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Christmas in Iceland



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 of 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.

Center Hotel Plaza ★★★

Located in the heart of Reykjavik's Old City, and surrounded by restaurants, cafes and bars, this hotel offers first-class accommodation with a modern ambience.

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 accept liability if you are refused entry because of invalid documents.

Foreign Office travel advice

Visit to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

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.

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.

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.

*Low deposit of £79 per person applies to new bookings made between 1st and 31st October 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Christmas in Iceland reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Christmas in IcelandScores 6.8 out of 10 based on 9 reviews
(9 out of 10)


St Margarets at Cliffe Single traveller
The hotel used was very central and very good, better than expected. The included meals on Christmas eve and Christmas night were really outstanding.
The only excursion offered was to see the whales. As i have seen whales several times before, i did not go. Standing on an open deck at minus 10c for several hours is not my idea of fun. (no whales were seen).
On a previous trip to Iceland, we opted to go on a trip to see the volcanic and geo-thermal activity in the warm safety of a purpose built cross country vehicle,which i think would be much preferable.
Confirmed traveller: 27 December 2017
Published on: 08 January 2018
(10 out of 10)


Newport Family
Everyone in our group of five adult family members enjoyed the whole holiday as we chose both optional excursions and organised our own visit to the Blue Lagoon. The Christmas decorations and traditions of Iceland certainly made this a Christmas to remember.
Confirmed traveller: 27 December 2017
Published on: 07 January 2018
(3 out of 10)


watford Couple
City tour took place in the dark, and could see nothing, twice we arrived the cathedral only to find out it was closed for the day, then went to the Panamara building , only to find this closed as well.

Poorly arranged expensive trip.

No arrangements were made for Xmas day, and no alterntives offers by thr tour manager.
Confirmed traveller: 27 December 2016
Published on: 26 January 2017

Thank you for your review and for contacting us directly, we are very sorry that some aspects of your trip did not meet with your full approval. We hope that our private response has addressed all issues to your satisfaction.

(9 out of 10)


Manchester Couple
We like getting away from the UK at Christmas and Iceland offered something different. The hotel was in a good location and there was enough places open eating and drinking outside the hotel. Reykjavik is a good place to get about on foot and most of the sites were in walking distance of the hotel. The Golden Circle tour was a good climax to the holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 27 December 2016
Published on: 14 January 2017