How to See the Northern Lights during your Iceland Wedding

Northern lights better known as the Aurora Borealis can be seen in hand full of different countries in the world. Those countries include Iceland (of course),Greenland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Northern Canada and in the US state of Alaska. Basically all of the counties based on the top part of the globe, or the Northern Hemisphere.
In this blog we will give you all of the details as of what causes the exquisite mystical lights and why they are mostly seen in these countries. We will discuss their myths and as a bonus we will also be sharing Iceland’s most famous lullaby and we will even translate the lyrics to the eerie yet breathtakingly beautiful song. The song was originally created for a play in 1911.

What causes the Northern Lights?

What causes the Northern Lights you ask? In short, our sun! The longer winded version causes for a lot of science talk. The Northern Lights are actually the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere with charged particles, electrons and protons, released from the sun’s atmosphere.

Thankfully there is a more understandable version of what causes the Northern Lights. Basically, our sun has solar storms that causes flaming plasma to be blown towards Earth. The Earth is protected by a magnetic iron sphere which blocks these solar storms and causes them to bounce back into space. Our magnetic sphere also known as the magnetic field is shaped like an infinity sign (or a parallel figure eight) which travels through the middle of the globe. Sometimes the magnetic field bounces the solar storms towards the two poles of the Earth, the North and South poles. The polar opposite poles are the weakest points of the magnetic field. It is here where small amounts of the sun’s plasma particles reach the Earth´s atmosphere.

Once the plasma reaches our Earths atmosphere the plasma particles collide with gas particles. These collisions emit light that we perceive as the dancing lights of the north (and the south). Different gas particles are found a various depths within the Earth´s atmosphere, and these gases will emit different colours of light when their particles are excited (interacting with the sun´s plasma). The most popular, and most frequently seen, are green Northern Lights, which are caused by the abundance of oxygen particles in the atmosphere.
Due to contrary beliefs, the Northern Lights do not just happen during the winter and at night. The Northern Lights can be happening at all times of the day; only you cannot see them due to daylight.

Unfortunately, the Northern Lights are almost impossible to predict there for no one can promise you that you will experience them during your stay in Iceland. Which is why we recommend a few days stay while hunting for the Northern Lights as Iceland is know for its constantly changing weather. The Northern light can not be seen while it is raining.

 

Getting married under the Northern Lights

We get a lot of inquires about getting married under neath the Northern Lights.  Unfortunately the chances of you saying “I do” under the Northern Lights are very slim.  Here are the following reasons.

  1. The predictability of the lights can only be estimated a few days before they are due to arrive.  Even then there is not a 100% chance seeing as we can not predict how our magnetic field will react to the solar storms.
  2. You would need to have make sure every one involved (i.e celebrant, Iceland wedding photographer, guests) are ready to be “on call” when the lights do show up.
  3. On the same note as above, seeing as the Northern Lights are only at night any where from 8pm to 5am this can result in up charges from Iceland Wedding vendors and upset guests (because of the unpredictability factor).
  4. Capturing images of the Northern Lights can be quite tricky, depending on the skill set of your Iceland Wedding Photographer.  In order to capture the lights one would require a tripod and / or shinning a quick light on the subject during a longer exposure.  Some photographers even cheat and add the Northern Lights in post processing.  Make sure your Iceland Wedding Photographer is capable of getting the look and style you seek.

If you dream of having the Northern Lights during your Iceland Wedding or Iceland Elopement we would advice you to not plan around the lights.  Rather, stay a few days longer with only your Iceland Wedding Photographer on call.  Who knows.. They might even grace you with their presence during your Iceland Wedding Reception.

