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Tours In Iceland In December

Come join the locals in their Yuletide festivities and soak up the winter beauty of Iceland in December. The Reykjavík-based travel experts at Nordic Visitor will tailor your December tour to include all the sights and activities that you want to experience at this magical time of year.

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TRAVEL TO ICELAND IN DECEMBER

Thinking about visiting Iceland in December? Then you’ve come to the right place!

With colourful Christmas lights everywhere and the locals getting into the holiday spirit, December is a great time to visit Iceland. What’s more, as it’s the middle of winter and night skies are dark, you could go on a northern lights tour.

Our Iceland experts will customise your itinerary to you. Explore Iceland on a small group tour or drive around the Ring Road on a self-drive adventure. You might want to enjoy a privately guided trip or choose a city break with day tours.

Plus, when you book a trip to Iceland with Nordic Visitor, you get tried-and-tested accommodation, transportation reservations, and many other benefits as part of the package. You’ll also enjoy the personal service of your own dedicated travel consultant.

Keep browsing below to explore ideas for tours in Iceland in December.

 

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Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
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  • Professional service from local experts

Explore at your own pace with a car 

Drive the Ring Road with peace of mind. We recommend these Iceland self-drive tours, designed specially for winter.

Iceland
15% OFF IN 2020
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Self-drive
7 days / 6 nights
Oct - Apr

South Iceland at Leisure - Winter

137150ISK

116578ISK

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7 days / 6 nights
Oct - Apr

South Iceland at Leisure - Winter

137150ISK

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Self-drive
10 days / 9 nights
Oct - Apr

South and West Iceland at Leisure - Winter

186320ISK

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10 days / 9 nights
Oct - Apr

South and West Iceland at Leisure - Winter

186320ISK

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Self-drive
6 days / 5 nights
Oct - Apr

South Iceland & Into the Glacier - Winter

157960ISK

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6 days / 5 nights
Oct - Apr

South Iceland & Into the Glacier - Winter

157960ISK

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Iceland
Self-drive
5 days / 4 nights
Oct - Apr

South Iceland Classic - Winter

106470ISK

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5 days / 4 nights
Oct - Apr

South Iceland Classic - Winter

106470ISK

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Join a guided small group

See northern lights and more in Iceland with new friends and a local guide on one of these small group tours.

Iceland
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Guided Groups
8 days / 7 nights
Sep - Mar

Northern Lights Circle Tour

Pace Level Level 2 (Classic)
Activity Level Level 1 (Easy)

321479ISK

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8 days / 7 nights
Sep - Mar

Northern Lights Circle Tour

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Iceland
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Guided Groups
5 days / 4 nights
Oct - Mar

Winter Highlights & Northern Lights

Ice Cave & Glacier Lagoon

Pace Level Level 2 (Classic)
Activity Level Level 2 (Moderate)

206633ISK

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5 days / 4 nights
Oct - Mar

Winter Highlights & Northern Lights

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Enjoy a city break with day tours

Spend your nights in Reykjavik and your days visiting major attractions. Check out these multi-day tours.

Iceland
10% OFF IN 2020
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Multi-Day Tours
6 days / 5 nights
Sep - Mar

Best of South Iceland Winter

Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon

168342ISK

151508ISK

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6 days / 5 nights
Sep - Mar

Best of South Iceland Winter

168342ISK

151508ISK

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Iceland
10% OFF IN 2020
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Multi-Day Tours
4 days / 3 nights
Sep - Mar

Golden Circle Classic - Winter

Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon & Northern Lights

123127ISK

110814ISK

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4 days / 3 nights
Sep - Mar

Golden Circle Classic - Winter

123127ISK

110814ISK

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Iceland
Multi-Day Tours
5 days / 4 nights
Sep - Mar

Classic South Coast - Winter

Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon

154042ISK

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5 days / 4 nights
Sep - Mar

Classic South Coast - Winter

154042ISK

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Multi-Day Tours
7 days / 6 nights
Sep - Mar

Best of South & North Iceland - Winter

Golden Circle, South Coast & Lake Mývatn

246125ISK

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7 days / 6 nights
Sep - Mar

Best of South & North Iceland - Winter

246125ISK

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Travel with your own local guide

Experience Iceland’s winter beauty and unique culture on your terms with one of these privately guided tours.

