Traditional Christmas in the North

(6 days / 5 nights)

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Celebrate the season in magical north Iceland

Enjoy a traditional Icelandic Christmas with a local family in Siglufjörður, the northernmost town in Iceland, where you can enjoy hiking in the beautiful surroundings, searching for the northern lights or just relaxing. You will get to join in unique Icelandic yuletide customs, taste delicious cuisine, enjoy some free time in Reykjavik and go on excursions to major attractions like the Blue Lagoon and more.


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Best Seller, Christmas, Culinary Experience, Northern Lights


22 Dec


22 Dec

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  • Day 1: DECEMBER 22 - Welcome to Reykjavík

    At Keflavík International Airport you will be met by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city centre on your own. If you're keen on doing a bit of shopping or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur. Into Nordic history or art? Stop into one of the many small museums or art galleries scattered around the city.

    And in the evening, there are numerous restaurants in the city centre with a variety of cuisines to satisfy any taste buds, including Iceland’s specialties — locally-sourced grilled lamb and fresh seafood. Have anything in particular you'd like to taste? We are happy to make dinner recommendations.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik. 

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

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  • Day 2: DECEMBER 23 - Journey to the North

    At noon you will fly to Akureyri, the “Capital of North Iceland”. On arrival, you will be greeted at the airport and treated to a scenic ride during your private transfer to Siglufjörður. On the way, enjoy great views of the Akureyri area and the mountains and fjords at Tröllaskagi (“Troll Peninsula”). 

    Tonight you will experience Þorláksmessa (St. Thorlak’s Mass) with your Icelandic hosts at the guesthouse. This holiday is considered the official start of the Christmas season in Iceland, and the evening is traditionally celebrated with skata, a special Icelandic seafood delicacy that is ordinarily followed with a shot of Brennivin schnapps. Other delicious holiday foods will be served as well. 

    Spend the next three nights at Herring Guesthouse (with shared facilities) in Siglufjörður.

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  • Day 3: DECEMBER 24 - A Country Christmas Eve Celebration

    Start the day by learning about your current destination, Siglufjörður, and its seafaring heritage with a guided tour to the Herring Era Museum. Then, at noon, enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch with almond porridge (möndlugrautur) followed by Icelandic salmon, herring, wild game pate and a variety of side dishes. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy as you wish, perhaps by hiking in the hills or relaxing at the guesthouse. 

    At 18:00 you have the option of attending Christmas mass at the local church. (Note: service is in Icelandic.) Later, enjoy a traditional Icelandic Christmas dinner back at the guesthouse, followed by the opening of gifts.

  • Day 4: DECEMBER 25 - Christmas Lunch & Northern lights

    Enjoy the morning at your leisure around town. At noon, a delicious Christmas lunch will be served with traditional Icelandic Yuletide foods like smoked Icelandic lamb (Hangikjöt) and hand-designed leaf-bread (Laufabrauð), among other offerings. Spend the day in Siglufjörður and relax in the hot tub at the Herring House with a chance of seeing the northern lights.

  • Day 5: DECEMBER 26 - Flight to Reykjavik & Free Time 

    Spend the early part of the day as you wish before your flight back to Reykjavik. Transportation is provided to the Akureyri Airport in time for your check-in. Back in Reykjavik, you are free to explore the city and its surroundings at your leisure. Downtown Reykjavík offers a wide range of attractions, including Alþingi (Icelandic Parliament) and wonderful bird‘s eye views from the tower of 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 - Blue Lagoon & Departure

    Revitalize your mind, body and spirit the Icelandic way! Before your flight today, you will have some time to relax at Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal spa renowned for its therapeutic, mineral-rich waters surrounded by moon-like landscape. After a relaxing soak, bus transfer is provided to Keflavik Airport.

    Note: If your flight is in the morning, we can adjust your travel itinerary accordingly so you can still experience the Blue Lagoon.

    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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Madison, United Kingdom

Highland Winter Adventure, April 2016

The best trip ever!

I couldn't have been happier with my trip to Iceland. Everything was easy and taken care of. No hassle getting picked up late. All of my guides were friendly and informative. I can't wait to book another trip through Nordic Visitor. 

Nivonia, Canada

Traditional Christmas in the North, December 2013

Traditional Christmas in the North

My family (children aged 11 and 13) visited Iceland with Nordic Visitor and did their Traditional Christmas in the North tour. It was a wonderful way to get away for Christmas, and was great for my family to see Iceland's Christmas traditions. The trip was well-organized and well-documented, and included stays at a great hotel in Reykjavik (Fron) a good hotel in Reykjavik (FossHotel Baron) and an absolutely wonderful stay with a family in Siglufjörður (at The Herring House). The tour was a great balance of rest and exploration, which was exactly what I was looking for. It included a Northern Lights tour, a Golden Circle tour, a private tour of the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður, and time with our hosts at The Herring House.

Christmas is a wonderful time to visit Iceland, and Iceland is a wonderful place to spend Christmas with a young family. If you're looking for something different to do with your family then I highly recommend the Traditional Christmas in the North tour. My 13 year-old wants to do it again!


Traditional Christmas in the North, December 2014

Exceptional service, wonderful experience!

Nordic Visitor was a very efficient way to book our vacation. The website was easy to navigate and gave all important information needed for us to decide on which trip to take. It was helpful that it included the tours, hotels and travel all in one package. Everything went smoothly and we had no problems at all with our trip. The tours and places (and order) that were chosen in the package were exceptional! The travel agent we consulted with our questions was helpful, knowledgeable, and quick to respond. I would highly recommend using Nordic Visitor to plan your vacation!


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Everything about this tour

50% deposit required: This package requires a deposit payment of 50% of the total price at the time of booking since it contains domestic flights.
• Please note that some activities on this tour are dependent on weather conditions and therefore the itinerary may be subject to change. We highly recommend buying travel insurance.
• 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.
• This tour offers the possibility of seeing the northern lights (aurora borealis). Please note, however, that it is a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed.
The Herring Guesthouse 
Enjoy the holiday season in natural tranquillity, surrounded by a beautiful, narrow fjord in Siglufjörður, the northernmost town of Iceland. The charming Herring Guesthouse offers accommodation with an Icelandic family over the Christmas holiday. Guest rooms are comfortably furnished and have shared bathroom facilities.
If you wish to extend or shorten your stay, or arrive on a different date, please contact us. We are happy to customize your holiday to your preferences with additional day tours or extra nights in Reykjavik, Akureyri, Siglufjörður or other locations in Iceland.
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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