Top 10 Destination Wedding Locations for Avid Travelers & Adventure Seekers

 

When you’re a couple who holds Travel and Adventure as a core piece of your relationship, where in the world do you turn to get married?  I often get asked this question, by couples worldwide hoping to step up their game on their wedding day.  My fellow avid travelers and adventure seekers, fear not!  This is exactly why Your Adventure Wedding‘s mission began and is in full force.

 

So where are the most offbeat and unique destination wedding locations hiding?

 

My direct answer varies depending on your adventure level. …and by adventure level I mean like a scale of 1 to 10, where are you on your wedding day and in your wedding day attire?

  • 1 = If it rains keep me inside, please!
  • 5 = If the super jeep or heli can get us within a 15 minute hike to the location, perfect!
  • 10 = 2+ hour hike rain or shine, heck yea!  Let’s do it! …the wedding dress is going in the backpack ❤

 

Today, we’d like to call out specifically for 2016, the Top 10 Destination Wedding Locations for Avid Travelers & Adventure Seekers!  Because after all, some might say, your wedding day or elopement should be the kickoff off chapter to your biggest adventures yet to come so let’s find that ideal location for you!  Enjoy the location highlights and feel free to contact us for more information.

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Adventure Wedding Planners/Adventure Photographers)

 

1.) Patagonia – Torres del Paine National Park (Chile)

Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, is where the mysterious and intriguing “W” trek of the Andes mountains live and breathe.  This area also has numerous lakes, glaciers, granite towers, caves, wildlife (Guanacos, Ostriches, Flamingos, Pumas, Foxes, Armadillo, and Condors flying around) endless mountain views, and so many unique experiences to be had!

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2.) Vestmannaeyjar Islands (Iceland)

As I’m sure you’ve seen, Iceland is an amazing location to hold your destination wedding, but have you ever considered the islands off of Iceland?  The Vestmannaeyjar Islands are comprised of 15 Archipelago Islands that were all born from eruptions.  Which means the islands feature sharp and interesting cliff-lines, basalt rock formations, the famed “elephant rock,” quaint fishing villages, and a gorgeous Stave (wooden) Church!

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3.) Faroe Islands (Denmark)

What other place has more grass covered houses than anywhere in the world, more sheep than people, jagged cliff edges that will get your heart pumping, hikes that are self-finding, a serenity that you thought only exists in your mind, majestic waterfalls, and a place that still offers a deep and rich culture that mixes the best of the best Nordic worlds of Denmark and Iceland?!  Nowhere, Natta, No place but the magnificent… Faroe Islands!  I might even dare to say parts of it made me feel like I was exploring Narnia!

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4.) Lofton Islands (Norway)

The Lofoten Islands is a place where heaven and earth meet!  What better place to hold an enticing elopement or intimate Norway wedding adventure than on the top of a mountain with stunning fjords behind?!  During your wedding day in Norway’s Lofoten Islands, (once you pick up your jaw off the ground) you’ll become one with the sea and the mountains!

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5.) Ushuaia, Argentina (the most Southern city in the world)

For you adventure seekers that love to hike and explore, there are endless options for you in Ushuaia!  There are short 30 minute to longer 2+ hour hikes within the Tierra del Fuego National Park that will allow you to experience the most Southern tip of the Andes Mountains and the famed Beagle Channel. …plus several stunning secret spots!

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6.) Madagascar (Africa)

Madagascar is a magical island off of the coast of Africa. There you’ll find the famed Isalo National Park, unforgettable mountains, wild adventures, hikes, waterfalls, crystal clear blue-green water, unique tree’s, plants and animals you have never seen before.  It’s the essence of an adventure wedding location, undiscovered!  Be one of the first couples to hold your unforgettable destination wedding in Madagascar, I dare you!

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7.) Morocco (Africa)

Morocco is one of my favorite countries because it houses the highest peak in Africa named, Toubakal which stands higher than 13,000 feet!  Would you dare to wed at the top?  We’d be right there with you photographing!  Oh so, many options to choose from like the Mediterranean Coast, the Sahara Desert. Draa Valley, the Rif & Atlas Mountains, and our endless secret locations!

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8.) The Baltic Countries

There are 3 gorgeous hidden gems of states tucked within the beautiful Baltic Sea. Estonia!  Latvia!  Lithuania!  All should be on your adventure wedding list, because they are full of rich culture, eco-friendly, one of the world’s greenest countries, has an endless list of romantic adventures for couples, beautiful pristine beaches, it’s also a country filled with art, wooden architecture, castles and manor houses!

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9.) Peru (South America)

The Peruvian culture is vivid, rich in tradition, and one of the friendliest I have encountered throughout my  worldwide travels.  The country is full of ancient ruins, the Amazon River, marvelous Andes mountains, and countless adrenaline junkie sports just waiting for you to partake in!

