How Much Does it Cost to Elope in Iceland?

Before we get into the Iceland elopement costs, keep in mind that Iceland is the third most expensive country in the world.

Local banks have looked at what tourists typically spend, and the numbers are surprising. Staying in hotels in Reykjavik is 10-32% more expensive than in other Nordic capitals. Restaurant and lodging prices are 44% higher than the EU average, and alcohol costs a staggering 123% more. But don’t worry—there are plenty of ways to travel in Iceland without spending a fortune.
In this post, we’ll cover all the options, from the most luxurious to the most affordable, so everyone can plan their dream wedding in this beautiful country. At the end, you’ll find a detailed list of all the costs involved in a wedding or elopement in Iceland.

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How much does it cost to travel to Iceland?

Flights

The cost of flights to Iceland varies greatly depending on your location. From the US, expect to pay between $500 and $1000 one way. From Europe, flights can be as low as €70 one way. Major airlines like Icelandair, United Airlines, and Delta Airlines offer direct flights from several US cities.

To get a general idea of different flight routes, I typically use Momondo to check flights. Google Flights is also useful for finding flights in some cases, but I prefer to book directly with the airlines since the price difference is usually minimal. Many travel agents list cheaper fares on Momondo, but not all are reliable – there were cases of people scammed this way by the resellers listed there. Therefore, I always recommend booking directly with the airline. However, Momondo is great for displaying travel routes and providing a good estimate of flight costs.

Currency

The local currency is the Icelandic krona (ISK). It’s advisable to buy and sell in krona for favorable exchange rates. Credit cards are widely accepted, but having some cash on hand is recommended for smaller purchases and certain services.

Transportation Costs

Car Rentals

Renting a car is essential for getting around Iceland. During the high tourist season (May to early September), expect to pay between $500 and $600 for a week’s rental with insurance. A 4×4 vehicle is recommended, especially if you plan to visit the Highlands or travel during winter.

Car insurance is super important, especially when you’re driving in Iceland where anything can happen. Even though rental cars usually come with insurance, it’s smart to tack on some extra coverage.

Here are some extra protections you might want to consider:

  • Coverage for driving under the influence
  • Protection for things like tires, headlights, and the undercarriage
  • Insurance against damage from natural stuff like wind or sandstorms
  • Coverage if you accidentally drive into water

Oh, and don’t forget to ask about any discount codes to save some cash, especially since filling up the tank can cost around $90-100.

When it comes to rental companies, I’ve had a great experience with Blue Car Rental, which is just a quick 5-minute drive from Keflavik Airport. Europecar is another good option, and they all have a pickup spot right at the airport.

Local Buses

Buses are less frequent and run only once a day to certain areas. Costs range from $20 to $40 depending on the destination. Buses from Reykjavik primarily serve Selfoss and Vik in the south, with some routes to the west and the Highlands.
A local bus runs once a day from Mjódd bus station to the South region, costing around $20-$40 depending on your destination. Occasionally, the bus also goes to Höfn. Keep in mind that these buses don’t operate every day and don’t stop in every town. The main stops from Reykjavik are Selfoss and Vik if you’re heading to South Iceland. There are also buses that travel to the western part of Iceland once a day and some that go near the Highlands. You can check the routes on Strætó, Iceland’s local bus service.

Accommodation and Dining

Hostel prices range from $20 to $60 per night, while hotels can cost between $100 and $500 per night. If you’re open to sharing costs with your guests, renting large Airbnb apartments can be a cost-effective option.

Dining out typically costs around $20 to $60 per person, with breakfast generally being cheaper than lunch or dinner. The most economical option is to buy groceries and cook your own meals.

A great way to save is by using Icelandic coupons, available for download from Google Play and the App Store. The app provides discounts of up to 20% at various restaurants, mainly in the Reykjavik area and South Iceland. It also offers deals on Icelandic hot dogs at gas stations, sometimes even two-for-one specials.

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How much does it cost to book an Iceland elopement photographer and other elopement vendors?

Iceland Elopement Photographer

The cost of hiring an elopement photographer in Iceland depends on what you’re looking for. Do you need a photographer just to take pictures, or someone who can also help with elopement planning? There are various packages and price ranges available. On average, you can expect to pay between $3,000 and $6,000, depending on the level of assistance and the number of hours required for photography.

