Celebrate Christmas in Iceland

Celebrate Christmas in magical Iceland, a very special holiday experience!

Type of tour:Escorted Tours
Duration:4 Days/3 Nights

Celebrate Christmas in Iceland

Reykjavik is an enchanting city during the holiday season. Add to the enchantment and celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Iceland!  Discover Iceland’s distinctive Christmas traditions and tasty holiday treats. And last but not least, visit the amazing nature sites along the Golden Circle.

Experience the magical atmosphere of  Christmas Eve and Christmas in Iceland, with holiday lights, garlands and ornate Christmas trees. Enjoy a private sightseeing tour around the city centre, taste delicious Icelandic Christmas specialities and learn about the thirteen eccentric Yule Lads and other unique Christmas traditions in Iceland.  Enjoy a Christmas Eve dinner at a restaurant famous for its Christmas feasts.

In addition, experience the frozen realm of amazing natural beauty along the Golden Circle with time left to spare for some indulgent spa relaxation.


  • Admire Reykjavík city, decked with Christmas lights in every window
  • Experience a private walking tour around Reykjavik’s city centre, with focus on Christmas traditions
  • Taste Icelandic Christmas treats and specialities and enjoy a Christmas Eve Dinner
  • Explore the Golden Circle’s winter landscape, including Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss Waterfall


All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants.

Maximum group size: 36 participants.


  • 3 nights at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 1 admission to Soley Natura Spa at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
  • Guided northern lights hunt by coach (day 1)
  • Christmas Eve food-themed walking tour of downtown Reykjavik (day 2)
  • Traditional Christmas buffet at SATT Restaurant, Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura (day 2)
  • Guided Golden Circle coach tour  on Christmas Day (day 3)


Not Included: 

• Breakfast on arrival day
• International airfare
• Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
• Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
• Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
• Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00 (2:00pm)
• Guaranteed late check-out
• Any service not specifically listed under "included"


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Day 1: Arrival

Arrival - Free day in Reykjavik - Hunt for the Northern Lights

Day at your leisure. Airport transfers and optional tours available upon request.

This day is open for your own activities. A visit to the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, located 15 minutes from Keflavik International Airport, is a wonderful way to enjoy your arrival or departure day, depending on your flight schedule.

Today is a good day to enjoy your admission to the hotel's Soley Natura Spa.  The relaxing mineral hot spring pool, sauna and steam baths is a wonderful way to relax and get into the relaxing spirit of Christmas in Iceland.

In the evening, hunt for the Northern Lights. Also known as Aurora Borealis, the lights are a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen dancing around in fantastic colours across the Icelandic night sky. Please note this tour is weather dependent, and sightings are not guaranteed. If conditions are unfavorable for Northern Lights viewing, your group will visit the Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavik.

Overnight in Reykjavik for the next 3 nights.


Day 2: Christmas Eve in Reykjavik

Experience Reykjavík - Christmas Themed Walking Tour - Tasty stops at Unique Restaurants

Breakfast at your hotel.  This morning, enjoy a guided Christmas-themed walking and tasting tour of downtown Reykjavik. What better way to get into the spirit of the season than strolling around the city and visiting several unique restaurants with a fun & knowledgeable local guide by your side.

During this Reykjavik Christmas experience, you’ll gain insight into Icelandic holiday traditions old and new, as well the history, art, architecture, culture and cuisine of the capital city. Wander through the beautifully-decorated city centre, twinkling with festive holiday lights. 

During the afternoon, things become quiet in the Reykjavik area as shops close and people go home to enjoy Christmas Eve with their families.  This peaceful time can be a magical time to take a winter walk on the trails outside the hotel.  

The beginning of Christmas officially starts at 18:00 (6:00pm) with church bells ringing, radio programmes and Christmas  Eve church services.   Tonight celebrate Christmas Eve with a dinner at the hotel's Satt Restaurant, famous for its Christmas cuisine.  

If you are interested in attending a Christmas church service, the staff at the hotel can advise you about church services in the Reykjavik area.  

Overnight again in Reykjavik.


Day 3: Golden Circle on Christmas Day

Natural Wonders of Gullfoss, Geysir & Thingvellir - Traditional Icelandic Christmas buffet

Gleðileg Jól (Merry Christmas!)  After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will meet you at 09:30. Today you will experience a trio of natural wonders along the Golden Circle route in South Iceland. Highlights include the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall, which is often frozen mid-cascade during winter; the active Geysir geothermal area of bubbling mud pools, hot springs and spouting geysers; and Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) Iceland's greatest historical site. Thingvellir is also of tremendous geological interest, as it is the visible location of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet.  Enjoy these areas on the quiet solitute of a Christmas day.  

Tonight dinner is on your own.  Special Christmas-themed dinners are available in Reykjavik (reservations required; your hotel can assist you with bookings).  We recommend the Christmas Dinners at the Satt Restaurant (Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura), Vox (Hilton Nordica) and the "Playful Christmas Dinner" at Geiri Smart Restaurant (Canopy by Hilton).

Overnight again in Reykjavik.


Day 4: Departure

Transfer to Keflavik International Airport (not included). If your departing flight is in the afternoon and you have not had the chance to visit the Blue Lagoon, a departure transfer via the lagoon is recommended

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Children rate

  • Children 6-11 years old travelling with 2 adults and sharing 1 DBL room: 25% discount (valid only per 1 child).
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
  • It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.

Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.


Budget self-drive holiday

By selecting a budget self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities.
These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

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Economy self-drive holiday

Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Comfort self-drive holiday

Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Superior self-drive holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.


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