Staying in Iceland over the holidays is fantastic, snow, northern lights and traditional Christmas food make it an unforgettable experience. But what to do when all shops and restaurants close? The main day of celebration for Icelanders is Christmas Eve, 24 December. While Icelanders visit family and friends, a tourist in Reykjavik might not have that many options, or does he? We have listed some of the things to do.
Christmas market at Elliðavatn lake
The market opens
November 27th and stays open until Christmas.
Christmas market at Ingólfstorg square
The market opens December 8th in the city center and stays open until Christmas.
The Nordic house - Norræna hússið
A live Christmas calendar featuring many well known Icelandic musicians, comedians and other artists. One window in the Nordic House's calendar is opened every day in December, leading up to Christmas. Behind each window a surprise awaits! More information can be found here.
"Let´s talk Christmas"
is a one hour comedy show at the Viking bar at Hafnarstræti 1, Reykjavík, explaining in a light and humorous way about Icelandic Christmas customs.
Christmas calendar Iceland Excursions
We made our own Christmas calendar
, special tour offers available with every Jul lad coming to town.