Eloping in Iceland
Iceland is one of those places that has been calling my wife and I for the obvious reasons outside of loving Game of Thrones: It’s full of jaw dropping, out of this world, adventure filled locations! You literally have fluffy ponies, glaciers, waterfalls, mountains, fjords and ever other fairy-tail backdrop you could think of. Who wouldn’t want to go there?
BUT how about eloping to Iceland? SIGN. ME. UP! I would absolutely love working with couples that are all about embracing the wild winds, muddy boots and epic views and Iceland will surely give you and more.
One of my favorite parts about being adventure elopement photographer is helping couples plan and coordinate their trips! Whether you have already started or have no idea where to begin, im here to help! So that’s why I’ve come up with a list of amazing Icelantic locations that can fit all couples styles, hearts and visions. Collaborating with each couple to create their unique and intimate elopement days is one of the most fun and fulfilling parts of being an elopement photographer.
Take a look below and see if anything speaks to your hearts! I will be in Iceland this upcoming August, 2019 and would love to work with couples that are looking for an epic experience from start to finish!
Gullfoss– West portion of country, east of Reykjavik- 1 1/2 hour drive east on highway 1, then north on highway 35
Thingvellir National Park – On the site are the Þingvellir Church and the ruins of old stone shelters. The park sits in a rift valley caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates, with rocky cliffs and fissures like the huge Almannagjá fault. East of Reykjavik of of highway 36, past the 48 junction. Can do Gullfoss first, then do this Natural Park on the way back to Reykjavik. Only an hour west of Gullfoss.
Haifoss– Haifoss is 122 meters high and is situated in Fossá river, which is a spring water tributary of the glacial river, Iceland’s longest river. One off the track, a little out of the way but very doable. It’s an hour east on highway 1, then north on highway 26. LOOK AT THIS PLACE!
Seljalandsfoss– Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall that can be fully encircled, situated on the south coast of Iceland with a drop of 60 metres (200 feet). right on highway 1, 25 minutes away from Skogafoss on the way to Vik.
Gljufrabui- 40-metre high waterfall that will give you privacy compared to the more popular waterfalls- a 9 minute hike north from Seljalandsfoss
Nauthusagil Waterfall – Carved into tuff at the bottom, with hackly jointed lava further up and interglacial lava at the top of the ridge. An 11 minute drive north from Gljufrabui waterfall
Kvernufoss– A 98 ft waterfall that is half hidden away in a gorge in South Iceland, yet very close to the ring-road. East of Skogafoss, a 5 minute drive from there, about 15 minutes from the city of Vik. Best waterfall I saw, completely secluded and no one knows about it.
Black Sand Beach – World famous beach with crashing waves and by a cute fishing town. From Gotur- Turn left and then almost immediately turn right down town 215 east towns the beach. See Basalt Rock Formations, a cave, and lots of black sand and intense water.
Fjadrargljufur Canyon– 100 m deep and about 2 kilometres long, with the Fjaðrá river flowing through it. The canyon has steep walls and winding water. Right off highway 1. Near town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, its about 50 minutes to an hour east of Vik, on the way to Hof
Svartivoss– One of the most popular sights in the park. It is surrounded by dark lava columns, which gave rise to its name. 20 minutes west of the town of Hof, off Highway 1, road 998
Jokulsaron iceberg and Glacier Lagoon– Glacier lagoon filled with icebergs. 30-45 minutes east of Hof. I recommend doing this on a stop on the way to the Northeast portion of the country, on the way out.
Kolugljufur Ravine and Waterfall– Cascading waterfalls which bear the name Kolufossar Falls in honour of the giantess, Kola. South of Hvitserkur on the way to Flokulunder. Highway 1, then south to road 715. 40 minutes from the Hvitsekur stop. Can do, roads should be clear- look for it after town of hunavatnshrepper and main towing of blonduos
Dynjandi Waterfalls– Cascades some 99-100 meters – looking exactly like a beautiful bridal veil – on top, it is 30 meters wide and widens up to 60 meters at the bottom. northwest portion of Iceland on the 60 and 61 westfjords- nearest town is Flokulunder, stay there and travel north in the morning. 4 hour drive west Highway 1, then Highway 59 west and then 60 North- 4 hour drive and Ferry after Kirkjufell would be the best option, or to travel one day from Reykjavik
Barnafossar– north of Reykjavik and on the western portion of the country. Near town of Reykholt. 1 1/2 hour from Reykjavik. 2 hours southeast on way to Reykjavik. Would need to have the road from grundarfjordur clear road 50
Hraunfossar– It´s best described as a collection of countless creeks and cascades small and big streaming out of the lava over a distance of about 900 metres. West portion of the country, right next to Barnafosser, a small walk from the above. Same thing, need to have road clear from road 50
Glymur– second tallest waterfall in Iceland. 1 hour north from Reykjavik on highway 47, road should be clear, a small 15 minute detour on the way back from Reykjavik