The ultimate guide to elope in the Lofoten Islands
TIPS. VENUES & LOCATION IDEAS
for an adventure elopement in the Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten Islands are an incredible underrated destination – the archipelago off the coast of Norway has incredible scenery, with dramatic peaks and valleys and jaw dropping landscapes. An adventurous Lofoten Islands wedding is perfect for any couple who wants to elope in a remote, wild destination, and this guide will tell you everything you need to know!
Let’s dive in…
Welcome to the Adventure of a Lifetime
Hey there, I’m Amber! I’m your elopement photographer and planner – your one-stop-shop for absolutely everything you need for a magical, incredible elopement day.
I offer all-inclusive elopement packages for couples who want to relax and let me handle absolutely everything, as well as options for couples who like a little bit of DIY! I’ll find the perfect place for you to exchange vows, recommend vendors, help you figure out travel and lodging, make a timeline, and more – personalizing each part of your elopement day to perfectly suit the two of you. And of course, I’ll be there to take the photos and document this once in a lifetime adventure.
You aren’t like every other couple, and your wedding day shouldn’t be either! I’ll help you craft a day that’s true to you, authentic, and real, allowing you to immerse yourselves in the experience as you say your “I dos.”
First, let’s be sure we’re talking about the same thing:
What is an elopement?
Making the decision to elope is the first step in planning your adventurous Lofoten Islands wedding! Eloping means something totally different than it used to – today, eloping means being intentional in how you get married, and prioritizing your experience as you plan your day. It’s about doing what’s right for you, not what’s expected of you!
How to Legally Elope in the Lofoten Islands
To get legally married when you elope in the Lofoten Islands, you need to learn about Norway’s marriage laws. Some couples who elope abroad decide to do the paperwork at home to make things easier, but if you decide to get legally married during your elopement, you need to have legal stay in Norway.
This means you’re a resident or a citizen, or you have a visitor’s visa or a valid visa free stay. This marks the process a little difficult! If you’re a citizen or permanent resident in Norway, you can find instructions for getting legally married in the Lofoten Islands on this page. There’s a little more paperwork for couples who don’t live in Norway, but you can find instructions on this website!
For couples from the US:
In certain states, you can ask your county clerk the authorization to sign your wedding license abroad. If they agree, as a registered minister, my team and I will be able to legally marry you without the hassle of a legal wedding ceremony in Lofoten Islands.
Why Elope in THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS?
One of the biggest reasons to tie the knot in the Lofoten Islands is the incredible natural beauty you’ll find! The outdoor adventures are endless, and the scenery is remote and rugged, perfect for an elopement.
The Northern Lights
In the winter, when nights are long, you might catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights in the Lofoten Islands! Getting to see the colorful lights dance in the sky is an experience you’ll never forget.
Not only is the scenery stunning in the Lofoten Islands, it’s also a lesser known travel destination – for now. As more people learn about the rugged beauty and incredible nature, the islands become more popular – but eloping now means you have a good chance of finding some secluded spots to exchange vows!
Top 5 spots to Elope in THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS
To get you inspired for your wedding day, here are some of the incredible places where you can elope in the Lofoten Islands!
There are tons of gorgeous beaches on the Lofoten Islands, but Kvalvika requires a hike to get there – so it’s incredibly scenic, and also more secluded! There are several trails that lead to this gorgeous beach, where you can get married amongst the cliffs towering over the ocean.
Svolværgeita Mountain is one of the most popular peaks – so if you want a true adventure, climb to the top or explore the nearby trails! The towering pinnacle is popular for rock climbers, and there are plenty of trails and overlooks nearby where you can have incredible views of the unique landmark.
In the cute fishing village of Henningsvær, you can experience some of the local culture, as well as the stunning mountains surrounding the town! In November and December, the town turns into a winter wonderland for Christmas, with lights everywhere and festivals throughout the season.
Lofotodden National Park
This national park holds some of the most incredible landscapes in the Lofoten Islands, with stunning peaks, ocean views, and deep fjords. It’s the perfect place to get married for couples who want some outdoor adventures!
The small island village of Reine features reflective lakes, and mountain peaks all around. It’s the perfect place to elope if you want a quiet village to stay in, along with incredible views everywhere you look!
