on earth & you're in for an adventure. In this guide, we'll talk through how to plan your Iceland elopement or small wedding & make you an Iceland pro in no time.
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Most Elopement Photographers Will Help You Plan Your Elopement
That's right! That's why finding your Iceland elopement photographer or videographer should be one of the first steps you take! Here's a few steps to help you find the perfect photographer for your Iceland elopement or small wedding.
Connect With Their Work
& Picture Yourself In It
Hire An Iceland Elopement Photographer Who Will Help You Plan Your Day
Find An Elopement Photographer Who You Connect With On A Personal Level
After all, you're going to spend the day with them! Hop on a call and make sure you connect with them. Being comfortable with someone you trust on your elopement day is a top priority. After all, you're going to spend a good bit of time around them!
In addition to connecting with them personally, you also want to really love their work! Pro Tip: When you look at their work ask yourself: Can I picture myself in these photos? Does the coloring & feel of their photos match my personality?
Pro Tip: Most elopement photographers will help you plan your elopement! Finding someone who's knowledgeable about the area is very important. From finding locations, places to stay, and knowing the local etiquette will greatly help you day go smoothly!
How To Find A Date For
Your Iceland Elopement
Finding Your Iceland Elopement Location
When Is Our Location Accessible?
The Best Season To Elope In Iceland
The seasons in Iceland greatly determine the visuals of the landscape. Summers oftentimes bring vibrant colors, while the winters cover most landscapes with snow. Fall is also a beautiful time of the year in Iceland, as the colors begin to change & crowds start to fade.
Like many places with varying climates, not all locations in Iceland are accessible in every season. In other cases, they might be accessible, but preparations & precautions are required to get there. While mainly present in the winter months, but it's always safe to be prepared.
To What Extent Are We Willing To Hike/Drive
Iceland's Weather & Climate
Iceland has plenty of elopement locations that don't require extensive travel. In most cases, if you want privacy & the best backdrops, going out of your way will give you incredible results! Whether it's hiking or taking a 4x4 F-Road, it's worth asking how far you're willing to go.
Each season in Iceland varies by a significant amount. The summer's are very mild (& mostly calm) while the winters are cold, somewhat snowy & cold. When eloping in Iceland, it's generally best to think about what temperatures you're wiling to be out in for the day.
Travel Costs To Iceland
What Do You Want As Your Elopement Backdrop?
What backdrop to you want to have at your Iceland elopement? Would you rather greenery & wildflowers or snowy mountains? These are just a couple of questions to ask to get your search started! Also determining which temperatures you're willing to be in is another huge factor.
The summer months (June - August) are the busiest times to visit Iceland. Tourism is in full swing & you'll oftentimes find higher rates & more difficulty around lodging, etc. Eloping in Iceland in the off season months is also equally beautiful, but also might save you a bit too!
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Booking A Flight To
Iceland In 2022
How To Get Around
While In Iceland
Renting A Car In Iceland
The Most Affordable Time To Fly To Iceland
Vehicle rentals are actually quite simple in Iceland. Just reserve online, fill out some papers when you arrive & you're good to go. Oftentimes you can expect to pay around $250 before insurance for 3-days, though gas is where it gets expensive. In most cases, you'll end up paying $8-$10 USD per gallon.
Off-season months are by far the most affordable times to fly to Iceland. Off-season months typically range from Late September - April. Generally, I've found that October is one of the best times of year due to mid temps, very low tourism, and great prices to travel.
Using Public Transportation In Iceland
Research Iceland's Weather & Climate
Public transportation around Reykjavík is quite good. Most importantly, it's very easy to get from the airport to Reykjavík. However, the bus system is also very extensive and will allow you to travel the whole circle of the island. Check out https://straeto.is/ for more details on public transit.
While the off-season might be more affordable to travel to Iceland, there are factors to consider. However, you'll be met with shorter days and more adverse weather. While these conditions don't exist 24/7, it's good to know the typical weather patterns which you can find HERE
Consider Travel Costs By Season
Flights To More Remote Parts Of Iceland
I'll start with this - It's expensive to fly within Iceland. Generally, a flight from Reykjavík to the Eastfjords is oftentimes just a little less than flying to Iceland from say New York or Chicago. However, if you have a short trip it might save you an 8-hour drive, but for extended trips I highly suggest taking the drive & seeing the scenery!