Iceland
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Privately Guided
5 days / 4 nights
Oct - Apr

Winter Highlights - Private

411770ISK

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5 days / 4 nights
Oct - Apr

Winter Highlights - Private

411770ISK

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Iceland
Privately Guided
8 days / 7 nights
Oct - Apr

Northern Lights Circle Tour - Private

795954ISK

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8 days / 7 nights
Oct - Apr

Northern Lights Circle Tour - Private

795954ISK

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Iceland
Privately Guided
4 days / 3 nights
Oct - Apr

Golden Circle & South Coast Winter - Private

272837ISK

Eur

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4 days / 3 nights
Oct - Apr

Golden Circle & South Coast Winter - Private

272837ISK

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Iceland
Privately Guided
10 days / 9 nights
Oct - Apr

Iceland Full Circle Classic Winter - Private

1013347ISK

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10 days / 9 nights
Oct - Apr

Iceland Full Circle Classic Winter - Private

1013347ISK

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Celebrate New Year's in Iceland

Fireworks, feasts and fun! Join the locals in ringing in the New Year with one of these special tours in Iceland.

Iceland
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Multi-Day Tours
5 days / 4 nights
December

A New Year's to Remember

Northern Lights, Super Jeeps and NYE Party

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5 days / 4 nights
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A New Year's to Remember

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Local travel agency

As a local travel agency, Nordic Visitor knows how to make the most of your time in Iceland. We offer a variety of tours—both independent and guided—that include the must-see attractions as well as lesser-known highlights that are hand-picked by our own Icelandic travel experts. To ensure a stress-free trip, we handle all the local details for you—accommodations, activities, rental car (for self-drive tours) and other services.
 
Oh, and all of our itineraries can be customised! So if you decide you want to spend more than the number of days specified in the packages or add some activities, for example, your personal Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be happy to make suggestions and modify your itinerary.

Different ways you can experience Iceland

We have tours for all varieties of travel styles and interests. See our options for exploring Iceland below.

What do our customers say?

The reviews speak for themselves. See what Nordic Visitor travellers said about their experience with us.

Ann Bragg

Iceland Full Circle Classic, June 2019

The trip was excellent!

Overall the trip was excellent! I am glad to have come across Nordic Visitor online. Aside from the time savings, we had a much better travel experience than we would have if we'd tried to plan everything for ourselves.

Geoffrey Rosevear

South & West Iceland at Leisure, May 2019

Extremely happy

We were extremely happy with Nordic Visitor with our pretour communication with Perla and the information we received on arrival. All drivers were very good with airport pickup and hotel transfers to the rental car agency.

Cait Foss

South Iceland Classic, June 2019

Nordic Visitor made it so easy!

Going to visit a different country that you have never been to can be overwhelming. Nordic Visitor made it so easy for my husband and I to travel to Iceland and have a wonderful time! Everything was mapped out for us and we could do what we wanted, but with guidance, so we were not scrambling around with no direction. What a beautiful place! You guys made our anniversary so special!!!! Thank you so very much!

Gerlinde Pelinka

Iceland Full Circle Classic, June 2019

As always, it was fantastic!

This is my third tour with Nordic Visitor. As always, it was fantastic. Many thanks, I will be back for sure!

Danielle Walker

South Iceland Classic, May 2019

This was the easiest trip I have ever gone on!

I absolutely loved the travel documents. It made the trip so easy and smooth. The packet was so informative and I loved the map to be able to see what was along our route so we could plan our stops along the route before hand. This was the easiest trip I have ever gone on. I've booked many trips through different travel agencies and none have ever gone this smooth. I wish you were everywhere so I'd never have to use another agency. (More of Europe, Africa, Australia South America, ect).

Henry Rosas

South & West Iceland Classic, May 2019

We love the service!

Please keep the high standard. We love the service, the details for our Anniversary, the recommendations, the quick replies. You are one of the best tour operators in Europe. Thanks!

Francis Hughes

South & West Iceland Classic, July 2019

Unforgettable family holiday

Iceland is an extraordinary country & one we are so pleased we have visited. Nordic Visitor were invaluable in taking all the hassle out of the selecting an itinerary and ensuring we got the most out of the trip. We had a fantastic and unforgettable family holiday - Thank You Nordic Visitor

Jack Ziesing

South & West Iceland Classic, June 2019

Amazing time on our Nordic Visitor tour!

We had such an amazing time on our Nordic Visitor tour. Hilmar was extremely helpful and accomodating. We loved our tour package and all its suggestions on activities and cuisine. The in car wifi was essential to the tour and we were glad to have it. We can't recommend Nordic Visitor enough to our friends and family! We loved the experience and would absolutely book through Nordic Visitor again in the future!

Getting to Iceland

All of Nordic Visitor’s tours of Iceland begin in Reykjavík, the capital. Keflavik International Airport is the gateway for international air travel in Iceland and is served by dozens of airlines. Furthermore, the airport serves as a hub for Icelandair’s transatlantic flights.

The following airlines fly to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) year-round: Icelandair, SAS, KLM, Norwegian, British Airways, EasyJet, Wizz Air and Finnair. Other airlines offer seasonal flights to KEF, including Delta, United Airlines, Air Canada and Lufthansa.