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Why Choose a Local Elopement Photographer?

While it might be tempting to hire a photographer and just cover their travel expenses, local photographers or those with extensive experience in Iceland are usually a better choice. They understand the unpredictable weather conditions and know how to keep you safe. Additionally, they have the necessary permissions to photograph on private lands, avoiding potential legal issues and environmental harm. For example, placing couples too close to the ocean at Reynisfjara beach can be dangerous due to sneaker waves.

Experienced local photographers know the best and safest spots for capturing stunning photos without risking anyone’s safety.

Iceland Officiant/Celebrant and Legal Paperwork

In 2024, hiring an officiant for your ceremony in Iceland costs about $700. The location of the ceremony can also impact this cost, with an additional fee of around $1.50 per kilometer for ceremonies outside Reykjavik.

The cost of a marriage certificate is ISK 2750, which is roughly $20.

What’s Included in the Officiant’s Fee:

  • Pre-planning the Ceremony: Your officiant will meet with you online to get to know you and create a meaningful and unique ceremony.
  • License Handling: The officiant will ensure all your paperwork is completed correctly, signed, and submitted to the office to make your marriage legal.
  • Travel Time and Ceremony: You’ll cover the officiant’s time to perform the ceremony and travel to your desired location.
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Iceland Hair and Makeup Artist

Hair and makeup services in Iceland can range from $200 to $1,000. The price depends on the complexity of your bridal hair and makeup. If the artist also provides services for your elopement guests, this will affect the final cost. Sometimes, the price includes a test run of the hair and makeup.

Possible Additional Costs for Hair and Makeup:

  • False eyelashes, updo hairstyles, and airbrush makeup
  • Travel fees for the artist
  • A trial session before your elopement day
  • Services for additional people, such as mothers or bridesmaids

Iceland Florist

The cost for floral arrangements ranges from $200 to $1,000. The size of the bouquet and any additional floral decorations will impact the price. If you’re celebrating at a wedding venue, consider whether you need flowers for decoration. Some flowers aren’t available year-round in Iceland, and importing specific flowers can be expensive.

Possible Additional Flower Costs:

  • The number of arrangements: bouquet, boutonniere, extra flowers for the ceremony spot, and venue decorations

Iceland Elopement Videographer

Hiring a videographer in Iceland can cost between $3,000 and $9,000. The price depends on how long they will be filming and the length and type of the final video. You can choose a short highlight reel or a longer video covering more of your day.

Factors Affecting Videographer Costs

  • Time: The more time spent filming, the higher the cost due to increased material to edit.
  • Final Video: Options range from a short highlight video to a full-length video of the entire ceremony and highlights.
  • Travel: Some videographers include travel costs in their packages, while others charge separately for travel and accommodation.

Private Tours for Your Elopement

For a unique elopement experience, consider booking a private tour. This allows you to explore special locations, like ice caves, privately with just your spouse. Private tours can start at $200 to $900 per person, depending on the type of tour. For example, a helicopter tour will cost more than an ice cave visit.

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Additional Costs for Your Elopement

Currency

Since you’ll be getting married in a country with a different currency, vendors may quote prices in either Icelandic kronor or dollars. It’s helpful to convert these prices to your own currency to stay on budget and add an extra 10-20% for any unexpected changes. Currency values fluctuate often, so this will help you avoid surprises. Many vendors in Iceland accept cash payments in Icelandic kronor, so confirm the preferred payment method with each vendor to ensure a smooth transaction.

Beauty Supplies

Consider costs for haircuts, potential hair coloring, and other pre-wedding beauty treatments.

Attire

Include expenses for the wedding dress, shoes, accessories, and suit.

Legal Requirements

Factor in the cost of legal documents needed to get officially married and any fees for mailing these documents.

Ceremony Essentials

Don’t forget the costs of wedding rings, ring boxes, and vow books. By considering these additional expenses along with other necessary items, you can create a comprehensive budget for your elopement in Iceland.

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Jane & Anton Iskra is a husband and wife duo of elopement photographers behind ISKRA photography.

Here on their website, you can see their vision of wedding and elopement photography. Their photography is multi-awarded and world-known through the features in the best blogs and magazines online.
They’re in deep love with Iceland and the outdoors, love, and moody cinematic photography. If this is something you’re looking for – don’t hesitate to contact!

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