Eloping in Iceland – expectations vs reality

I bet you would have seen many gorgeous photos online from Iceland elopements. Some of them are truly amazing and would have made you want to have your wedding in Iceland.  You can’t stop browsing these amazing wedding galleries and you go

  • I want to have my wedding photos with a waterfall!
  • I want to have photos in a lava field!
  • I want to have photos taken on a black beach!
  • I would like to get married in front of the ocean or any other beautiful landscape (wild horses would be nice too!).
  • I want whatever!

Iceland is the land of fire and ice and it’s no wonder that it has become a popular destination for eloping couples from all over the world. With its rugged landscapes and beautiful scenery, Iceland is one of those places that you have to see to believe and there are many Let’s see what it’s really like to elope in Iceland. This is our expectations vs reality check. Keep reading if you are considering to tie the knot in Iceland.

Waterfall wedding photos

Expectations: My wish list for my eloping Iceland wedding is to have photos with a waterfall! I have seen so many elopement photos taken in waterfalls and I think it would be so beautiful to have that as part of our day.

Reality: The famous Icelandic waterfalls are spectacular. It could be very humid and damp when you get close but hey, you this is justified when you see the final result.

Married couple photographed with an Icelandic waterfal

Icelandic lava fields

Expectations: I also want to have my wedding photos in a lava field! The landscape of Iceland is amazing and it would be amazing to have some great photos in this setting.

Reality: Icelandic lava fields are indeed amazing and would make for an incredible backdrop.

Wedding shoot at a black beach

Expectations: I want to have photos taken on a black beach! This is something I’ve seen over and over again on social media and I know that if we’re getting married in Iceland then we definitely have to go to visit a black beach!

Reality: This is a very popular spot in Iceland and definitely one to explore when you’re searching for your wedding photo locations in Iceland.

Black beach elopements in Iceland are very popular

A black church elopement in Iceland

Expectations: A black church wedding is a must when eloping to Iceland. Are there even any non black churches in Iceland?

Reality: You get what you wish for. A black church – check!

It can be sunny in Iceland

Expectations: It always rains in Iceland and it’s overcast. I want my photos to be bright and cheerful.

Reality: It doesn’t always rain in Iceland although it’s best to be prepared. The weather changes fast in Iceland and is unpredictable, but that only adds to the charm.

Romantic Iceland elopements

Expectations: I want my wedding photos to be romantic. I want to be like Amal and George Clooney, Megan and Prince Harry, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Emma and Adèle. Let’s check what we can do while eloping to Iceland.

Reality: When you’re looking for a romantic place to elope, then Iceland is definitely the ace to go. You will not be disappointed.

A couple eloping in Iceland


Eloping to Iceland is the perfect way to do something different, romantic and adventurous all at once.

We know it’s a big decision to elope, but Iceland is a beautiful country with so much to offer. It’s also very easy to get married in Iceland!