Reykjavík Christmas Experience

7 days from $4,050 pp*
  • Explore the sights and sounds of quirky Reykjavík on a privately guided walking tour.
  • Soar over glaciers, volcanoes, and Iceland’s amazing landscapes on a sightseeing flight.
  • Stroll the majestic Golden Circle and learn about Iceland’s cultural connection with elves.
  • Walk across the face of a mighty glacier on a guide-assisted ice trek.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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What better way to celebrate the winter holiday than in the land of fire and ice? Join us on this Christmastime adventure that touches the natural and man-made splendor of Iceland, from sprawling glaciers and gushing geysers to ultramodern cityscapes, charming Christmas markets, and maybe even a run-in with elves. Please note, availability is limited, and booking early is recommended.

With Reykjavík as home base, the adventure begins with a half-day private tour of the Icelandic capital’s sights, including the historic town center, the stylish honeycombed-glass Harpa concert hall, and the parliament house, as well as in-depth explorations of the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum, the stunning Hallgrimskirkja cathedral, and the National Museum. Next, take to the skies on a once-in-a-lifetime “flightseeing” tour over the massive Tindfjallajökull stratovolcano and Eyjafjallajökull glacier, admiring Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. You’ll also see Þingvellir National Park, the Thórsmörk nature reserve, the golden Gullfoss waterfall, and the fabled Geysir. Later, walk among the natural wonders of the majestic Golden Circle region and visit the Elf Garden to learn about the “hidden people” that play a significant role in Icelandic folklore, particularly around the holiday season, before strolling the colorful stalls of Reykjavík’s Christmas Village in search of handmade crafts, decorations, and tasty snacks before sitting down to a traditional Icelandic dinner. Finally, head outside of the city for an immersive full-day experience at Solheimajokull, a glacial tongue descending from the enormous Mýrdalsjökull ice cap. Experienced mountain guides will instruct you in the basics of ice-trekking before leading you on a safe and easy crampon-assisted walk across the ice field before returning to the city by way of the gorgeous waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Last stop before home: the soothing waters of the famous Blue Lagoon for a refreshing farewell swim. ... Show More »

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Day 1: Reykjavik

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful, will be provided to you on your first day in destination.

Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura (4*)

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura is a newly refurbished hotel located in the beautiful surroundings of Öskjuhlíð hill and Nauthólsvík beach. The hotel is certified as a Green Hotel and operates accordingly. With birds singing just for you, and fresh ocean air all around, it’s nice to know that you’re still only a short walk from Reykjavik center. Guestrooms are tastefully decorated and with modern colors, and offer all the amenities you would expect. After a refreshing morning walk or a full day on the town, in-hotel spa awaits you to relax and unwind after an eventful day.  For dinner, the restaurant Satt offers fresh, local, organic ingredients and flavors that are as good for your soul as they are for your body.

Reykjavík Christmas Experience  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Reykjavik
Reykjavik
Reykjavík Christmas Experience  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Day 2: Reykjavik

Enjoy a half day tour visiting the most important sights of the City. You will see the old town center, the Parliament, the Cathedral, the harbor, the Pearl and Höfði house, the summit site of 1986. During the tour you will drive through Laugardalur sport and recreational area with its open-air geothermal swimming pool. At Sigtun in Laugardalur you will find the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture museum and park, dedicated to the work of the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson. The tour continues to the Pearl a glass dome constructed atop huge tanks in which natural hot water is stored for heating the city, The Pearl offers the visitor great views of the capital area and beyond. The next landmark is Hallgrimskirkja Church the largest in Iceland at 74, 5 meters high it’s one of the city’s best-known landmarks In front of the church is a stature of Leif Eriksson which was a gift from the United States commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Iceland’s parliament at Thingvellir in 930 AD. From Hallgrimskirkja you continue on to the National museum. The museum displays objects that provide insight into Icelandic cultural history. The last hour of the tour you will spend in the old city center and at Reykjavik’s spectacular coastline and harbor area. This part of the tour will give you a chance to see the colorful old wooden houses and narrow streets as well as the contrast in the new Harpa Concert Hall and the Hofdi house - venue of THE landmark “end of the cold war” meeting in 1986 between President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev. Tour includes private driver-guide for the tour and entrance fees to the Sculpture Museum, Hallgrímskirkja Church and National Museum.

Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura (4*)
Reykjavík Christmas Experience  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hallgrímskirkja Church
Hallgrímskirkja Church

Day 3: Reykjavik

Join a magnificent sightseeing flight tour over the Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers, offering a unique perspective and spectacular views. Between the ice and snowfields you will glide over 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. If conditions are not preferable to see the Northern Lights you will visit the Northern Lights Center in Reykjavik.

Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura (4*)
Reykjavík Christmas Experience  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Northern Lights
Northern Lights
Reykjavík Christmas Experience  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Landmannalaugar Landscape
Landmannalaugar Landscape

Day 4: Reykjavik

You will be met by the guide at 09.30. 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 Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO listed), 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.

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 Nordic ingredients.

Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura (4*)
Reykjavík Christmas Experience  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Geyser eruption
Geyser eruption
Reykjavík Christmas Experience  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Gullfoss Waterfall
Gullfoss Waterfall

Day 5: Reykjavik

Morning at leisure or enjoy an indulgent visit to Sóley Natura Spa at the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura (admission included).

This afternoon 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.

Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura (4*)
Reykjavík Christmas Experience  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Christmas in Reykjavik
Christmas in Reykjavik
Reykjavík Christmas Experience  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Christmas Lights
Christmas Lights

Day 6: Reykjavik

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 is ideal for the sport-minded outdoor lover, in excellent physical condition. Your experienced mountain guides will teach you how to use the basic ice equipment before setting off 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 guided bus tour, 3-3.5 hrs glacier walk, gear and safety equipment rental.

Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura (4*)
Reykjavík Christmas Experience  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sólheimajökull Glacier
Sólheimajökull Glacier

Day 7: Reykjavik

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 and towel rent included).

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

Reykjavík Christmas Experience  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura (4*): Reykjavik

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura is a newly refurbished hotel located in the beautiful surroundings of Öskjuhlíð hill and Nauthólsvík beach. The hotel is certified as a Green Hotel and operates accordingly. With birds singing just for you, and fresh ocean air all around, it’s nice to know that you’re still only a short walk from Reykjavik center. Guestrooms are tastefully decorated and with modern colors, and offer all the amenities you would expect. After a refreshing morning walk or a full day on the town, in-hotel spa awaits you to relax and unwind after an eventful day.  For dinner, the restaurant Satt offers fresh, local, organic ingredients and flavors that are as good for your soul as they are for your body.

Reykjavík Christmas Experience  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Reykjavík Christmas Experience  Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Reykjavik Natura-Restaurant
Hotel Reykjavik Natura-Restaurant

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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