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Tips for the Best Chances to See Northern Lights

In order to see the Northern Lights in all their glory there are a few guidelines on should follow.Ca

1. The Northern Light season starts in mid September and can be seen til until early April.

2. We recommend driving away from all light pollution, such as cities, towns, and street lights.

3. Before going on an adventurous hunt for the Northern Lights we recommend checking the weather forecast. In order to see the Northern Lights there needs to be little to no clouds. We usually use the following websites for Iceland. Belgingur.is and Vedur.is

4. Dress accordingly. Icelandic winter nights are quite cold, especially after a long day exploring our beautiful country.

5.We highly recommend bringing a thermos with hot chocolate and a blanket to snuggle under. How romantic right?

As promised, HERE you can listen to Iceland’s famous lullaby. Followed by the translation:
Sleep, my young love.
Outside the rain is weeping.
Mummy is watching over your treasure,
an old bone and a round case.
We should not stay awake through dim nights.

There is much that darkness knows,
my mind is heavy.
Often I saw black sand
burning the green meadow.
In the glacier cracks are rumbling deep as death.

Sleep for a long time, sleep quietly,
it is best to wake up late.
Sorrow will teach you soon,
while the day is quickly decaying,
that men love, lose, cry and mourn.

Translation by Marc Moreau

Would you like to plan your Iceland Wedding or Iceland Elopement with us in hopes to see the Northern Lights? We can not promise you that you will see them but we can promise you a very memorable adventurous experience. Contact US now and we can start planning today!

Driving in Iceland

Are you having an Iceland Wedding or Elopement? Are you going to be renting a vehicle? Do you plan to drive around our beautiful island? A good thing to know before you plan to rent a car is that most of Iceland’s rental cars are manual.  Of course an automatic can also be rented, but usually at a higher price tag.

Our beautiful country has in recent years become quite a popular destination. Who can resist all of our breathtaking waterfalls, lava craters, geysers, glaciers and not to mention our famous hot springs. Our country is not called the land of ice and fire without reason. That being said, to get the very most out of our one of a kind country we highly recommend getting a rental car if you are able, and taking the ring road around the country.  This months blog will inform you on all the things you will need to know about driving in Iceland for your Iceland Wedding or Elopement.

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In Iceland we drive on the right side of the road and pass on the left side.  It is required by law that all passenger wear a seat belts at all time while the vehicle is in operation.  Iceland has zero tolerance regarding drinking and driving and can result  in very high fines.

 

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Iceland is a very sparsely populated country, there for the roads in the countryside were not built to service a large number of vehicles, indeed many roads outside the ring roads and capital area are not paved, roads are classified according to how passable they are. All though the road might be small it is important to know that these roads are our highways and that they usually have the maximum speed limit of 90 km per hour, however you always need to take precautions in case of bad weather or ice. If at anytime you feel the need to stop the vehicle to photograph our beautiful landscapes, please look behind you for any other cars then slowly and safely pull over to the side of the road without damaging any greenery.  It is crucial that precaution be taken while pulling over on a country road in order to prevent an accident.

 

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Another thing to look out for while driving in the countryside are one-way bridges. The vehicle closer to the bride has the right of way. One way bridges are quite common and it is very important that the driver takes the right precautions before driving through. Some of the bigger bridges however tend have shoulders you can pull off to the side if there is oncoming traffic.

 

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It is important to know that driving off-road is both very dangerous and also illegal, resulting in high fines and causes much damage to our nature that can often be seen for decades. You should also be on the look out for animals, commonly sheep, while driving in the countryside of Iceland. If accidentally you happen to hit a sheep or another larger animal it is crucial that you call the police and they can connect you to the farmer to whom the animal belonged. The phone number for the police in Iceland is 112.

Before going out out for an adventure around Iceland it is highly suggested looking at the following websites for weather conditions or the chance of roads being closed . You can also call 902 0600 for weather or 1777 for the roads.

Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons highly suggests for all of their customers to hire a coach for the day of their Iceland Wedding or Elopement so they can take in the whole range of experiences Iceland has to offer. We make sure that you are connected with the best vendors Iceland has to offer.

