Intimate. Authentic. Adventurous. Private. Exceptional
Just a few of the words I would use to describe the elopement that Charlie and Matt experienced this past April in Iceland. Above all, their willingness and eagerness to experience this day, that was true to them and their wants, was the greatest reality of all. I applaud you so much for choosing to do something with intention and joy, and seeing it through no matter what.
Not only is it absolutely stunning—with mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls galore—it’s also home to some of the world’s most friendly people. And with plenty of lodging options – from affordable to remote and luxurious, Iceland can be as indulgent an experience as you want it to be. And for your wedding in Iceland, I always encourage a little bit of indulgence.
If you’re planning an Iceland wedding, here are some things to consider:
If you’re looking for a simple way to get around Iceland during your stay, car rental is a great option. If you like to go at your own pace, and make multiple unplanned stops along the way then I suggest getting your own vehicle. The airport in Reykjavik has tons of options depending on your needs. However, there are a few key things to keep in mind as you are making your booking:
a- Fuel prices in Iceland are high. More and more electric vehicles are coming into the fleets, so if you are sticking to the main roads and have some flexibility in your budget I would highly recommend looking into electric cars. Iceland runs on 98% geothermal energy, which means that electricity is essentially free.
b- Check your mileage capacity. Some rental agencies will limit the number of miles you can go in your rental. Unless you are sticking to just Reykjavik and Vik, I strongly urge you to get the unlimited mileage package. This is essential for the Ring Road Drive.
c- If you are planning to get into the high country of Iceland, you MUST have a special 4×4 vehicle. They are considered the “F” roads in Iceland, and if you try to take a regular rental on these roads you risk serious fines and potentially getting unfortunately stuck. Do yourself a favor and stick to the rules! Here’s a blog on driving in Iceland that is helpful!
d- From October to April cars in Iceland must use studded winter tires. If you are planning to travel during these months, be aware that is going to be the case. They use studded tires because the rain, ice and snow can be highly unpredictable and these special tires help with traction control. I would not recommend driving in adverse conditions if you are not a confident driver-the elements in Iceland are no joke!
If you’re wanting to legally get married in Iceland but don’t know anyone who lives there or has experience officiating weddings abroad, it can seem like an impossible task. But not to worry! Having photographed multiple elopements in Iceland with real officiants, I have options for you.
If you want, you can hire a local officiant in Iceland. There are several non denominational officiants in Iceland who will travel to off grid destinations with you to perform the service. Reach out and I can help you find the right one! Similarly you may opt to have a friend or family officially marry you. This is allowed, as long as they are legally ordained or have a non-denominational orientation that allows them to do it.
Iceland is a volcanic island in the north Atlantic. That means, among many things, that it’s weather patterns can change abruptly and dramatically. Because of the nature of it’s geographic orientation, Iceland is known to have sudden and fairly intense weather. From 50+mph winds, to rain, sleet, hail, snow and more, it can be a hazardous place to be outside depending on the time of year.
That being said, it is critical that you not only plan accordingly with the appropriate gear and supplies, but that you have adequate contingent plans.
This is also where having travel experience comes in handy. I have spent multiple weeks in Iceland at various times of year, so when it comes to advice on how to prepare for your wedding in Iceland I have lots of helpful suggestions and ideas. Similiarly, together we will prepare backup plans for weather related delays, and make sure that despite what the weather gods throw at us, your wedding in Iceland will be an unforgettable one!
Reach out with your idea! I have spent lots of time exploring this incredible island, and would love to help you plan your epic wedding day here! My next current travel dates for Iceland are Aug 2024 – so if that time frame works for you, reach out now!