Iceland 5 Day Northern Lights Christmas Tour

This is an escorted tour program taking you to the Icelandic countryside to celebrate Christmas in a casual and Icelandic way. Explore Reykjavík, the lunar landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, and the Golden Circle route.

A 5 day tour to visit Iceland at Christmas

Highlights

  • Savour a wonderful festive dinner (24th of December)
  • Visit the Christmas lights in the villages of Hvolsvöllur and Hella
  • Travel near the active volcano that is beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier
  • Discover Iceland’s finest folk museum
Reykjavik city scape covered in snow
Outline

A 5 day holiday tour in Iceland at Christmas

Startrail Northern Lights

This is an escorted holiday tour taking you to the Icelandic countryside to celebrate Christmas in a casual and Icelandic way. Explore Reykjavík, the lunar landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, and the Golden Circle route. 

Travel to South Iceland, a region with glaciers, waterfalls and black lava beaches. Experience the magic of Iceland at Christmas with our “Christmas Northern Lights Adventure,” a five-day escorted tour that immerses you in the enchanting winter landscapes and rich cultural traditions of this unique destination. 

Begin your journey in Reykjavik, Iceland’s vibrant capital, where the festive spirit comes alive with twinkling lights and holiday cheer. Explore the Reykjanes Peninsula, with its dramatic lava fields and geothermal wonders, before indulging in a rejuvenating soak at the iconic Blue Lagoon.

Celebrate Christmas Eve in the charming village of Hella, where you’ll witness the enchanting Christmas lights of Hvolsvöllur and Hella, rooted in ancient Viking traditions. Enjoy a festive dinner at the Stracta Hotel, followed by a magical Northern Lights hunt. 

On Christmas Day, journey along the South Coast, marveling at the majestic Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, and visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums. The day concludes with a stroll along the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara, with the possibility of another spectacular Northern Lights display.

On the fourth day, explore the famed Golden Circle, including the geothermal marvels of Geysir, the stunning Gullfoss waterfall, and the historic Þingvellir National Park. Learn about Iceland’s unique geothermal energy use and the remarkable Icelandic horse. Conclude your tour with a farewell dinner in Reykjavik, savouring the flavours of Icelandic cuisine.

This tour includes accommodation in 3-star hotels, transportation by air-conditioned coach, English-speaking tour guides, and numerous festive and cultural activities. Whether you’re soaking in the Blue Lagoon, gazing at the Northern Lights, or exploring Iceland’s natural wonders, this Christmas adventure promises unforgettable memories. 

Join us for a truly magical holiday experience in Iceland.

DAY 1 REYKJAVIK

Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Stay at: Hotel Klettur (3 star) or similar

DAY 2 REYKJAVIK – BLUE LAGOON – HELLA

CHRISTMAS EVE

This morning after breakfast, meet your Tour Manager and explore the highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital during Christmas season. Then head out to Reykjanes Peninsula, known for its vast lava fields, cone volcanoes, and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean before arriving at the iconic Blue Lagoon for a warm and relaxing soak. 

Afterwards, drive along the south coast to the village of Hella where you will stay for the next 2 nights.

In the evening, Christmas celebrations begin the Icelandic way. Before dinner, join a guided bus tour to visit the Christmas lights in the villages of Hvolsvöllur and Hella. The traditional Christmas lights had their origins in the Middle Ages when people needed to keep the lights in their abodes during the Winter Solstice. 

In Iceland, the tradition finds its roots in the Pagan Old Norse beliefs when people would keep the fire alive inside the central pit of the Viking longhouses to keep the darkness of the Winter Solstice outside. 

Experience a Festive dinner at the Stracta Hotel in Hella. Drink a toast of sparkling wine as you enjoy a real special Christmas Celebration. After dinner, step into the darkness to search for the Northern Lights.

Stay at: Hotel Stracta (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 3 HELLA – VIK – HELLA 

CHRISTMAS DAY

Merry Christmas! Today, you head along the South Coast and get out near the active volcano that is beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. Stop at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges over the mountain. There’s a trail that goes behind the falling water and offers impressive views if you are prepared to get wet! 

Further east, visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts typical of Iceland’s past, as well as turf-built houses. 

Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 62 metres high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the afternoon the tour continues further south to explore the famous Black Lava Beach at Reynisfjara, observe the Cap of Dyrhólaey and the Reynisdrangar Sea Cliffs If you are looking for a bit more adventure, you can take the optional tour in the afternoon for a glacier hike. The hike is on the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue which extends from the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

For the evening visit the charming village of Vík. If the night is clear, you might be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colours, patterns and sizes.

Stay at: Hotel Stracta (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4 HELLA – GOLDEN CIRCLE – REYKJAVIK


This morning, learn about the beautiful Icelandic horse, its unique qualities and history, followed by a visit to a geothermal greenhouse to learn how Icelandic homes use geothermal energy. 

Then you will head to the Golden Circle region and travel the famous route. See steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields including the well known Strokkur and admire the double waterfall of Gullfoss. In the afternoon, you will visit the Þingvellir National Park, the location of the ancient Viking Parliament and UNESCO World Heritage Site, before continuing to Reykjavik.

Return to Reykjavík for tonight’s culinary treat at a traditional restaurant located downtown Reykjavík.

