Iceland 7 Day Fire & Ice Christmas Tour

Experience the magic of Icelandic Christmas in Iceland’s best-selling hidden powers tour during the Holiday season. Visit the island’s natural wonders such as Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, the Glacial Lagoon

A 7 day tour to visit Iceland at Christmas

Highlights

  • View first-hand many of the classic natural wonders, including the Golden Circle area, the Glacier Lagoon and Reynisfjara Beach
  • Walk between two continents at Thingvellir National Park
  • Discover the powers of earth, water and fire and how they created Iceland
  • Relax in the brilliant azure waters of the Blue Lagoon
Iceland 7 day tour at Christmas
Outline

A 7 day holiday tour in Iceland at Christmas

Reykjavik at Christmas

Experience the magic of Icelandic Christmas in Iceland’s best-selling hidden powers tour during the Holiday season. Visit the island’s natural wonders such as Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, the Glacial Lagoon, Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, and the Blue Lagoon – these are just a few of the attractions waiting to be discovered! Enjoy Christmas Eve dinner and several overnights in excellent locations for northern lights hunting.

Imagine this: crisp Icelandic air fills your lungs, the ethereal glow of the Aurora Borealis dances across the night sky, and a blanket of pristine snow covers dramatic landscapes sculpted by fire and ice. This isn’t a scene from a fantasy novel; it’s the unforgettable reality that awaits you on our exclusive Christmas in the Land of Fire and Ice tour.

Escape the ordinary this holiday season and embark on a captivating journey to Iceland, a land where natural wonders erupt from the earth’s core and glaciers shimmer under the Arctic sun. Our expertly curated itinerary takes you on an exploration unlike any other, showcasing the raw beauty of Iceland and the warmth of Icelandic Christmas traditions.

Your adventure begins in Reykjavik, Iceland’s vibrant capital city. Here, you’ll have the option to add an arrival transfer, whisking you comfortably from the airport to your cozy accommodation. After settling in, spend your first evening at leisure, soaking up the festive atmosphere of Reykjavik adorned with twinkling lights and bustling with Christmas cheer.

The next day, we delve into the heart of Iceland’s Golden Circle, a region teeming with geothermal wonders. Witness the awe-inspiring power of Geysir, a geothermal field where bubbling mud pools and the Strokkur geyser erupt skyward in a dramatic display. Feel the spray of Gullfoss, a majestic two-tiered waterfall that transforms into a frozen wonderland during the winter. Immerse yourself in the rich history and geological marvels of Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates dramatically diverge.

As we journey south, the otherworldly beauty of Iceland unfolds. Visit the ethereal Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can stand behind the cascading water for a truly unique perspective. Marvel at the dramatic Reynisdrangar sea stacks, standing sentinel against the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Be captivated by the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a dazzling spectacle where glistening icebergs bob serenely amidst a backdrop of glaciers. Here, you might even get the chance to embark on an optional boat tour, navigating between the icebergs for an up-close encounter with these glacial giants.

Iceland’s volcanic origins have blessed the country with an abundance of geothermal activity, and we’ve incorporated this unique feature into your itinerary. Experience the geothermal marvel of the Blue Lagoon, a milky-turquoise oasis where you can bathe in warm, mineral-rich waters surrounded by a dramatic lava landscape. Embrace the therapeutic properties of the water as you soak beneath the open sky, with the potential to witness the mesmerizing Northern Lights dancing above.

Our Icelandic Christmas adventure wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the warmth of local traditions. Savor a traditional Icelandic Christmas Eve dinner, a delightful spread featuring festive dishes. Learn about unique Icelandic Christmas customs, like the lighting of the Jólakötturinn (Jólakitteis), a mischievous Yule Cat said to lurk around for those who haven’t received new clothes! As Christmas Day dawns, enjoy a special Christmas lunch, indulging in delicious fare and merriment with your fellow travelers.

One of the most captivating aspects of an Icelandic Christmas is the possibility of witnessing the breathtaking Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. Our tour itinerary has been carefully crafted to maximize your chances of experiencing this celestial phenomenon. Several nights are spent in excellent locations for Northern Lights hunting, where minimal light pollution allows for optimal viewing conditions. As darkness descends, bundle up warmly and keep your eyes peeled for the ethereal dance of colorful lights painting vibrant streaks across the night sky.

After a whirlwind adventure exploring the wonders of Iceland, spend your final day at leisure in Reykjavik. Explore the city’s charming shops brimming with unique Icelandic souvenirs, or delve into its vibrant art scene. Sample delicious Icelandic cuisine at cozy cafes or trendy restaurants. Take a stroll along the harborfront, breathing in the crisp Icelandic air and marveling at the city’s colorful houses.

As your Icelandic Christmas adventure draws to a close, you’ll return home brimming with unforgettable memories. You’ll have witnessed the awe-inspiring power of nature, from cascading waterfalls and majestic glaciers to geothermal wonders and the ethereal Aurora Borealis. You’ll have experienced the warmth of Icelandic hospitality and the unique charm of Christmas traditions in this magical land.

