It’s true – there is nowhere in the world more majestic (and romantic) than Norway! With breathtaking fjords, dramatic mountains, and an adventurous, welcoming spirit, Norway is becoming more and more popular for elopements.
There is something for every couple here. Whether you want to stroll through the colorful Hanseatic Wharf of Bergen or get lost in the Jotunheimen National Park (home to Norway’s highest mountains), it’s ideal for couples who love the outdoors. Norway is a year-round destination to enjoy, too – in summer, soak up the midnight sun and endless days, or visit in winter to curl up by the fire and head outside to spot the Northern Lights.
If you’re dreaming of a wedding unlike any other, here’s how to elope in Norway.
Wait a minute, we aren’t Norwegian… Can foreigners marry in Norway? Absolutely! Non-residents are able to legally marry in the country, as long as they complete the required paperwork.
Are elopements legal in Norway? Yes, but you must first follow all regulations as set out by the Norwegian Tax Administration. While straightforward, it can be a little confusing if you’re not familiar with Norwegian systems, so it really helps to have someone local to take you through this before you arrive.
You’ll also need to work with a registered celebrant – I can recommend some amazing celebrants for you. Of course, if you want your wedding to be symbolic and not legally binding, then you don’t need to complete as much paperwork.
As with all Scandinavian countries, Norway is sometimes considered expensive by international guests. However, there are plenty of insider tips for saving when traveling around Norway, so don’t be put off by the idea that it’s too expensive!
In total, you can plan an elopement in Norway for around USD $5,000–$10,000+, but it all comes down to your preferences.
If you’re new to Norwegian culture, I strongly recommend you work with a local (like me!) to plan your elopement. As a local photographer with a passion for Norway, I am always very happy to help couples plan their elopement.
Getting in touch with a local is the best way to find out information that would take ages to figure out on your own, so your wedding will be much smoother (and less stressful) if you work with someone who knows the country well.
The first step is to select your location. Here’s an insider tip: you can’t get it wrong, as all of Norway is blessed with amazing natural beauty! But it helps to do some research and find a location where you can imagine yourself getting married – a place that resonates with you and will make your Norwegian elopement that much more special.
The western part of Norway is a fantastic choice for any elopement. We describe it as ‘Norway in a nutshell’. From the high mountain peaks to the beautiful Sognefjord, western Norway has it all and is beloved by everyone who visits.
If you’re wondering what a Norwegian elopement can look like, let me share an amazing trip for you to consider. This experience would be perfect for couples looking for a romantic, adventurous, scenic elopement.
This multi-day elopement is best enjoyed from May until August, because the weather will be nicer and the hotels and cafes will all be open (some Norwegian businesses are seasonal and close in winter). You can plan to say your vows at any location within the trip.
We’ll start in the beautiful village of Solvorn, home to Lustrafjorden, a fjord arm of the Sognefjord. There’s so much natural beauty in the area and Walaker Hotel is the best place to stay – it’s Norway’s oldest hotel, with impeccable service and delicious meals.
This is a great base for exploring the fjord, and it’s so relaxing to sit out in the garden or enjoy an evening cup of coffee next to the fireplace.
Next, let’s explore the fjord and take some magical elopement photos! Starting at Walaker in Solvorn, we’ll take the ferry over to the other side of the fjord.
Here we’ll see Urnes Stave Church, the oldest stave church in the world that dates back to the 12th century. The nearby area of Ornes is known for its farms and apples, producing amazing apple juice and produce that you can sample.
The 30km drive from Ornes to Skjolden is one of the most scenic in Norway and is one of my favorite spots for taking photos. We’ll visit one of Norway’s greatest waterfalls, Feigumfossen, and discover plenty of beautiful scenery, including both fjords and mountains. There are also some scenic cafes that are perfect places to stop for lunch.
Once we reach Skjolden, you have many options! You could choose to stay at Skjolden Hotel or go up in the mountains towards Sognefjellet, where you can find the mountain hotel, Turtagrø Hotel. However, there’s also a cozy glamping place going back towards Solvorn that I can recommend, or you can return to the Walaker for another night… The choice is yours!
Whatever you prefer, this itinerary will show you some of the best that Norway has to offer, creating a beautiful and memorable elopement.
I know there is a lot to think about and plan for your Norwegian elopement, but that is part of the fun! Please remember that I am here to help every step of the way. I can’t wait to show you my beautiful country.