Here you go, straight from the Government of Iceland's mouth. Of course we can help decode this for you. but we wanted to share the 100% official skinny on getting legally married in Iceland
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I am not gonna lie. There is a little bit of a maze of paperwork to get thru to get married in Iceland but it is totally worth it. I know you have never heard of a certificate of Non-impediment but not to worry, I got your back and I will guide you in the process.
Civil marriage in the district of Reykjavík is administered by:
Sýslumaðurinn í Reykjavík (The Reykjavik District Commissioner)
Tel.: 354 569 2480
Fax.: 354- 562 4870
Civil marriage ceremonies are performed at the office at Skógarhlíð 6, Reykjavík at 15:00 or 15:30. There is a fee of IKR 7.700,-.
Before civil marriage can take place, the partners must submit documentation to verify that there are no impediments to the marriage according to The Law in Respect of Marriage no. 93, April 14th,1993. Both parties must be 18 years of age and not already married.
Only original documents will be accepted. Documents in other languages than English and the Scandinavian languages have to be accompanied by a translation.
All documents should be delivered at the same time.
All documents must be received 2 weeks before the planned wedding date. If more convenient, copies can first be sent by fax or e-mail, and the originals handed in at a later date, no later than 5 days before the planned wedding date. If the documents are not received within this time frame, the planned marriage will be considered cancelled.
This form is provided by Sýslumaðurinn í Reykjavik. It can be sent to you by mail if required. The form has to be carefully filled in according to the instructions provided, signed by both parties, and signed by two trustworthy persons who, by signing the form, vouch for the fact that there are no legal impediments to the planned marriage.
2. Birth certificate
Both parties need to submit their birth certificates. The originals may be returned after the wedding ceremony if required.
3. Certificate of marital status *
Both parties need to submit a certificate of marital status issued by the relevant authority in their country, state or region. The certificate must be issued within 4 weeks prior to the wedding ceremony.
* Some countries do not issue a certificate of marital status. If that is the case in the country of either partner, a declaration of honour is required, issued by the bride/groom stating that she/he is not married, or that she/he is divorced/widowed, and has not remarried. It is preferred that the bride/groom make the declaration of honour before a Notary Public. If that is not possible, contact us.
If bride/groom is a foreign citizen or residing abroad, a certificate issued in their country, confirming that there are no impediments to the planned marriage, may be required.
4. If bride/groom is divorced
A divorce decree, a document to prove that previous marriage has ended with a divorce. It is also necessary to prove that the division of assets and liabilities between the former spouses has been finalized.
5. If bride/groom is a widow/widower
An official document showing that the estate (assets and liabilities) of the deceased spouse has been finalized/divided.
6. Legal stay in Iceland
It is required that both parties are staying legally in Iceland when the wedding takes place. Proof of that must be presented: Residence permit, visa or confirmation of arrival date (passport stamp or flight ticket).
Information in English regarding residence permits and visas can be found at the website of The Icelandic Directorate of Immigration: www.utl.is/english
Both parties must present valid passports.
Citizens of Denmark, Sweden, Norway or Finland are required to present a certificate from their country, to confirm that there are no impediments to marriage. "Hjónavígsluskýrsla" (1.) and passports (7.) must be presented, but the documents mentioned under items 2., 3., 4., 5. and 6 are not required. A resident of Denmark, Sweden, Norway or Finland may in the same way submit such a certificate issued in their country of residence, confirming that there are no impediments to marriage.
In Sweden the required document is "Intyg hindersprövning" or "Marriage licence" issued by "Skatteverket".
In Denmark the required document is "Ægteskabsattest" or "Certificate of marital status" issued by "Kommunen".
In Norway the required document is "Prøvingsattest" or "Certificate of no impediment to marriage" issued by "Folkeregister"
In Finland the required document is "Intyget över prövning av hinder"/"Certificate of the examination of the impediments to marriage" issued by "maistraatti / magistraten"
When the ceremony has taken place, a marriage certificate, in English, can be obtained from "Þjóðskrá" The National Registry Office
tips and trick for travellers to iceland
tips and trick for travellers to iceland
I am going to impart all my wisdom from 15 years of traveling to Iceland
#1-Bring a water bottle.
