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Christmas & New Year with Iceland Beyond

Written by Shellwood on 20th October 2017

Experience an enchanting Icelandic Christmas & New Year

Tailor made festive itineraries encapsulating the very best of Icelandic traditions, landmarks and the legendary Northern Lights

The festive period is a magical time to visit Iceland. Steeped in wacky and wonderful folklore and religious traditions, Icelanders go to town at Christmas and despite the shorter darker days, the country and its capital shines brighter than ever with beautiful decorations lighting up the city streets and the Northern Lights illuminating the night sky. For a cultural change of scene this year let the local experts at Iceland Beyond tailor make an authentic Icelandic itinerary for a truly memorable Christmas or New Year.

New to the UK market this year, Iceland Beyond is a boutique tour operator specialising in bespoke family and wellness holidays to Iceland. Launched by a small team of local experts with a genuine passion for all things Icelandic, great relationships with local partners and a clear focus on offering personally tailored holidays, Iceland Beyond offers a competitive service challenging the larger tour operators.

For the festive period Iceland Beyond has created two sample itineraries for Christmas and New Year encapsulating the very best of Icelandic festive traditions, landmarks and the legendary Northern Lights.


Christmas in Iceland

Experience the magical atmosphere of Christmas Eve and Christmas in Iceland, with decorative lights, garlands and ornate Christmas trees. Enjoy a private sightseeing tour around the city centre, taste delicious Icelandic Christmas specialities and learn about the 13 mischievous Yule Lads and other unique Christmas rituals in Iceland.  Enjoy a Christmas Eve dinner at a restaurant famous for its Christmas feasts. Enter the frozen realm of amazing natural beauty along the Golden Circle with time left to spare for some indulgent spa relaxation.


  • Enter into the Christmas spirit in the buzzing city of Reykjavík, decked with Christmas lights in every window
  • Experience a private walking tour around Reykjavik’s city centre, with focus on Christmas traditions
  • Hunt the Northern Lights through the vast surrounding countryside and marvel at the green hues dancing across the sky
  • Enjoy a Christmas Eve Dinner tasting Icelandic Christmas treats and specialities
  • Explore the Golden Circle’s Winter landscape, including Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss Waterfall

This four days/three nights itinerary from 23rd to 26th December costs from £735 per person based on two sharing. Including the following:

  • Three nights at a luxury hotel including breakfast
  • Admission to Soley Natura Spa at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
  • Guided Northern Lights coach tour (day 1)
  • Christmas Eve food-themed walking tour of downtown Reykjavik (day 2)
  • Traditional Christmas buffet at SATT Restaurant, Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura (day 2)
  • Guided Golden Circle coach tour on Christmas Day (day 3)

New Year´s Celebration in Reykjavík 

Reykjavik’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are legendary with festivities culminating in a series of spectacular fireworks displays. On this evening, the ban on fireworks is lifted and citizens take full advantage of the opportunity to light up the night sky with a brilliant show of blazing colours as far as the eye can see.

On a guided tour, you’ll learn about Icelandic elf folklore related to the magic of the holiday. Enjoy a hosted gala evening of music, entertainment and a buffet extravaganza, followed by a trip downtown to experience the amazing fireworks spectacle and join the festive celebrations.


  • Ring in the New Year on the biggest party night in a city renowned for its legendary nightlife
  • Indulge in artistically prepared local cuisine by award winning chefs
  • Learn about Iceland’s unique elf folklore on a guided tour of Reykjavík
  • Light off fireworks and a small bonfire, with a champagne toast to life and love
  • Mingle with the locals at a popular spot for viewing the magnificent fireworks display (for Hilton guests only)

This four day/three night itinerary from 30th December to 2nd January costs from £965 per person based on two sharing, including the following:

  • Three nights at a luxury hotel including breakfast
  • A guided walking & coach tour of folklore and New Year’s traditions
  • New Year’s Eve Four-Course Dinner with live music
  • Sparkling wine with strawberries and canapés served pre and post dinner
  • New Year’s Eve Dance in Gullteigur Festive Hall

(An upgrade version of this package available for an extra £146 per person, including a five-course Gala Dinner and Guided Bonfire tour)

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