We recommend checking airline websites directly for flight availability and timetables. You can also use an airfare search engine, such as Skyscanner, Dohop or Kayak, for example.

Flights are not included in Nordic Visitor packages. However, all of our itineraries can be customised with extra nights in Reykjavík if you’d like to rest up after your flight.

Travel Guide

Be prepared for just about anything on your Icelandic adventure.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ICELAND IN DECEMBER

Depending on what you want to see and where you want to go in Iceland, December might be the perfect month for your holiday. Read on to find out more with these answers to commonly asked questions about visiting Iceland in December.

How is Iceland in December?

Twinkling Christmas lights and dancing northern lights are just two of the things that make a trip to Iceland in December so special. Whether you want an activity-filled break in Reykjavík or a cosy winter getaway in the countryside, visiting Iceland in December is sure to make lasting memories.

What are the best things to do in Iceland in December?

There are so many exciting things to do in Iceland in December. This is a particularly special month to visit because it’s the festive season, with fun-filled parties, bonfires and fireworks displays aplenty.

What’s more, even with short daylight hours and winter weather conditions in December, you can still visit many of Iceland’s top natural attractions. Some of the unmissable highlights are waterfalls draped in ice, glaciers, hot springs and geothermal sites.

Here are 10 of the best things to do in Iceland in December:

  • Enjoy a guided festive walk in Reykjavík
  • Attend an exclusive New Year’s Eve Party
  • Go on ice cave tours
  • Snowmobile over glaciers
  • Hunt for the northern lights
  • Soak in hot tubs and swimming pools
  • Venture along the Snæfellsnes peninsula
  • See geothermal wonders and volcanoes
  • Go horse riding or on a whale watching tour
  • Walk along unusual black sand beaches

Cultural events in December
Soaking up Icelandic culture is an enchanting experience at Christmastime. The whole month of December is an exciting time to be in the country, with plenty of colourful lights and festive food. You can have an unforgettable Christmas in Iceland.

New Year’s Eve is also a big celebration in Iceland. At midnight everyone steps outside, with champagne and sparklers, to watch the extraordinary fireworks displays. Many people stay up and party until the early hours of the morning!

We have a variety of Christmas packages and New Year tours to choose from. You could join a guided festive walk through downtown Reykjavík, admiring the twinkling lights while learning about Yuletide traditions. Or attend an exciting New Year’s Eve party, enjoying a three-course meal and songs around the bonfire.

Good to know: If you’re unsure about what you want to do in Iceland, don’t worry. Our Iceland experts are based in Reykjavík and know the country inside out. They’ll help you see Iceland your way, tailoring your itinerary by adding all the best excursions and experiences to suit you.



What are the best places to visit in Iceland in December?

The best places to visit in Iceland in December include waterfalls, hot springs, ice caves, glaciers and more. If you’re coming to hunt for the northern lights, head to remote locations where there is less light pollution. There are evening tours that can take you there from the capital, Reykjavík.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Iceland in December:


To keep occupied whilst in the capital, you may want to explore some of these fun indoor attractions too:

  • Learn about volcanoes at the Lava Centre
  • Try a flight simulation experience with FlyOver Iceland
  • Experience earthquakes and visit the planetarium at Perlan

Where you go in Iceland depends on how much time you have to spend. If you are only staying for a few days, your best bet is to explore Reykjavík and the surroundings.

Want to spend a week or longer in Iceland in December? Then you’ll have time to journey around the country in a full circle to reach its many beautiful corners. As well as the southern and western regions, you can explore the east and north of Iceland too.



What is the weather like in Iceland in December?

December is the middle of winter in Iceland. On average there are highs of 4°C (39°F) and lows of -1°C (30°F). There may be rainy days during your Iceland holiday in December, with an average of 40mm of rainfall. It can also get quite windy.

The weather in Iceland is unpredictable, so prepare for the cold, wind and rain if you’re planning a trip for December!

What is the temperature in December in Iceland?

In Reykjavík and Akureyri, the average temperature in December is 1°C (34°F). Generally Iceland experiences highs of 4°C (39°F) and lows of -1°C (30°F).

Does it snow in Iceland in December?

It is not unusual to get snow in Iceland in December, especially at higher altitudes. In Reykjavík, snowfall rarely stays on the ground longer than a few days, but if there’s a cold snap the capital might be blanketed with snow.



What are the driving conditions in Iceland in December?

As it’s winter in Iceland in December, the roads can be icy. That said, you can still enjoy a self-drive tour and travel around the Ring Road. You will need to rent a sturdy 4x4 vehicle to drive in Iceland in December.

If you’re thinking about renting a car in Iceland, it’s important to come prepared for winter driving. Make yourself aware of road safety precautions before you travel. For example you must drive slowly in cold weather to avoid unseen ice, and turn your headlights on, day and night.