The best way to show your love and respect for this beautiful country not to mention the Icelandic people is by not buying plastic water bottles. The water is some of the best in the world and it tastes the best coming from your very own Kleen Kanteen. By the end of your trip you will be one of the many tourists who line up at the water bottle refill fountain at the airport to bring a few more precious drops of this luscious liquid back home. Also, there is no quicker way to summon the ire of the Icelandic people than in spending money on a bottle of water. Why is this? Because it is the exact same water that you get out of the tap.
#2 Get naked and shower before you go into the pools.
One thing I love about Iceland is the communal showering at the pools and hot springs. Many countries have grown up with a great degree of body shame; in iceland, from the time you are a baby, you are totally naked in front of strangers on a weekly basis at the pool. Some might relish this, others might feel like they will die of fright. This explains the importance of showering before entering - one of Icelanders biggest complaints is when we don’t shower before we enter their the pools. So don’t be surprised if your typical mild-mannered, kind and generous locals start yelling at you because of a shower snafu.
I go to the pools every single day in Iceland. There is something about that water that just brings you to another time and place and literally warms you to the bones! Vesturbæjarlaug in Reyjakvik is one of my favorites. Most pools are open late until 10pm or so. It is the perfect way to end a long day of exploring.
#3 Buy your booze at the airport when you arrive.
You will notice that right after immigration, Icelanders grab a shopping cart and stock up on beer, whisky and wine! Alcohol is duty free at the airport and significantly cheaper than at one of the (very few) liquor stores across the country. There are not many liquor stores in Iceland and beer was illegal until around 20 years ago. I recommend the Floki Sheep Dung Smoked Whisky!
# 4 Be Careful on the roads
You will get the whole schpiel from the car rental agency. AND they will probably frighten you into buying ALL the premium insurances. That is your call. But I am here to tell you to be very careful when you are driving. August is a relatively calm month, but the winter starts in October and in the south there can be severe wind storms. And when I say “severe wind storms,” I mean it. These winds storms can rip your car door off. I once had to crawl on my hands and knees back to the car from Vik, the famous black sand beach during one such wind storm. It was, and can be intense.
Mind the ditches! it is very easy to attempt a K-turn or to pull of for a photo and get stuck in the seemingly innocent looking ditches on the side of the road. I have seen it a lot. Which also means you should only ever pull over at designated pull-off spots.
If you are traveling in the winter check road.is before you head out to see if there are any road closures
#5 Speed Cameras
There are speed cameras on almost every major road in Iceland and they are merciless. To be safe don’t go above 90. If you must, then be on the lookout. There are actually warning signs before all the speed cameras, but if you do get caught the fines are in the hundreds of $’s not including the surcharge the car rental company will fine you.
The force of nature in Iceland is awe-inspiring. Last time I was there I took a couple to Brimketill Lava Rock Pool in the Reyjkanes Peninsula to watch the waves crashing. There is a beautiful little platform where you can walk out to get a nice view of the coastline. Well on this day the waves were so fierce that they were crashing all the way PAST the entrance to the platform. While we were there we saw a German tourist get completely smashed by a wave. The “sneaker waves” at the Black Sand beach and other beaches around Iceland are equally as intense. So always stay away from the shoreline, even if it look innocuous enough.
#7 Restaurants in the Capital
And finally after all that lets talk about food. I just wanted to end this little survival guide with some yummy tips!
Ostabudin: For fish. Highly recommended At: Skólavörðustígur 8
Snaps Bistro: One of my favorite restaurants great atmo and food. At: Þórsgata 1
Coocoos Nest has really good brunch at the weekend, Tacos on Tuesdays, Pizza on Thursdays. (20-30 min walk) At: Grandagarður 23
Ban Thai: Best Thai food in Reykjavík. Great food and funny atmo At: Laugavegur 130
Fishmarket: One of the best restaurant in Reykjavik. Really good sushi and Asian fusion dishes but pricey At: Aðalstræti 12
Gló on Klapparstígur has good organic food, mostly vegetarian At: Corner of Klappastígur and Laugavegur
Bæjarins bestu: Hot dog stand, it's a must for any visit to Iceland. At: Tryggvagata 1
Matur og drykkur: Very tasty Icelandic food made in a traditional Icelandic way but with a twist. Both lunch and dinner. At: Grandagarði 2
Reykjavík Roasters: super nice coffeehouse At: Kárastígur 1 & Brautarholt 2
Burger Joint: Best burgers in town, At: Geirsgata 1
take a deep breath. take another deep breath.
close your eyes and take one last deep deep breath.
