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What to do around Christmas in Reykjavik 05/12/2011

 

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.

 

Special offers in December
 

Hafnarfjordur Christmas Village (Jólaþorpið í Hafnarfirði)

Every weekend until Christmas from 13:00-18:00, please click here for more information.
 
 

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.
 
 

Museums - Christmas Programmes

The National Museum and Arbaejarsafn have special Christmas exhibitions.
 
 
 
 

Thermal pools

Go swimming or just relax in a hot tub. Click here to see the opening hours of the swimming pools in Iceland.
 
 

Sightseeing

Our Bonfire and Fireworks tour has this year been split into three separate tours giving you the opportunity to choose between participating in the celebration all evening or just a part of the evening. Have a look here for more available tours and activities around Christmas and New year´s eve.

 

Shows

"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.
 
 

Laugardalur family park

Besides the famous thermal pool, one can visit the botanical garden, Skating hall or the animals at the Reykjavík family Park and Zoo.
 
 

Christmas calendar Iceland Excursions

We made our own Christmas calendar, special tour offers available with every Jul lad coming to town.
 
 

Hallgrímskirkja church

Several concerts are scheduled for the next following weeks. Please click here for more information.
 
 
 

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