and the reasons why you should elope in Norway

How to Elope in Norway in 2025 (+best locations and what to avoid)

To be honest, I'm hoping my wife doesn't read this blog post because I plan to surprise her soon. When we got traditionally married, I felt we didn't get the best experience as a couple. That's why I'm hoping to plan a vow renewal and a meaningful experience for us in the near future. And you guessed right, it's happening in Norway!

In this blog post, I'm sharing what makes Norway so special as an elopement destination, but also why I regret we didn't elope there. Also, I'm sharing what places I would avoid and the best places to elope in Norway. But let's first answer the first question: what makes Norway so unique that it's one of the best countries to elope?

Let's talk about Elopements in Norway

September 29th, 2023.
Updated May 10th, 2024.

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There’s something about Norway that makes me feel more present, more myself. It’s the barren, raw nature – vast, empty, and rough. The clear air. The quietness that surrounds you, the ruggedness of the landscapes. The feeling of freedom. All of this somehow pulls the focus towards you. It’s such a special feeling, and to me, that is the perfect setting to elope. A place that feels like it’s only yours for the moment. Where all the elements are focused on you, and still, you’re only a tiny little part of it all.

To me, there are so many reasons why you should elope in Norway, but the biggest reason is emotional presence. If you’re anything like me, when you throw that big party and invite all your family and friends, you’ll be most focused on making the day right for them. You want them to have a great time, be entertained, for the food to be great and the drinks to be just right. And through all that, celebrating your love somehow becomes secondary, even if it’s the reason why everybody is there.

That’s what happened to me and my wife on our wedding day. And in hindsight, I know we should have eloped and thrown a big barbecue party for our friends and family afterward. Our relationship deserved more focus on this milestone day. We should have honored our connection more, and surrounded by so many people, this simply wasn’t possible.

If I could do it over, I would plan something incredible together rather than throwing that party. We would travel to Northern in Norway for our epic day and hike to our ceremony location on a mountain somewhere. We would focus on the journey, on each other. And I would take in every moment of our Norway elopement. 

WHY WE SHOULd've Eloped in the fjords of Norway

Why elope in Norway

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I want you to dream big, encourage you to do things you’ve always wanted to do on your elopement day. Make it epic day. Make it truly the experience of a life-time.

Focusing on the things that matter the most

Let's be honest: Norway is incredibly unique but also secluded. Sure, some of most beautiful places here, like Kvalvika Beach in the North or Trolltunga in Vestland, might be very crowded for a few months during the year, but there are also mountaintops where you can spend the whole day and night without anyone else. The mountains aren't that high, but they are steep! The good thing is that if you hike for 20-30 minutes, you get some fantastic views, which is pretty unbelievable. And because you're at sea level, you don't get tired similarly when hiking at high altitudes.

2. Norway incredibly unique but still secluded:

There’s something strikingly different about those harder-to-reach rural places. Places where the landscape has been the same for centuries. The convenience that people are seeking from elsewhere isn’t important here. Getting somewhere quickly doesn’t matter when the journey itself is worth it, not the destination. Life itself feels more honest and genuine.

I firmly believe that if you want to truly feel present, there’s no better place than Norway. Places like Vestvågøy or Tromsø are completely at the mercy of the elements. There, nature’s force sets the rhythm, and we humans are only a tiny piece of it all. And you can feel this deep in your soul when you stand by the wild sea or at one of the silent lakes when you travel through vast open spaces and explore nature's barren, raw beauty in the north. It is the best way to empty your mind of the ordinary and let your everyday stress fade away. It makes us see what’s really important in life, and everything else simply falls away.

And to me, it’s this indescribable focus on the things that really matter that make these places in the north the ideal location for your elopement. In that vast, majestic landscape far from big cities, it is as if for the moment everything was focusing on you. And it’s just the two of you.

1. It's easier to be present for each other:

Why to plan a Norwegian wedding?

The reasons why you should plan your elopement in Norway

Because Norway lengthens so north, you can most likely experience at least one of these two phenomenons in the north. If you haven't seen the midnight sun in Northern Norway, I promise you it will blow your mind. It's like you're having endless sunset for several hours. You just don't want to sleep. On the other hand, the dance of the northern lights can be super beautiful if the sky is clear.

