Reykjavik: Magical Christmas and New Year Destination

With city breaks to Reykjavik becoming more affordable since the downturn in Iceland’s economy, now is an ideal time to visit the country for a holiday. Reykjavik is becoming more and more popular and a magical time to visit the city is around Christmas and New Year. Iceland celebrates Christmas on a grand scale, so there are numerous events to enjoy as part of your Reykjavik holidays. 

The ‘Let’s Talk Christmas’ Show 

One not to miss if you are taking children with you on Reykjavik holidays is the ‘Let’s Talk Christmas’ show. The musical play runs every day in December and is based on a folk tale about thirteen boisterous Yule Lads and their mother, Grýla. 

You are likely to hear about the Yule Lads several times during a festive holiday in Reykjavik. They are naughty mountain trolls that create mischief and fun around the neighbourhood for the thirteen days leading up to Christmas. Grýla narrates the story of her troll sons and describes the history of Christmas in Iceland. If you are lucky, you may leave the show with a little surprise gift that you can take home as a keepsake of your festive Reykjavik holidays. 

Christmas Village in Hafnarfjördur 

If the idea of millions of multicoloured Christmas lights twinkling against snow topped town houses sounds appealing, then your city break to Reykjavik would be incomplete without paying this wonder a visit. 

Just twenty minutes from the city, the Christmas Village in Hafnarfjördur is another ‘must see’ for a festive holiday in Reykjavik. The charming gift shops provide an opportunity for some last minute Christmas shopping, and you can sample delicious traditional handmade Icelandic nibbles while watching the village’s entertaining musicians and performers. The children will love discovering the hidden communities of Christmas elves as well as experiencing Viking banquets and horse riding. 

The Christmas Village, which is surrounded by a lava landscape, is open to visitors on weekends leading up to Christmas. 

Dog Sledding 

Dog sledding is a truly magical experience that you can enjoy all year round on holiday in Iceland. It is a unique adventure and a great way to see the sights. The best season for sledding is winter when the snow is better. The trip can last up to nine hours and you will need to wrap up warm. You can book the excursion prior to your Reykjavik holidays or while you are actually on your city break in Reykjavik. The dog sleds move surprisingly fast but, if you’re looking for a more adrenaline fuelled experience, skidoo excursions are also popular ways of exploring Iceland’s dynamic landscape. 

New Year Celebrations 

If you are on holiday in Reykjavik over New Year then why not join the locals at one of the many public bonfires? You can look up into the clear Arctic sky and experience colourful fireworks all over the city. But Iceland is famous for natural fireworks too. When on your New Year city break to Reykjavik, why not choose an excursion to see the fabulous Northern Lights within just a few hours drive of the city.