During this Reykjavík 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. You’ll wander through the beautifully decorated city center twinkling with festive holiday lights, making stops at several interesting locations along the way.
Visit some famous local villages known as the Elf Garden. You’ll learn about the ‘Hidden People’ believed to be living in the lava and their magical connection to the holiday season. Afterwards you will stroll among the colorful stalls of the Christmas Village filled with treasures of handmade Christmas crafts, decorations and delicious treats such as cookies, hot cocoa and confectionaries. Enjoy live music and hope to meet one of Iceland’s 13 mischievous Yuletide Lads who descend from the mountains to bring gifts and treats to well-behaved children during the 13 nights preceding Christmas.
Go glacier walking, embark on a Northern Lights adventure, and explore your culinary side on this festive trip to Iceland.
Relax on your airport transfer in Reykjavik with a private vehicle and driver. Please note that a surcharge may be post billed to you if you require a transfer after 8pm or before 7am.
A welcome package with a city map, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy a half day tour visiting the most important sights of the City. You will see the old town centre, the Parliament, the Cathedral, the harbour, the Pearl and Höfði house, the summit site of 1986. During the tour you will drive past the city's salmon river (which is proof that Reykjavík is a pollution free capital) and the Árbæjarsafn outdoor folk museum, which offers an interesting contrast to the modern buildings of the most recent part of city, and an outdoor swimming pool in Laugardalur which is heated with water from natural hot springs under the city. Visit the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture museum and Hallgrímskirkja Church (whose steeple is a Reykjavík landmark). The tour includes private driver-guide for the tour and entrance fees to the National Museum, Sculpture Museum and Hallgrímskirkja Church.
This is a magnificent sightseeing flight tour over the Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. Between the ice and snowfields we visit Hekla, the most famous of Iceland's volcanoes, which last erupted in 2000. Other places of interest en route include Thingvellir, site of the world's oldest parliament, the Gullfoss golden waterfall, Thórsmörk Nature Reserve, the rhyolite peaks of Landmannalaugar and Geysir - one of the world's outstanding geothermal areas and the origin of the English word "geyser".
In the evening you will enjoy a Northern Lights hunt by coach with guide. The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, are a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen dancing around in fantastic colors across the Icelandic night sky. Each night they search for optimal viewing conditions.
This tour is weather dependent and sightings are not guaranteed.
Enjoy breakfast (included in tour cost).
Morning at leisure or enjoy an indulgent visit to Sóley Natura Spa at the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura (admission included).
Be ready at the hotel at 13:00 to meet your private guide for a Christmas themed walking and tasting tour of downtown Reykjavík. What better way to get into the spirit of the season than on a walking tour with a local expert dressed in Icelandic heritage attire ready to guide you through a fun filled day of charming Icelandic traditions?
During this Reykjavík 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. You’ll wander through the beautifully decorated city center twinkling with festive holiday lights, making stops at several interesting locations along the way. At each one you’ll enjoy a taste of Iceland such as the very traditional fermented shark and dried fish as well as delicious Christmas favorites like smoked mountain lamb and warm mulled wine, or Glögg as Icelanders know it.
As a finishing touch you’ll a pay a visit to a classic Icelandic restaurant which is also home to one of Iceland’s finest private art collections where you’ll meet with one of the city’s top chefs who will share some culinary secrets over a premium selection from the wine cellar. At the end of the tour you’ll be rewarded with a small Christmas gift – a lovely souvenir of Iceland and this special holiday moment.
Enjoy a traditional feast at Restaurant Satt located at Icelandair Hotel Natura. The true yuletide spirit is delivered with a deluxe gourmet Christmas buffet of distinctive heritage dishes based on local and Scandinavian ingredients.
You will be met by the guide at 08:00. Today you will experience a trio of natural wonders along the Golden Circle Route in South Iceland including 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 Þingvellir National Park (UNESCO), Iceland’s greatest historical site and a place of tremendous geological interest as it is the visible location of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet.
En route you will visit the village of Hafnarfjörður and Hellisgerði Lava Park, better known as the Elf Garden. Guided by a local elf expert, you will enjoy a fascinating journey through the garden to discover Iceland’s unique elfin folklore. You’ll learn about the ‘Hidden People’ (Huldufólk in Icelandic) believed to be living in the lava and their magical connection to the holiday season. Afterwards you will stroll among the colorful stalls of Hafnarfjörður Christmas Village filled with treasures of handmade Christmas crafts, decorations and delicious treats such as cookies, hot cocoa and confectionaries. Enjoy the live music and hope to meet one of Iceland’s 13 mischievous Yuletide Lads who descend from the mountains to bring gifts and treats to well-behaved children during the 13 nights preceding Christmas.
This shared coach tour will take you just a few hours from Reykjavik to Sólheimajökull glacier tongue extending down from its mother glacier, Mýrdalsjökull. Glacier walking is a great way to experience nature and easier then you would think. Your experienced mountain guides will teach you how to use the basic ice equipment before setting of on a safe and easy walk on crampons up on to the ice field where a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses await your discovery. Enjoy the 3.5 hr glacier walk and on the way back, stop at the picturesque waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Includes( hotel pick up, guided bus tour, 3-3.5 hrs glacier walk, gear and safety equipment).
Enjoy a private transfer between Reykjavik International Airport and your hotel with private vehicle and English-speaking driver. Your driver will make a stop at the Blue Lagoon for you to enjoy the famous healing properties of the mineral waters (entrance fee included).
The Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura (4*) is a 220-room hotel located next to one of Reykjavik's only wooded areas, the beautiful and tranquil Oskjuhlid Hill, where the striking landscapes were fashioned during an ice age. The capital’s only public beach, the geothermal-heated Nautholsvik and Reykjavik’s main centre, including many shops, restaurants and museums, are only 15 minutes by foot. With an array of different designs, there’s a room to suit everyone at the hotel. The in-house Lon Bar at the hotel provides an ideal end to a long day. They are the only hotel in Reykjavik with an indoor swimming pool and hot tub. They also have a hair salon, Dong Fang cosmetic and massage parlor, gift shop and tour desk.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
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Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
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Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
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We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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