Nærøyfjord Elopement Inspiration
Norwegian Fjords Elopement Photographer | Aurland fjordbryllup | Norway Wedding Photographer
As a Norwegian fjords elopement photographer, I love traveling and discovering new locations that I can share with my couples. Since I was already in Bergen to photograph Erica and Zac’s elopement, I decided to add on a couple of days to explore a new area, and ended up in Flåm and Aurland.
Aurland is the perfect starting point for an elopement in the fjords of Norway, because the views are drop-dead gorgeous no matter where you go. I stayed at Stalheim Hotel, a historic hotel that’s been overlooking a dramatic canyon for over 200 years! From there, I took a day to drive out along the Nærøyfjord. This fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is consider among the most scenically outstanding fjords anywhere in the world. The rock walls rise up to 1,400 meters (that’s ~4,590ft for my American friends) above the sea level, and with gorgeous waterfalls all over the place it’s not hard to see why it’s got this protected status.
After exploring the Nærøyfjord, I drove out to Undredal. This tiny village boasts one of the oldest churches in the fjord region, built around 1147! It’s also the smallest stave church still in use in Scandinavia, with only 40 seats. (This church would make for a gorgeous venue for a couple looking for a more traditional ceremony – and the Norwegian church even allows same-sex marriages <3).
From Undredal, I drove the narrow and winding road up from Aurland to Aurlandsfjellet (the Aurland mountains). There are so many gorgeous places to stop for photos along the way, and when I found the perfect pullout with space away from the road I had to stop for a mini photo shoot. As a Norwegian fjords elopement photographer, I couldn’t help myself from taking a couple of “bridal” self portraits with help from my trusted tripod 😉 After a quick stop at the very crowded (and frankly overrated) Stegastein lookout, I headed back down the mountain again.
On my way back to Stalheim, I stopped at Otternes Bygdetun. This is a free open-air museum, with a historic group of 18th-century farms, with a total of 26 buildings. The views of the Aurland Fjord from here are incredible, and this would be such a gorgeous spot for a Norwegian fjords elopement photographer to bring a couple either for an intimate elopement ceremony or traditional wedding portraits as part of a bigger wedding day.
These days you’ll see a lot of photographers who claim to be a Norwegian fjords elopement photographer, but who have never even visited Norway before. While there’s nothing directly wrong with that, I highly recommend finding someone who understands the place you’re eloping – it’ll help immensely with everything from travel plans to permit requirements. I’m born and raised in Norway, and moved to Colorado as an adult, so I can easily help my couples with everything from translating Norwegian hiking instructions to making restaurant reservations to interpreting the complicated ferry schedules for the fjords.
If you’re looking for a Norwegian fjords elopement photographer, I would love to help you plan and capture the perfect destination adventure wedding. Get in touch, and let’s make it happen!