Family Christmas Adventure in North Iceland

Experience the magic of Christmas in Iceland this holiday season, which is just a stone's throw to the Arctic Circle!

Type of tour:Short breaks
Season:01 November - 21 December
Duration:5 Days/4 Nights
Departure:All days

Family Christmas Adventure in North Iceland

Join our Family Christmas holiday to Reykjavik, Akureyri and the Lake Myvatn area. A white Christmas is pretty much guaranteed!

The North of Iceland is full of magical sights, adventure and history. However, not many people know that it is also the home of Iceland’s thirteen “Santa Clauses,” the Yule Lads.

During this winter break you'll visit family-friendly Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world, before flying to the charming town of Akureyri. The highlight of this fun-filled vacation is definitely the guided tour to the Lake Myvatn area, where you will learn all about the Icelandic Christmas traditions, meet the Icelandic Yule Lads and encounter phenomenal natural landscapes.

Choose from a number of additional optional tours. You can search for the northern lights, visit local farmers or sample fresh Icelandic cuisine. Plan your visit and learn more about Christmas in Iceland here.


• Visit Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world
• Travel to the north of Iceland and experience the magical winter landscape near the Arctic Circle
• See the majestic Godafoss Waterfall
• Visit the Icelandic Yule Lads at the Dimmuborgir rock formations
• Take in the exciting volcanic landscapes of the Lake Myvatn area


• 2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavik with private facilities, including breakfast (except arrival day)
• 2 nights at a hotel in Akureyri with private facilities, including breakfast
• Round-trip flight Reykjavik-Akureyri (excluding airport tax)
• Guided coach tour to Lake Myvatn, including visit to Icelandic Yule Lads



Day 1: Arrival in Iceland

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Well, almost! The mysterious lava plain of the Reykjanes Peninsula might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Christmas, but it will be the first thing to greet you during your Christmas holiday in Iceland!

A 50-minute drive away is the capital city of Iceland, Reykjavik, where you'll find your lodging for the night at the family-friendly modern Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura.

If you arrive early in the day, we recommend a visit to one of the city's many geothermal swimming pools. They appeal to families with children of all ages.

Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura or similar




Reykjavik  |Hallgrimskirkja  |Laugardalur  |Perlan

Day 2: Winter Wonderland awaits

After a relaxing morning with a delicious breakfast and perhaps a stroll to the Old Town area, your family will take a one-hour flight to the beautiful town of Akureyri, Iceland´s second-largest community.

On your own, transfer to your hotel in downtown Akureyri. Airport taxis are plentiful. Enjoy the rest of your day in the charming town of Akureyri and its cheerful holiday atmosphere.

Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar


Day 3: Christmas Spirit and Volcanic Landscapes

Breakfast at your hotel. Today is all about having fun with your family and getting you into the Christmas spirit!

Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Akureyri. Start your tour by visiting the magical Godafoss Waterfall in its winter glory. Then head to the magic and mystery of the Lake Myvatn volcanic area. You‘ll see volcanic wonders such as pseudo-craters, Krafla volcano and the bright colors and bubbling mud pots of Hverrarond.

The volcanic formations of Dimmuborgir are the home to the thirteen Icelandic Yule Lads, the Icelandic version of Santa Claus. Today these friendly spirits will come out to play pranks, sing and dance with their visitors.

In the afternoon, visit the Myvatn Nature Baths where your family can opt for a relaxing soak in the geothermal water (admission not included). It‘s a truly refreshing experience! Return to the festive holiday atmosphere of Akureyri for the evening.

Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar



Godafoss  |Myvatn  |Dimmuborgir

Day 4: Return to Reykjavik

Breakfast at your hotel. A morning flight to Reykjavik will give you a chance to roam around Reykjavik’s city center in the afternoon and perhaps do a bit of last-minute Christmas gift shopping. Be sure to ask us if there are any family concerts or other cultural events taking place during your stay; many family-related activities are scheduled during the pre-Christmas period.

Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura or similar


Day 5: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you’ll return home after a fun-filled family vacation in Iceland! On your own transfer to Keflavik International Airport. We recommend departing your hotel no later than three hours before your flight.

If your flight is in the afternoon you can spend the day at your leisure or experience Iceland further by going on a daytour. You can also add extra days to your stay and we will help you make arrangements.

We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and hope to see you again soon!



Keflavik  |The Blue Lagoon

Looking to hit the slopes?

Extend your holiday in Iceland! Whether it's to go skiing in Hlidarfjall Mountain or just to spend more time exploring the pretty town of Akureyri, we can help you make the arrangements!  


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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