An Epic Sunset Elopement in the South-Western Iceland

It's no secret that photographers favor golden hour above all - the period of daytime just before the sun goes up (or down), when the light is soft and incredibly beautiful.

The quality of light has a significant impact on the visual outcome of your elopement photography, and adjusting your timeline in a way that will allow you to catch the golden hour will undoubtedly give you the best results.

Kleifarvatn & Krýsuvíkurbjarg

Liam & Katherine hailed all the way from Australia to celebrate their love and have an intimate elopement ceremony on the shores of Kleifarvatn lake.
We picked them up at their airbnb in downtown Reykjavik and headed towards Reykjanes peninsula, where we met the celebrant, Sigurdur Runarsson. Ziggy's ceremonies are light-hearted, personal and full of jokes and laughter - I was having a hard time keeping my face straight while hearing his witty funny remarks about Liam & Katherine's origin story.

After officially tying the knot, the guys followed us on a little adventure around Kleifarvatn. We love this area, its gorgeous rock formations and snowy mountains never disappoint!

As soon as we arrived to the cliffs, stretching along the south-western coast, the light started changing dramatically. And we got to enjoy the most beautiful sunset, with the light piercing the clouds and the sun sinking slowly below the horizon.

Did you know that during the summer season in Iceland the sun sets around midnight and goes up again in just a few hours? It means you can enjoy something called 'a white night' - the night when it never gets properly dark - a magical time to have your photoshoot at! We know, it may seem a bit inconvenient, but staying up later than usual will be definitely worth it. And bonus point? Very few to no tourists around.

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  1. Those rock formations are so dreamy!! Love the photos and what a beautiful elopement! Also love the note on the ‘white night’ – that is really cool! Love this! 🙂

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