7. You can experience the northern lights or midnight sun on your elopement day:

I mean, how cool is that! So, if you're having an LGBT elopement, Norway is the place to do it. It's one of the safest places in the world and truth be told, I've traveled through Norway several times and never felt unsafe or scared anywhere. In fact, I can't name a country that feels safer than Norway. 

6. Norway is a country that was one of the first to legalize same-sex marriage in the world:

Some may desire the predictability of a clear sunny day, but in my experience, Norway’s unpredictable weather crafts the most memorable stories. A sudden drizzle, a gust of chilly wind, or a looming cloud—each adds a touch of rawness and authenticity to your fjord wedding. This is why I think there's beauty in embracing what the day brings. It's nature's way of reminding us that true love isn't about perfection but thriving in every circumstance.

5. The unpredictability makes everything feel more real:

There are a lot of steep mountains, especially in the North, where you can't take a gondola up or land with a helicopter because there are no gondolas and it's impossible to land with a helicopter to the mountaintops that remind more needle than anything else. Sometimes, it can feel annoying, but I promise you - when you experience the steep hikes yourself - it's so much more rewarding, and you understand why the people with their sneakers don't share the same views. This makes your wedding in Norway so unique compared to other EU countries.

4. You usually can't buy a ticket to a mountaintop:

If you've been lucky enough to enjoy Norway's nature, you probably have wondered how most trails aren't well marked. For some, it's a negative, but for me, it's one of the biggest positives of the country. I mean, it just feels different: when you go hiking, you have to pay attention to your steps and whether the path you're going is made by humans or sheep. It feels so much more organic compared to the well-maintained trails of Switzerland where you can almost drive a car.

Also, not everyone has the will to hike up to those mountains, which gives you more secluded options for your Norway elopement.

3. Norway's nature isn't for everyone (which is also a positive for secludness):

Yeah, I know. It sounds like I don't care about your wedding photos but it couldn't be further from the truth. Hear me out. Wedding photos are different compared to your headshots at work. You probably don't just want cool images, you want to have the experience of a lifetime and you also want to remember how if all felt. That's why I think the most important thing is to choose a photographer, who values your experience.

As a photographer, I believe that the moments and memories of your special day are more important than just creating a perfect photo. Instead of replicating the picture-perfect images you see on Instagram or Pinterest, I encourage you to focus on one thing: how do you want to feel about each other when looking at your wedding photos?

Rather than staging elaborate poses and forced emotions, I want to capture the genuine essence of your love story. We can climb that mountain together or find a beautiful spot by the lake, but these are not just backdrops for your wedding photos alone – they are the settings for your story. My promise to you is that we won't do anything solely for the sake of a photo; we will do it for the experience.

When you look back at your wedding photos, I want you to see the story of how you committed to each other, the love you felt, the connection you shared, and the incredible adventure you embarked on together that day. If you feel the emotions in the moment, you will feel them when looking at your wedding photos, and that's what matters most to me.

Why do I care more about your experience than your wedding photos?

Geirangerfjord (mentioned earlier) As previously mentioned, a Geirangerfjord elopement can be both breathtaking and intimate if you choose the right time of the year. Be mindful of the peak tourist season to ensure a more private experience.


Preikestolen elopement can be awe-inspiring but is often hindered by the crowds of tourists visiting the site. If a secluded experience is what you're after, visiting during the off-season or choosing a lesser-known location for your wedding is most likely your best bet.

Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

A Flåm elopement can be enchanting due to its picturesque landscapes, but the area is also quite popular with tourists. For a more intimate ceremony, you may want to look for alternative locations that offer similar beauty without the crowds.



While a Trolltunga elopement might sound appealing due to its striking beauty, the location is often crowded with tourists throughout most of the year. If you're seeking a secluded experience, consider visiting during the off-season or choosing a different destination altogether.


Stetind or sometimes Stetinden, selected in 2002 as a National mountain of Norway, is located in Nordland. If you want to summit it, it's only for the most adventurous elopements, as it's basically only for climbers. That doesn't mean you shouldn't consider eloping there, because you can explore other options nearby and still enjoy the magnificent views.

