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Christmas in Iceland

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The land of the 13 Santas!

Enjoy a festive break in Reykjavik - one of Europe's most surprising and welcoming capitals. Take part in traditional Icelandic celebrations, explore the island's startling natural wonders and search the skies above for signs of the flickering Northern Lights.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Reykjavik's unique Yule-tide celebrations on St Thorlakur's Day (23rd December)
  • A special buffet dinner on Christmas Eve
  • A three-course Christmas dinner
  • Heading out of the city in search of the Aurora Borealis on Christmas Day
  • Four nights' bed and buffet breakfast accommodation at the Center Hotel Plaza, Reykjavik
  • Return flights to Keflavik airport, Reykjavik
  • Return airport-to-hotel transfers
  • The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement


Day One

Fly to Iceland's Keflavik Airport, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to the hotel. Today is St Thorlakur's Day, and Icelanders traditionally celebrate with a meal skate and spend the day decorating their Yule tree and shopping for gifts in stores open until midnight.

Day Two (Christmas Eve)

Discover Reykjavik's towering Hallgrim's Church, the iconic Pearl centre, the Presidential Residence in its idyllic waterside setting, the Houses of Parliament and the Lutheran Cathedral on today's optional city tour.

Later, enjoy the excitement as the Christmas celebrations begin with a buffet dinner at your hotel. But watch out: the 13 nights before Christmas are marked, in Iceland, by visits from the 13 Jolasveinar - the mischievous mythical Yule Lads who "come to town" to leave small presents for good children and play tricks on naughty ones, and the last one arrives tonight!

Day Three (Christmas Day)

Spend today relaxing and celebrating. Enjoy Christmas dinner at the hotel and, this evening, venture out of the city in search of the Aurora Borealis. The flickering ribbons of light that ripple across the night sky are a sight you'll remember forever if you're lucky enough to see them, and a fitting end to an unforgettable Christmas.

Day Four

Today's hugely popular optional 'Golden Circle' tour of Iceland will reveal the island's extraordinary lava-strewn landscape, bubbling geysers and plunging waterfalls. After a day of discovery, spend your final evening in Reykjavik dining out or enjoying a taste of the city's famous nightlife.

Day Five

Transfer back to the airport to board your flight home.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Viewing the Northern Lights

Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we cannot guarantee that you will be able to view them during your visit. The order of the itinerary may change in order to give you the best chance of experiencing them.

Passports and visas

You will need a full 10-year British Passport (valid for a further 6 months on return to the UK) for this holiday. Children require their own passport. Holders of non-British Passports may need a visa. If you are in any doubt, please contact both the Iceland Embassy on 020 7259 3999 and the airline prior to departure, as information can change. We cannot except liability if you are refused entry because of invalid documents.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

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