Christmas in Reykjavik

Experience a very different Yuletide!
4 days
23 December
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Reykjavik is an enchanting city during the winter holiday season- the city is decked with Christmas lights in every window. Enjoy a private walking tour around Reykjavik’s city centre, with the focus on Christmas traditions, taste Icelandic Christmas treats and specialities and finally explore the Golden Circle’s winter landscape, including Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss Waterfall.

Day 1: 23 December Arrival in Reykjavik & Northern Lights Hunt.
On arrival in Reykjavik transfer by airport coach to your hotel. (If your flight time allows, an optional visit to the Blue Lagoon, just a short drive from Keflavik International Airport, can be added today. The Lagoon has luggage storage facilities, and after bathing you can continue into Reykjavik by coach). On arrival into Reykjavik, time at leisure.

In the evening  join a hunt for the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. These lights are a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen dancing in fantastic colours across the Icelandic night sky. Please note this tour is weather dependent, and sightings are not guaranteed. If conditions do not allow the operation of this excursion instead you will visit the Northern Lights Center in Reykjavik. Accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Natura for 3 nights.

Day 2: 24 December Christmas Themed Private Walking Tour & Traditional Icelandic Christmas Buffet
Time to explore this morning - enjoy the city's many museums and shops. Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archeological museum based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery.

This afternoon, enjoy a guided Christmas-themed walking and tasting tour of downtown Reykjavik- your local guide will take you through the city streets, to experience some fun-filled, charming Icelandic traditions. You’ll gain a real insight into Icelandic holiday traditions old and new, as well the history, art, architecture, culture and cuisine of the capital city, as you wander through the beautifully-decorated city centre, twinkling with festive holiday lights. Along the way, there are several stops to enjoy enjoy a small taste of Iceland, visiting several unique restaurants.  

In the evening, enjoy an Icelandic Christmas feast at Restaurant Satt. The true yuletide spirit is delivered with a deluxe gourmet buffet of distinctive heritage dishes based on local and Scandinavian ingredients. Restaurant Satt is a contemporary restaurant located within the hotel and is known for it's modern twist on traditional dishes.

Day 3: 25 December Golden Circle Tour 
After breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel at around 09:30am. 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 (a 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.

Day 4: 26 December Departure
Arrangements end after breakfast with your transfer by airport coach back to Keflavik Airport. (If you did not have time to visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day you may, flight times depending, be able to do so today on your way back to the airport.)

Departures 2017:  23 December

Includes: 3 nights at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura or similar including breakfast; 1 admission to Soley Natura Spa at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, Northern lights guided coach tour;  guided Golden Circle coach tour;  Christmas buffet at SATT Restaurant; guided walking tour of Reykjavik’s old town area with samples of Icelandic specialties; return airport/hotel coach transfers.  

Excludes: Optional Blue Lagoon visit  

Extra nights in Reykjavik and some great day excursions can be added.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1412.00
Single AUD$ 1612.00

Includes: 3 nights at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura or similar including breakfast; 1 admission to Soley Natura Spa at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, Northern lights guided coach tour;  guided Golden Circle coach tour;  Christmas buffet at SATT Restaurant; guided walking tour of Reykjavik’s old town area with samples of Icelandic specialties; return airport/hotel coach transfers.