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Adventurous Iceland Christmas Holiday: 5 Day Tour

You will find no place like Iceland, when it comes to the perfect location for your Christmas Holiday. During this dark period, the Icelandic sky is often brightened by Northern lights and Icelanders are generally in a joyful holiday spirit which will quickly transfer on to you. Concomitantly, we created an unforgettable Iceland Christmas Holiday tour. It is probably the best combination of relaxation and adventure hunting. The tour is also the perfect Christmas present for yourself or your loved ones.

If you are interested in receiving more information about this tour, please click on the “Request a quote” widget on the left side of the page. A quick form will open up where you will provide us with more information about your travel expectations. You will then be connected with your specialized travel agent who will assist you throughout the planning a provide a fully detailed quote.

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-06

Season

Christmas

Travel Style

Guided Group Tours

Duration

5 days / 4 nights

Location

South Iceland

Accessibility

Not Recommended

Included

  • 4 nights accommodation (Comfort or Quality) with breakfast
  • Private pick up and transfer from Keflavik International Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík
  • Northern Lights tour with local dinner and visit of the Fontana Spa included
  • South coast tour with glacier walk included (minibus tour, maximum 19 persons)
  • Golden Circle tour by super jeep with a visit of a glacier (maximum 13 participants)
  • 1 hour ATV tour on Reykjanes
  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon (the quality package includes the use of a towel and bathrobe, one drink of your choice and a face masks)
  • Shuttle bus transfer with pick up close to your accommodation in Reykjavík 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 22: Welcome to Iceland with Geothermal Baths and Northern Lights

Welcome to your Iceland Christmas Holidays. Our private chauffeur awaits you in the arrival hall of Keflavík International Airport and transfers you to your accommodation in central Reykjavík.

During the day, we recommend you to explore Iceland’s beautiful capital city and “prepare” yourself for the evening, by visiting the Northern Lights Centre in the old harbor. Learn more about this breathtaking phenomenon, before you will (hopefully) witness the beauty of the lights in real life during the night.

Because tonight is all about relaxation and pampering yourself during your Iceland Christmas Holiday, you will first visit Fontana Spa before going Northern Lights hunting. Fontana is an open-air lakefront spa in the countryside. There, you can relax in natural steam baths, outdoor mineral pools and saunas. All of the hot water and steam comes from natural hot springs. We highly recommend not to miss the steam sauna that was built on top of one of the hot springs. Through grates in the floor, the steam rises from the ground. This will offer guests an extremely unique experience.

In addition to heading out to hunt for the Northern Lights, you will enjoy a local-style buffet in Laugarvatn Fontana’s restaurant (included). Because of Iceland being situated so close to the Arctic circle, the country is one of the best places in Europe to see the Northern Lights. So, you will have the chance of spotting colors in the sky. They can range from green to red and even purple. After witnessing this natural phenomenon, you will drive back to Reykjavík. You will be back at your accommodation at approximately 01:00 a.m.

Day 2 | December 23rd: South Coast and Glacier Walk

Today, you will be heading down South. We hope, you are feeling relaxed after your trip to the Fontana and the Northern Lights hunt, because today is all about adventure. Have you ever heard of Seljalandsfoss or Skógafoss? No? Let us teach you some Icelandic than. ‘Foss‘ is the Icelandic word for waterfall. Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss are concomitantly two waterfalls.

The next Icelandic word you have to learn is ‘jökull‘ (glacier), because you are heading straight to Sólheimajökull. There, you will go on a 1 to 1,5 hours glacier hike. We think, exploring the majestic landscapes of Sólheimajökull Glacier is simply a must when visiting the beautiful South coast.

You will also see the black sand beach Reynisfjara. According to National Geographic, Reynisfjara is one of the most stunning beaches in the world. See the Reynisdrangar basalt rock stacks that rise from the sea and have a look at Garðar, a shallow cave with basalt columns.

In the evening of December 23rd, Icelanders celebrate Þorláksmessa. It is an Icelandic Christmas Holiday tradition to spend the evening in the city, where all shops and cafes are open until 23:00 p.m. Join the locals and listen to street choirs singing traditional Christmas carols and have a hot chocolate at one of our many cozy cafés.

Day 3 | December 24th: ATV Tour and Blue Lagoon

Your day will start with a real adventure, because we send you on a guided ATV tour through Iceland‘s Southern Peninsula. The area is famous for the Blue Lagoon, but has a lot more to offer which you will sure find out during this trip. The ATVs are automatic and thereby easy to drive. On your mountain safari, you will ride through moss-covered lava fields along shipwrecks. On the mountain Hagafell, you will be blown away by the panoramic view of the area.

After the ATV adventure, you will spend the afternoon in the most relaxed way possible. You cannot fly back home without visiting the Blue Lagoon, or ‘Bláa Lónið’, as we say here in Iceland. We know it is quite a mouthful and so is the lagoon itself. The water in the spa contains algae, minerals and silica.  Because of the latter, the lagoon got its’ unique blue color. Furthermore, the combination of all three will lead to silky smooth skin.

To end the third day of your Iceland Christmas Holiday, we can arrange for a nice Christmas dinner within the heart of Reykjavík.

Day 4 | December 25th: Golden Circle and Langjökull Glacier Super Jeep Tour

Today‘s tour is basically ‘Iceland in a nutshell‘ and because we like to go the extra mile, we will send you on a super jeep tour. The jeep will take you to Þingvellir National Park, a must-see for your perfect Iceland Christmas Holiday. There, you will walk in between two tectonic plates, the Eurasian and the North American. You will also visit the oldest parliament of the world (UNESCO World Heritage).

You think that is impressive? Wait until you go to the Geyser Geothermal Area and witness one of the world‘s major geysers erupt. The ‘geysir‘ hot spring, gave the name to every other hot spring in the world. The old Geysir has been dormant for years now, but its’ ever-reliable counterpart Strokkur erupts roughly every 8-10 minutes, so you are guaranteed to see this miracle of nature.

The next stop will be Iceland‘s most famous waterfall, the Golden Waterfall, or ‘Gullfoss‘, as we say here in Iceland. Trust us, he really lives up to that name. ‘Gullfoss‘ is particularly beautiful during the winter months. Parts of the waterfall are covered in snow and ice, which makes him the perfect location to shoot your Iceland Christmas Holiday pictures. 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.

To end your Iceland Christmas Holiday, we can arrange for you a nice Christmas dinner within the heart of Reykjavík.

Day 5 | December 26th: Departure

Today, your Iceland Christmas Holiday sadly comes to an end. Transfer back to Keflavík International Airport by bus.

Thank you for traveling with Iceland Unlimited.

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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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