Christmastime is a wonderful time to visit Iceland. Even though it’s dark outside, the streets are amply decorated and inside shops and cafés it’s cosy. Do you want to immerse yourself in local Christmas and New Year’s traditions during your stay in Iceland? Then join one of the following Christmas and New Year’s Eve tours.
Reykjavík Christmas Walk
Do you want to know more about Icelandic Christmas? Then going on a Christmas Walk through Reykjavík is the thing for you. This cultural walking tour of Reykjavík will get you into the Christmas mood in no time. You will get a unique insight into Icelandic Christmas traditions, while at the same time hear more about Reykjavík’s history, art, architecture, and cuisine. Short stops to sample food and drinks at local restaurants are included, as well as a small Christmas gift.
Bonfires are a big part of the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Iceland. In Reykjavík, there are bonfires all around the city. Locals flock to these fires to burn away the old year, celebrate, and sing together. It’s a happy family event. You can join these bonfires by going on the Bonfire Tour. A fun way to get to know local traditions. This tour is only available on New Year’s Eve. Sparklers included!
Book your bonfire tour here.
New Year’s Fireworks Cruise
Enjoy Reykjavík’s spectacular, world-famous fireworks from first class seats by going on a fireworks cruise. The comfortable vessel leaves Reykjavík Harbour at 23:00 and returns back to shore around 00:30. The view over the city from sea is impressive and gives you the chance to see how all corners of the city light up. While watching the fireworks, you will get a complimentary glass of champagne, so you can toast to the new year at midnight.
Read more about New Year’s Eve in Iceland here.
Magic & Mystery at New Year
During the Magic & Mystery tour on December 31, you will explore Icelandic traditions and folklore connected to New Year’s Eve. There will be a stop at a fireworks sales location of the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue, so you can stock up for New Year’s Eve. You will also visit the old cemetery of Reykjavík and explore a place where elves are said to live. At the end of the tour, a small bonfire is lit, and you burn away the passing year. Sparkling wine, fireworks, sparklers, and a small gift included.