The fire glows and crackles in the fireplace, while Christmas melodies and aroma fill the air. After only ten minutes drive from the center of the town of Akureyri you will find yourself within the magical world of Christmas in Jólagarðurinn, or the Christmas garden. On the outside, the red house resembles a cookie house but once inside you discover Christmas decorations from all over the world, alongside with traditional Icelandic Christmas items and variations of selected handicrafts from local craftsmen/women.

In the beautiful garden surrounding the house, there are benches and tables provided, making this an excellent spot for a picnic. The fairy-tale tower houses the world’s biggest Christmas calendar worth climbing the stairs for. In the garden, one can also find The Wishing well of unborn children, a place of tranquillity and peace.

Visit as well the Bakgarður „tante Grethe “and be inspired by gorgeous housewares and tasty delights. For all the connoisseurs and gourmets! In a quiet corner, you will find a workshop for spin art where you can explore Vera’s textured handmade yarn.

When the weather is fair they open the hatch to our Apple Cottage and warm up the waffle iron for hungry visitors.

Open all year around
No entrance fee


June – August 10.00 – 21.00
September – December 14:00 – 21.00
Christmas days 24./25./26.Dec open 9:00-11:00 upon request the day before
January – May 14.00 – 18.00
Closed on 31. Dec and 1. Jan

Bakgarður „tante Grethe“:
June – August 10.00 – 18.00
September – May 14.00 – 18.00

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