How to elope in Norway - the ultimate guide

The ultimate guide to elope in Norway in 2022-2023

TIPS. VENUES & LOCATION IDEAS
for an adventure elopement in Norway

The dramatic coastal fjords, frozen glaciers, and towering mountains of Norway make it an incredible destination for an adventure elopement! If you want to spend your wedding day exploring, hiking, and having incredible, once-in-a-lifetime adventures together, a Norway elopement might be right for you.

But before you jet off to this Scandinavian country, there are a few things you should know about planning your Norway elopement! This guide will tell you all about eloping in Norway, and how to plan your adventurous wedding.

Let’s dive in…

First, let’s be sure we’re talking about the same thing:

What is an elopement?

Before we dig into planning your elopement in Norway, what does eloping actually mean? What is an elopement?
An elopement is truly anything you want it to be – it’s an adventurous hike, a laid back picnic, a multi day adventure, a celebration with family, a helicopter tour, an evening spent stargazing… anything you can imagine, you can do on your elopement day! Eloping is all about being intentional with how you get married. Spend the day doing whatever makes you happy, and start your marriage in a way that just feels right.

How to legally elope in Norway

How to Legally Elope in Norway

To get legally married in Norway, you do not have to be citizens – however, you do have to have legal stay. Legal stay can mean a residence permit, a visitor’s visa, or a valid visa free stay. This makes the process quite complicated, so for couples traveling to Norway to elope, I recommend doing the legal stuff at home. You can sign the papers at home for less hassle,  and that way, your elopement is all about adventures and fun – no worrying about paperwork, and you’ll have complete flexibility for your ceremony! Don’t worry, your marriage doesn’t begin until your vows are exchanged, and signing the papers before or after the elopement won’t make it any less real.

If you are citizens or have permanent residence in Norway, you can find instructions for getting legally married here.If you don’t live in the country, here are instructions for you! There’s more paperwork involved.

Why Elope in Norway?

Gorgeous Landscapes

Of course, the first reason to elope in Norway is the scenery. The landscapes of Norway are stunning, with waterfront picturesque towns, stunning mountains and fjords, and so much more.

The Northern Lights

If you elope in Norway from November to March, you might spot the Northern Lights! This incredible display is breathtaking, and what better time to experience the dancing lights than on your wedding day?

Norway is Easy to Travel In

Norway has great roads and public transportation, and most people speak English – making it an easy place to get around. The locals are friendly (it’s even been named the happiest country in the world), and always happy to help!

Top 5 spots to Elope in Norway

There are countless stunning places to elope in Norway – but here are just a few ideas!

Where to elope in Norway - Jotunheimen National Park

Jotunheimen National Park

Jotunheimen National Park has some of the most incredible mountain views in Norway, and is one of the best places to elope for couples who want to experience the jaw dropping scenery. There are rivers and waterfalls flowing between the mountain peaks, and you can spend the night in huts and cabins around the park!

Where to elope in Norway - Trolltunga

Trolltunga

This is one of the most incredible views in Norway – but it takes some work to get there! Trolltunga offers amazing views from the cliff, overlooking the lake and the towering mountains. The hike will take all day, winding through mountain peaks and incredible scenery the entire way.

Where to elope in Norway - Trollheimen mountain area

Trollheimen Mountain Area

In the heart of the mountains, there are several old fashioned villages and cute cottages, surrounded by the Trollheim Mountain Area. This is one of the best places to elope in Norway for nature activities, as well as unique lodging options!

Where to elope in Norway - Folgefonna National Park

Folgefonna National Park

The Folgefonna National Park has some of the best hiking trails, with mountains that tower over alpine lakes. There are tons of glaciers and mountains to explore, and you can choose from short nature trails to long backpacking treks, and everything in between.

Where to elope in Norway - Geiranger Fjord

Geiranger Fjord

The Geiranger Fjord is Norway’s most famous Fjord, and is considered one of the most beautiful ones in the world! It’s known for its incredible waterfalls, including the famous Seven Sisters – a stunning waterfall with seven different streams.

Where to elope in Norway - Svalbard

Svalbard

For the most remote experience possible in one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Svalbard archipelago is the best place to consider. Very few people travel there every year and this place is know for its untouched beauty, its raw nature and its wilderness. If you’d like to spot polar bears on your elopement day, the Svalbard archipelago is the best place for you!

