Caves in Iceland are in abundance. Mainly because they are created by lava flows, glaciers receding, weather carving them out, and every year often new caves are found after the winter season breaks.
So when you start thinking about Iceland wedding ceremony locations, you may want to opt for choosing a natural cave to have your wedding ceremony in to start off the day dry and wind free. If that’s the case, today we would love to introduce you to some of those amazing Iceland wedding cave locations, so you can understand which ones are fair game for the general public (no permission needed) and those that are private (require permission or a permit before using).
I would also like to gently remind you that… According to Icelandic Laws, you need permission to use any one’s property for a commercial reason (IE, Any wedding planner and professional photographer must do this in advance).
Natural Cave Created by the Ocean Receding:
Hjörleifshöfði (Hjorleifshofdi) is a spectacular cave that sits within Southern Iceland on a black sand desert. The cave runs deep within Iceland’s history and actually believe it or not, use to be an island in the middle of the North Atlantic. But since the ocean recedes from the Icelandic shores each year for the past 1,000 years, it is one of the largest natural caves in Iceland. Truly, an ideal location to hold your Iceland wedding or elopement ceremony big or small. We have easily had over 100+ guest weddings inside and as small as just the couple eloping in Iceland.
We would like to inform you a little bit more on this amazing spot in Iceland… The mountain / cave / surrounding area is all on private property so you must have permission / permit to hold any wedding related event or a wedding related photo session (proposal, engagement session, pre-wedding session, honeymoon session, anniversary session, styled sessions, portfolio work, and wedding models, etc).
Our team, Iceland Wedding Planner is the only wedding planning and photography team in Iceland allowed to hold weddings in this cave in Iceland. We have a contractual agreement with the landowner to exclusively handle any and all interest and bookings in regards to anything wedding related at Hjörleifshöfði Cave area.
If you wish to plan a Iceland wedding ceremony in this cave… You must contact us for more details to see if your date is available and what costs may apply. If you are a photographer photographing a couple on their wedding day or pre/post wedding photos in Iceland, you also must contact us in advance for availability, permission, and what costs may apply. In order to keep the cave exclusive, pure, clean, and in perfect condition, this is required.
Do you remember Rachel and John’s recent gorgeous elopement inside of this gorgeous cave? Or what about years ago when Paul + Marc’s large wedding, which was the very FIRST wedding inside of the cave? Or how fun Christophe and Mary’s Iceland wedding hot dog bbq -champagne – sing along lunch was inside of the cave?
Ice Cave Wedding Locations in Iceland:
Ice caves are one of the most interesting caves we have in Iceland. Mainly because we never know until the start of the ice cave season (November-April) what type of caves that will be accessible or how long they will last. Our team this year was quite lucky and we had ice caves exclusively accessible for our Iceland wedding and elopement clients all last summer (which is not typical, but we always hope when we scout!).
All ice caves are not created equal… Other wedding planners and guides will take you to the sides of glaciers that will be filled with tourists, not providing you with as intimate of an experience as our Iceland wedding planner team does. We take you to the more offbeat sides of glaciers (no tour buses can get there), the extra steps to always ensure our Iceland wedding ceremony’s at the various ice caves have exclusive permission from the private landowners, towns, and governments ahead of time.
Remember Petra and Jan’s amazing summer honeymoon session and Sarah and PJ’s July elopement that had a stunning ice cave?! But what an amazing thing to be able to say to your friends and family back home… “The ice cave we were married in, in Iceland no longer exists because it melted away!” Imagine being the only ones that eloped or explored it during an Iceland wedding day! Pretty freaking special if you ask me!
Lava Tube Caves:
Lava tubes vary in age, size, and length. There are a handful you can explore publicly on your Iceland wedding day (like Gjabakkahellir in Thingvellir National Park, which is public), whereas others require a 4×4, an experienced guide and proper gear for safety (our Lava Tube Cave Weddings are on private property). Many times when you get down into the lava tubes there is an eerie silence, it’s super cold, and pitch black dark.
Tip: Make sure your Iceland wedding photographer is prepared in advance with proper lighting gear like we always are… Remember Stacey and Aaron’s elopement where they explored a super old private lava tube? Or what about Sheena and Todd’s Norse wedding ceremony in Iceland inside of a 4,600 old lava tube?
