If you’re in search of an adventurous and stunning place for an elopement or destination wedding, look no further than Iceland. More and more couples are flocking to its black shores, gushing waterfalls, ice lagoons, bubbling thermal springs, and rolling green hills to tie the knot, and who can blame them? The Nordic island is so insanely magical, it’s like stepping into another world. As Cole and Jakob of Nordica Photography, who have shot many weddings and elopement in this otherworldly realm, put it, “Iceland is the most epic place on earth. The secret’s out.”
A sprawling vista of natural wonders, the country is rife in beautiful contradictions, where rich greenery meets frozen tundra and ice meets lava. Marked by dramatic backdrops, its signature is romantic melancholy scenery—but when the sun does shine, the ethereal beauty that results (including the occasional rainbow!) is equally as compelling. With so much magic laid out before you, how can you possibly choose where to hold your ceremony or wedding portraits?
The little black Búdir Church is always a good place to start—and convenient, too, not far from Hotel Búdir. Famous for its history since the early 1700s and for its notable attraction to newlyweds, this charming chapel sits among a vast landscape and endless sky. For the more adventurous duo, on the same Snæfellsnes Peninsula is the Gatklettur Arch Rock at Arnarstap, a natural bridge that can be described as nothing other than epic, promising to make for some unforgettable portraits.
There’s also the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach in Vik; its striking basalt columns, lava created sand, and incredible cliffs and caves have a moody, rugged effect. Or, you could head north for some icy enchantment to Langjökull or Vatnajökull, two stunning glaciers. And don’t forget the majestic waterfalls awaiting your every turn—Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss would make for wild elopement spots.
No matter what you choose, Iceland is so magical that you really can’t go wrong. Behold, proof that you and your other half need to book your tickets to Iceland, stat.
Lagoon of Jökulsarlón
There’s no denying the icy magic of the glacial lagoon of Jökulsarlón.
Iceland may be one epic island, but its miniature islands are just as nice—especially when they serve as your own little ceremony location.