Norway has become one of the top destinations for elopements in the world. Some chose it for the scenic roads, magnificent waterfalls, or green fjords, but for me, this would be the top destination because of the untouched nature and the chance to still find locations rarely visited by tourists. If you’re looking for an adventure elopement location – Norway is the perfect destination.
Allie & Eddie traveled all the way from the US to elope in Norway. They had been engaged for several years and, since they had planned to get married that year, they wanted to surprise everyone with wedding photos from the best destination ever – Norway.
Planning Elopement in Hardangerfjord, Norway
For us, elopement photographers everything starts with lots of research & planning. I was lucky my couple gave me lots of freedom to find the most epic locations. I know they were staying in Odda the night before exploring the famous Troltunga. So it was obvious it had to be in the Hardangerfjord area. Sidenote, they were flying out of Bergen the next morning, so we also had to end the day so they can still manage to get to Bergen.
Here are some of the amazing locations I found while researching for an elopement in the Hardanger area.
Most are easily reachable by car or are within walking distance so that you can explore as much as possible while visiting Hardangerfjord.
Norway is famous for all the fjords and untouched nature. And in the last 10+ years of me living in Norway, It’s hard to find a route I haven’t visited before. But I made 3 different routes depending on what they wanted to see and how much they would be willing to climb. & We started our journey with Vøringfossen Waterfall, made a stop in Eidfjord, found a sandy beach at the beginning of Hardangerfjord, and ended our day with a picnic overlooking Hardanger at Kjeåsen.
Let’s start the journey
First stop – Vøringfossen Waterfall
Vøringfossen is not the biggest or the highest, but it is definitely the most famous waterfall we have here in Norway. Pictures just can’t give justice to how grand this location is and how small it will make you feel. I would advise this as the end of the day location, just because of how light&shadows play in the valley and with the falling waterfall. But since my couple wanted to end the day as close to Bergen as possible, this is where our journey started.
Portraits at Eidfjord
We continued our trip on the road nr.7 towards Eidfjord but just as we approached the lake, I saw the most perfect background and asked if Allie & Eddie would love to step into the supercold waters of Eidfjord Lake.
Magical Elopement portraits at Hardangerfjord
Our next scheduled stop was Kjeåsen but on the way, we found this charming totally unpopulated beach. I had hoped to stop at a beach anyway, but this was a total treat since it really is off regular tourist routes, so all just for ourselves.
Mountain Elopment pickninc on Kjeåsen
Our last stop – Kjeåsen. A mountain meadow viewpoint, accessible by car, overlooking Hardangerfjord. It is really remote. You won’t find it on any tourist brochures, and definitely not on any lists of top destinations for elopements in Norway. But it is on my top list.
It has a tunnel, that has a timetable for traveling up & down the Kjeåsen mountain. We did have an extra 20 min to wait for our torn, so we just went to explore the surrounding area, and we found this cute bridge on this reader active mountain river.
In total, we spent together 6 hours and drove only about 30 km (18 miles). And even if we did manage to see a lot, I wish we would have started earlier. It was rainy or cloudy almost all of the day. The weather is kinda unpredictable here on the west coast. It can rain, be hot, and snow in just one day. But I like to think that these memories for Allie & Eddie will be perfect, with rain and all.
Eloping in Norway
It is pretty easy to legally get married in Norway, even for non-locals including same-sex marriages. So if you are part of lgbtq+ Norway is the place to elope.
So if you are considering eloping in Norway or having a styled photoshoot like Allie & Eddie, just drop me a message, and we can have a chat about possibilities, what to expect, and what it might cost. It is not as unreachable as people think. prices in Norway currently are quite similar to other European destinations, just with better roads, fresher air, and fewer tourists.
Just drop me a message and let’s see where your dream might take you.