Canyon Caves for your Iceland Wedding:
Who knew canyons bore secret caves? This fun fact is one of my favorite surprises I have encountered while planning weddings and elopements in Iceland! At times, they can be quite challenging to get inside (ie, intricate river crossings or rock climbing / bouldering to get inside). Then once you get inside, you might find yourself even more surprised on the structure, texture and tones inside too! The canyon cave below for example shocked me with the amount of ferns growing inside. This make a very uniquely textured Iceland wedding portrait! The canyon caves we use for our Iceland weddings require special permission / permit for exclusivity, but are sooo worth it!
Remember the epic Iceland hiking elopement of Matt and Elita?
Iceland Weddings in Natural Caves:
You have heard us talk about the unpredictable weather that happens in Iceland, right? Well the extreme weather is both friend and foe to us, because water/rain/ice/wind can take mountain walls and hollow them out creating incredibly beautiful caves for Iceland weddings! I mean seriously, look at these amazing Iceland natural wonders, just begging to hold your ceremony in them! Exploring a cave during your adventure wedding in Iceland is a super fun activity! Why? You get to touch, feel, and witness the birth of new landscape here in Iceland. That cave was discovered, maybe used for shelter for the sheeps, or handcrafted by nature herself! I often feel like I’m a part of history when I scout or enter inside of one (::Geek Alert:: I know 😉 )!
Glacier Caves (crafted by glaciers receding):
O.M.G, my most favorite kind of cave EVER, like ever ever! Think about this topic folks… A cave that didn’t exist like 5 years ago now only exists because a glacier has receded back to reveal it! Magic! Okay, so now think about being one of the very few to EVER step foot inside (let alone have your Iceland wedding ceremony in the cave!), like it’s such a new landscape that there is ASH still on the floor from previous eruptions. Watch out, I might geology geek out on you again… The cave below literally took my breath away, still does, and I think always will.
Intimate Caves Created by overhanging Lava Flows:
This kind of cave is understated. It sort of provides the best of both worlds because you might like the shelter that a cave provides but want the airiness of the scenery around for your Iceland wedding day adventure. How are these caves formed? Short Story: Hundreds or thousands of years ago, a volcano erupted in Iceland, cooled, and then stopped forming stunning hidden gems throughout the countryside.
Iceland Sea Cave Wedding Locations:
Say what?! How can you have a wedding in a sea cave you ask? By boat! Imagine, all of your Iceland wedding guests board a sailboat or speedboat and embark on the first adventure of the day which just so happens to be your wedding ceremony! The Iceland, and specifically the Westman Islands and Westfjords have countless sea caves for you to choose from for a wedding location! And oh la la folks if you have a guest who can sing… the acoustics are AMAZING! Our Iceland wedding planner team is always up to the challenge of unique logistics for cave weddings, so contact us for more information!
So you want to have a cave wedding in Iceland… Awesome! I urge you to not have one though inside of a hokey man-made one please! A man-made cave in Iceland is kinda like slapping nature in the face after traveling so far to see her! Iceland Wedding Planner does NOT do weddings in man-made ice caves (like the Into the Glacier experience, sorry!). Our team will however plan Iceland weddings in caves that have just had “entrances” to the actual caves crafted (but the cave itself still fully exists on it’s own before), like several lava rock / tuff / limestone caves that exist or Inside the Volcano.
Iceland Wedding: Tourist Location Caves
If you are dying to have your wedding in a cave or you need to seek shelter during your adventure wedding in Iceland (and you didn’t hire Iceland Wedding Planner, to delight in our secret/private cave locations), there are still some options for you, don’t worry! Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach Cave for example can be an option for you during Spring-Fall wedding season in Iceland (during low tide times, check tide levels HERE). There are actually 3 caves within one location (see the Iceland wedding photo images below). But know, more often than not there are dozens to hundreds of onlooking tourists plus potentially other wedding couples there at any given time.
Hundreds of natural caves can be found throughout every part of Iceland. So no matter if you plan to marry in the South of Iceland, or the North, East, or West, there is an incredible cave waiting for you! We hope today you have found your cave wedding location in Iceland!