Referred to as the Land of Fire and Ice and known for its glaciers, volcanoes and its rich history. From its unique activities to its incredible landscapes Iceland is the perfect place for an epic adventurous elopement.
This Nordic island, although small, boasts some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. The Ring Road encompases the whole of Iceland and takes approximately 12-13 hours to drive (aka you could drive on the outskirts of the country in about two days or even one if you don’t plan on stopping at all 😱)
Located in west Iceland and the only Icelandic national park that borders the sea, Snæfellsjökull National Park. This place has a little bit of everything: phenomenal cliff sides, black sand beaches, stunning cliff sides, volcanic craters, and more. One of the most sought after churches in Iceland is within the borders of this park: Búðakirkja. This 17th century black church stands tall among a vast mossy field. Also, within the national park is Djúpalónssandur Beach and Kirkjufell. Djúpalónssandur Beach is a black pebble beach in the southwest part of the park. History comes alive on the beach in the form of four ancient lifting stones. These were used to test the strength of fishermen over two hundred years ago. Kirkjufell is a very popular location, in fact one of the most photographed locations in Iceland. It stands 463 meters high and when the sun falls behind it in the evenings it is a magical sight.
Stretching 56 miles long and only 2 hours from Reykjavik. Snaefellsnes Peninsula is nicknamed “Iceland in a Nutshell”. It is one of the few places in Iceland that boast pink and golden beaches as opposed to the typical black lava beaches that are common in Iceland. Three spectacular views within this peninsula are at Gerðuberg, Langaholt, and Bjarnarfoss.
Gerðuberg, is one of the longest basalt column belts in Iceland. With columns standing up to 46 feet high. A great camping location are the golden beaches in Langaholt. Popular among locals and less so for tourists who are wanting to see the popular black ash beaches that Iceland is known for. On this beach you can sometimes come across people riding Icelandic horses. Can you imagine riding horses on a beach in Iceland during your elopement?! You can get more information HERE. Last but not least Bjarnarfoss, a 260 foot tall waterfall nestled among the Icelandic cliffside. This waterfall is at the fork in the road, one leading to Ólafsvík and the other to Búðir and Arnarstapi. Snaefellsnes Peninsula has so much to offer from its stunning landscapes and quaint little towns. You have many options in order to create a long and fun adventurous elopement day.
Boasting the title of only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Iceland, this park sits in a rift valley created from the separation of two tectonic plates and is east of Reykjavík. Known for its history, Thingvellir National Park was the site of Iceland's parliament for about 8 centuries, and there is still proof of that today. Back between the 10th and 18th centuries every year in the summer at Lögberg, translated to Law Rock, people from all over Iceland would come to hear rulings from the law council. Lögberg can still be visited today. This park doesn’t only boast historical sites, but also phenomenal landscapes and areas to explore. Gullfoss Waterfall, within Hvítá river canyon, is a two part waterfall. Its first drop is about 35 feet and the second drop is 69 feet. It is surrounded by the canyon walls that in some places reach up to 230 feet. In this park there is an unique experience that could be intertwined into your elopement: diving or snorkeling between the tectonic plates. With much to explore in this park you could have your pick of Icelandic scenery for an adventurous all day elopement from the rocky scenery, to lakes & its ridges plus its national historical shrine, it would be amazing!
At 5,460 square miles and with 7 distinct sections of the park, Vatnajökull National Park is huge. You can have your pick of locations for your vows, bridal and first look photos! In the south-east part of the park sits Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon with icebergs. Throughout the lagoon icebergs can be seen dotting the water. During the winter months hundreds of seals can be seen there as well. A fun adventure to have as part of your day are the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon boat tours.
Within the park is a well known waterfall, the Svartifoss. The Svartifoss standing at 67 feet tall, is tucked into a massive field and framed by black columnar basalt. About a 3.5 mile round trip hike there are multiple other waterfalls along the way!
The northernmost part of Vatnajökull National Park and home to Dettifoss, and the small coastal town of Húsavík, they claim the title of the best whale watching town in all of Europe. The Dettifoss waterfall, located in Northern Iceland, is said to be one of the most powerful waterfalls in all of Europe. At 100 meters wide and dropping all the water into a magnificent canyon. This would be one heck of a backdrop for photos. As a whole, Jökulsárgljúfur is perfect for hiking and camping and it is home to one of Iceland's deepest canyons.
I hope this has convinced you to elope in this phenomenal Nordic country that boasts stunning landscapes and history. Let’s do this thing and get y’all married in Iceland!
please note these images are not mine, but I am licensed to use them until I get my own September 2022