When to Elope in the Lofoten Islands
The weather is pretty dramatic in the Lofoten Islands, so when you plan your wedding, think about seasons before you set a date!
Winter is when most people stay away – it’s very cold, and the nights are nearly 24 hours long. However, this is definitely the best time to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, and the time when you’ll see the least visitors around!
In March, it’s still dark nearly all day, but the islands start to warm up and visitors come to see the Northern Lights. The coastal climate means it rarely snows on the islands, so if you bring lots of layers, spring can be a good time to elope – by the end of the spring it gets warmer and brighter, though the weather can be unpredictable.
For most couples, summer is going to be the best time to elope in the Lofoten Islands. It’s warm and sunny, and the sun doesn’t set from late May to mid July, which gives you extra time to explore! This is the perfect time for outdoor adventures.
Late summer and fall tend to be pretty rainy, but this can be a good time to elope after the summer crowds have gone home! You’ll get warm weather in the beginning of fall, but temperatures start to drop quickly at the end of October.
EXAMPLE BUDGET OF AN ELOPEMENT in THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS
All-inclusive, 7-day ELOPEMENT
6 nights in accommodation (3* or more)
Elopement photographer for 3 days
All meals for the 7 days
4-5 beautiful, natural and raw ceremony location options
Custom timeline of the day
Hair and makeup
TOTAL FOR An all-inclusive ELOPEMENT IN THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS:
Elopement photographer for 12 hours
4-5 beautiful, natural and raw ceremony location options
Custom timeline of the day
TOTAL FOR A 12-hour ELOPEMENT IN THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS:
What to Wear to Elope in the Lofoten Islands
Choosing what to wear to elope isn’t like deciding on attire for a traditional wedding! Here’s what you need to knot to stay comfortable on your elopement day.
Make sure you choose a dress style that’s comfortable and allows you to move easily. Dresses with loose, flowy skirts are usually much better than mermaid styles or anything that’s too restricting! For summer elopements, a lighter dress with lightweight fabric can help you stay cool while you hike or adventure. For colder months in the Lofoten Islands, choosing a heavier fabric can help you stay warm, and you can add a jacket, shawl, or cape.
Shoes are one of the most important things when you choose your elopement attire! Blisters are awful, so choose shoes that fit well and are comfortable. If you get new shoes, be sure to break them in before the wedding.
Hiking boots are best if you plan to walk a lot, and will keep your feet and ankles safe on your adventures!
A suit with a jacket is a great choice for a Lofoten Islands elopement. It’s easy to layer, and will help you stay warm or keep cool, depending on the season and time of day! Make sure the suit feels comfortable, and that you can move freely.
Elope in the Lofoten Islands – Your Checklist
Choose a Location
This is one of the most exciting parts of planning your Lofoten Islands wedding – choosing that perfect place to say your vows.
Part of my job as your elopement photographer is to help you find it. As a travel planner, I’m always exploring to find the best secret spots! Once you’ve decided to elope in the Lofoten Islands, don’t hesitate to get in touch for planning assistance.
Pick a date
Get familiar with the seasons and weather in the Lofoten Islands, as well as when the best time to go is to avoid crowds – then set a date for your elopement!d crowds in Finland, you’ll need to set a date for your elopement!
Find more information about travel visas and wedding documentation
Unless you’re staying in Norway for more than 90 days, most couples don’t need a visa to elope in the Lofoten Islands!
Book your flights and accommodation
Make sure to make your bookings early on, to get the best deals and to ensure you can find places to stay close to your elopement location.
Book your vendors
Your vendors are a huge part of the day – so make sure to find people you love, and to reach out early so that you can work with the best team to make your day come to life!
Live your dream elopement
This is it! Time to live the incredible adventure we’ve been planning, and have the wedding day of your dreams. Contact me to learn more about Lofoten Islands elopement packages, and let’s start planning!
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How to plan your peaceful elopement in THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS with me
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Imagine a wedding where you can be you. Breathe. Bask in each other’s love.
Experience a place close to your hearts, or a bucket-list dream.
Are you eager to start planning your elopement in the Lofoten Islands? I’m here to help you envision, plan and immortalize this beautiful adventure! Contact me now for a free consultation!