Far away from the crowds: Stetind as an elopement location

Aurland can be quite busy during the peak season, but if you're willing to hike for a bit, you can have your fjord wedding in a truly secluded place. Nærøyfjord (Narrow fjord) is incredible place to visit, offering stunning views especially where the fjord is only 500m wide at some parts.

Nærøyfjord elopement in Aurland

 A Geirangerfjord elopement during the off-peak season will make your hearts sing. With its sheer beauty, it's perfect for couples seeking a serene and intimate experience. Imagine your vows being exchanged at the enchanting Skageflå farm or the tranquil viewpoint at Ørnesvingen, far from the tourist crowds.

Lofoten Islands offers a truly unique elopement experience where dramatic landscapes, towering mountains, traditional fishing villages, and breathtaking natural beauty are at your fingertips. Picture your ceremony at hidden gems like Henningsvær, Vesterålen, or Værøy, where you can enjoy the serenity of Kvalvika Beach or the tranquil village of Reine, away from the crowds.

Eloping in Bodø is a truly unique experience, where the vibrant city meets the beauty of the Arctic wilderness. Envision your ceremony at stunning natural attractions like Finnesjura, Finnesfjellet, Svartisen glacier, or Langsanden beach. Picture a quiet ceremony on the shores of Mjelle Beach or the breathtaking Kjerringøy peninsula, where you can focus on your love and commitment.

Senja, Norway's second-largest island, is a magical setting for couples seeking a romantic and secluded elopement. Imagine pledging your love on mountain top of the island's striking mountain peaks, remote locations such as Barden, or opting for a serene ceremony at the picturesque Mefjordvær village. Your ceremony at Senja will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Imagine saying "I do" in the heart of the majestic Lyngen Alps, with the pristine wilderness embracing you and your partner. Just a 2-hour drive from Tromsø, you'll find awe-inspiring landscapes that will make your special day unforgettable. Picture yourselves exchanging vows at the secluded Jægervatnet or the picturesque Lyngseidet waterfront.

Just imagine this: a magical Tromsø elopement where you exchange vows surrounded by the enchanting Arctic landscape, the northern lights flickering above you. Tromsø is a vibrant city with a rich history, perfect for couples seeking a unique experience. And if you're looking for a more intimate spot, the nearby island of Kvaløya offers the serenity of the absolutely stunning fjords below, far away from the hustle and bustle.

Tromsø as an elopement location

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How to get legally married if both of you are foreign citizens (for example Americans)?

Norway elopement - the legal side

Getting married in Norway

You don't have to have a residence permit in Norway or be a Norwegian citizen to get legally married in Norway, but you must have a legal stay. Legal case can mean that you have a residence permit, residence as an EU/EEA national, a visitor visa or a valid visa-free stay.

Before you can get married in Norway you must get a certificate which shows that you fulfil the conditions for entering into marriage (prøvingsattest), which is valid for 4 months. You must give this certificate to the person who is officiating the marriage.

The full requirements for marriage license can be found on the Norwegian Tax Administration website but here's the short version:

  1. Separate personal declarations from each of you

  2. Statement by the sponsor (You need two witnesses, one of each side. They don't need to present during the ceremony).

  3. A declaration concerning division – if either of you have been married before

  4. Documentation of name, age and citizenship, for example passport or birth certificate.

  5. A certificate from the home country, and if applicable, the most recent country of residence, showing that there is no impediment to you entering into marriage in Norway. The certificate must be no more than four months old. The certificate must be original, and must be legalised or endorsed with an apostille.

  6. Citizens from countries outside the Nordic region must provide documentation  showing that they are legally resident in Norway.

Short answer: Yes you can! However, it's not as easy as you probably imagine.

Can you legally marry in Norway?

In short, if you are not both citizens of Nordic countries, I would highly recommend the symbolic ceremony for the best experience. But don't worry, I'll tell you why I think the symbolic ceremony can actually be more meaningful and beautiful than the official one.

the best time to Elope in Norway

Symbolic ceremonies offer the flexibility to hold your elopement wherever you desire (like in this photo), and you can tailor it to include only the two of you or invite a loved one to officiate. Legalizing your marriage in your home country beforehand allows you to focus on the intimate and authentic moments during your Norwegian elopement.