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10.) Illulisat, Greenland (Denmark)

This Nordic wedding location is for couples who are truly fearless explorers at heart, cold weather lovers, and have an unquenchable curiosity!  Is this you?  If so, you can look forward to having a destination wedding or romantic elopement in one of the most mysterious places in the world (it’s been said to be in the top 10)!  Plus what adventurous wedding couple wouldn’t want to arrive to their Greenland wedding ceremony by dogsled?  Then partake in Greenland wedding adventures (or honeymoon) such as mountaineering, heliskiing, iceberg hunting, scuba diving, whale watching, and even flight seeing over the vast tundras!

Illulisat Greenland Wedding-Your Adventure Wedding

 © 2016, Your Adventure Wedding and Photos by Miss Ann, All Rights Reserved

Los Glaciares Park Argentina | Patagonia Wedding Photographer

 

I found myself intoxicated by Los Glaciares National Park, long before I spent time exploring it.  There is just something so curious about those granite Fitz Roy towers emerging into the air, the way the light falls on them, and the sharp textures of the Perito Moreno Glacier!

 

The Los Glaciares National Park can be found on the Argentinean side of Patagonia.  It is one of the largest national parks in the country spanning over 2,800 square miles.  It’s not a park you can easily sightsee through in one day.  …and please don’t!  Spend the time to savor it through a few days!  After all, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site so it’s gotta be good, right?!

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Dying to know how to get here?  The nearest international airports to get to these fabulous areas are as follows:

  • Rio Gallegos, Argentina (RGL) which is approximately 155 miles to the start of the Los Glaciares National Park in the larger known city, El Calafate.
  • Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ) which is approximately 300 miles to El Calafate.

El Calafate is a fantastic vibing town, one of my favorites in fact!  The people, the food, and the fact that it is a pretty central locale to discover all there is in the Los Glaciares National Park, helps too.  Minutes from here, you’ll find yourself among the glory of the Perito Moreno Glacier!Patagonia Wedding Photographer-Los Glaciares National Park-Your Adventure Wedding-1

The options for discovering the Perito Moreno Glacier are many!  First, there is an 1 hour boat ride that gets you super close to to admire the glacier falls at eye level.  Then if you’re an extreme sports enthusiast or adrenaline junkie, there are guided tours you can take hiking or ice climbing on the Perito Moreno Glacier.  And for those of you that wish to admire from afar or at a birds eye view, then you’ll love the boardwalk that allows you to walk from end to end.

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Three hours north of El Calafate, past Lago Argentino and Lago Viedma, but still within the Los Glaciares National Park you’ll find the grand Fitz Roy Mountains.  The towers of Mount Fitz Roy are nestled in the small town of El Chalten, which I like to refer to in its current day situation of being a “pop-up-town” because everything in this town looks less than 1-5 years old (as of when this Patagonia Wedding Planning post was published).

 

It’s so new that at the time we visited, the entire town shared one internet connection… I’m not kidding.  For the 4 days we spent here exploring I could barely get any emails sent and even had to reschedule Skype calls because there was not a strong enough connection available.  The gas station was not even a stationary place (it was a trailer).  But the fabulous trade off, is that you’re able to stay so close to the beauty and peace that lies within those majestic mountains behind that little town!

 

El Chalten is a mecca for those who are looking to hold a romantic elopement or adventure wedding in the Argentinean side of Patagonia.  There are 30 minute hikes to 4 hour hikes that will forever imprint you soul.  What an unforgettable way to not only celebrate your wedding in Patagonia but to continue on with your honeymoon throughout the stunning Los Glaciares National Park!

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The Los Glaciares National Park and the Fitz Roy Mountains in El Chaltén, present some unique challenges as far as routes, fuel options, internet speed, etc.  But the views you’ll encounter are out of this world amazing so please find your way there!

 

We’d love to help you plan your epic Patagonia adventure wedding, so please contact us for more information to ensure your Argentina destination wedding or elopement in Los Glaciares National Park or at the Fitz Roy Mountains will be a flawless time!  In the meantime, today we share with you a few of our favorites from a Los Glaciares elopement! ❤ Enjoy ❤

 

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Patagonia Wedding Planners and Photographers)

 © 2016, Your Adventure Wedding and Photos by Miss Ann, All Rights Reserved

Torres del Paine National Park | Patagonia Wedding Photographer + Planner

Adventure was born and lives in Patagonia, no joke folks!  Specifically, it resides in the Torres del Paine National Park.  Have no idea where that is?  Picture: South America, then find your way to Chile, and then down the Andes Mountains to the most southern section of Chile and Argentina… Then you’ll find yourself in the formal region of Chilean Patagonia in the midst of the Torres del Paine Park!

