The Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar) are a string of picturesque islands that that can be found South of mainland Iceland. The main island, Heimaey (the Home Island) is one of the most amazing too! The island survived an unforgettable volcanic eruption that somehow made the land even more dynamic and interesting. Read more about it from our friends at Wikipedia and HERE from the awesome Visit Westman Islands folks, HERE.
Offering such an amazing contrast throughout every inch, it’s a no brainier for the Westman Islands to be on your possible Iceland wedding location list! So come along with us today as we give you a little look into what you could have as the backdrop to your EPIC Iceland wedding photos!
The variety of landscape and colors is what captivates me the most about the Westman Islands. You go from lush green-pretty-delicate to hardcore-rigid-contrasty. Can’t you just imagine having your Iceland wedding ceremony on the Westman Islands, right in front of the volcano or maybe even on top so you can enjoy the view! …keep following below for a list of Westman Island wedding locations!
Although the Westman Islands are small (like 7 square miles) they offer an endless amount of magic! From the moment I step foot off of the ferry to when I venture out into the outlining islands, the landscape breaths life and energy into me… Corny? Nah, true! Have you ever visited a place where it revives your mind-body-soul?! Vestmannaeyjar could be your place too! Having an Iceland wedding or elopement location that is that peaceful is unforgettable!
So the first question you’re probably wondering is… How do you even get to the Westman Islands? Easy! Before you get to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, there is a specific turn off for the ferry (if you go between May-September, otherwise it’s a different ferry point). Directions to it from Reykjavik can be found HERE. You can buy tickets for the Herjolfur Ferry HERE (must buy them in advance).
The Herjolfur Ferry is about 35 minutes one way and has a cafeteria on board as well. The first 15 minutes is a tiny bit boring but the last half is SUPER EXCITING. You get to have some pretty amazing island views and an incredible sail into the Harbor!
Once you arrive to the Westman Islands there is a serious sense of “enchantment” in the air. It’s a feeling that intoxicates you and makes you appreciate the little things. Small things like appreciating your senses being awakned. Not only your sense of sight, but the sounds of the island, smell of the clean air, the ruggedness of the textures as you touch it, and the taste of the delicious local food!
Today we would love to share with you some of the “Best Wedding Locations in the Westman Islands.” Note: Please remember out of respect, some areas may require special permission from landowners or a special permit. So please do your research beforehand if you do not hire us as your Iceland Wedding Planner!
1- Get Married in Iceland on top of the Eldfell Volcano – The views are unforgettable!
2- Have your Iceland wedding ceremony in one of the many seaside caves on the Westman Islands!
3- Hold your Vestmannaeyjar wedding ceremony at the rocky coastline:
4- Plan your Iceland wedding on one of the many private islands within the Vestmannaeyjar area:
If you choose to go the private island route… Also know you will likely need to do a very steep “climb” to the top of the mountain (like this) as part of your adventure wedding day!
5- Have amazing Iceland wedding photos taken on this beautiful mountain beach!
6- Have your Westman Island’s wedding ceremony overlooking all of the island (did someone ask for a panoramic mountain view?!) #yesplease!
7- Find your Iceland wedding ceremony location between the amazing colors of Heimaey Island (the home island) has to offer you…
8- Oceanside Stave Church (combine the best of the Nordic worlds – Norway / Iceland for your wedding):
9- Are you an animal lover? Have a unique natural rock formation that is in shape of an elephant, be the backdrop to your Iceland wedding ceremony! …do you see the elephant? 😉
10- Say “I do” in the Westman Islands while standing on the lava that changed the dynamic of this entire island!
So after your amazing wedding adventure on the Westman Islands, I dare you to relax somewhere gorgeous with a delicious bottle of bubbles to celebrate!
Then when you find your way back to town, have a delightful culinary experience at one of the many restaurants! A couple of my personal favorites:
If you find yourself interested in planning a wedding / elopement on the Westman Islands, please contact us for more information on the amazing Iceland adventure options that await you!