HOW TO ELOPE IN NORWAY
If you are planning an elopement in Norway, then it may be good to know what Norway is about. An elopement in Norway is about nature with the majestic mountains and the world-renowned fjords…
In recent years, Norway has proven to be one of the most popular elopement destinations in Europe. In particular, couples are attracted to Lofoten Islands and Senja in the northern part of Norway.
Norway has a selection of beautiful places, ideal for carrying out an elopement. Feel free to start at visitnorway.com and look for places that can tempt you. Find out what suits you as a couple and remember it’s always about you two. If you are looking for a romantic vineyard in Tuscany or Napa Valley, maybe eloping in Norway may not be the thing for you.
Christin Eide is definitely an elopement specialist and she has teamed up with couples searching for the ultimate wedding experience in Norway over the last 12 years. Most of the bridal couples who work with us are adventurous and brave people. These are often people who enjoy hiking and they are not afraid to get dirty while having the experience of a lifetime.
Having an elopement in Norway is truly an experience. An experience you both will carry the memory of throughout the rest of your life.
The best time to visit Norway, would be the typical summer season from May to September. In the summer season you experience mild temperatures, long summer nights with the famous midnight sun(May to June) that never settles. The winter season in Norway is cold and sometimes extreme, typical with much snow in the arctic regions of the north. The winter season offers you the possibility to experience the famous Northern light(Aurora Borealis).
By international flight you can fly to Oslo(the capital) or Bergen, both good starting-points for your Norwegian elopement. You can also fly in to other major cities, such as; Stavanger, Trondheim, Tromsø, Ålesund and Bodø. You have also a variety of travel options with domestic airliners, ferries, trains or buses. The public transportation network in Norway is highly efficient and can offer affordable prices. To complete your experience and explore Norway at your own pace, rental car would be highly recommended.
Getting Married in Norway
Local requirement and paperwork would need to be submitted to the Norwegian Tax Authority website in advance to be legally binding. Many choose to sign the legal papers back home before coming to Norway. Other options can be to hire a humanist celebrant or simply just an officiant to perform the wedding ceremony by your request.
In Norway we have an unwritten law stating that the nature is free and accessible to everyone. So, just pick a spot by the sea or maybe you prefer a ceremony on a mountain top. Just be responsible and take into consideration that you should leave no trace!
Some top elopement spots in Norway:
1. Lofoten Islands in the northern region of Norway. You fly to Leknes Airport, via Bodø, where you can experience the majestic mountains and get the feeling that you are at the end of the world. There are very few hotels in Lofoten, so accommodation is mostly done by AirBnB or in small cabins, locally named Rorbu or Rorbuer. Lofoten Island offers a stunning nature and the perfect place for hiking.
2. Aurland in the western part of Norway, just 2.5 hour drive from Bergen, is located in the famous world heritage fjord – Nærøyfjorden. Nearby you will also find rural town Flåm, which is at the heart of this beautiful fjord. Here you can make a day trip with Flåmsbanen(The Flåm Railway) through the unspoilt mountain landscape. This train journey has been voted the most beautiful in the world by National Geograpichs.
3. In recent years, Senja has emerged as a favorite and offers much of the same as Lofoten Islands. Senja is perhaps more unspoilt and is located on a peninsula that faces the wild oceans of the far north. To get to Senja, it is easiest to fly to the northern city of Tromsø and from there you continue 2 to 3 hours in a rental car. Tromsø, has locally been referred to as the Paris of the North because of its vibrant inhabitants and the landscape is beautiful wherever you turn.
Should you desire a sledge ride with reindeer(winter season) or to see wild Killer Whales in their natural environment – you are in the right region.
4. Trolltunga(Troll Tongue) is a spectacular mountain plateau in the region of Hardanger, close to the small town of Odda. In this western corner of Norway, just a couple of hours drive from Bergen, you go along the Hardangerfjord with magical scenery as far as the eye can see. You are surrounded by beautiful mountains and thousand year old glaciers that can be climbed, even in the summer. If this appeals to you, you can continue a few hours south towards the city of Stavanger. Here you can experience Prekestolen(The Pulpitt Rock) in Lysefjorden which is a truly unique experience. This mountain plateau was recently used as a backdrop for the latest Mission Impossible movie starring Tom Cruise. Prekestolen has been voted “The Worlds Most Spectacular Viewpoint” by Lonely Planet.
5. Trollstigen(The Trolls ladder) is a famous road in the western Norway, between the major cities; Bergen and Ålesund. Trollstigen can be combined with a visit to Geirangerfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjords in Norway, visited by more than 200 cruiseliners during the summer months. The drive along Trollstigen is undoubtedly more dramatic than most people are used to. What is special about driving in Norway is the fact that people live just about everywhere, even on the narrowest mountain ledge there will be a house. The surrounding mountains and the nearby regions with Rauma and Åndalsnes will be perfect to complete your Norwegian elopement experience.
This is just a small selection and some highlights, but I could easily mention numerous other potential elopement spots in Norway, that are just as beautiful. Do not hesitate to contact Christin and I will assist you in every possible way and remember; ain’t no mountain high enough…