When it comes to tolerance, most of the western world is a beacon for love and adventure, and Iceland is no exception. Iceland has allowed same-sex couples to marry since 2010 and the country also has a strong history of supporting LGBTQ rights. Iceland is considered one of the most tolerant and progressive countries in the world when it comes to LGBTQ rights – so if that’s not enough to make anyone want to go there, the views certainly will. The country has a strong history of supporting and protecting the rights of LGBTQ individuals, and has taken many steps to ensure equality and acceptance for all members of its society.
Iceland was one of the first countries in the world to legalize same-sex partnerships in 1996. The country also has laws in place to protect individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and it has strong anti-discrimination policies in place in the workplace and in schools. Pretty rad.
In general, Iceland is considered to be a very open-minded and accepting society, and it’s a welcoming destination for LGBTQ individuals and families. Long story short – it should be on the top of your list!
Eloping in Iceland can be a beautiful and unique experience. Iceland is known for its stunning natural landscapes, including many picturesque waterfalls and glaciers. Some popular waterfall locations for elopements include Gullfoss, Skógafoss, and Seljalandsfoss. For K+J, waterfalls were an obvious choice for part of their epic elopement plans and it did not disappoint.
It’s important to note that some popular tourist spots may require permits for weddings or elopements, but don’t worry I am happy to help there! It’s best to research the specific location you’re interested in and to check with local authorities to ensure you have the necessary permissions. In my experience, Icelanders speak wonderful english so communication is easy! Additionally, Iceland can be quite cold, so it’s important to dress warmly and be prepared for any weather conditions.
To get married in Iceland, you will need to provide certain documents and comply with specific legal requirements. The documents required for eloping in Iceland can vary depending on your individual situation, but in general, you will need:
Passports: Both partners will need to present valid passports as proof of identity.
Birth certificates: You will need to provide original, certified copies of your birth certificates.
Residency requirements: If you or your partner are not Icelandic citizens, you will need to provide proof of residency in Iceland. This can include a certificate of residence or a valid work or residence permit.
Divorce or death certificates: If either partner has been previously married, you will need to provide official proof of the dissolution of that marriage.
Marriage license: You will need to obtain a marriage license from the district commissioner’s office where you plan to get married. It’s important to note that there is a waiting period of six weeks for the marriage license to be issued.
Translations: If any of your documents are in a language other than Icelandic, you will need to provide official translations.
It’s best to check with the specific local authorities where you plan to get married to verify the exact documents and requirements needed. If a legal marriage is not something you want to pursue abroad, then I also suggest having a symbolic ceremony in Iceland so that you can really focus on celebrating!
Gosh I feel like there could be an entire series of blogs dedicated to ‘where to elope in Iceland” but for now we can narrow down a few hot spots!
Iceland offers a wide range of scenic options for eloping LGBTQ couples, including waterfalls, glaciers, hot springs, and volcanic landscapes. Some popular locations for eloping in Iceland include:
Gullfoss: This iconic waterfall is located in the “Golden Circle” and is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations. It’s also a popular spot for eloping couples.
Skógafoss: Another waterfall located in the “Golden Circle”, Skógafoss is a spectacular sight and is known for its beautiful rainbows on sunny days.
Seljalandsfoss: This waterfall is unique in that it is possible to walk behind it, making for a unique and memorable elopement experience.
Jökulsárlón: This glacial lagoon is located in southeast Iceland and is known for its large chunks of glistening ice that float in the water. It’s a popular spot for eloping couples who want to get married in a remote and rugged location.
Reykjadalur: This hot spring valley is located in the mountains and is known for its beautiful scenery and warm, relaxing hot springs. It’s a popular spot for eloping couples who want a more natural and secluded location for their ceremony.
Reykjavik: Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is a great location for eloping couples who want to experience the city and culture of Iceland. The city is known for its colorful houses, unique architecture, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and sea. Similarly, you will almost certainly fly into Reykjavik since it is the major international airport.
It’s important to note that some popular tourist spots may require permits for weddings or elopements, so it’s best to research the specific location you’re interested in and to check with local authorities to ensure you have the necessary permissions.
Plan ahead: Iceland is a popular destination for eloping couples, and it’s important to plan ahead to ensure that you can secure the location and vendors you want. It’s also important to be aware of the weather and to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. I cannot stress this enough- try to budget at least 2 days for your elopement- even in the summer, weather can be unpredictable!
Hire a wedding officiant: A wedding officiant can be extremely helpful in navigating the legal requirements and logistics of getting married in Iceland. They can also help you find the perfect location and suggest options for your LGBTQ ceremony.
Choose the right time of year: Iceland’s weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to choose the right time of year for your elopement. Summer is the most popular time to get married in Iceland, but spring and fall can also be beautiful and less crowded. I always recommend a weekday for your elopement- it can cut down on crowds!
Consider the legal requirements: Make sure you understand the legal requirements for getting married in Iceland and that you have all the necessary documents and permits. Otherwise, symbolic ceremonies are always welcome!
Be prepared for the weather: Iceland’s weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be prepared for any conditions. Dress warmly and bring appropriate clothing and footwear for the location you’ve chosen.
The best part! Hire a professional photographer: Iceland’s natural beauty is the main reason why people elope there, a professional photographer can capture all the beauty and the emotions of your special day.
Think about the transportation: Iceland can be a remote place and it’s important to think about how you’ll get to and from your elopement location. Consider hiring a car and driver or using a tour company to ensure that you can get to and from your location safely and comfortably.
Plan for a small intimate ceremony: Eloping in Iceland can be a very intimate and personal experience. If you’re looking for a more private and secluded location, consider a smaller ceremony with just a few close friends and family.
Make the most of your trip: Iceland has a lot to offer, so make the most of your trip by exploring the country and experiencing its natural beauty and culture.
Have fun and enjoy your special day: Remember that your elopement is a special day and you should enjoy it to the fullest. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of Iceland and the love that brought you there.