Snæfellsnes Peninsula Adventure Elopement Photographer

August 21, 2018 | Travels & Hikes

Snæfellsnes Peninsula Adventure Elopement Photographer | Iceland Destination Wedding Photographer

On my third trip to Iceland, I decided to plan out a fictional Snæfellsnes Peninsula adventure elopement as if I was really photographing it for a couple. As a destination wedding photographer, I love traveling with both the photos and the experiences in mind. I went for a mix of completely off-the-map locations and iconic photo-ops, and had so much fun in the process!

On my previous trips to Iceland, I’ve stuck with the “highlights” closer to Reykjavik. As I’ve only been here in October before, nothing has been too busy or touristy. With short days, cold weather, and lots of rain, late fall is the perfect time to travel to Iceland for someone like me. I’ll take bad weather over tourist crowds any darn day! But since I was visiting in the midst of August this time, I knew I wanted to aim for something less popular when planning this Snæfellsnes Peninsula adventure elopement.

I highly recommend renting a car, unless you’re truly only there for a few hours and want to take the bus to the Blue Lagoon. (Which I have to point out, it’s totally possible to skip – I still haven’t gone!). With the freedom of a rental car, and a 24 hour stopover available to me, I laid out the perfect road trip itinerary for this Snæfellsnes Peninsula adventure elopement, starting and ending at Keflavik Airport.

My first stop was the Geirabakari Kaffihus (google maps) to pick up coffee, pastries, and a baguette sandwich for lunch. There are very few restaurant options once you leave the Reykjavik area, so plan ahead and bring food with you on your Iceland adventures. From there I kept driving away from civilization, and I often didn’t see any other cars for long stretches. Another important tip for road tripping in Iceland – keep a close eye on your gas level! You don’t want to run out in the middle of nowhere.

My first photo stop on my Snæfellsnes Peninsula adventure elopement itinerary was a “secret” hot spring, that as far as I know doesn’t actually have a name. If you really want to know the location, shoot me an email and I’ll tell you! There were two guys in the parking lot when I showed up, but they were on their way out, so I had the springs to myself for almost half an hour before a small group of women came hiking in. These springs are the perfect “hot tub” temperature, but very shallow, so prepare to get a bit muddy! Still the views were absolutely breathtaking, and well worth the stop!

From the hot springs, I continued on towards Búðakirkja. This is probably the most popular location for a Snæfellsnes Peninsula adventure elopement. (At least if you’re judging by Instagram photos!) There were about two dozen people here at the same time as me, so I didn’t take many photos at the church itself. When planning a destination elopement, it’s important to think about how important privacy is to you. Sure, you could exchange vows in front of the church … but do you really want a group of old guys with their tripods in the background of your wedding photos?

I quickly drove on to towards my next stop – the Hellnar Church. If you want a cool Icelandic church in your Snæfellsnes Peninsula adventure elopement photos, I highly recommend this one over Búðakirkja. There were only two people here at the same time as me; a lovely old Scottish couple who stopped to chat with me. I had some fun explaining why on earth I was running through a field in the rain while wearing a wedding dress, and pointed out the tripod I had left further behind. I think photos are so much more interesting with people in them, and so when I travel solo I have to cheat a bit 😉

After leaving the Hellnar Church, I made it to the arguably most beautiful stop of my fictional Snæfellsnes Peninsula adventure elopement: Djúpalónssandur beach. This was also the busiest parking lot I encountered, but not many people made the short hike down to the beach. I found lots of gorgeous spots that were completely deserted, and would absolutely recommend this for wedding photos or a destination elopement ceremony. (Bonus – there are free restrooms in the parking lot!) I especially liked the view of the Snæfellsjökull volcano with the shallow pond in front – that would make for epic photos!

With a quick detour past the Ingjaldshóll church, I finally made it to Iceland’s most photographed mountain: Kirkjufell! This was a pretty crowded stop as well, with tons of photographers and their tripods capturing the waterfalls. I would not recommend it for a Snæfellsnes Peninsula adventure elopement unless you came either very early or very late, and were okay with having other people around. But the views are absolutely worth the stop, and I see why it’s such a popular location.

If you are planning a Snæfellsnes Peninsula adventure elopement of your own, are looking for an Iceland destination wedding photographer, or just want to find out where the heck those hot springs are, shoot me an email and let’s chat!

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