So you are thinking about eloping in Norway?
First of, Norway is a stunning country to elope in. The high mountains, the deep fjords, the Midnight Sun, the Northern Lights, the list goes on and on. I have created this guide for you that covers all you need to know about planning an elopement in Norway.
Travelling to and around Norway
Most people fly in to Norway’s capital Oslo airport, and from there you can catch domestic flights to all parts of the country. The biggest domestic airlines are Norwegian, Widerøe, Flyr and SAS. Norway has a well-established public transport system with buses, ferries and trains. However, if you want to visit epic locations in more remote places like for example Northern Norway, I would recommend renting a car. Renting a car in Norway can be very expensive, so make sure to check out the prices and book a car in advance.
Do we need a visa to visit Norway?
If you’re living within EU, you don’t need a visa for visiting Norway since Norway is part of the Schengen area. Are you coming from United States and staying less than 90 days, you don’t need a visa either. You can find more detailed and always updated information at the website of The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).
Stunning locations for eloping in Norway
Norway is a country with breathtaking scenery, so there’re many places to elope in Norway. I live in Northern Norway, with breathtaking locations such as Senja island, Lyngen alps, Tromsø and surrounding areas as my next door neighbour, and these places just have to been experienced. They’re magical!
Senja is less known than for example Lofoten, but it’s an amazing place and very similar to Lofoten with high mountains and beautiful views of the sea. If you love hiking, well then Senja is definitively for you. The easiest way to get here is with a domestic flight from Oslo to Bardufoss, and then rent a car. From Tromsø the drive is about 3 hours.
This place has one of the most dramatic scenery in Norway with high peaks, blue glaciers, and beautiful views over the sea. The drive from Tromsø is around 2 hours one way.
Tromsø is the biggest city in the north, but you still have beautiful scenery right outside your hotel. An easy way to enjoy the epic scenery is to take the cable car Tromsø Fjellheisen. If you want an epic elopement that combines both breathtaking scenery and urban vibes, than Tromsø is the place for you.
You can fly direct to Tromsø from Oslo, or why not take the famous ferry Hurtigruten.
I live in a small village called Øverbygd located in Målselv municipality, and this area really has some beautiful and less known locations, including an amazing waterfall, high mountains and lakes. If you don’t want to go to the same locations as everyone else, like Lofoten or any other very popular location, then this area is for you. Here you can elope without worrying about the place being too busy.
Other beautiful locations in Norway are Hardangerfjord, Kjeragbolten and Aurland.
When deciding where to elope in Norway you have to think about the weather and what time of the year you want to elope (see below)
Best time to visit Norway for your elopement
You can elope in Norway all year around, however eloping in the summer will be something completely different than eloping in Norway during the winter. It all depends on what you want and wish for.
Winter in Norway, especially Northern Norway is cold, and dark. Above the Polar Circle the sun doesn’t rise above the horizon during winter, and this is called Polar Nights. How long this period last depends on how close you’re to the North Pole. In Tromsø it last approximately two months, from end of November to end of January. Even if the sun doesn’t rise, you can still experience beautiful artic light and many hours of blue hour. So if you’re dreaming of an artic wedding with snow, Northern Lights and dog sledding, this period is for you.
Spring is often less busy, with fewer tourists than in the summer, and lower prices. The high mountains will still be covered in some snow, and in the valley the wildflowers will bloom. If you love big waterfalls, then this is the time to visit when they are as their biggest.
The summer (June-August) in Norway is high season, which means a lot of tourists and on the most popular locations there will be a crowd, and higher prices. If you want an intimate location you have to choose something less popular during this time, or I would advise you to elope during another time (spring or fall). During summer, the sun never sets (goes below the horizon) and this is called the Midnight Sun. In Tromsø, this can be experienced from middle of May to end of July.
This period, is like spring, less busy and expensive. The sun is lower and the light softer. The colours in nature are changing and become more varm and emotional. And if you are lucky you can experience the Northern Lights. A very good period to elope in!
How to start planning your elopement
Start with an open mind, without limitations. Let your imagination run wild! Close you eyes and describe what you want to do on your day, how you want to feel, who are there with you. Remember, there are no rules. You can do whatever you like! When you think of an elopement you might think of hiking, but if you’re not into hiking, then don’t do that. Do YOU! Do you need help in planning your elopement? Don’t worry, I’m here to help you and guide you through every step of the way.
Getting legally married in Norway
Foreigners can get legally married in Norway, however, most couples choose to have a legal ceremony at home so they don’t have to do all the paperwork. If you would like to get legally married you’ll find all the information you need here.
If you dont want to get legally married during your elopement, then you can create your ceremony just as you want. It can just be the two of you reading your vows, or a close friend leading the ceremony. It’s up to you.
Choosing your elopement photographer
There are several elopement photographers out there and my advice is that you choose a person that you like, that feels like a friend, because you will spend a lot of time together with this person. And of course, you have to like their style as photographers.
If you want an elopement photographer that can help you craft an intentional elopement, with a personal timeline. A photographer that can capture lasting emotional memories, then you’re in the right place. And I am equally passionated about your day as you are.
I’m ready for whatever adventure you throw my way, camera in hand.
Meet your elopement photographer
I am Maria. Mum, photographer, adventurer.
I live in Northern Norway, the land above the artic circle, of the midnight sun, the northern lights, and the dramatic scenery with steep mountains and wilderness for miles.
Photography for me is about telling your story and capture genuine emotions. When you choose me as your elopement photographer, you get so much more than just a photographer. I’ll not only take stunning images of you, but also help you plan an amazing and intentional elopement experience. I’ll help you find the best locations, local vendors, create a personal timeline that fits you and guide your through your day.
If my work speaks to your heart, I would love to connect with you and create beautiful memories together!
Please feel free to contact me today about your elopement in Norway!