The summer months (June - August) are the busiest times to visit Iceland. Tourism is in full swing & you'll oftentimes find higher rates & more difficulty around lodging, etc. Eloping in Iceland in the off season months is also equally beautiful, however might save you a bit too!
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Reykjavik Domes - Enjoy spectacular nature from the comfort of a cozy Luxury Dome.
Reykjavik Home w/ View of the Sea - Centrally located in downtown Reykjavik
Cozy Cottage - Sporting modern looks but also warm and cozy at the same time
Northern lights Luxury Villa - A modern home surrounded by wildflower fields.
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Vik & Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Pseudo Crater Cabin - An incredibly beautiful cabin in the middle of unique volcanic land features.
Fossar Cabin - Stylish A-Frame cabin next to a creek with incredible views of the Northern Lights.
Giljaland Cabin - Tucked away in a small wooded area near Iceland's most beautiful elopement locations.
Nordic Style Luxury Home - Luxury nature resort nestled on the south coast of Iceland near Vik.
Modern Seljalandsfoss Home - An amazing and cozy atmosphere near the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
Akureyri (Northern Iceland)
Cozy cabin in the woods - Located in the beautiful Icelandic countryside, perfect for exploring the north.
Luxury Villa In North Iceland - Great mix of relaxation & exploration of the Northern landscape.
The Iglúhús - Experience a night "under" the stars, the Northern Lights or the midnight sun.
Hoepfner Historical house - Modern & beautiful apartment in old town Akureyri.
Grundarfjörður & Búðir
Beautiful Farm Stay - Lava fields, black beaches, birdlife & whale watching are all within minutes.
Glacier & Ocean View at Stóri Kambur - Breathtaking view of the mountains and towards the ocean.
The Álfasteinn House- The perfect place to enjoy the Icelandic nature and its calmness.
Charming Cottage - Incredible overlook of the countless Isles on the Breidafjordur Bay.
Explore Iceland By 4x4
Iceland has an extensive network of unpaved 4x4 'F-Roads which venture off from the more popular areas & really allow you to explore the vast landscape. Moreover, the most beautiful elopement locations in Iceland will be found via an F-Road! Just be sure to have a 4x4 lined up beforehand.
Hence the name of the country, there are plenty of glaciers & ice caves to explore! These excursions will give you a unique perspective of the landscapes. Most importantly, they're perfect for taking beautiful & casual photos during your elopement and absolutely beautiful!
Taking Soak At The Blue Lagoon Or A Natural Hot Spring
Taking a soak at the Blue Lagoon or a secret hot spring is a must-do in Iceland. With plenty of geothermal activity around the entire Island, there's no shortage of hot springs to experience. Lastly, it's the perfect way to relax a bit after your vows or a great day of adventuring around Iceland.
See The Northern Lights In The Winter
You won't even need a guide or tour! Oftentimes, the northern lights make frequent appearances in Iceland during the winter. If you book your lodging in the right spots, you'll be able to watch them from the comfort of your home. Can you imagine your elopement under the Northern Lights!?
Capture An Iceland Landscape Trifecta
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I've completely made this up, but it's a great way to get see some incredible scenery, however, here's the trifecta: Mountains, Beaches & Waterfalls. Not to mention, you can also swap any of the above for a glacier, iceberg lagoon or volcano! Oftentimes, you'll find all three within a mile or two of each other!
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Hike To The Famed Sólheimasandur Plane
This hauntingly beautiful scene is located on the Southern coast of Iceland. Abandoned in the middle of a black sand beach, this silver skeleton of an airplane provides a unique area to explore, and some incredibly beautiful photos that are really unlike any other.
Experience The Local Culture & Foods
Each region of Iceland is uniquely different & provides a rich culture. Experiencing the local food & culture is one of my personal favorites. From some of the freshest seafoods you'll ever eat to experiencing the beautiful Icelandic lifestyle, there's so much to offer.
How Long Should We Book Our Iceland Photographer For?
Long story short, it depends on the time of year! While I highly suggest full-day coverage, sometimes it makes sense to do less in Iceland. When eloping in the winter months, it's likely that there won't be 8-hours of light. On the other hand, in the summer when there's nearly 24-hours of sunlight, full-day elopement photography coverage is the way to go!