Christmas in Iceland


Christmas in Iceland

Information about Christmas in Iceland

Christmas Markets in Iceland 2022

Christmas markets are known from the Late Middle Ages in the German-speaking part of Europe according to Wikipedia and traditionally take place during the four weeks of Advent. They are often held in the town square and offer food, drink and seasonal items in open-air stalls, sometimes with traditional singing and dancing. In Iceland, Christmas […]

Traditional Icelandic Christmas Food

There are several food items that could be described as indispensable for Christmas in Iceland. Food is a significant part of Christmas celebrations all over the world and Iceland is no exception. Every country has its own tradition and while trends and fashions can influence what families eat each year, there are some foodstuffs that […]

Reykjavík Christmas Markets 2022

Each December, Reykjavík is transformed into a magical Christmas city. There are fun Christmas events and Christmas tours involving everything from culture to food, horseback riding to sailing, and singing to shopping all over the city, but some places are even more festive than others. Check out all the festive areas in the city and partake in our holiday joy.

The Last Day of Christmas – Þrettándinn

In Iceland, Christmas lasts for 13 days. But even here, Christmas has to end sometime. The last day of Christmas is known as Þrettándinn. Þrettándinn literally translates as “The Thirteenth” but is more commonly known as Twelfth Night in the English-speaking world. Since Christmas starts on December 24 in Iceland, it’s called Thirteenth Night instead […]

Merry Christmas – But Watch Out for Grýla!

Christmas in Iceland wouldn’t be the same without two enormous, terrible trolls, Grýla and Leppalúði. Grýla is the mother of Iceland’s 13 Yule Lads, and Leppalúði is her third husband. They live in their cave in the Dimmuborgir lava fields in North Iceland. Leppalúði is lazy and doesn’t like leaving their cave. When it comes to Grýla, on the other hand, it is a different story…

The What’s On December 2021 Checklist

December is a great month to visit Iceland. Even though it’s dark outside, it’s warm and cosy inside, and it’s Christmas! Plus, there are plenty of cool events going on. Here are some ideas on how to spend this December in Iceland.

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Christmas is great; some people even say it’s the best. But when Christmas Eve has come and gone, and you’ve been to all the family parties, eaten all the cookies and opened all the presents, what’s there to look forward to? New Year’s Eve, that’s what. Luckily, there is no need to despair on December 27. New Year’s is still to come! If you like lighting fires, this evening can be just as fun as Christmas, but on a completely different level.

How to Celebrate Christmas – the Icelandic Christmas Calendar

Christmas is celebrated big in Iceland. From December 12, the Yule Lads start arriving from the mountains one by one. Children get a small in their shoe every day until Christmas. But that’s not the only Christmas custom, the days surrounding Christmas are filled with activities, Christmas markets, and traditions. Let us tell you more about Icelandic Christmas traditions with this Icelandic Christmas calendar.

The Icelandic Christmas Cat Wants to Eat You

The Icelandic Christmas Cat, Yule Cat, or Jólakötturinn, is probably Iceland’s most famous cat. It is the pet of child-eating monster Grýla and her husband Leppalúði. They are the parents of the 13 Icelandic Yule Lads.

This Year’s Best Christmas Tours in Reykjavík

Isn’t Christmas the best time of year? You’re lucky to spend Christmas in Reykjavík, because the city turns into a Christmassy winter wonderland every year, with twinkling lights and Christmas decorations everywhere, a good chance of snow, and the Yule Lads walking around town. To top this all, there are a couple wonderful seasonal tours. Read all about Christmas tours departing from Reykjavík in this article.

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