5 reasons to get married in Iceland

If you, or your other half, recently popped the question, we’re sure you’re already dreaming of your big day. Wedding planning is incredibly exciting, and one of the first things you’ll need to decide on is where to host the ceremony.

Here’s an idea: why not break from tradition and exchange vows in the pure, unspoiled and  unique and utterly enchanting island country of Iceland? Here are five compelling reasons we’re sure will inspire you to say “I do” there…

1. The backdrops are unbeatable

1. The backdrops are unbeatable

Iceland is home to countless natural wonders, most of which have provided the backdrop for numerous wedding ceremonies. Wed your beau in front of a waterfall, on the edge of a cliff, inside a glacier or cave, or beside a turquoise lagoon. You and your guests will be in total awe – and just imagine the wedding photo... If you’d rather stick with the traditional, Iceland offers that too. Walk down the aisle of a small, secluded church nestled in Iceland’s serene countryside. Or, opt for a city-centre venue, like Reykjavík’s mighty Hallgrímskirkja church.

2. You can blow off steam with a whole heap of activities

2. You can blow off steam with a whole heap of activities

What better way to de-stress than partaking in some of the many activities Iceland has to offer? Popular pastimes include snowmobiling, snorkelling, scaling glaciers, exploring caves, or traversing the luscious countryside on horseback. Aside from these activities, Iceland is the perfect place in which to relax, unwind and simply appreciate one another’s company. Why not book yourself into a spa like no other, such as the Blue Lagoon Retreat Spa or Myvatn Nature Baths?

3. You’ll get to enjoy an unforgettable wedding feast

3. You’ll get to enjoy an unforgettable wedding feast

Forget chicken roasts and mushroom risottos… when in Iceland, it’s only right you eat like an Icelander! With a plethora of new high-quality restaurants in Iceland, it‘s a country that offers practically any dish you can dream of. Encased by coastline, Iceland is famed for its fresh fish dishes, with locals favouring plaice, haddock, herring, halibut and shrimp, in particular. This seafood would make for truly scrumptious mains or starters for your wedding breakfast; if you’d prefer meat, free-roaming lamb is also a staple and is about organic as it gets.

4. Iceland is extremely accepting

4. Iceland is extremely accepting

Iceland welcomes all couples, regardless of creed, colour or sexual orientation. In fact, Iceland became the ninth country to legalise same-sex marriage in June 2010; the prime minister at the time, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, was able to marry her partner Jónína Leósdóttir when the bill was passed.

5. You can stick around for your honeymoon

5. You can stick around for your honeymoon

Iceland isn’t just a great place for a wedding; it’s also the perfect honeymoon destination. Marvel at the Northern Lights, relax in a geothermal spa, go whale watching, travel the winding mountain roads, and spot some of Iceland’s abundant wildlife – from puffins to arctic foxes, sea birds to reindeer (and even polar bears!). You’d be hard pressed to find another country that offers as much for honeymooning couples as Iceland.

You might not consider a capital city to be a fitting place for a honeymoon, but Reykjavik is one of – if not the – safest, greenest and cleanest capital cities in the world. With its superb sea views, our Fosshotel Reykjavik provides a perfect base from which to explore the city and its surrounding areas. Or, you could choose to cosy up in the old city centre at the romantic and charming Hotel Reykjavik Centrum. And, did you know Fosshotel Husavik is the biggest conference hotel in North Iceland and can also host weddings?

No matter where you choose to host your wedding, it’s guaranteed to be a day you won’t ever forget. But choose to exchange vows in the beautiful country of Iceland, and your wedding will be magical as well as memorable.