Alright Iceland can be cold and wet and windy and parts can be unbelievably touristy but when i am in Iceland I feel totally still, serene and grounded. No visual stimuli fighting for my attention, nothing to buy, no agendas to be ticked off. Just the feeling of wonderment of being in nature, un-commercialized, pure and raw. Being able to sit on a rock for hours just watching the waves crash or examining a lava rock and playing with the moss. Its a restorative feeling that reminds me of playing in the woods for hours when I was a child. Its something I see in my kids when they come with me to Iceland. How my daughter can create make believe palaces in a sprawling lava field. (this is the bathroom, this is my bedroom and mommy this is your office 😆)
I have a deep respect for couples that are drawn to this country, to elope in Iceland, even if they have never been before. Couples that have made the choice to join their lives together in nature, and with the quietude of mind to be very present for the vows they make.
Snæfellsnes Peninsula is a short drive from Reykjavik. It is referred to as “little Iceland” because of the rich variety of landscapes contained in such a small area. You will find waterfalls, Glaciers dramatic cliffs and even black sand beaches at Djupalonssandur Beach in Snæfellsjökull National park. Snæfellsnes is also the home of the famous Black Church in Budir which always makes for great photos. All this beauty and a fraction of the crowds that you would get in South Iceland near the Golden Circle. I recommend getting a cabin or Airbnb to stay the night so that we can get the most out of our day taking amazing photos on this beautiful little Peninsula
Reykjanes Peninsula is another favorite spot of mine. Reykjanes can be easily tackled in a day from the capital. Some of the most dramatic wave crashing cliffs are located in Hafnarberg. There are geothermal area with giant plumes of steam cascading into the sky. There is some crazy little lake right in the center that is Cerulean blue??? ( I dont even know how these things are possible) my favorite lava fields are in this area also. Reykjanes is also off the main tourist track so we will find ourselves free to explore and have fun.
The South coast is where all the picture perfect giant waterfalls are as well as The Black Sand Beach at Vik. To quote a guide to Iceland “With its enormous basalt stacks, roaring Atlantic waves and stunning panoramas, Reynisfjara is widely considered to be the most beautiful example of Iceland’s black sand beaches. In 1991, National Geographic voted Reynisfjara as one of the Top 10 non-tropical beaches to visit on the planet”
The South Coast is gorgeous and Yes there will be busloads of tourists, but we you play our cards right we can still have a magical photo shoot without any bright orange marmot jackets in the background.
Below is a list of a few more locations that are a bit further out. I love visiting these areas so if you have a bit of extra time we can add these on to our photo shoot.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
There is also a beach across from the lagoon with giant pieces of iceberg which look like diamonds. It is a 6 hour drive from the capital so I recommend getting a place for the nite nearby.
Aka Justin Beiber Canyon also a popular filming location from Game of Thrones. This is about 3 hours away from the capital an on the way to Jökulsárlón. Its one of my favorite places in Iceland. Its so beautiful it feels like a fairy tale
We have connections to many wonderful Icelandic Horse Farms for a wedding photo shoot. I highly recommend that we schedule a stop at one of these lovely family run farms for a frolic with the horsies!
Reykjadalur AKA Steam Valley
also called the hot river. I have hiked here before with my Icelandic friends and i have been dying to take a couple here at the end of a shoot. it is a 40 min hike and parts are quite steep but we can finish off our photo shoot in a hot spring (with a bottle of whisky of course)
Vestrahorn Mountain in Stokksnes
Another one for the wish list since it is over 6 hours due east from the capital….but the reward is photos of you walking on WATER! yeah google it…its a thing. and would make for the most enviable wedding photos ever!