Elopement: Dyrhólaey,Vik in Iceland
Their Iceland elopement took place at Dyrhólaey around sunset on a late June day. We began prep at an Airbnb, where they did their own hair and make-up. They wrote their vows into their notebooks and got dressed for their wedding. We took the hour drive toward Vik together while jamming to music to get us in the mood.
If you are thinking of having a similar trip, our trip was mainly planned through e-mails and a shared Google doc. I’ve consolidated the info from the couple which shared a bit more about the trip, their ideal wedding, and their plans for the elopement.
“We have a camper van so we’ll be sleeping in and be mobile in that bad boy. We have an Airbnb booked near Seljalandsfoss for the day before elopement and vow exchanges! It is about an hour from Dyrhólaey.
For our elopement, we envision something scenic, natural, and private. We will simply be reading the vows to each other. There is about 21 hours of daylight in late June so anytime really works. To be as private as possible, we are thinking 11pm at night. We can catch sunset thereafter.
We’re planning on bringing boho style dresses and really leaning into the natural beauty of the country and of us. We hope to keep it simple.”
I was in Portland finishing up a wedding in Oregon when I received a WhatsApp message that said, “Hey Justin! We are so excited to see you! We have been in Iceland for a few nights and this place is gorgeous! We have been talking and we were thinking, to make life easier for all of us, you can tag along in the camper van! We have extra space! So please go ahead and cancel your rental car reservation! See you soon!”
Pro-tip: “On June 21st the sun is visible for the full 24 hours in the Westfjords.
Iceland is the land of the midnight sun. In Reykjavík it will not get dark at night from May 21 until July 30, as the sun barely sets in summer.
Around the summer solstice (June 21st), the sun is visible for the full 24 hours in the Westfjords and North Iceland. In the southern part of the country, and the capital of Reykjavík the sun actually does set below the horizon on summer solstice, but only for a couple of hours. The sky does not go dark, allowing you to read a book outside in the middle of the night. On June 21 the sun rises at 2:55 AM, and sets at 4 minutes past midnight on June 22.
The midnight sun therefore stays visible in the sky for more than 21 hours in Reykjavík in the middle of summer.”
If you are interested in having an Iceland elopement, please feel free to contact me!
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