December 30th: Arrival
Arrival in Iceland. Transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik. Transfers are not included, but we are happy to book a scheduled or private transfer for you.
The day is free for you to explore. Reykjavik is decked out in its festive lights and decorations for the Christmas holiday season. It’s fun to walk through the streets and enjoy the atmosphere. Stroll down the main streets of Laugavegur (the “shopping street) and Skolavordustigur (the “gallery street.”) Visit the trendy Old Harbor district, location of artisanal restaurants, craft shops and exhibits like the Volcano House, Maritime Museum, and Whales of Iceland. Head to the Pearl (Perlan) for the wonderful interactive exhibits about Iceland’s volcanoes, glaciers and star-filled skies. The new FlyOver Iceland experience is also a great introduction to the breathtaking wild nature of Iceland. There are several geothermal pools that are a wonderful way to shake off the jetlag. It’s also a great way to meet Icelanders since the swimming pool is the place where Icelanders come together to chat. After a trip to the swimming pool, an Icelandic tradition is to have a hot dog, and there often is a hot dog kiosk near the pool! Another tradition at this time of the year is to enjoy a mug of hot chocolate or mulled wine and gingersnaps at one of the coffee houses in the downtown area.
If you arrive earlier in the day and want to enjoy outdoor action, we can suggest activities for you and book you on tours. Some of our favorites include cave exploration, glacier hiking, horseback riding in a lava field or winter whale watching. Tonight, you might try a northern lights guided tour.
Overnight in Reykjavik
Please note that most hotels start check-in around 14:00 – 16:00 (2:00pm 4:00pm)