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Has this months blog intrigued you to take the leap and finally make your Iceland Wedding a reality? Contact Us and we will be more than happy to start planning your adventure today!

Waterfall Wedding in Iceland : Josh & Katelyn

This months blog is dedicated to Josh and Katelyn who celebrated their wedding day on a beautiful Sunday morning in October. They chose to have their ceremony and tie the knot at a beautiful breathtaking waterfall in Iceland. Not only did they get married at a gorgeous waterfall, but they also visited three other magnificent Icelandic landscapes to enhance their wedding day experience.

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Katelyn and Josh were very timely in their Wedding Planning process and started their planning time with us a year before their date.  The earlier you start the planning process the better.  Planning ahead not only lessens the stress on your wedding day, it helps you to stay on budget.  Planning ahead of time also makes it easier to book venues and hotels to ensure you lock down everything you dream of for your wedding in Iceland.

One of our amazing Wedding Photographers, Christin, was hired to photograph Katelyn and Josh’s waterfall wedding in Iceland.  Christin was able to capture the love, the beauty, the happiness, and the memories of the special day.  She was the perfect fit for Katelyn, Josh and their love.  No one can deny how much love the bride and groom have for each other, especially when it is evident in their photos.
We only work with the best of photographers.  It is telling how beautifully Christin captures the joy in Katelyn’s eyes as she gets ready for the happiest day of her and Josh’s life.

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The happy twosome tied the knot with their closest friends and family at this gorgeous waterfall in Iceland.  Fall weddings in Iceland are a great option for two main reasons: less tourists and gorgeous fall flora. If you want to steer clear of the tourist crowds (no one likes a rogue tourist photo bombing their first kiss) and want breathing taking photos; then a September to October wedding in Iceland is something for you. However, like many other places, fall weather in Iceland can be unpredictable. Sunny skies can quickly turn to rainy days, or vice versa. Iceland has an unofficial motto regarding weather: if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.  So to plan on the side of precaution Katelyn and Josh were well prepared with clear umbrellas for their guests.  Clear umbrellas can also be very photogenic.  You can rent clear umbrellas from our Mother Company.

 

 

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Followed by the ceremony the newly weds enjoyed exploring Iceland with their photographer.  Christin documented their adventure crossing the different textures Iceland has to offer. Century old moss covering lava, waterfalls, black sand beaches, and fields of purple thyme are only some of the flora you can expect to see as you wander the beautiful landscape Iceland has to offer.

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Want to accent your dream wedding with the exciting landscapes Iceland has to offer?
Our Team makes it a point to make all of your wedding dreams come true. If you have enjoyed our blog and feel we may be the right fit for you please Contact Us to get your planning started for your miraculous day.

 

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Brag Worthy Honeymoon in Iceland

You have planned the most perfect wedding, are you thinking of where to have the perfect honeymoon? The answer is a Honeymoon in Iceland. For those looking for an exciting city break or an exhilarating excursion getaway; Iceland has the answer to every couples’ honeymoon wants and desires.

Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland is a cultural metropolis with something for everyone. Whether you are a foodie, an art lover, a music junkie, or an adventure seeker there is always something to keep you busy in this city full of life. When looking for a place to stay, accommodation options are endless: hotels, hostels, or Airbnbs. Another bonus to staying in the city is there is no need for a vehicle. The city is very walk-able and local bus transportation is affordable and user friendly (you can find the Stræto app HERE. A city break honeymoon in Iceland, in Reykjavik, is full of endless options.

Foodie lovers will enjoy the traditional Icelandic eats found at many local restaurants. Tantalize your taste buds with delicious plates full of some of Iceland´s delicacies: whale, lamb, puffin, fermented shark, and local seafood. Not your style? Then grab a hot dog from the famous SS Pylsur stand by the harbor, otherwise known as the most famous restaurant in Iceland.

