With its dramatic landscapes and ethereal beauty, Iceland is a stunning destination for visitors. Its dramatic waterfalls and majestic mountains create a captivating backdrop for nuptials of all shapes and sizes.
Considering making Iceland your dream wedding destination? Read on to discover how your day could look.
One of the most special aspects of an Icelandic wedding is the abundance of daylight during the summer months. While Norway is known for being the Land of the Midnight Sun, Iceland isn’t too far behind, with up to 17-20 hours of sunlight making the days longer.
This means that couples have the rare chance to extend their wedding celebrations from dawn to dusk and beyond. Imagine exchanging vows in the soft hues of the midnight sun, the diamonds from the wedding rings twinkling in the glow. The ethereal ambiance created by this natural phenomenon adds a charm to the ceremony, making it a truly unforgettable experience for both the couple and their guests.
Another very special phenomenon here is the northern lights. The best time to see the aurora borealis is between September and April, during the long, dark nights. Iceland’s remote and pristine locations, far away from urban light pollution, provide the perfect setting for this solar lightshow. A wedding ceremony beneath the dancing colours of the norther lights makes for an unforgettable experience.
Unlike other countries, Iceland doesn’t have any restrictions in place for where you can legally be married. This opens up some of the most stunning settings in the country for your nuptials.
From traditional church ceremonies to intimate outdoor gatherings against a backdrop of waterfalls, glaciers, or black sand beaches, there are many locations to choose from. The unique blend of nature and tradition makes each wedding in Iceland a personal and extraordinary experience.
You might decide to take a trip to the Gullfoss waterfall or head to the otherworldly landscapes of Thingvellir National Park for a beautiful day set in nature.
Things to consider
There is some administration to complete before you arrive in Iceland. This is to make sure your wedding meets the marriage requirements for the country.
Before you travel, you must send the required documents to the National Registry Office at least three weeks before your wedding day. These documents must be original copies and include:
- Passports of both parties
- Birth certificates of both parties
- A marriage notification, which must be signed by two witnesses and the person who conducts the ceremony.
- A certificate of marital status as proof you are not currently married
- Divorce papers, if either party is divorced
- Death certificate of a previous spouse, if applicable
You’ll also need to send flight information across in advance and be in Iceland at least two days before your wedding. This is to obtain an Iceland marriage licence.
Iceland is a truly magical country. Wherever you choose to celebrate your wedding in this special destination, you’re sure to have an amazing experience.