This Christmas, escape the expected and embrace the extraordinary. Join us on our Christmas in the Land of Fire and Ice tour and unwrap the magic of Iceland – a destination that

DAY 1 REYKJAVIK

Your tour commences with an optional arrival transfer from the airport. This evening is at your leisure to enjoy the Iceland’s capital city.

Stay at Center Hotel Midgardur (4 star) or similar

DAY 2 REYKJAVIK – GOLDEN CIRCLE – SOUTH SHORE

Start the day by visiting the fascinating Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre. You’ll get a great introduction to northern lights, how they are formed and the folklore surrounding them. Then head onwards to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the world’s oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. 

Continue to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high spouting Strokkur hot spring. Visit the dramatic two tiered Gullfoss Waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid cascade. 

During the day, you will also visit the town of Laugarvatn, built around three hot springs which the residents have cleverly harnessed the hot springs for heating, greenhouses and even cooking. You’ll visit a unique outdoor geothermal bakery at the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa where Icelandic rye bread is baked in the hot sands. Return to your hotel and enjoy a Christmas Eve buffet dinner. 

If weather conditions are right, your guide will take you on a northern lights hunt on foot in the area outside your hotel this evening (or night of Day 3 or 4 if conditions permit).

Stay at Stracta Hotel Hella (3 star) or similar
Meals: Breakfast & dinner

DAY 3 SOUTH SHORE – EYJAFJALLAJOKULL VOLCANO – KIRKJUBAEJARKLAUSTUR

Today, travel along the South Shore where the road will pass by typical Icelandic farms, often with Icelandic horses in the fields. This area of Iceland is home to the wonderful LAVA Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. 

If the skies are clear you might see the area’s two most famous volcanoes in the distance: Mount Hekla (last eruption 2000) and Eyjafjallajokull (last eruption 2010). Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, a “must-see” for photographers. If trail conditions are right, you may be able to walk behind the ribbon like Seljalandsfoss falls.
Next, head onwards, passing Myrdalsjokull Glacier to visit Reynisfjara Beach. 

Take a walk on the black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Cross Eldhraun, a vast lava field created from a very destructive 18th century eruption as you head into Southeast Iceland. This evening, celebrate Christmas with a festive dinner at your hotel. You’ll also receive a gift to commemorate your Christmas visit to Iceland.

Stay at Hotel Klaustur (3 star) or similar
Meals: Breakfast & dinner

DAY 4 KIRKJUBAEJARKLAUSTUR / JOKULSARLON GLACIAL LAGOON – SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK

Enter the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. This national park is also the largest one in Western Europe. Travel through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east en route to the Vatnajokull area. Visit Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy the breathtaking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m deep glacial lagoon. 

Nearby is Diamond Beach where you can experience the dramatic beauty of the icebergs that settle on the black sands before drifting back out to sea. Visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers.

Stay at Hotel Klaustur (3 star) or similar
Meals: Breakfast & dinner

DAY 5 KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR – HVERAGERDI – BLUE LAGOON – REYKJAVIK

After breakfast, journey back along the beautiful South Coast to the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few sites in the world located directly in the middle of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called “The Flower Village” because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs.
Today, you’ll visit a horse farm to meet some locals: Icelandic horses. Known as the Icelanders’ most faithful friend and servant, this Viking horse breed played a pivotal role in Icelandic history. 

Enjoy petting these friendly horses and snapping a few selfies with them. You’ll also taste some sweet refreshments that are traditionally served on Icelandic farms.


The trip then takes you through the surreal landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula, where you can enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral rich water in the middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavik, where the evening is at your own leisure.

Stay at Center Hotel Midgardur (4 star) or similar
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 REYKJAVIK

Your tour concludes with an optional departures transfer for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

Reykjavik at Christmas

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

    • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Reykjavík & 3 nights hotel accommodation in countryside

    • Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5

    • Expert local English speaking guide

  • Meals

    • 5 Icelandic Breakfasts

    • 3 Dinners – including Christmas Eve buffet dinner and Christmas day Festive dinner

  • Entrances:

    • The Northern Lights Centre

    • The LAVA Centre

    • The famous Blue Lagoon (includes Silica mud mask and one drink)

  • Experiences:

    • Christmas-themed Reykjavík City Walk

    • Visit a geothermal bakery with included rye bread tasting

    • Northern Lights guided hunt on foot

    • Visit an Iceland Horse Farm

  • Visit:

    • Thingvellir National Park

    • Geothermal fields of Geysir

    • Gullfoss Waterfall

    • See famous Icelandic volcanoes – Mount Hekla and Eyjafjallajokull

    • Spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss

    • Walk along the banks of the amazing, iceberg-filled Glacier Lagoon

    • Stunning beaches Reynisfajara and Diamond Beach

    • Vatnajokull National Park including Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Skaftafell
      Reykjanes Peninsula
      Hveragerdi

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