When planning to elope in another country it can seem overwhelming. That’s why I created this Iceland elopement guide to help you plan out your logistics and budget correctly. Have more questions about visiting Iceland? Leave your questions in the comments below and I’ll answer them!
First off you need to decide what time of the year you want to go to Iceland spring, summer, or winter. If you want to see the Northern Lights (seriously one of the greatest moments of my life) then you have to go in the winter so keep that in mind(usually October-April). After you decide on that, buy your flights. We buy our flights through Iceland Air. They are a great airline and the flight was really comfortable! Fairly affordable as well for an across seas flight. I suggest buying your flight at least 3-6months in advance to get the best deal. We always fly into Keflavík International Airport which is the main airport that is a short drive to the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. When you arrive at the airport there is a duty-free (tax-free market) at the airport. If you want to buy any alcohol or snacks you can do so there. From here you can walk outside to the parking lot and you will see a bus stop. This bus will take you to all the car rental companies. We highly recommend using Blue car rental they have a variety of affordable and nice car rentals, We recommend renting a bigger SUV if you plan on doing some exploring of the country. This is because Iceland is one of the windest places on earth! We made the mistake of renting a small car our first time to Iceland and it felt like we were about to get blown right off the road haha.
Where to stay.
I suggest renting an Airbnb if you can find one near the area you would like to spend the most time in. I also highly recommend the Hótel Kría in Vík if you want something a little more upscale. Vík is a small town in southern Iceland. Vík is close to most of the popular southern Iceland attractions spots and about 2 1/2 hours from Reykjavik. We found a cute one-bedroom Airbnb for around $60/night and it was perfect for us! It was a few minutes from downtown Reykjavik. I posted the link at the bottom of this page. There are so many unique hotels and stays in Iceland I recommend doing your research for this part of your trip!
Restaurants and activities.
Places to see.
There are so many cool spots in Iceland but never enough time so I’ve made a list of places that are all pretty close to each other that you could see in two or three days while in Southern Iceland. I will be updating this list to include more bars, restaurants, and points of interest soon! Being your Iceland elopement guide we plan the whole day out to ensure you get the most out of your trip! We will drive you around to all the different locations and tell you stories of Iceland’s rich history.
Points of interest in Southern Iceland:
- Seljacallalaug swimming pool hotsprings
- Solheimajokull glacier
- Reynisfjara Beach (black sand beach)
- Yoda Cave
- Fjaorargljufur (seaside cliffs)
- Diamond beach
- Stokksnes (mountains on the beach)
Points of interest in Northern Iceland:
- Flatey Island
- Rauoisandur Beach
- Sundlaugin a Hofsosi (cliffside pool)
- Grjotagja Cave (Lava cave hotspring)
- Early in the morning – breakfast
- Basterd Brew and food – pub food (vegetarian options)
- Kaldi Bar – gin bar
- Gallery Fiskur – fine dinning
- Gamla Fjosio – small cafe on your way to Vik
Weather and what to pack.
Autumn Marie is a wedding and elopement photographer based in California. She provides services for weddings and elopement planning across the U.S. and worldwide. Josh and Autumn are a photo and video team that are an Iceland elopement guide team. Her style is a film-style photographer that captures earthy, romantic, playful photos mixed in with some creative editorial flare. For info on pricing contact me for rates and details!