Reykjavík is a wonderful city to visit during Christmastime. Even though December is one of the darkest months in Iceland, the city lights up with Christmas lights and you can see Christmas decorations everywhere. As a bonus, there are a couple cosy Christmas markets in Reykjavík you can visit from the end of November till the end of December.
Reykjavík Christmas Market: Yule Town
In downtown Reykjavík, a small Christmas market is set up on Ingólfstorg square during Advent. You will be able to sample and buy local delicacies and arts and crafts. Designers and craftsmen will set up their booths, and the Icelandic Yule Lads and their father Leppalúði and will make their appearance at the market. Also, next to the market a small ice rink with ice skate rental is set up. Show off your ice-skating skills on the ice, and then warm up with a cup of hot cocoa.
Christmas Village in Hafnarfjörður
Every year, from the end of November until Christmas, the downtown area of Hafnarfjörður turns into a lovely Christmas village. Local children are in charge of decorating the area, and schools create a programme of songs and theatre. Street vendors are selling handcrafted items, Icelandic delicacies, and drinks. This Christmas market is open every weekend until Christmas.
Christmas Market in Heiðmörk Forest
Located on the outskirts of Reykjavík, you find Heiðmörk, a popular recreational area. One month before Christmas, a crafts and design Christmas market is opened there during the weekends. Local vendors sell mainly handcrafted items. Small bonfires are lit on the market, there is live music, and people read Christmas stories. The Icelandic Yule Lads make their appearance, and it’s also the number one spot to buy Christmas trees.
Christmas at Árbær Open Air Museum
In December, Árbær Open Air Museum is the centre of Christmas celebrations. Activities take place in every corner of the museum, like singing Christmas carols, dancing around the Christmas tree, and visits from the Yule Lads. Also, lots of special activities will be organised, like making traditional Icelandic Christmas decorations, decorating and baking laufabrauð (a crispy, deep-fried cracker), candle making, wood whittling, spinning yarn and knitting. Also, it will be possible to taste hangikjöt (smoked lamb) and fermented skate. Head to Árbær for a cosy and cheerful holiday celebration.