Christmas & Northern Lights Best of Iceland

Iceland

Celebrate the Christmas Season in Iceland

Winter is rarely more beautiful than in South Iceland. And with guides to navigate the roads on this 6-day multi-day tour, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy those stunning views. You will have a chance to tour regions like the classic Golden Circle and scenic south coast, bathe in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon, and enjoy activities like a guided Christmas walk around Reykjavík, and hunting for the otherworldly northern lights.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Reykjavik & Northern Lights

On arrival at Keflavik International Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore Reykjavik. You can stroll the charming capital city, visit museums, and explore landmarks. Downtown Reykjavík offers numerous excellent restaurants and cafés. In the evening, get ready to search for the otherworldly northern lights. You will join a guided small-group bus tour with a knowledgeable driver that will find a great spot to view the white, green and sometimes red lights dancing and flickering in the sky. Please note that northern lights are a natural phenomenon and we cannot guarantee sightings. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 2: The Golden Circle - Geysers & Waterfalls

Today you will visit some of Iceland’s most famous attractions with a personal guided small group tour of the classic Golden Circle route in South Iceland. One of the many highlights on this journey is Þingvellir National Park, a place of great historical and geological significance that is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Þingvellir is the site of the country’s first parliament and is located along the edge of the great rift created by the drifting of the Eurasian and American tectonic plates. Other attractions include the beautiful two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall and the spouting hot springs of Geysir. While Geysir lies dormant, its neighbour Strokkur erupts every few minutes, gushing steam and water from the bowels of the earth. A taste of Icelandic food and drink is included during the tour. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 3: The South Coast - Glaciers & Black Sand Beaches

After breakfast, enjoy a guided small-group tour along the striking south coast of Iceland. The tour starts with a visit to the picturesque Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is 40-metres high and its main attraction, besides the scenery, is the pathway leading behind the waterfall, giving visitors a chance to view the falls from within. Next up is a view of the vast glacier Sólheimajökull before continuing to Reynisfjara, a hauntingly beautiful black sand beach. The last stop before heading back to Reykjavik is the graceful, 60-metre high Skógafoss waterfall to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and pose for the perfect picture. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 4: Christmas Walk & Dinner Celebration

Start the day with a cultural, culinary walking tour led by a local guide dressed in Iceland´s intricate national costume. This leisurely stroll through downtown Reykjavík, which will be lit up with Christmas lights and decorations, gives you insight into unique Icelandic Christmas traditions as well as the city’s history, architecture and culture. You will get to enjoy a taste of Iceland’s culinary secrets at various stops including the uniquely-prepared fermented shark, as well as dried fish and malt ale. You will also visit the Settler´s exhibition that houses the oldest ruins of a Viking farm in Iceland and Reykjavik oldest cemetery to read some runes. Before the tour ends you will receive a lovely souvenir to remember your time in Iceland. At 18:00, the church bells ring throughout Reykjavik as Icelanders begin their Christmas celebrations with their families at home. This evening you will head to a charming restaurant in downtown Reykjavík where you will enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 5: Relax at the Blue Lagoon & Enjoy Leisure Time in Reykjavik

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up for a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon. You will have a chance to bathe in the heated geothermal pool, which is rich with silica and soothing for your skin and enjoy the unique surroundings. You can also visit a sauna or steambath and choose from an array of spa services (which must be booked in advance). After your time at the Blue Lagoon, you will board a transfer back to Reykjavík, where you can spend the late afternoon and evening at your leisure. If you are up for some adventure, you can book a northern lights excursion. For instance, you could take a northern lights boat tour, where you could see the majestic lights, far from the bright city lights of Reykjavik. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 6: Departure from Iceland

Your winter getaway to Iceland has come to an end, and you will have a semi-private transfer from your accommodation to Keflavik International Airport. If you are departing in the afternoon and are interested in adding an optional activity, please arrange with your travel consultant in advance, as there are a limited number of activities available due to the holiday.

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What's included

Accommodation

3*/4* hotels for 5 nights

Meals

Daily Breakfast

4 Course Gourmet Dinner on the 24th of December in Reykjavik

Guided tours

Guided Small-Group Northern Lights Bus Tour

Guided Small-Group Bus Tour of the Golden Circle

Guided Small-Group Bus Tour of the South Coast

Guided Christmas Eve Walking Tour in Reykjavík

Blue Lagoon: Experience Comfort Package (including entrance, towel and a drink)

Transport

Private transfer from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík

Return transfer from Reykjavik to/from the Blue Lagoon

One semi-private transfer from Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport on departure

Support

Map of Reykjavík and detailed personal itinerary

24/7 helpline

Taxes & service fees

Not Included

Flights to/from Iceland

Transfers to/from Christmas Eve dinner

Personal travel insurance

Meals, drinks & entrance fees, unless otherwise stated

Any services not listed above as “Included”

Visa fees

Optional tours and activities

Personal expenditures

OPTIONAL EXTRA: Cancellation Insurance

Highlights

Heated geothermal pool in a famous Blue Lagoon

60-metre high Skógafoss waterfall

Northern lights hunt

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