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Elope to Iceland for magical Icelandic beauty and scenery

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Here are our top seven places to elope in Iceland for the big day. These sites are just as unique and beautiful as their names.

Skogafoss Waterfall, Skogar South east of the capital Reykjavik

wedding couple at Skogafoss waterfall, Iceland
Wedding couple at Skogafoss waterfall, Iceland

No need to chase rainbows when you can get married right beside one, with a cascading waterfall as your backdrop. Skogafoss is known to be one of the largest waterfalls located in Iceland, with a height of 60 meters and width of 25 meters. Located on the Skoga river and around Iceland's South coast, this waterfall often shows beautiful double rainbows and can be seen from Iceland's route 1. The site also includes a long staircase leading to a magical view that overlooks the waterfall. A lot of photos are taken at Skogafoss waterfall, nearby is the Golden circle route, a long route that extends for 300 km / 186 miles, starting in Iceland's capital Reykjavik and driving into the southern uplands, and returning to Reykjavik.

The Westfjords, north of the capital Reykjavik

Elopement in Iceland setting, with snow capped Westfords in background
Magical backdrop for eloping couples in Iceland, with snow capped Westfjords in background

Looking to spend your special day in a beautiful venue filled with nature all around? Westfjords may be a longer drive since it’s located in the secluded northwest corner of Iceland, however the divine scenery justifies the long journey. The Westfjords are mountainous and feature steep hills which face the east coast of Greenland. This is truly a backdrop to hosting a serene wedding or elopement. It can be described as one of the hidden gems of Iceland because of its beauty and is around 282km/ 175miles away from Reykjavík.

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, (Kirkjubæjarklaustur), southeast of Reykjavik

Justin Bieber used his ‘’I’ll show you’’ music video to truly show us the beauty of this unique Icelandic site. This ancient and massive river canyon contains cool rivers that are more for display than to actually swim in, as they are extremely cold. 

After tourist numbers spiked exponentially for the Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, the site does close from time to time, so it’s important to check ahead for availability.  Overall, the site is filled with a lot of nature and green grass views from all angles. The canyon is located in the southeast of Iceland, near the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, and is around 248km/ 154 miles from Reykjavík.

Black Sand Beach Cliffs, Vik, south east of Reykjavik

Magical place to Elope in Iceland, Black sand beach, Vik, Iceland
Fantasy wedding photo location, The Rock troll toes, Black sand Beach, Vik, Iceland

Create your yin and yang wedding with this spectacular beach that combines black sand with white foamed water. If you want to capture wildness and a rugged scene, this is it. This beach features in magazines such as the National Geographic and the Condé Nast Traveller .With the contrasting yet mesmerizing color scheme featured on this beach, there will be no dull moment or picture for your big day. This site is located around the south east coast of Iceland, close to the tiny fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal.

Game of weddings – Vatnajökull, south east of Reykjavik

Happy newlyweds kissing, Glacier Lagoon, bordering Vatnajökull National Park, southeastern Iceland
Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, bordering Vatnajökull National Park, southeastern Iceland

America’s popular TV show ‘’Game Of Thrones’’, which has acquired over ten million views, has used many Icelandic locations to film in, including Iceland’s Vatnajökull. Vatnajökull is a large ice cap that features different glaciers, so you can go hiking, ice caving, along with taking a boat tour. This large ice cap is located 320ks/200 miles from the country's capital city, Reykjavík.

ION Adventure Hotel, Nesjavellir, east of Reykjavik

Have an indoor and outdoor wedding at this chic glacier luxurious hotel located on Mount Hengill in Nesjavellir. The hotel features a restaurant with a bar and amazing high top views. Other features included in the hotel are a fitness room, horseback riding, business center, hiking, and of course free wifi is available all around the site. Guest rooms, a private bathroom, sauna, spa are all featured at the ION Adventure Hotel with a multilingual staff that can communicate in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Icelandic, and Lithuanian. Úlfljótsvatn Church is located nearby while the hotel perimeter itself is filled with fields large enough to host the wedding ceremony.

Hotel Búðir, Snaefellsness, northeast of Reykjavik

Black Church of Budir, Snaefellsness Peninsula, Iceland
Wildness backdrop, Black Church of Budir, Snaefellsness Peninsula, Iceland

This glacier view quaint hotel is located in the heart of Snaefellsness Peninsula, northeast of Reykjavik, and also happens to be right beside a black church. The site contains amazing food such as local gourmet fish and lamb dishes, as well as an attractive atmosphere. The drive is only a couple of hours from the country's capital city, Reykjavik. Each room gives an elegant view of the pristine nature Iceland has to offer. For even better views, visit the bar and main lounge which overlook the stunning mountains and the crystal clear Atlantic ocean. Since the site is right beside the beach, you can get married with glaciers in the background.

What is the best time to elope in Iceland?

Iceland has the best weather in the summer months. Visit in the months of June, July and August to get maximum sunshine hours and experience warmer days. Trails and other outdoor amenities are also open at this time of year.

Whether it's in the beautiful outdoors or a luxurious hotel, your exotic wedding or elopement will be one to remember in Iceland.

Make sure you do your research and plan your perfect honeymoon right in Iceland too.

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