Are you getting married in Iceland? It’s hard to imagine a more blissful, inspiring place to tie the knot! We’re thinking of amazing locations, beautiful photography and are dreaming of warm summer days and endless, starry nights…of geothermal pools cascading amidst volcanic peaks and waterfall-strewn cliffs.
Iceland’s incredibly versatile nature is perfect for intimate, church weddings by the ocean or on a dramatic mountaintop elopements. Wedding days here are almost always picture-perfect scenarios of outdoor wedding ceremony sites.
Today you are about to discover the most incredible wedding photo locations in Iceland with some places looking out of this world. Worry not, we got you covered!
This beautiful imagery was kindly provided by the talented Iceland wedding photographer, Kaja Balejko.
STUDLAGIL BASALT COLUMN CANYON
I’m so excited to share this location with you because it’s truly one of the most beautiful places in Iceland. The basalt columns are magnificent on the bank of a glacier river. If you come here, you will be amazed by its raw beauty. There is not much to do here which actually makes this place perfect. Just enjoy nature and take some awesome photos.
REYNISFJARA BLACK SAND BEACH
Most beaches in Iceland are black but this picturesque beach has become one of Iceland’s most popular venues for weddings, with plenty of space for a ceremony, reception, and to accommodate guests in style. The dramatic views over the unique rocky formations and the ocean make this a perfect location for photos. It is also perfect for an intimate ceremony, with stunning scenery that will leave lasting memories.
Hraunfossar are small waterfalls fed by underground rivers that flow from beneath Langjökull Glacier. These falls are popular amongst photographers for their beauty and accessibility during all seasons of the year. There are several good spots for couples or families to stand or sit here and enjoy the beauty
JOKULSARLON GLACIER LAGOON
Jökulsárlón translates to glacial river lagoon (also known as Jokulsarlon) is a magnificent glacial lagoon with vibrant blue icebergs and a black sand beach. The lagoon is created by Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, which is the second largest in Iceland. In this location you can see the lagoon, the beach with the black sand, and even a beach called Diamond beach, where the icebergs get washed up when the tide comes back in. If you’re dreaming of Frozen like wedding images then this is the place.
Kirkjufellfoss is a breathtaking waterfall with a view of Kirkjufell mountain (known as Church Mountain), one of Iceland’s most famous landmarks. This unique and photogenic spot is located in Grundarfjörður on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Due to its beautiful surroundings and soft light, this location is perfect for both bridal portraits and wedding ceremonies. The mountain and surrounding waterfalls are a must see while visiting Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
DYRHOLAEY SEA CLIFF
The Dyrhólaey archipelago is a stretch of black-sand beach and rugged cliffs located on the south coast of Iceland. Dyrhólaey sea cliff is an arched rock formation at the end of the so-called endless black beach. There is also a breathtaking viewpoint on top of the cliffs with beautiful panoramic views.
The Highlands of Iceland are a vast uninhabited area of the highlands of Iceland in the south of the country. It is an area that offers diverse photographic opportunities of incredible natural beauty, and it is particularly popular among photographers. The highlands are located in the interior of the country, and there are some great places to visit if you’re planning a trip here; however this place is not accessible 365 days a year. Plan your visit in advance to avoid disappointment.
Some call this hidden gem Iceland’s bluest waterfall. Located on the Golden Circle in Iceland, about an hour drive from Reykjavík, Bruarfoss Waterfall is one of the top spots for wedding and engagement photos.
LITTLE BLACK CHURCH IN BUDIR
If you’re looking for a church that stands out from the crowd, Budakirkja will be right up your street. It’s set in the midst of a lava field with an equally epic glacier in the background.
This plane wreck is one of the most popular destinations for photographers and tourists in Iceland. The plane crashed in 1973 on the southern coast of the island with everyone on board surviving the crash. It’s a little tough to find and involves a bit of walking, but it’s well worth the effort if you’re after some unusual wedding photos.
Gljúfrafoss or Gljúfrabúi (Canyon Falls) is a very unique waterfall that is inside a green-colored moss-covered cave. It is near Seljalandsfoss on the South Coast of Iceland. It takes quite a lot of effort to get inside the cave but the views will be very rewarding.
ICELAND LAVA FIELDS
Iceland’s lava fields are created when volcanic eruptions take place, leaving behind large lava rocks that have cooled and hardened. The landscape itself is out of this world – think lunar craters and winding riverbeds. One such crater is known as Hverir. This is a popular place among photographers and it’s exactly the kind of wild setting that will give your wedding photos an edge over the competition.
At 30 meters wide and 12 meters tall, Goðafoss is an impressive sight to behold and one of the most popular and beautiful waterfalls here. It is created by the thunderous power of the river Skjálfandafljót which cascades over the edge of a lava field.
The Snaefellsness Peninsula is located on the western shore of Iceland. The peninsula is known as the location of one of Iceland’s most famous natural attractions, the Snaefellsjokull Glacier. It is also home to some amazing landscapes and coastlines and you can find some fantastic photo opportunities here.
INSIDE AN ICELANDIC GLACIER
If you want to take your wedding photos to a completely different level than go and explore the inside of an Icelandic glacier. Getting inside would require some fitness and hiring a guide is recommended however it is definitely worth it.
Skúgafoss is one of the largest local waterfalls that has a width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters. This waterfall allows you to get pretty close which can result in some spectacular wedding photos.
THE ARCTIC HENGE HEIMSKAUTSGERDID
The Arctic Henge is magical and a very unique place in the northeast of Iceland. The stone arches create a very interesting background for photos. The place reminds us of a very famous place in England called Stonehenge.
Finally, last but not least, Reykjavik. The capital and the largest city of Iceland can be very rewarding when going for a photo walk around the city. Its modern architecture can give your wedding photos an extra punch.
With its majestic beauty and romantic landscapes, Iceland is a perfect destination for a wedding or honeymoon. It really is a photographer’s dream to shoot at this location and you will be hit by the magic of Iceland when you come here. Dreamy waterfalls and colourful glacial rivers can be found just a few hours drive from Reykjavik. The country’s dramatic past also adds to the romance of the place. We hope you liked our list of some of the most stunning destinations in Iceland to take your wedding photos.