Christmas vacation packages in Iceland
- Festive meals on Christmas day
- Transport & accommodation included
- Excursions & activities as standard
- 24/7 helpline whilst you’re in Iceland
About Iceland Christmas vacations
- Travel through Iceland’s nature by bus
- Enjoy a delicious breakfast every day
- Get access to the Blue Lagoon with your package
- Secure your booking with a 5% deposit
FAQs about Iceland Christmas tours
Christmas is a fantastic time to visit Iceland thanks to the electrifying festive atmosphere. Picture cute houses decked in Christmas lights, snow-dusted mountains in the distance, and the Northern Lights dashing across the sky.
Iceland has its very own Christmas traditions for you to discover, making it a great place for families. But there’s also plenty of nature to explore, including frozen waterfalls, steaming hot springs, and shimmering glaciers.
Read this blog on winter must-sees and must-dos for some more inspo for your Iceland Christmas holiday.
In Iceland, Christmas is a big deal. Icelanders gather with friends and family across an extended holiday starting on 24 December.
You can take part in lots of the traditions for yourself! Tuck into a traditional Icelandic Christmas dinner and learn all about the legend of the Yule Lads. Or just simply soak up the cozy festive atmosphere.
Learn more about Icelandic Christmas traditions on our blog.
There’s plenty to do in Iceland at all times of year, and there’s even more going on at Christmas. Here’s some things you could get up to:
- Join a Northern Lights winter tour in the Icelandic countryside
- Wander the quaint streets of Reykjavík and soak up the festive atmosphere
- Shop for special gifts on the city’s main street, Laugavegur
- See the sights of the Golden Circle in their winter costume
- Explore Þingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s Viking-era parliament
- Go ice skating on the frozen pond in Reykjavík city center
- Take a relaxing dip in the Blue Lagoon spa as the snow falls around you
- Spot frosted waterfalls along Iceland’s spectacular south coast
- Witness steam rise from the ground out of bubbling hot springs
- Discover the legend of Iceland’s Santa Clauses, the Yule Lads
Some indoor attractions may have seasonal closures, so it’s worth checking opening hours if you plan to visit museums or galleries, for example.
If you book with Iceland Tours, we’ll arrange an Iceland Christmas trip that takes opening hours into account, so you can get the most out of your time in the Land of Fire and Ice.
Another option is to go on an Iceland winter trip in October, November, early December, January, or February. You’ll get a different experience depending on exactly when you go, but there’s no doubt Iceland is spectacular all winter long.
Feel like you might need more time to get the full Iceland winter experience? Check out this blog on how many days you need in Iceland in winter.
December is the darkest month of the year in Iceland, so you have a great chance of spotting the Northern Lights, also known as the aurora borealis.
To see them, you’ll also need clear skies and a high level of solar activity. You’ll boost your chance of seeing them if you go out to the countryside, away from the city lights. These packages all include a Northern Lights tour in a suitable location.
Hungry to learn more about the aurora? Find out the best places to see the Northern Lights in Iceland.
Christmas is a popular time of year to travel to Iceland, so departures can sell out quickly. It’s a good idea to book a few months in advance to make sure you’re able to secure your dates.
This means you only need to focus on getting ready for your trip and the holidays!
Once you’ve booked your vacation package, you can go ahead and book your flights. So you can get the best choice and price, flights aren’t included with packages from Iceland Tours.
There’s a good chance of snow in Iceland in December, which means if you’re lucky you could have a white Christmas! On average, there’s 61 mm (2.4 in) of snowfall in Reykjavík in December.
The average temperature in Reykjavík in December is around 1°C (33°F), which might be a bit warmer than you expected.
In the countryside, it tends to be a few degrees colder than in town, so make sure you wrap up warm when you’re exploring Iceland’s nature.
Find out more about what to expect from Iceland’s weather and climate.
Check out the Iceland Christmas tours on this page to get started. Choose from guided tours or multi-day tours by bus. Once you’ve found the package for you, follow the steps on the tour page to complete your booking.
You can secure your vacation with as little as a 5% deposit, but you also have the option to pay in full if you want. After that, you’ll receive a confirmation from us and all your travel documents once we’ve taken care of all the arrangements.
December is one of Iceland’s colder weather months, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead and pack smart so you stay warm and comfortable.
Here’s a suggested Iceland Christmas packing list:
- Warm winter coat
- Hat, scarf, and gloves
- Thermal underlayers
- Jumpers and fleeces
- Waterproof outer layer
- Sturdy walking boots
- Swimwear (for pools and hot springs)
- Your favorite Christmas outfit!
Make sure you leave some room in your suitcase for gifts for friends and family too! Get more tips and tricks in this Iceland winter packing guide.