In my experience, the most authentic moments during the wedding ceremonies often only involve the couple getting married or when someone close to them (like a friend) is doing the ceremony. Even if you're doing the ceremony just between the two of you, it's still good to remember that the most meaningful ceremonies require thoughtful planning. I'm happy to give my tips how to make your wedding or elopement ceremony even more meaningful.

Should you get legally married in Norway or have a symbolic elopement ceremony?

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The best way to elope in Norway

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Norway's enchanting beauty shines year-round, offering a range of seasonal experiences for your elopement. The summer months (mid-May to mid-September) bring milder weather and extended daylight, allowing you to explore the awe-inspiring landscapes and bask in the midnight sun's unique glow during your special day. For those dreaming of a winter wonderland, Norway's winter months present a chance to witness snow-draped mountains, icy waterfalls, and intimate, candlelit celebrations. Keep in mind that Norway's weather can be unpredictable, particularly in the mountains and fjords. Remaining flexible and embracing the unexpected can add a touch of magic to your elopement, making it all the more memorable.

Norway has taught me to appreciate the beauty of its wild and untamed weather. The enchanting northern landscape is enhanced by the soft summer light, foggy autumn mornings, or stormy winds and rain. I've come to love the north not just despite, but also because of its weather. Grey skies and a touch of rain can make a day feel even more magical than one with a perfectly blue sky and sun. These elements contribute to the sense of adventure and the spirit of the north that has captivated my heart.

My favorite months in Norway are just before the tourist season (late May - early June) or after (late August - early September). This way, you can roam free without the crowds. If you want to experience the midnight sun, choose spring, or if you're more into northern lights, choose autumn. If you want to have the most stable weather, elope in summer but I choose a location that is a bit further away from the crowds.

No matter which season you choose for your Norwegian wedding, the most important thing is to select a time that resonates with you and your partner. Consider your personal preferences, hobbies, and the type of experience you'd like to have, and let those factors guide your decision.

What is the best time of the year for your Norway elopement?

Let's embrace the weather

At the beginning of 2023 I started offering elopements at set locations in Northern Europe on set dates throughout the year as full day or multi-day experiences. These locations are chosen for their ability to help you feel present and connected with your partner. Surrounded by the wild sea, silent lakes, and vast open spaces, you'll experience the raw beauty of the north. To show my love for the fjord weddings, my first location was Tromsø.

To ensure the best possible experience, I limit availability to 1-2 elopements per destination. To stay informed about upcoming adventure elopement destinations, join my mailing list and follow me on Instagram.

The locations I select are places where I, too, would have loved to elope with my wife. They are more than just romantic getaways; they are the perfect setting to escape the ordinary and focus on your loved one.

If you haven't found your perfect location, ask for a la carte elopement packages. I would love to help you plan your wedding! See more at my FAQ section.

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As an elopement photographer, I also provide vendor recommendations for everything from a wedding planner to accommodations and rental cars, ensuring your elopement day runs smoothly. And if you're looking for more elopement inspiration or a planning guide, I offer a free consultation to help bring your vision adventure elopement to life.

When it comes to choosing the perfect elopement location in Norway, the possibilities are virtually endless. Each location offers a unique and unforgettable setting for your wedding photos and ceremony.

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Hey! I'm Jaakko!

I'm an elopement photographer based in Norway's neighbor country, Finland. From where I usually spend my summers, it's only a few hours' drive to Norway.

My wife Ida and I tied the knot in 2015, and we now have two beautiful kids.

My passion for nature comes from my upbringing. My parents ensured I had an active childhood, and I even competed in orienteering, which made map reading second nature to me. I love road trips, visual arts, and trail running. 

When getting to know couples, I approach them with an open mind and heart. I'm excited to learn about the real you, your shared moments, passions, and daily life. I'll be open with you, too, because I know it's a huge honor to be invited to capture one of the most important days of your life.


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