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Day 1: Arrival

Highlights: Reykjavik

Arrival at Keflavik Airport. The transfer coach for the transfer to the Blue Lagoon will be waiting outside the Arrivals Hall. Please show your Iceland Travel documents to the attendant on board the bus. Please note that this is an unguided transfer, and you will not be met at the airport.

The Blue Lagoon is a twenty-minute drive from the airport. Enjoy the views of surreal lava terrain and the unique pollution-free Svartsengi power station as you head to the Lagoon. If you are bringing any luggage, you can store it at the Blue Lagoon’s luggage facility, a small building near the entrance. The staff will store your luggage safely for a small fee.

Relax at the Blue Lagoon with the Comfort Experience, which includes towel rental, a Silica mud mask and a choice of one drink from the Blue Lagoon’s bar. The warm geothermal mineral water will soothe your skin and set you in the perfect Iceland frame of mind!

Soothed and relaxed, head to Reykjavik on one of the scheduled transfer buses departing the Blue Lagoon and check in at your hotel. Please show your Iceland Travel travel documents to the attendant/driver on board and let him or her know the hotel where you will be staying.

Travel Tip: If your flight to Iceland doesn’t match with the departure times for the airport transfer to the Blue Lagoon, we suggest that you visit the Blue Lagoon as part of your transfer back to the airport on your departure day. You would then transfer on your own to your hotel in Reykjavik. We would be very happy to assist you with booking a transfer, if needed.

The rest of the day is open for your own activities. The city is decked out in its Christmas lights, and we definitely recommend taking a stroll down the main shopping street to enjoy the festive decorations and atmosphere. Why not try a local city tradition and enjoy ice skating on Ingolfstorg square to holiday tunes? Or browse around the little booths in the square while sipping a mug of hot cocoa or Icelandic mulled wine?

Reykjavik has a wonderful variety of restaurants that suit many travel budgets. Choosing a place to dine is part of the fun. You might even consider indulging in one of the excellent holiday buffets that are a tradition in Iceland. Let us know if you would like recommendations and a reservation.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Tonight, you might be interested in a northern lights hunt. We can suggest options for you, including tours by coach, boat or SuperJeep. Let us know and we’ll set you up on a tour departure.

Please note that most hotels start check-in around 14:00 – 16:00 (2:00pm 4:00pm)

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Day 2: Christmas Season in Reykjavik & The Golden Circle

Highlights: Reykjavik Gullfoss Geysir Thingvellir National Park

Experience Reykjavik – Christmas Theme walking Tour – Golden Circle Wonders

Breakfast at the hotel. On your own transfer to the charming Old Harbor area of downtown Reykjavik for the 9:00am walking tour. The meeting point is about a 25-minute walk from your hotel. Cabs are plentiful, and there are also city buses that go the Old Harbor from the nearby Hlemmur bus station. Your guide will be waiting dressed in Iceland’s national costume to take you on the morning’s walking tour. Enjoy a small-group 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 the walk you will get an insight into our Christmas traditions old and new. You’ll also discover the history, art and architecture, culture and cuisine of the city. You’ll wander through the city center beautifully decorated for Christmas with twinkling Christmas lights everywhere, making stops at several interesting locations along the way. At each one you’ll get a little taste of Iceland such as the very traditional fermented shark and dried fish as well as local Christmas favorites like the sweet malt soft drink that is an essential part of every Christmas table. We will visit the Settler’s exhibition that houses the oldest ruins of a Viking farm in Iceland and Reykjavik’s oldest cemetery for some magical rune reading. At the end of the tour you will receive a little Christmas gift – a lovely souvenir of Iceland and this Christmas moment.

The tour ends in Reykjavik around noon. Shortly after you’ll be picked up by a transfer bus from the City Tour Bus stop near the City Hall for an afternoon visit to the Golden Circle.

Experience the trio of natural wonders along the Golden Circle route in South Iceland, a true winter wonderland. Highlights include the breath taking Gullfoss waterfall, which is often frozen mid-cascade during winter; the active Geysir geothermal area of hot springs spouting geysers and bubbling mud pots; and Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Iceland’s greatest historical site. Thingvellir is an important geological site; this is where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet and you can walk in a canyon that divides the two continents.

Overnight again in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.  The CenterHotel Midgardur offers an excellent Christmas season menu, and there are holiday options in other restaurants in the area. Please book these in advance, in order to ensure a place, as space is limited.

Perhaps you might be interested in taking a northern lights hunting tour tonight or tomorrow night. We’re happy to arrange a tour for you.

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Day 3: Open Day for Your Own Activities

Highlights: Reykjavik

Breakfast at your hotel. We’ve left today open for you to enjoy the winter fun of Reykjavik and Iceland as you please. Enjoy the holiday atmosphere and shopping, swim in one of the geothermal pools, or perhaps visit the FlyOver Iceland experience of Wonders of Iceland exhibit. Today is also a good day to visit the beautiful South Shore region with its waterfalls and black sand beach. Indulge your taste for adventure with snowmobiling or hiking on a glacier, winter whale watching or horseback riding in snowy lava fields. Let us know your interests and we can suggest some great activities and tours.

Overnight again in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.

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Day 4: Farewell to the Land of Fire and Ice

Highlights: Reykjavik

Breakfast at your hotel. It’s time to say farewell to Iceland. Transfer to the international airport for your departure flight. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers. We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight.

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