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Christmas in Iceland Tour – 4 Day Tour

Winter is a lovely time for a holiday in Iceland and the country is fast becoming a very popular Christmas destination. Even though the days are short and the daylight is dim, you’ll find that every house is beautifully decorated with colorful Christmas lights. You might also catch a glimpse of one the 13 traditional Icelandic Yule Lads. Pranksters to the core but clumsy and funny, those characters have been around in the Icelandic folklore for ages. In the evening, the night sky comes alive with a dazzling light show, courtesy of the Northern Lights.

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Please note that this itinerary can be adjusted and customized to meet your travel needs and preferences. The package can also be offered as a privately guided tour if a self-drive option is not what you had in mind for your Iceland experience.

Tour Code

NC-03

Season

Christmas & New Year's

Travel Style

Guided Group Tours

Duration

4 days / 3 nights

Location

South Iceland

Accessibility

Privately Guided

Included

  • 3 nights accommodation (comfort or quality) with breakfast
  • Private pick up and transfer from Keflavik International Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík
  • Super jeep tour (small group tour) to the South Coast of Iceland
  • Golden Circle tour by super jeep (small group tour)
  • Guided Northern Lights tour by minibus (maximum 18 participants)
  • Shuttle bus transfer with pickup at your accommodation in Reykjavik upon departure
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes & service fee

Not Included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals & drinks at restaurants apart from what’s stated in the itinerary
  • Personal travel insurance
Day 1 | December, 23: Arrival Christmas in Iceland, Þórlaksmessa Festivities & Northern Lights

Welcome and congratulations on spending Christmas in Iceland! Once you arrive in Keflavik International Airport, our chauffeur will welcome you and will transfer you to your hotel in the heart of Reykjavik. Explore the pearls of the city like Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrímskirkja Church and the Laugavegur shopping street. We recommend to visit the Northern Lights Centre in the old harbor area. There you can learn more about the science behind this amazing phenomenon.

In the evening of December 23rd, Icelanders celebrate Þorláksmessa. It is an Icelandic tradition to spend the evening in the city where all shops and cafes are open. Join the locals and listen to street choirs singing traditional Christmas carols & have hot chocolate at a cozy cafe.

Later tonight, you will join a search for the amazing Northern Lights. You will be picked up at your hotel and driven out of the electric lighting of the city into the blackness of the Icelandic winter night in the country site for a glimpse of these natural wonders.

Day 2 | December, 24: Exciting Super Jeep Tour and Christmas Eve

Today you will go on an exciting super jeep tour and you will explore the South of Iceland. You will visit Gigjökull glacier in the highlands of Iceland. This glacier is located next to the famous volcano Eyjafalljajökull. It is famous for its difficult name and its eruption in 2010 including the closure of airspace over most parts of Europe. On the way you will have to cross a few rivers and your driver will let out the throttle for some serious jeep action.

Continue to one of the country´s most famous waterfalls Seljalandsfoss which is often partly frozen during winter time. On your way back to Reykjavik you will visit the volcanic black beaches & you will stop at Skógafoss waterfall. In the evening we recommend a Christmas dinner in one of Reykjavik’s restaurants.

Day 3 | December, 25: The Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour

On this wonderful day you will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for a super jeep tour to the Golden Circle. First, you will visit Þingvellir National Park and discover its geological and historical value. Later you will also see the fountain geyser Strokkur, which erupts every 4 to 8 minutes to the gaze and amaze of its spectators.

After you enjoyed one of Iceland´s most famous tourist attractions, you will only need 10 minutes to reach Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall. Here you can read about how a farmer´s daughter saved the falls from the hands of entrepreneurs who wanted to build a dam in the area.

Finally, you will drive up to Iceland‘s second largest glacier, Langjökull. The glacier is located within the Icelandic highlands, which makes this trip a truly unique experience. While being there, enjoy the panoramic view and glacier´s beauty. In the late afternoon, you return to Reykjavik and you have time for a nice Christmas dinner.

Highlights of the day: The Golden Circle, Þingvellir National Park, Geysir spouting hot springs, Gullfoss waterfall, Langjökull Glacier, and more 

Day 4 | December, 26: Blue Lagoon and Departure

It is sad to admit it but your Icelandic journey and Christmas Adventure is about to come to an end. Transfer by bus from your hotel to Keflavik International Airport in time for your flight back home. If your flight is in the afternoon, you still have time to stop at Blue Lagoon and enjoy a soak in the milky blue earth sea, a perfect end to your stay and a nice way to relax and unwind before your flight home. We wish you a nice journey back home and hope you will leave our island with fond memories of Iceland and its inhabitants.

Highlights:

  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Comfort

    Comfort accommodations offer access to private facilities (shower and toilet). This type of lodges belongs to the 3-star hotel category. Most of these properties have an in-house restaurant. This section offers an upgrade in comfort and service compared to the budget category. Breakfast is included.

    Quality

    Quality accommodations offer private rooms with en-suite shower/bath and toilet. These rooms are the best available accommodations in 4-star hotels or the highest quality lodges in each region. Luxury accommodations - the highest class of lodges, suites, and penthouses - are available upon request. Breakfast is included.

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