During your trip check weather and road conditions regularly. For your peace of mind, our team is on hand 24/7 should you need to contact us at any point. And if there is an unexpected event or severe weather, we’ll get in touch and modify your itinerary while keeping you safe and informed.

When you book a self-drive tour with Nordic Visitor, your car rental comes with collision damage waiver, a GPS, unlimited in-car Wi-Fi, and a hand-marked map of your route. You also get two named drivers on the insurance policy so you can share the driving with a travel companion.



What to pack for a trip to Iceland in December?

Iceland is famous for its ever-changing weather, so we advise that you be as prepared as possible. As December falls in the middle of winter, we recommend bringing warm layers to be ready for the cooler temperatures. That way you can enjoy the natural beauty of the country regardless of the weather.

Here is a list of packing essentials for your Iceland trip in December:

  • An insulated or warm down jacket (it’s best if it is also waterproof)
  • Fleece jumpers
  • Lightweight wool underlayers
  • Waterproof or winter trousers
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Warm hat
  • Thermal underwear and socks

As well as these essentials, be sure to bring good sturdy walking or hiking boots depending on what activities you may want to enjoy. Also, if you’re keen to experience the famous Blue Lagoon, remember to pack your swimwear and sandals.

What to wear in Iceland in December?

Icelanders have a saying: “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.”

In December you can expect colder weather, northerly winds and even snow. For that reason, you should dress with warm layers to be ready for anything. That way you can enjoy the beautiful sights without worrying about the temperatures and conditions.

Make sure to be dressed with an insulated winter jacket and warm under layers, as well as good sturdy boots.

It’s good to know that some outdoor excursions will provide the necessary winter clothing, such as warm overalls. But if you’d like to go snowmobiling, hiking or ice caving, make sure you’ve brought the clothing essentials with you, such as snow boots.

What are the daylight hours in Iceland in December?

December is the darkest month of the year in Iceland, as this is when the winter solstice occurs. You can expect between 3 and 5 hours of daylight in Iceland in December.

In mid-December the sun rises as late as 11:20 AM and sets at 3:30 PM in Reykjavík. In Akureyri the sunrise takes place at 11:40 AM and the sunset at 2:40 PM.

Can I see the northern lights in Iceland in December?

Yes, you can see the northern lights in Iceland in December. In order to spot the colours of the aurora borealis, you need the right solar activity, a clear, dark sky with few or no clouds, and low light pollution.

In winter the nights are longer and darker than in summer. December has more hours of darkness than any other month so you have a good chance of seeing them light up the night sky.

Due to the unpredictable nature of the northern lights, we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them on our tours. But the aurora is a natural marvel that continues to inspire awe and delight, and is definitely worth putting on your travel bucket list.



How to tour Iceland in December?

There are various ways to travel on your Iceland tour in December. Depending on your personal tastes and requirements, you could either go for a guided or self-guided vacation.

Road trips in December
For a self-guided journey through Iceland, you could opt for a road trip adventure. There are many self-drive tour routes to choose from in December. For shorter stays we recommend driving the Golden Circle in South Iceland or exploring the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the West.

If you have a week or more to spend in Iceland, drive around the Ring Road for a full loop of the country. This way you can visit virtually all the stunning corners of Iceland in one trip!



Multi-day tours in December
Another way to see Iceland on an independent tour is to base yourself in one or two locations, such as Reykjavík and Akureyri. You can then explore Iceland’s highlights on day trips.

A multi-day tour of Iceland is a great way to combine solo travel with guided excursions. You can fill your itinerary with as many tour-led activities as you wish!



Privately guided tours in December
On the other hand, you might prefer to be accompanied by a local expert throughout your Iceland experience. If so we recommend opting for a privately guided tour to have your own personal guide show you the best attractions. This is one of the most exclusive ways to see Iceland.



Small group tours in December
Or you could discover Iceland with like-minded visitors as part of a small group tour. You’ll get to meet people from around the world and learn from the expertise of a local guide, who will show you the most beautiful and fascinating parts of Iceland.

On a small group tour of Iceland in December, you could visit the popular south coast or travel around the Ring Road for an in-depth tour.



Good to know: Whichever of these travel styles you choose, you’ll get all the signature Nordic Visitor benefits. These include access to our 24/7 helpline, a detailed personal itinerary, helpful travel guide and daily breakfast.

Nordic Visitor will book all your accommodation, and you can add extra nights and activities to your itinerary too.



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Whether you choose a guided tour or a self-drive vacation, all customers receive personalized service with a designated travel consultant, tailor-made quality travel documents, and our self-drive clients receive a hand-marked map that outlines their route, overnight stays and highlights along the way. Furthermore, Nordic Visitor has long-standing professional relationships with local tour operators, which are carefully selected by our staff and are recognized for consistent, quality service.

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