Stay at: Hotel Klettur (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

 

DAY 5 REYKJAVIK

Your tour concludes today with a departure transfer for your onward journey.

Meals included: Breakfast

Holilday at Christmas in Reykjavik

Why do people choose to visit Iceland for Christmas?

Iceland is a popular destination to travel to and visiting over Christmas can create very unique holiday experiences you won’t get in other locations at this time of year. You can experience things like;

  • The Northern Lights: The Aurora Borealis is a major draw. The long, dark nights of Iceland in December offer an excellent opportunity to witness this natural phenomenon.
 
  • Unique Christmas Traditions: Icelandic Christmas traditions are distinct and intriguing. From the 13 Yule Lads who visit children in the 13 nights leading up to Christmas, to the traditional Christmas foods and festive celebrations, visitors can experience a different cultural take on the holiday season.
 
  • Stunning Winter Landscapes: Iceland’s winter scenery is breathtaking. The country transforms into a winter wonderland with snow-covered mountains, frozen waterfalls, and icy lagoons, providing picturesque settings and numerous photo opportunities.
 
  • Relaxing in Hot Springs: The contrast of soaking in warm geothermal pools while surrounded by snowy landscapes is a unique and appealing experience. The Blue Lagoon and other hot springs are particularly popular during the winter months.
 
  • Christmas Markets and Festivities: Reykjavik, the capital, hosts charming Christmas markets and festive events. Visitors can enjoy local crafts, festive foods, and holiday music, creating a cosy and festive atmosphere.
 
  • Winter Activities: Iceland offers a variety of winter activities such as glacier hiking, ice caving, snowmobiling, and dog sledding. These activities provide exciting and memorable experiences for visitors.
 
  • Cultural Experiences: Museums, galleries, and cultural events in Reykjavik and other towns offer insights into Icelandic history, art, and folklore, enriching the holiday visit with educational and engaging experiences.
 
  • Midnight Sun Effects: Although the midnight sun is a summer phenomenon, the extended twilight periods during winter offer unique lighting conditions for photography and a special ambiance throughout the day.
 
 

Iceland offers a magical and unique Christmas experience, combining natural wonders with rich cultural traditions and exciting winter activities. There are several towns in Iceland that are particularly popular to visit during the Christmas season, each offering unique experiences and festive charm which include;

Reykjavik:

As the capital city, Reykjavik is the most popular destination. It is renowned for its vibrant Christmas markets, festive decorations, and numerous holiday events. The city’s Christmas Village in Hafnarfjörður, a suburb of Reykjavik, is also a highlight, offering traditional Icelandic crafts, food, and entertainment. Key attractions include the illuminated Hallgrímskirkja church, ice skating rinks, and various concerts and performances.


Akureyri:

Located in the north of Iceland, Akureyri is often referred to as the “Capital of the North.” It boasts a picturesque setting with snow-covered mountains and a charming town centre.
The Christmas House (Jólahúsið) near Akureyri is a must-visit. It’s a year-round Christmas shop that becomes especially magical during the festive season. Akureyri also offers excellent opportunities for winter sports and Northern Lights viewing.

Húsavík:

Known as the whale-watching capital of Iceland, Húsavík offers a quieter, more intimate Christmas experience. The town’s natural surroundings and charming harbour are beautifully accented with holiday lights and decorations. Visitors can enjoy local Christmas traditions and possibly spot the Northern Lights in this less crowded locale.

Selfoss:

Located in the south of Iceland, Selfoss is a gateway to the Golden Circle route, which includes the popular attractions of Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall. Selfoss itself has a cosy, festive atmosphere during Christmas, with local events and decorations.


Egilsstaðir:

Situated in East Iceland, Egilsstaðir offers a tranquil Christmas setting with beautiful natural surroundings, including forests and rivers. The town hosts various local Christmas events and provides access to the stunning Eastfjords region.

Vík í Mýrdal:

This small village in the south is famous for its dramatic black sand beaches and the nearby Reynisfjara basalt sea stacks. Vík offers a unique and scenic Christmas experience with its striking landscapes and cosy village atmosphere.


Seyðisfjörður:

Known for its artistic community and colourful wooden houses, Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland is particularly picturesque during the winter season. The town’s Christmas celebrations are marked by local traditions and a creative, festive spirit.


These towns, each with their unique charm and attractions, make Iceland a magical destination for a Christmas holiday. Whether seeking vibrant city festivities or serene, natural beauty, visitors have a range of options to create a memorable Christmas experience.

 

What is included on this tour?

  • Accomodation

    • 3 star hotel accommodation

    • Transportation by air-conditioned coach

    • FLYBUS shuttle arrival and departure transfers

    • English-speaking Tour Manager/Driver

  • Food

    • 4 breakfasts

    • A festive dinner on Christmas Eve

    • A fine dining farewell dinner at in Reykjavik

  • Entrance to;

    • Blue Lagoon

    • Skogar Folk Museum and Turf Houses

    • Icelandic Horse Stables

    • Geothermal Greenhouse

  • Activities include;
    • Christmas lights tour & Christmas celebration
 
    • Northern Lights Program for two evenings
 
  • Sightseeing
    • Reykjavík
 
    • Reykjanes Peninsula
 
    • The Golden Circle

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