Top alternative destinations to Iceland for a wild elopement

Iceland has long been the natural choice for couples in search of a wild elopement destination. After all, few places in the world offer such a unique, rugged landscape, right? 

Wrong. Whilst Iceland is an incredible place to elope, there are other places that offer an equally adventurous spot to elope. If you’re looking for something a little different, one that is guaranteed to be a wild adventure – you’ve come to the right place. In this article we round up our top alternative destinations to Iceland for a wild elopement. Buckle up – we’re about to take a tour of some incredible places! 

Faroe Islands

North of Scotland, about halfway between Norway and Iceland, lies the tiny Faroe Islands. If you’re a couple that thrives on adventure and exploring the road less travelled, then eloping here could be just for you. 

The Faroe Islands are one of the most unspoilt and culturally rich places on earth. With dramatic rolling hills, cascading mountains, and majestic waterfalls it’s hard to imagine a more unique setting for an elopement.

Untouched nature extends as far as the eye can see on these rocky islands, creating the most beautiful of backdrops for any couple seeking a wild wedding. Check out this official Faroese site for how to arrange an elopement in this magical place.

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Photographer: Ana Galloway

The magical little island of Waiheke is located off the coast of Auckland, and is home to some of the most picturesque landscapes on earth.

Famed for its rolling vineyards and olive groves, this gorgeous spot offers everything from white sandy beaches, cliff-top hikes and forest enclaves. It’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of Auckland, and was even voted one of the world’s best islands in 2016, beating Bali, Hawaii and the Greek Islands. 

Palawan, Philippines

Palawan is where deep blue water mixes with emerald green, jungle-filled mountains, and offers the perfect playground for couples seeking a wild elopement. High points include island-hopping around the Bacuit archipelago where you’ll find cliffs, sinkholes and lagoons just waiting for you to explore. 

Whilst this incredible island has overground scenery that will take your breath away, what really makes this place soar is it’s world under the surface of the sea. Palawan is home to some of the most unique sea-life in the world. So why not make your elopement even more unique by rounding off your ceremony at one of the many mind-bogglingly beautiful diving spots on the Island.

Fijian Highlands

Photographer: Kama Catch Me

When you think of Fiji, you probably think of a white-sandy beach Island paradise. But Fiji also offers some of the most spectacular highland landscape on Earth. Known as the Nausori Highlands, this expansive area is a sea of rolling green, gently forested mountains that seem to tower over the coastal flats. 

Prepare to steer your way up, climbing mildly challenging roads, going from vista to vista until you reach a place preserved by time. From here, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to take your vows. Wait til the sun sets and casts sets the land ablaze in orange for the most magical of experiences. 

Wahclella Falls, Portland

We wouldn’t be Dirty Boots and Messy Hair if we didn’t include a challenging, but rewarding hike onto our elopement list, would we? The magical point of Wahclella rewards adventurous couples with cascading falls, that tumble towering cliff edges into a large, open canyon. 

With so many amazing views, Wachella Falls is a perfect wild elopement spot for any time of the year. Those who make the trek describe the falls as a majestic reward, and the perfect secluded spot to take your vows. 

Land of the Enchantment, New Mexico

Photographer: Sarah Linda

New Mexico is home to some of the most diverse natural landscape on earth. From its stunning desert landscapes, right through to its breathtaking snowcapped mountains, bubbling hot springs, and remarkable national monuments – it’s no wonder that it’s known as the Land of Enchantment. 

Exactly as magical as it sounds, this sweeping desert is an incredible spot for a wild elopement. 

The Fajada Butte is one of its most breathtaking spots. Located within the Chaco Canyon, the butte rises more than 440 feet (134 meters) and is surrounded by sweeping, arid plains. The perfect, and totally unique spot, for an adventurous elopement.

We hope this list inspires you with alternative destinations to Iceland for a wild elopement! Enjoy every minute exploring this vast and wonderful world of ours to find the perfect spot for your special day. 

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Photographer: The Kitcheners

Rugged peninsulas, rolling green landscapes, and crystalline lochs: the Isle of Skye has it all. It’s no wonder, then, that adventurous, nature-loving couples from across the world flock here to elope. 

We recently featured this incredible Isle of Skye elopement, as shot by The Kitcheners. What we love most about this elopement is the absolute adventure of it all. Not only did couple Ella and Matan hike across rock faces and pinnacles to reach their elopement spot, but they also simply allowed themselves to give in to the unpredictable magic of the day. The result is the most spell-bindingly beautiful elopement, filled with freedom, peacefulness, and unspoilt nature. 

Written by:
Dirty Boots & Messy Hair Team

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Wedding Planning
16 Jul 2018


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