Once in the Torres del Paine National Park, you’ll find something totally intoxicating and borderline addicting about seeing the different angles of those famed granite “W” mountain peaks, the mysterious Grey Glacier, and the wild feeling of freedom that fills this park.  Not to mention the endless amounts of wildlife like, Guanacos (alpacas), Ostriches, Flamingos, Pumas, Foxes, Armadillo, and Condors flying around which all help add to the enchantment.

The moment we arrived at one of the park entrances, we were greeted by a gorgeous guanaco and boy was he playful as you’ll see below!

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The entire park is weaved together by gravel roads which adds to the charm as the wind blows the dust around.  Adventure junkies from around the world come to cross off their bucket lists the the challenging 3, 7, or 10 day trek around the Torres del Paine National Park.

The main areas that make up the “W” mountain hiking trip are as follows: Glacier Grey, The French Valley, and the Base of the Torres (the 3 towers) overlooking the stunning Torres Lagoon.

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So but of course adventurous couples from around the world should also find their way here, to hold an incredible Patagonian Destination Wedding, Whimsical Elopement in Patagonia, or have their unforgettable Honeymoon in Patagonia!  I mean because how fun would it be to get married atop of the ridges with these famed Chilean Patagonia mountains as your backdrop?

Patagonia Weddings are ideal for you extreme sports enthusiasts or avid travelers!  You can camp your way through it or go the luxury route and stay in hotels and/or refugios and we are thrilled to help you decide which would be ideal for you, please contact us for more information!

I’m a glacier lover personally, so give me some crampons, ice, and gorgeous view and I’ll be set for the day =)  One of my favorite things about Patagonia’s Torres del Paine Grey Glacier is the opportunities to experience the glacier on many levels.  You have the glorious option of taking a boat ride to skim the edges (for you lower intensity adventure seekers), if you’re a middle of the road adventure seeker than there is a fantastic hike you can do to get to the viewing point you’ll see below.  There you will see the glacier, beautiful mountains, and the glacier lagoon with pieces of ice that have broken off from the glacier.  For you high intensity adventure wedding seekers, there is two more opportunities for you… Kayaking around and then climbing onto the Grey Glacier.  Exciting stuff, right?!

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Further into the park you’ll find a few secret waterfalls with incredible 360 views attached to them!  Incredible dynamic area… One of my favorites to hold your epic wedding in Patagonia!

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Patagonia Wedding Locations can actually come with some really amazing historical elements too believe it or not!  Like holding your Patagonia destination wedding or elopement in a cave where the incredible creature once lived 10,000 years ago!  Dreamy!

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The list of Patagonia wedding locations within the Torres del Paine are endless for you adventure seekers.  So I invite you to enjoy the rest of these stunning Patagonia Wedding location images!  They are just a few we are publicly sharing, we have many more stunning secret wedding locations.  So please contact us if you’re interested in planning a Patagonian Destination Wedding or running away to elope in Patagonia!  We’d love to hear from you, contact us!

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Patagonia Wedding Planners and Photographers)

 © 2016, Your Adventure Wedding and Photos by Miss Ann, All Rights Reserved

 

 

Patagonian Rainforest | Patagonia Wedding Photographer

 

Tucked away less than 2 hours off of the Pan-American Highway is the brilliant area of the Chilean Lake District.  Over 16 lakes can be found in this area and several with unforgettable volcano views!  There you will also find several of the countries national parks to endlessly explore such as the following:

 

  • Parque Nacional Conguillio
  • Reserva Nacional Lago Gualletue
  • Reserva Nacional Villarrica
  • Parque Nacional Huerquehue

 

Slightly further south within this incredible picturesque area you’ll also find the Patagonian Rainforest!  …Yes seriously, just when you thought Patagonia could not get any more amazing, it does somehow.

 

Exploring and scouting wedding locations the rainforest in Chilean Patagonia has been one of my favorite all time adventures!   Do you dare to ask me why? ….Please do!

 

Frankly, there were several moments I had to pinch myself walking and hiking through it because I had never ever seen anything like it before.  I mean come on, how many times in your life do you get to wade your way through a bambo tunnel to get to a waterfall or how many nights have you spent in a Tree House Hotel?  Pretty sure, I can count on one hand how many times I had before this point!

 

There are many hidden gems within the amazing national parks that make up the Patagonian Rainforest in the Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve and the Reserva Nacional Mocho-Choshuenco.  Think: Waterfalls, cliffs, magical trees, enchanted wildlife, and lush (almost tropical looking and feeling) spots throughout this epic are of Patagonia!

 

So whether you see yourself holding a Patagonia destination wedding in the famed Lake District or the within the fairytale Patagonian Rainforest, we would love to chat with you more about making that dream wedding or elopement come true!  Please contact us for more information.

 

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Patagonia Wedding Planners and Photographers)

 

 © 2016, Your Adventure Wedding and Photos by Miss Ann, All Rights Reserved