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At Perlan, , not only can you treat your eyes to a 360° view Reykjavík, you can take part in their amazing exhibits such as the glacier exhibit which allows you to experience what it is like to walk through a glacier.

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Looking to experience the nightlife on your honeymoon in Iceland? Reykjavík will not disappoint. Taste the local brews, spirits and other beverages at many of the downtown bars and pubs. Most offer live music and happy hour, which is a definitely budget friendly.

For those couples wanting to explore more than just the capital city, day trips are always an option. Either renting a car or booking a bus excursion, couples can explore a bit of Iceland with the comfort of staying in the city. Popular day trips include the Golden Circle, Glacier Lagoon, the amazing waterfalls in Southern Iceland, and the Blue Lagoon. For the adventurous types, there are day trips were couples can hike the glaciers or hike to natural hot springs, ride ATVs to the famous abandoned plane crash site, or snorkel between the tectonic plates in Thingvellir National Park.

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Now that you have decided that a honeymoon in Iceland is the perfect accent to our dream wedding, it is important to dress the part. Whether it is summer or winter we recommend dressing in layers. A pair of light hiking boots and a water resistant jacket can make all the difference. And don´t forget to pack your swimwear. Relaxing in the hotpots at the local pools is a well high regarded pastime in Iceland. You´ll definitely regret not taking part in timeless tradition while honeymooning in Iceland. Many tourists often forget to pack evening attire when visiting Reykjavik, although not all places have dress code, you will be much more comfortable within the crowd if not wearing your winter attire at the restaurants, bars and pubs.

If a honeymoon in Iceland sounds like the fairy tale ending to your nuptials or is on your bucket list, Iceland Wedding and Honeymoons would love to assist in making your dreams come true. Please CONTACT us to find out more.

Kind Regards,
Irene & Team (Mama Planner)

The holidays in Iceland

This month our subject is Christmastime. What better time to talk about the holidays then in December? The biggest holiday month of the year. If you find yourself traveling to Iceland this time of year, this blog post is perfect for you. Icelanders celebrate Christmas in a very big and magical way. In fact Icelanders celebrate Christmas for a whole 13 days. Starting from December 23rd and ends January 6th.

Have you heard of Iceland’s 13 Yule Lads? They are the sons of Leppalúði and Grýla who are evil trolls. So evil in fact that they eat bad children in their stew. It is said that Grýla and Leppalúði collect the bad children in a sack and carry them back to the mountains to cook them. Every year, 13 days before Christmas the Yule Lads come out from mountains one by one to visit the children of Iceland. The 13 Icelandic yule lads are a bit different from their parents, but are a tad bit sneaky and like to play tricks on people. The 13 Yule Lads are the following:

Stekkjastaur (Sheep-Cote Clod) is the 1st Yule Lad to arrive from the mountains. In the olden times he used to rial up the sheeps and drive all of the farmers crazy. He gets his name from his peg legs.

Giljagaur (Gully Gawk) is the 2nd to arrive. He used to sneak into the cow sheds to steal the milk.

Stúfur (Stubby) is the 3rd to arrive. He used to steal pans and eat the left over crusts left in them

Þvörusleikir (Spoon-Licker) is the 4th to arrive. He is the skinniest Yule Lad. He steals wooden spoons to lick them.

Pottaskefill (Pot-Scraper) is the 5th to arrive. He steals leftovers from pots.

Askasleikir (Bowl-Licker) is the 6th to arrive. He is know for stealing the askur. In the olden times people used to use jars called askur in stead of plates.

Hurðaskellir (Door Slammer) is the 7th to arrive. He is known for slamming every door in the house making sure to wake every one up in the middle of the night.

Skyrgámur (Skyr-Gobbler) is the 8th to arrive. He will finish every single skyr he will find.

Bjúgnakrækir (Sausage-Swiper) is the 9th to arrive. He is known for stealing the sausages that are being smoked.

