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Christmas in Reykjavik

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Experience the Joy of the Season in Iceland’s Capital

Enjoy a magical Christmas in Reykjavik with its glittering holiday lights, majestic natural surroundings, unique yuletide traditions and fine dining. This short break combines the charms of Reykjavik with excursions into the countryside to visit some of the country’s top attractions, including hot springs, a majestic waterfall and a famous geothermal lagoon. You will also have a chance to see the northern lights during a guided evening tour!

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Partially Guided

Interest

Christmas, Northern Lights

Season

23 Dec

Departure

23 December

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  • Day 1: December 23 - Þorláksmessa - A Night of Celebration

    On arrival to Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. Use the rest of the day to relax or take a walk around the old city centre and visit the charming Christmas market in the Ingólfstorg square. You can also visit the Christmas Village in Hafnarfjörður, about 20 minutes by bus from downtown Reykjavik. There, you can browse Christmas handicrafts, meet the 13 mischievous Icelandic “Yule Lads” and enjoy delicious treats, live music and other performances.

    This evening, why not join the locals in one of their holiday traditions? December 23rd is called Þorláksmessa (St. Þorlákur’s Mass), an evening when the city centre fills with thousands of people who come to enjoy the festive atmosphere and do some last-minute Christmas shopping.

    Spend the next three nights in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 2: December 24 - City Walk & Christmas Eve Festivities

    Start the day with a city walking tour led by a local guide dressed in Iceland's national costume. This interesting and leisurely excursion through downtown gives you insights into Icelandic Christmas traditions as well as the city’s history, architecture and culture. You will also get to enjoy little tastes of Iceland's culinary secrets at various stops and receive a lovely parting gift – a special souvenir of Iceland! 

    At 18:00, the church bells ring throughout Reykjavik as the Icelanders begin their Christmas celebrations with their families. Tonight you will be joining fellow travellers at a lively Christmas dinner at one of Reykjavik's restaurants.

  • Day 3: December 25 - The Golden Circle & Northern Lights

    Celebrate Christmas Day at some of Iceland’s most famous natural attractions with a guided tour along the Golden Circle route. The first stop is at 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.And as we say in Iceland—Gleðileg Jól! (“Merry Christmas!”)

    Later in the evening, the natural wonders continue with a guided tour into the countryside to look for the northern lights*. On a clear night, if conditions are right, these dazzling lights can appear in a variety of dancing shapes and colours.

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

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  • Day 4: December 26 - Blue Lagoon & Departure

    The last stop of your Icelandic yuletide break is 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. 

    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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Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed even if the guided tour is operated. If weather conditions are not favourable, we reserve the right to cancel a tour and offer a full refund.
Although the winter climate in Iceland is generally mild compared to other northern European countries, the temperature can drop below freezing at times. Please bring windproof/waterproof outerwear and plenty of warm layers.
 
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.
 
For the Blue Lagoon:
The minimum age requirement for children at the Blue Lagoon is 2-years-old. It is mandatory for children ages 2- to 8-years-old to wear inflatable armbands in the lagoon. These are provided free of charge. Please note that only two (2) children under the age of 10 can be admitted into the lagoon per guardian. 
 
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.
 
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