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Christmas Advent Weekend & Northern Lights

(4 days / 3 nights)

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Have a Magical Holiday in Reykjavík

Get your family into the Christmas spirit with this cosy break in Reykjavik, a city full of festive lights and good cheer. You’ll have opportunities to experience both Icelandic yuletide traditions and winter nature, like the northern lights. Along with free time in the city, this tour also includes day trips to top attractions in the countryside, like the Geyser hot springs, Gullfoss waterfall and the Blue Lagoon. Self-guided tour, with planned activities

Type

Partially Guided

Interest

Christmas, Northern Lights

Season

25 Nov - 16 Dec

Departure

Fridays

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Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

  • Day 1: Arrival & Hunt for the Northern Lights

    On arrival at Keflavík Airport, you’ll be met by a driver and transferred to your comfortable accommodation in the heart of Reykjavik. Use the rest of the day to relax or take a walk around the old city centre, where you‘ll find a great variety of cafes, shops, museums and other landmarks, including the charming Christmas market in the Ingólfstorg square. 
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  • Day 2: City Tour & Christmas Village

    Begin the day with a guided tour of the greater Reykjavík area, with visits to such highlights as the Icelandic presidential residence at Bessastaðir, Perlan (“The Pearl”), Hallgrímskirkja Church and the neighbouring town of Hafnarfjörður, where “hidden people” and humans live together in harmony. After the tour we recommend visiting one of Reykjavik´s fine cafes for lunch, such as Borg Restaurant in the Austurvöllur square of the old city centre. 
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  • Day 3: History, Hot Springs & Waterfalls

    Visit some of Iceland’s most famous sights today on a guided bus tour of the classic “Golden Circle” route, starting with the fascinating Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can walk on a path in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next is the majestic Gullfoss waterfall followed by the Haukadalur geothermal area, home of Geysir—the original “geyser”—and the more active Strokkur, which spouts water every few minutes.
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  • Day 4: Blue Lagoon & Departure

    The last stop of your Icelandic yuletide break is at the famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa renowned for its bright blue, mineral-rich waters and unusual lava surroundings. Soaking in the lagoon with a silica mud face mask is a memorable ending to your stay in Iceland and a fantastic way to relax before your flight. You can also enjoy the saunas, mini-waterfall and café and gift shop inside the facilities. Afterwards, you will travel by bus onwards to Keflavik Airport for your journey home. 
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Map

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Reviews

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PemVina, United Kingdom

, March 2014

Well organised

As it was the first time that I had taken my family away I was very nervous. I am so happy that I chose to go with Nordic Visitor as everything went so smoothly. They sent emails of the tour plans a couple of weeks in advance so we could see in detail what we would be doing. When we arrived we were met at the airport by a wonderful driver who was happy to tell us all about the sights we were passing and had fantastic knowledge of the area. He gave us the welcome pack which was a clearly explained and well presented itinerary of our package. All of the tours guides were friendly and fun. I travelled with my sons (16 & 11) and they both had an amazing time. We didn't see the Northern Lights but it's worth noting that if the lights don't show the ticket is valid for 2 years so it may be possible to try again. Everyone in Iceland speaks fluent English and all menus are translated.

Jeffrobe, United States

, December 2014

They were awesome

They helped plan and book my entire trip. everything was perfect. all the pick ups, all the activities, i would use them again in a second. Thanks Helga.....

Accommodation

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Optional activities

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Everything about this tour

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We recommend making reservations in advance for Christmas dinner buffets in Reykjavik. We are happy to offer buffet suggestions on request.
You should bring some windproof/waterproof outerwear and plenty of warm layers. Although the winter climate in Iceland is generally mild compared to other northern European countries, the temperatures can drop below freezing at times.
The best months to experience the northern lights are October through April, with peak visibility from December through February.
Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so we cannot guarantee sightings.
 
Note
All accommodations and planned activities (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor. This is a self-guided tour, with no dedicated tour guide for the duration of your stay. For each planned activity, you can expect a different tour operator and guide, and you will have free time between activities.
If you wish to join a small group escorted holiday, with the same guide leading each day’s activities, see our selection here.
 
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central bank of Iceland. Therefore, conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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