Christmas in Iceland for 4 Days - Winter & Lights

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Christmas in Iceland for 4 Days – Winter & Lights

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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.


December, 23: Arrival Christmas in Iceland, Þórlaksmessa Festivities & Northern Lights

Iceland ChristmasWelcome 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. northern lights in icelandJoin 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.

Highlights of the day: Reykjavík city, Hallgrímskirkja church, Laugavegur main shopping street, Þórláksmessa festivities, guided Northern Lights tour, and more 

December, 24: Exciting Super Jeep Tour and Christmas Eve

iceland winterToday 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.

Highlights of the day: Guided super jeep tour, Gigjökull glacier, Skógafoss & Seljalandsfoss waterfall, And more

December, 25: The Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour

christmas icelandOn this wonderful day you will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for a superjeep 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.

Christmas IcelandFinally, 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 

December, 26: Blue Lagoon and Departure

blue lagoon relaxIt 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 of the day: The Blue Lagoon (optional)


Detailed Information


We offer two different accommodation categories for this Christmas in Iceland tour:


iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationComfort In Comfort accommodation you will have access to private facilities (shower and WC). These would be 3 star hotels or better guesthouses in the city center of Reykjavik. All offer breakfast that is included in the price.



iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationQuality Rooms with private shower/bath and WC. These are normally superior rooms in 4 star hotels in the city center of Reykjavik. All offer breakfast that is included in the price.





  • 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


Please contact us if you are interested in this Christmas package. Note that this tour is fully customizable and days and activities can be added upon request.

The day tours included in this package are operated by reliable partners.

You find our terms and conditions here .



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If you want to learn more about Christmas traditions in Iceland we recommend to have a look at our blog.

We also offer a slightly different Christmas tour for 5 days.