Gluggagægir (Window-Peeper) is the 10th to arrive. Likes to spy through windows looking for things to steal.

Gáttaþefur (Doorway-Sniffer) is the 11th to arrive. Uses his big nose to sniff peoples doorways for food.

Ketkrókur (Meat-Hook) is the 12th to arrive. Known for his hook he used to steal meat.

Kertasníkir (Candle-Sneaker) is the 13th and last Yule Lad to arrive. He is known to steal and eat candles. In the oldern times they were made from animal fat which made them edible. Kertasnírkir is often known as the Yule Lad to leave the best gift.

Seeing as a lot has changed since back in the day the Yule Lads have mostly stopped playing tricks on people and instead like to reward Icelandic children with gifts if they have been well behaved. If the children have been good they will receive a small gift in their shoes. The misbehaved children receive a potato in their shoes.

This wouldn’t be a very good blog post if we left out Grýla, Leppalúði, and the 13 Yule Lad´s cat. The giant cat is said to check if every person received a new piece of clothing for Christmas. If someone has not received a new piece of clothing, the cat is said to eat that person.

Thorlacs Mass or Þorláksmessa is celebrated on the 23rd of December to honor St. Þorlákur Þórhallsson, bishop of Skálholt, who was canonized and recognized as the patron saint of Iceland in 1984. This night is known as the night before Christmas seeing as Icelanders open their gifts and spend time with their family on the 24th. On Þorláksmessa Icelanders will gather on Reykjavík’s main street Laugavegur to finish up their last minute shopping. The street is filled with holiday cheer and most shops are open til midnight. On the street you can find locals singing carols, while nearby almonds are being roasted. Some shops will even have live music. It is an experience every one should have. It is a truly magical night!

December 24th: Christmas starts at 6pm on the dot. While some Icelanders will attend Christmas Mass followed by a festive dinner, while others will gather together and eat at 6. After dinner and dessert Icelanders will then open up their gifts from one another one by one.

December 25th Christmas day is usually spent visiting extended family, or attending dinner parties with close friends.

December 26th is know as the 2nd of Christmas which is also a holiday and a day off. In the past years it has become popular to go to the movies as a family or stay home and play games all day.

New Years Eve is one of the most spectacular nights in Iceland. In Iceland it is legal to buy and light your own fireworks. Most towns have a bonfire and a firework show around 8 o´clock. On the strike of midnight most Icelanders will celebrate the new year with lighting their own fireworks.

January 6th is the last day of the Christmas season. A kind of fare-well to the holiday. Most Icelander will attend a bonfire and a firework show followed by going home and lighting up the rest of their own fireworks. After the 6th of January it becomes illegal again to shoot fire works until next December.

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We hope this blog has been helpful for your coming trip, during the holidays in Iceland.

Kind Regards,
Irene & Team (Mama Planner)

Waterfall Wedding in Iceland VIDEO!

It is our pleasure to share with you one of our stunning weddings from this summer. It was a thrill to get to work with a wonderful, down to earth, and stress-free couple from New York.  Fizah and Jonathan were a true delight. Their fun, adventurous and creative personalities were only amplified by their true and complete adoration of each other. Fizah, Jonathan, along with their 60 guests, and Iceland were the perfect mixture for a memorable destination wedding.

Throughout the day there was never a dull moment. The happy couple had so many creative ideas to ensure their guests would have a wonderful time and capture memories to last a lifetime.  In the morning, before the ceremony, there was plenty of time for the couple and their guests to explore some of the stunning landscapes Iceland has to offer.  After adventuring through three separate locations it was time for the ceremony.  ​
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That afternoon, the ceremony, almost too perfect for words, took place.  In front of a beautiful waterfall and 60 of their beloved family and friends Fizah and Jonathan vowed to love, cherish and respect each other for the rest of their lives.  The location was even more captivating with the addition of local talent singing native Icelandic hymns.  After the ceremony the group gathered at a nearby restaurant to celebrate.  The reception, where they would spend the remainder of the night, was filled with dancing, eating, and making memories. ​

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Fizah and Jonathan chose to document the whole event by hiring two collaborating videographers: Cody from Glacier Point Productions and Matt from Lynn Production. Cody and Matt were wonderful to work with; they captured the beauty of the entire day with breathtaking footage.  Even more impressive was their ability, and pure talent, to capture emotion and feeling.  In the videos one can feel how much Fizah and Jonathan care for each other, and how strong their love is.  The videos truly do speak for themselves. Here is the first teaser.

