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.
Ice-skating at Ingólfstorg Square
Where: Ingólfstorg – Central Reykjavík
When: Open every day in December from 12:00-22:00
Admission: Free if you bring your own ice skates
Nova has yet again joined forces with the city of Reykjavík to open an ice-skating rink on Ingólfstorg square. 100,000 light bulbs light up the beautiful square all through December. In addition to the Ingólfstorg ice-skating rink, a Christmas market will be also located at Ingólfstorg square surrounding the ice rink and down to Austurstræti street, where both refreshments and merchandise will be for sale. Helmets and skates can be rented on-site.
Hafnarfjörður Christmas Village
Where: Hafnarfjörður, 20 min. from downtown Reykjavík with bus no. 1
When: Weekends until Christmas from 13:00 to 18:00. Open until 22:00 on December 23
The whole town centre of Hafnarfjörður becomes one big Christmas Village during the Advent season. Hafnarfjörður residents and local companies will participate in making this year’s Christmas Village the biggest one yet. Thorsplan plaza is transformed into a Christmas market selling everything from Icelandic design and crafts to snacks and hot drinks, there will be plenty of concerts and events, and people will be able to take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. A new addition this year is an ice-skating rink. Fun for all ages guaranteed. Find more information at www.jolathorpid.is.
Christmas Market at Elliðavatn
Where: Elliðavatn, 25 min. drive from downtown Reykjavík
When: Every weekend during Advent from 12:00-17:00
The annual Crafts & Design Christmas market and the Christmas tree sale in Heiðmörk woods, located on the outskirts of Reykjavík, will be open every weekend until Christmas, from 12:00 to 17:00. The Christmas trees are beautiful and Icelandic-grown but even if you’re not there to get a tree, there’s plenty of activities. You can take a stroll around the arts and crafts market and the kids can watch the campfire and meet the Icelandic Yule Lads. If it gets cold, you can always head to the café for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
Christmas Market at Hjartatorg square
Where: Hjartatorg square – Central Reykjavík
When: Weekends 13:00-22:00, weekdays 16:00-22:00
The Christmas market at Hjartagarður square is a classic Christmas market following the European tradition. Handicrafts, delicacies, knick-knacks, and hot chocolate are sold by a diverse selection of retailers. The goods will be sold from small wooden houses and Christmas decorations and lights everywhere will ensure the Christmas spirit is all around. And who knows, maybe Santa Claus, Grýla, and Leppalúði will also stop by!