When to plan an elopement in Norway

When to Elope in Norway

The best time for your Norway elopement will depend on what you want to do! There’s no bad time to visit, but your experience will be different depending on each season.

WINTER

Winter is the least popular time for tourists in Norway, because the weather is harsh and cold. Temperatures are often below freezing, with snow falling – especially in the higher elevation areas. The days are short, but this is the best time to see the Northern Lights.

SPRING

Early spring is still cold in Norway, but by the end of May, it gets sunnier and warmer. The wildflowers bloom, and hikes open up! This is the best time for a Norway elopement if you want to see the waterfalls in full force.

SUMMER

Summer is definitely the best time to elope in Norway, but it is the most popular time to visit! The days are long, and snow melts in the mountains, creating perfect hiking conditions. It does rain occasionally, so be prepared with some waterproof layers, but the weather in Norway is ideal for outdoor adventures!


FALL

The fall colors make Norway absolutely stunning. This is a great time to elope, as it’s still warm in early fall, but less people are around. Especially in coastal areas, the weather is more mild. Rain is frequent, but with waterproof gear, you’ll have some privacy on your elopement day.

How Much Does it Cost to Elope in Norway?

HIGH – END ELOPEMENT

Travel to and from Norway: $1 000
5 nights in a high-end accommodation // $1 500
Elopement photographer // $7 000
Private chef or full board // $2 000
Officiant // $1 000
Florist // $500
Rentals // $500
Wedding dress and accessories // $4 000
Suit and accessories // $1 000

TOTAL FOR A HIGH – END ELOPEMENT IN NORWAY:

$18 500

BUDGET ELOPEMENT

Travel to and from Norway: $1 000
5 nights in an airbnb // $800
Elopement photographer // $7 000
Food // $600
Officiant // $500
Florist // $300
Wedding dress and accessories // $2 000
Suit and accessories // $400

TOTAL FOR A BUDGET ELOPEMENT IN NORWAY:

$12 600

What to wear for your elopement in Norway

What to Wear to Elope in Norway

There are some extra considerations when deciding what to wear for an elopement. You’ll be moving around more than you would at a traditional wedding, so it’s important to keep comfort in mind!

The Dress

When eloping in Norway, the most important thing is being able to move – so opt for loose skirts and styles that allow for movement and adventures. Norway is often cold, especially in the mountains, so heavier fabrics can help. For hikes, lightweight fabrics can help you stay cool on your adventures.

The Shoes

Shoes are one of the most important parts of your elopement attire – there’s nothing worse than getting a blister on a hike! You’ll be walking around and exploring, so shoes that are comfortable and sturdy are vital. Hiking boots are the best option if you plan to hit the trails. Make sure they’re broken in!

The Suit

With elopement suits, it’s easy to layer! A jacket is perfect to keep you warm in the mountains, and taking it off will keep you cool on a hike. Make sure your elopement suit fits well, and allows you to move easily.

Elope in Norway – Your Checklist


Choose a Location

Deciding where to elope is probably the hardest part of planning your Norway elopement. There are so many beautiful places! But don’t worry – that’s what I’m here for.
As an elopement photographer, I help couples find the perfect place to tie the knot and say their vows. As a travel planner, I’m always exploring to find the best secret spots! Once you’ve decided to elope in Norway, don’t hesitate to get in touch for planning assistance.

Pick a date

After you research the weather and decide what you want to do when you elope in Norway, choose a date for your ceremony!

Find more information about travel visas and wedding documentation

US citizens traveling to Norway for less than 90 days do not need a visa!

Book your flights and accommodation

Booking flights and lodging early, especially if you elope in the summer during Norway’s peak season, ensures that you find the best deals and can stay close to your elopement location.

Book your vendors

Book your elopement vendors as soon as possible, because they’ll be a huge help in planning your day! They also fill their calendars quickly, so reach out early to work with your favorites.

Live your dream elopement

Spend the day adventuring, and tie the knot! Get married to your best friend in a unique, true to you way.

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Let’s chat!

Are you eager to start planning your elopement in Norway? I’m here to help you envision, plan and immortalize this beautiful adventure! Contact me now for a free consultation!

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