 

Having a video of the happiest day of your life allows you to relive it again and again.  They say a picture is worth a thousand word, but a video… a video’s worth is timeless, limitless,…infinite.  When planning your wedding or elopement it is important to narrow down what aspects of the day are most important to you.  We often hear of couples that regret not hiring an experienced videographer.   Let us tell you, it is worth every penny! Still not convinced? Let Fizah and Jonathan’s complete video of their wedding day help you decide.

 

Hiring a Day of Planner, which Fizah and Jonathan did, allows the couple to focus on each other without having to worry about anything else. A Day of Planner also can help manage and direct your guests.  For larger weddings a Day of Planner is very handy especially when random tourists need to be kept at bay (i.e. preventing strangers from showing up at your ceremony or photobombing your wedding photos).  A Day of Planner does everything from setting up chairs at your outdoor ceremony, to helping your guest crossover little glacier feed streams.  A Day of Planner acts as your personal wedding aide and has everything a bride or groom might need throughout the day.  First aid kit, umbrellas, or blankets? -your Day of Planner has those covered.​

Is Iceland your dream destination wedding location? Are you and awe of Fizah’s and Jonathan´s wedding?  Have you yearning of a similar experience?    Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons helps you to make your dreams come true.  Elopement, weddings, vow renewals-you name it and we can make it happen!  Contact us to start planning your amazing event.

 

Kind Regards,
Irene & Team (Mama Planner)

 

Iceland Honeymoon Planner

Your Iceland Honeymoon should be the most exciting adventure you embark on!

It’s our personal and professional objective to ensure you maximize your time in Iceland. So with our bountiful knowledge of the country, locations, activities, they are sure to leave you with an unforgettable experience to look back on!

We create a wonderful plan for you no matter if you’re going to be in Iceland Honeymooning for 3 days, 5 days, 7 days, 10 days, or a month!  We’ll even help you find the best time of year to come for what you want to do!

Imagine your days filled with exploring…

  • Volcanoes, Glaciers, Oh My!
  • Fjords and Mountains
  • Glacial Lagoons
  • The best ​Whale Watching Locations
  • The Golden Circle Highlights
  • Diamond Route Tour
  • Off Road 4×4 Adventures
  • Exploring Geothermal Areas
  • Hot Springs
  • Hunting/Fishing
  • Going inside volcanoes or lava tubes
  • Glacier Walking/Hiking/Climbing
  • Trail Hiking
  • Waterfall Hunting
  • Secret Waterfalls and Caves
  • Ice Caves
  • Snorkeling between the Tectonic Plates
  • Helicopter Tours
  • Biking
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Bird Watching
  • Scuba Diving
  • Skydiving
  • Paragliding
  • Surfing
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • ATV Adventures
  • Cavern Climbing
  • White Water Rafting
  • Landmannalaugar Overnight Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Northern Lights Hunting
  • Touring where some of the Hollywood and Bollywood movies were filmed!
  • ​The Best of Downtown Reykjavik (Iceland Bar Crawls, cheap dinning to fine dinning)
  • ​Amazing Self Drive Plans
  • Theme Touring: Iceland Movie Locations / Fire + Ice

Your honeymoon is going to be envied by everyone back home!  Please contact us for more information on getting this unforgettable plan in action!

Kind Regards, Irene & Team (Mama Planner)

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