4 days / 3 nights
Reykjavik is an enchanting city during the holiday season. Celebrate Iceland's distinctive Christmas traditions and tasty holiday treats. And last but not least, visit the amazing nature sites along the Golden Circle. Experience the magical atmosphere of the weeks preceding Christmas in Iceland with holiday lights, garlands and ornate Christmas trees. Enjoy a private sightseeing tour around the city centre, taste delicious Icelandic Christmas specialities and learn about the thirteen eccentric Yule Lads and other unique Christmas traditions in Iceland. In addition, experience the frozen realm of amazing natural beauty along the Golden Circle with time left to spare for some indulgent spa relaxation
Day 1: Arrival Reykjavik
"Arrival in Reykjavik and shared transfer by Flybus to your hotel. Overnight in Reykjavík. Day at your leisure. This day is open for your own activities. A visit to the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, located 15 minutes from Keflavik International Airport, is a wonderful way to enjoy your arrival or departure day, depending on your flight schedule. In the evening, hunt for the Northern Lights. Also known as Aurora Borealis, the lights are a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen dancing around in fantastic colours across the Icelandic night sky. Please note this tour is weather dependent, and sightings are not guaranteed. If conditions are unfavorable for Northern Lights viewing, your group will visit the Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavik. Overnight in Reykjavik for the next 3 nights.
Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard "Reykjavík Christmas Special" itinerary."
Day 2: Golden Circle Tour (B)
"Natural Wonders of Gullfoss, Geysir & Thingvellir - Traditional Icelandic Christmas buffet After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will meet you at 09:30. Today you will experience a trio of natural wonders along the Golden Circle route in South Iceland. Highlights include the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall, which is often frozen mid-cascade during winter; the active Geysir geothermal area of bubbling mud pools, hot springs and spouting geysers; and Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) Iceland's greatest historical site. Thingvellir is also of tremendous geological interest, as it is the visible location of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. Tonight enjoy a traditional Christmas Buffet at Satt Restaurant, located at Icelandair Hotel Natura. The true yuletide spirit is served with a deluxe gourmet Christmas buffet of distinctive dishes based on local and Nordic ingredients. Overnight again in Reykjavik.
Please note: For the 23rd of December departure, the Golden Circle tour is on day 3.
Day 3: Christmas Season in Reykjavik (B)
Experience Reykjavík - Christmas Themed Walking Tour - Tasty stops at Unique Restaurants This morning is at your leisure. Perhaps you'll enjoy an indulgent visit to Soley Natura Spa at the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura (included in package price). This afternoon, enjoy a guided Christmas-themed walking and tasting tour of downtown Reykjavik. What better way to get into the spirit of the season than strolling around the city and visiting several unique restaurants with a fun & knowledgeable local guide by your side. During this Reykjavik Christmas experience, you'll gain insight into Icelandic holiday traditions old and new, as well the history, art, architecture, culture and cuisine of the capital city. Wander through the beautifully-decorated city centre, twinkling with festive holiday lights. Overnight again in Reykjavik.
Please note: For the 23rd of December departure, this tour is on day 2 (24 December).
Day 4: Departure (B)
Shared transfer to Keflavik International Airport. If your departing flight is in the afternoon and you have not had the chance to visit the Blue Lagoon, a departure transfer via the lagoon is recommended.
Maximum group size: 36 participants.