Fire & Ice
Couples wanting to wow their guests with dramatic scenery and iconic landmarks should head to Southern Iceland to tie the knot – It’s also an awesome destination for nature lovers to enjoy adventure honeymoons all year round
Iceland offers stark beauty and an abundance of natural wonders. It is a place of fire and ice, of volcanoes set against icy glaciers and towering mountains against vast expanses of volcanic tundra, roaring waterfalls and sweeping black sand beaches. It’s an exciting landscape, and one, which just begs to be explored.
For lovers of nature and adventure, Iceland is a compelling place to spend your honeymoon, and for a quirky and charming wedding location, you couldn’t find anywhere else that can offer such diverse options for your wedding ceremony, both in winter and summer. Iceland has more than its fair share of iconic venues. The Icelanders are a friendly, welcoming race, and many speak excellent English, making planning your wedding and honeymoon so much easier.
Iceland is just over two and a half hours flight time from UK Airports, making it easily accessible. You can fly from the Bristol, London, Dublin and Edinburgh direct with Wow Air – Iceland’s own low-cost carrier, which focuses on transatlantic flights – enabling you to fly into Keplavik and stay in Iceland for the duration of your wedding and honeymoon. Alternatively you can take the opportunity for a two-centre honeymoon by flying on to America – Wow Air operate flights from Reykjavik to a number of destinations in the USA including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, St Louis, Dallas and Chicago.
Winter in Iceland is a magical time to visit when, chances are, a layer of crisp snow covers the lava landscape like a white carpet. The sky is clear and the pure unpolluted air is refreshingly chilly as the temperature dips well below freezing point. The landscape is transformed into a winter wonderland as snow falls and waterfalls are frozen in their tracks. You can witness spectacular sunrises mid-morning, and romantic sunsets mid-afternoon, and cosy up in front of log fires or in steaming hot tubs in the evenings. You may also be treated to a spectacular display of the Northern Lights, which will take your breath away, and must surely be on most people’s ‘bucket list’.
Alternatively, in the summer months honeymooners can experience the joys of the Midnight sun, as the volcanic landscape reappears, with a covering of grass and meadow flowers as ponies graze in the lush pastures. Both seasons offer their own enchantment for weddings and honeymoons.
Iceland begs to be explored, so be sure to hire a car and travel around free-style, or take advantage of the thrilling organized excursions available. You can even take to the saddle and enjoy a pony-trecking day out.
The beautiful coastal city of Reykjavik is the most northern as well as being one of the smallest capital cities of the world. It is home to two thirds of the entire Icelandic population and manages to combine a terrific blend of hip and wholesome culture with a thriving arts community. Reykjavik is one of the cleanest, eco-friendly and safest cities on the planet From its harbour, visitors can watch the fishing boats glide in with their catch of the day, and sail off on whale watching excursions.
The Blue Lagoon
Also at the top of the list for visitors’ attractions is the geothermal Blue Lagoon in Keplavik. This steaming milky-blue lake is set in a dramatic landscape of jagged peaks and black lava fields. Here you can spend the day simply bathing the hot spring waters, sipping a cocktail in the mineral rich waters, then finish the day off with a meal and spa treatment in the Visitor’s Centre.
The Golden Circle
Southern Iceland’s most iconic natural attractions form the Golden Circle – and the best way to take in the famous sights is by taking an organized tour, though all can be reached easily be car. Spectacular attractions on a Golden Circle tour include the hot springs of Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the glaciers of Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdals Jokull and the Black Sand Beach in picturesque Vik, Iceland’s most southerly village, with the iconic Reynisdrangar Cliffs jutting out from the sea.
5 Top things to do
- Stroll around Reykjavic
Take in the beauty of one of the world’s smallest capital cities, visit the shops, bars and restaurants, historical sites or head to the port and take a Whale Watching tour.
- Get up close at Geysir Hot Spring Area
Watch in amazement as the highly active Geysirs, including Great Geysir, explode hot steam into the air. The most lively is Stokkurm which spouts water up to 100 ft every few minutes! Stop off at the Geysir Visitors centre for refreshments and souvenirs before you leave.
- See the frozen Gullfoss Waterfall
Visitors can walk along a narrow path to witness the two-tiered Gullfoss Waterfall, which freezes over in the winter into undulating waves of glistening ice. On sunny days you can see thousands of rainbows, a natural reaction to the clouds of spray.
- Walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Fed by melting water from the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, the powerful Seljalandsfoss waterfall cascades dramatically into a pretty meadow full of wildflowers. It’s the only waterfall in the world that you can walk behind – along a path running under the curtain of water.
- Bathe in the Blue Lagoon
No trip to Iceland is complete without an afternoon spent bathing in the hot geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. The pale blue mineral-rich waters of the lake are covered by a haze of steam and are therapeutic and especially beneficial for treating psoriasis.
Weddings in Iceland
A wedding in Iceland is guaranteed to enchant your guests. Whether you marry in winter, when the scenery sparkles with snow and ice or in the summer when the pastures turn green and the days are endless.
There are so many stunning locations to say “I do”. You can marry on top of a glacier, in a cave, on a volcanic beach, on a cliff, by a waterfall, in a pretty-as-a picture church or at a luxury hotel in Reykjavik or deep in the heart of the countryside. Iceland legalised same sex marriage in 2010 and it is now listed as one of the top 10 gay marriage countries.
The local District Commissioner will issue an authorization for a marriage ceremony after the necessary documentation in English or any of the Scandinavian languages has been submited.
All documents must be originals and be received two weeks before the planned wedding date.
Marriage Statement Form – filled out and signed.
Certificate of marital status. The certificate must be issued within 4 weeks prior to your wedding ceremony.
A divorce decree absolute. This must be provided if either bride or groom has been divorced.
If bride or groom is a widow/widower. An official document showing that the estate (assets and liabilities) of the deceased spouse has been finalized/divided.
Legal stay in Iceland. Confirmation of arrival date (flight ticket or passport stamp), visa or residence permit must also be presented.
Passports – up to date