Best Places to Elope in Norway

May 1, 2019

As a born-and-raised Norwegian, I’ve spent 20+ years exploring my home country, and I’ve found some of the absolute best places to elope in Norway along the way! While I now live in Colorado, I travel back to Norway at least twice a year, and every time I find a new location that blows my mind. Most people think of fjords when they think of Norway. And while we have plenty of fjords, there are so many other incredible places to elope here as well!

If you’re planning an elopement in Norway but have never visited before, I think it’s extra important to find a photographer who can help you with location scouting. Most couples start out thinking they wanna elope at Pulpit Rock or Trolltunga, but change their minds once they see how many other epic elopement locations there are to choose from!

11 Best Places to Elope in Norway

  • Hardangerfjord
  • Geirangerfjord
  • Lofoten Islands
  • Verdens Ende
  • Aurland
  • Senja
  • Lindesnes Lighthouse
  • Trolltunga
  • Vesterålen
  • Svalbard
  • Stryn

1. Hardangerfjord

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There are many beautiful fjords in Norway, but the Hardangerfjord is by far one of the prettiest. It’s location close to Bergen makes it an easy place to visit, and it’s accessible all year round. The best time to elope here is May through September, and it’s extra beautiful when the apple trees are in full bloom!

2. Geirangerfjord

Geirangerfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and for good reason! The fjord truly looks like something straight out of a fairytale. With majestic mountains, deep blue fjord water, and beautiful overlooks, the whole area is a photographer’s dream. It’s a popular spot for kayaking, and Norway’s very friendly camping laws mean you could kayak until you find a secluded place on shore, then pitch your tent and have the place to yourselves for a night or two. Kayaking elopement, anyone?

3. Lofoten Islands

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Lofoten islands in winter, best places to elope in Norway

The Lofoten Islands is one of the very best places to elope in Norway. In fact there are so many places to choose from out here, it really should have more than just one spot on this list! Lofoten is one of the best places to see the Northern lights in winter, and the midnight sun in summer. The weather here is always unpredictable, but with its location above the arctic circle that’s to be expected! It also means that the light here is the kind of stuff that photographers only dream of!

While it’s logistically a bit harder to get out to the Lofoten Islands than to most of the places on this list, it’s so worth the effort. More than just an elopement location, this archipelago is a full on adventure destination perfect for taking a whole week to explore before/after your wedding day! Go hiking, kayak with orcas (yes, that’s a thing!), sleep under the stars – it’s all waiting for you in Lofoten.

4. Verdens Ende

If long sunny evenings by the ocean is your style, you will love Verdens Ende! It’s located in Færder National Park, and the name translates to “The World’s End”. And it really feels that way, when you’re sitting at the very tip of the country looking out at the wide open ocean. The sunsets here are magical! There’s even a restaurant out here, Verdens Ende Spiseriet, that can be rented out for bigger weddings.

5. Aurland

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As far as fjords go, it’s hard to beat Aurland when you want to elope in Norway. The fjord views are incredible even from the winding road that leads through the village. But if you know where to go, there’s a short hike that takes you away from the crowds and tour buses. The contrast between fjord / ocean and mountain tops is really dramatic. You can go from down by the water to the tops of the mountains in an hour!

I spent a few days in Aurland the last time I was in the western part of Norway, and I can’t wait to come back here with a couple next time! Between the epic fjords and mountains, and the historic old buildings that make you feel like you’re in a movie, it’s one of the best places to elope in Norway!

6. Senja

Senja is the second largest island in Norway, and is located well north of the Arctic Circle. You’ll experience the northern lights in winter, and the midnight sun in summer. The hikes on Senja are incredibly scenic, with steep and craggy summits overlooking the fjords and ocean. And I know most people don’t think of beaches when they think of Norway, but there are some truly gorgeous white sand beaches on Senja. Just don’t expect tropical weather – even summers here rarely go above 15C/60F!

7. Lindesnes Lighthouse

Lindesnes Lighthouse Fyr Norway Elopement Wedding location

Lindesnes Lighthouse marks the southernmost point of Norway! Known for strong winds and epic weather, this landmark is perfect for an adventurous elopement or intimate wedding. (Just picture your family seated in the amphitheater that you see in the photo above!) You can even rent a private apartment to spend the night out there – you’ll be the only people around for miles! 

8. Trolltunga

If you’re looking for the best places to elope in Norway, chances are you’ve at some point come across photos of Trolltunga. (The name translates to “the troll’s tongue.”) It’s an epic overlook with dramatic views over the fjords. However it’s also one of the busiest hikes in the country! Despite being a long and strenuous 17+ mile hike, there’s often a long line of people waiting to take their photo out on the jutting rock. If you want to elope at Trolltunga, I highly recommend that we plan an overnight backpacking trip in summer. That way we can hike up one day, rest and freshen up, then shoot late at night and early in morning when no one else is out there!

9. Vesterålen

Vesterålen is an archipelago north of the Arctic Circle. This is the perfect place to elope if you love the look of the Lofoten Islands, but you don’t want to deal with crowds of tourists around you on your wedding day! There’s so much variety in landscape here, with white sandy beaches and mountain peaks that come straight out of the sea. Vesterålen is also a huge whale watching destination – they claim a 95% certainty that you’ll see a whale here!

10. Svalbard

Svalbard is an island halfway between Norway and the North Pole, and only for the most adventurous of couples! You’ll experience complete darkness from October to January, and daylight 24/7 in the summer months. It’s a barren landscape, with tundra, glaciers, and Longyearbyen – the world’s northernmost urban community. You might even see a polar bear!

11. Stryn

Stryn is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise! You can hike across a glacier, go summer skiing with fjord views, then finish the day on a sandy white beach – all within an hour of each other! This part of Norway is packed with epic waterfalls, tall mountains, and the biggest glaciers in the country. I can’t think of a better place to elope in Norway for an active Colorado couple!

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And those are 11 of the best places to elope in Norway! But don’t let this list stop you – there are so many other beautiful places around the country just waiting to be discovered. My favorite destination elopements to photograph are the ones where we have a general idea of where you want to get married, then go have a real adventure together! That way you can pick the place that feels right for your ceremony, see lots of beautiful places, and get lots of epic photos in the process! 

If you’re looking for a Norway elopement photographer, I would love to help you plan and capture the perfect adventure. I’ve helped my couples find the perfect airbnb, plan out a road trip itinerary, suggest activities – whatever it takes to make sure you have the best travel experience, and not just the best elopement. Get in touch and let’s make it happen!