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Christmas in Akureyri and Lake Mývatn

(6 days / 5 nights)

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Feel the holiday spirit in North Iceland

Experience a magical Icelandic Christmas in the charming northern town of Akureyri. This yuletide getaway includes exciting guided excursions to the area‘s top natural attractions, such as powerful waterfalls, the volcanic landscapes of Lake Mývatn and geothermal baths. You'll also have some free time in Reykjavik and Akureyri and a chance to see the northern lights.

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Season

Christmas

Departure

22 Dec

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: DECEMBER 22 - Arrival to Reykjavik 

    On arrival to Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant city centre with its variety of museums, shops, restaurants and bars—most of which are in easy walking distance from your accommodation. 

    This evening you can also experience the northern lights with a tour into the countryside, where if you‘re lucky you can see swirling auroras in hues of green, blue or red (optional activity, can be added on request).*
     
    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    * Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed. 

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  • Day 2: DECEMBER 23 - Akureyri & Northern Lights

    Head to Reykjavik Domestic Airport for your 45-minute flight to Akureyri in North Iceland. After arriving, spend some time exploring this small, charming city or choose from a variety of optional winter activities. Another option is a walk along the historical centre along the streets of Hafnarstræti and Aðalstræti to view the old houses and visit the Nonni Museum.
     
    Tonight at 21:45 you will be taken for a guided excursion into the countryside in search of the northern lights. This incredible natural phenomenon is only visible at far northern latitudes, making Iceland an ideal base for aurora sightings (if weather and other conditions are favourable). 

    Spend the night in Akureyri.

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  • Day 3: DECEMBER 24 - Mývatn Tour & Christmas Eve

    Today you will take part in a guided bus tour of the Lake Mývatn area and its unique highlights, including the Goðafoss waterfall and the Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters. You will also visit the lava maze of Dimmuborgir (“Dark Cities”), an area said to be the home of the 13 Icelandic “Yule Lads”, the mischievous trolls that leave small gifts in Icelandic homes.

    Other tour highlights include the Grjótagjá cave and the Hverir geothermal area, where you can see boiling mud pools, steaming fumaroles and sulphur pits. Before heading back to Akureyri, you will also have about two hours to relax in the warm geothermal lagoon and saunas at the Mývatn Nature Baths. Tonight, you will enjoy a gourmet Christmas Eve dinner at one of Akureyri's restaurants (drinks at additional cost).

    Spend another night in Akureyri.

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  • Day 4: DECEMBER 25 - Super-jeep Safari

    Spend your Christmas Day on a guided super-jeep excursion to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Standing next to this 44 metre-high, 100 metre-wide cascade with its great surge of water rumbling into the canyon is an incredible experience.

    Spend another night in Akureyri.

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  • Day 5: DECEMBER 26 - Free Time in Reykjavik 

    Head to Akureyri Airport for your return flight to Reykjavik. The rest of your day is then free to explore Reykjavik and its surroundings at your leisure. Downtown Reykjavík offers a wide range of attractions, including Alþingi, the Icelandic Parliament and a wonderful bird‘s eye view from the tower at Hallgrímskirkja church, the city’s most visible landmark. There are also plenty of exciting optional activities and day tours to choose from.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 6: DECEMBER 27 - Home Sweet Home 

    If your flight is in the afternoon, you can spend some time exploring your surroundings in Reykjavik or you may wish to take a short tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula or visit the Blue Lagoon, which is on the way to the airport. Bus transfer is provided to Keflavik Airport for your journey home.

    Please be advised that daylight is limited in Iceland during the winter months, with 4-5 hours of daylight from December to January. However, fresh snowfall often gives the appearance of more light, and it is common that houses, streets and businesses are lit up with Christmas lights, so don't fear that you will be travelling in complete darkness.

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Map

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Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Christmas in Akureyri and Lake Myvatn

We all thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Iceland and the itinerary was well planned. It was very Christmassy, food was excellent, people were polite, friendly and accommodating. It was unforgettable despite us not being lucky enough to see whales or the Northern Lights! My 87 year old mother engaged with all the activities - even the snow shoe walk - with the exception of horse riding. We all wished we had stayed for 2-weeks!
 
A noticeable aspect of Icelandic life is how close one is to the great outdoors and how uncrowded it is. We only witnessed queues and crowding on our arrival at the Blue Lagoon, though not in the water.
 
Significantly I must state how reasonable we found our experience on several occasions:
 
We ate in Perlan Restaurant and on settling the bill the head waiter refused payment for our kids because they had hardly eaten anything - which was true, but the fact that they had hardly eaten anything is not uncommon but the fact that a buffet restaurant did not take payment was.
On settling my bill at the Blue Lagoon I reported that our towelling robes had gone missing from the pool side where we had left them and no charge was made, but more significant not also for the towels, or slush puppy drinks and with an apology for the 'inconvenience'!
 
The inclusion of an Icelandic mobile phone was sensible and was used it on several occasions to order taxis. It came in especially useful when I reported to your 24 hour emergency number that my wife's essential medication had become separated from our luggage at London Gatwick airport during the security checks. The person who handled the enquiry was very prompt and efficient and we obtained the Thyroxin within hours.
 
I will retain fond memories of Iceland and will love to return.

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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Everything about this tour

  • Although winter in Iceland is generally mild compared to other Northern European countries, the temperatures can drop below freezing at times. Please bring windproof/waterproof outerwear and plenty of warm layers.
  • Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed even if the evening tour is operated.
  • Extra nights and activities can be added by request; contact us for details.
  • This package can be customized to meet your needs; contact us for details.
Please be advised that daylight is limited in Iceland during the winter months, with 4-5 hours of daylight from December to January. However, fresh snowfall often gives the appearance of more light, and it is common that houses, streets and businesses are lit up with Christmas lights, so don't fear that you will be travelling in complete darkness.
 
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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