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Reykjavik Christmas Special

5 days
4 nights

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Per Person :

Christmas Season Experience(Dec. 12, 19
$ 1,330.00 (double occupancy)
$ 1,785.00 (single occupancy)
$ 1,365.00 (Triple*)
Celebrate Christmas in Iceland(Dec. 23
$ 1,425.00 (double occupancy)
$ 1,895.00 (single occupancy)
$ 1,465.00 (Triple*)

*Please note hotel rooms in Iceland are often smaller in size when compared to hotel rooms in countries such as the USA or Canada, and triple rooms will often be a double room with an extra bed with limited space in the room.

Children 6-11 years old travelling with 2 adults and sharing 1 DBL room: 25% discount (valid only per 1 child).
Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.

Dates:

Dec 12, 2019 - Dec 16, 2019 
Dec 19, 2019 - Dec 23, 2019 
Dec 23, 2019 - Dec 27, 2019 

Hotels:

Day 1 -  Day 4:  CenterHotel Midgardur

This tour stays in comfort hotels with private bathrooms, generally a mix of four and three star hotels.  Most of the groups stay at the following hotels.  Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

Included:

Christmas Season Experience Version (Dec. 12, 19)

  • Information meeting on your arrival day
  • Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 4
  • Expert local English speaking guide from day 2 to day 4
  • Free Wi-Fi on board motor coach
  • Accommodation 4 nights in a standard room with facilities in Reykjavik
  • Icelandic breakfast (except arrival day)***
  • Guided Christmas themed Walking Tour of Reykjavik, including taste of traditional foods (day 2)
  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon, including towel rental, face mask and one drink (Day 2)
  • Guided Glacial Snowmobile Tour (2 people per vehicle), including use of insulated cover-all, helmet and balaclava face mask (Day 4)
  • Use of crampons/cleats (if needed) for walking on snow/ice covered surfaces
  • Great photo stops
  • Seat rotation during the tour
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland

 ***Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight

Celebrate Christmas in Iceland version (Dec. 23)

  • Information meeting on your arrival day
  • Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 4
  • Expert local English speaking guide from day 2 to day 4
  • Free Wi-Fi on board motor coach
  • Accommodation 4 nights in a standard room with facilities in Reykjavik
  • 4 Icelandic breakfasts (buffet-style)
  • Guided Walking Tour of Reykjavik, including taste of traditional foods (Day 2)
  • Guided Glacial Snowmobile Tour (2 people per vehicle), including use of insulated cover-all, helmet and balaclava face mask (day 3)
  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon, including towel rental, face mask and one drink (Day 4)
  • Great photo stops
  • Seat rotation during the tour
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland

Not Included (All Versions):

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (rentals available)
  • Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

 

 

Highlights & Experience:

  • Admire Reykjavik city, decked with Christmas lights in every window
  • Take part in the traditions and festivities associated with the Christmas season
  • Discover the history and modern life of Reykjavik on a specially-guided walking tour around Reykjavik’s Old Town area, with a focus on Christmas traditions
  • Taste Icelandic Christmas treats and specialities
  • Stay in a hotel known for its great holiday ambience during the Christmas season
  • Explore the Golden Circle’s winter landscape, including Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss Waterfall
  • See the amazing South Shore waterfalls, black sand beaches and glaciers in a beautiful winter setting
  • Feel the adrenaline rush of a snowmobile ride on a glacier
  • Relax in the brilliant azure waters of the Blue Lagoon

Itinerary:

Did you know Iceland‘s Christmas season lasts from mid-December to early January? (But technically the décor and lights go up in November!) It’s a festive and cozy atmosphere to be enjoyed with loved ones, so get some family or friends together and meet in Iceland to celebrate the season!  Enjoy a Christmas-themed city walk, taste holiday specialties, go ice skating with a cup of hot cocoa, and partake in unique local holiday traditions. Your unforgettable holiday experience includes winter wonderland experiences like the Golden Circle, the Blue Lagoon and an exhilarating glacier snowmobile ride. Two versions available. 

Day 1  : Arrival

Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavik before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard “Reykjavik Christmas Special” itinerary.

Upon arrival, head through passport control, collect your bags and go through customs to the Arrival Hall. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

Depending on your arrival time in Iceland, you might consider a visit to the Blue Lagoon on your into Reykjavik. The Blue Lagoon entrance must be booked in advance, and we can assist with that.

Once in Reykjavik, check into your hotel. If you arrive early in the day, you might want to explore Reykjavik’s old town area, location of many museums and galleries. You might also enjoy visiting one of the city’s outdoor geothermal swimming pools where you can shake off your jetlag. In the after-noon you could take one of our day tours, such as whale watching or horseback riding, both bringing you close to Iceland’s nature and landscape.

Tonight there is an information session at the hotel at 18:00 (6:00pm), where you’ll meet your guide and fellow participants and go over the itinerary for the next few days.

Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dining a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital. Perhaps you’ll opt to go on a northern lights tour later this evening? Several excursions are available, and we can help you booking a trip.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik.

Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm).

Day 2  : Christmas Season in Reykjavik & Blue Lagoon Visit

Breakfast at the hotel. You’ll be transferred to the Old Town area of Reykjavik where you’ll meet your guide. Enjoy a guided Christmas-themed walking and tasting tour of downtown Reykjavik. What better way to get into the spirit of the season than strolling around the city and visiting several unique restaurants with a fun & knowledgeable local guide by your side?

During this Reykjavik Christmas experience, you’ll gain insight into Icelandic holiday traditions old and new, as well the history, art, architecture, culture and cuisine of the capital city. Wander through the beautifully-decorated city center, twinkling with festive holiday lights. The tour ends in Reykjavik around noon, where you’ll have free time to enjoy the city’s ambience as you please. Why not try ice skating on Ingolfstorg square to holiday tunes or browse the kiosks downtown while sipping a mug of hot cocoa or mulled wine? Transfer back to the hotel on your own.

Later this afternoon, you’ll visit the Blue Lagoon, the world-famous geothermal lake surrounded by lava fields. At this time of the day, it is especially beautiful with the dark skies and the festive lighting that makes the Blue Lagoon so luminous.

Overnight again in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own. Many restaurants offer Christmas specialties, and it is fun to check them out.

Celebrate Christmas Departure: For the 23rd of December departure, you will take the walking tour today as above, but the Blue Lagoon visit will be on day 4 (26 December). The CenterHotel Midgardur offers an excellent Christmas menu, and there are holiday options in other restaurants in the area. You should make reservations for Christmas dinner in advance, as space may be limited.

Overnight again in Reykjavik.

Options: Experience Reykjavík - Christmas Themed Walking Tour - Tasty stops at Unique Restaurants- Geothermal Lagoon
Day 3  : Golden Circle Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will meet you at 09:30 (9:30am). Today you will experience the trio of natural wonders along the Golden Circle route in South Iceland, a true winter wonderland. Highlights include the breath taking Gullfoss waterfall, which is often frozen mid-cascade during winter; the active Geysir geothermal area of hot springs spouting geysers and bubbling mud pots; and Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Iceland's greatest historical site. Thingvellir is an important geological site; this is where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet and you can walk in a canyon that divides the two continents.

Overnight again in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.

Celebrate Christmas Departure: For the 23rd of December departure, you will do the Golden Circle Tour and the Blue Lagoon visit on Day 4 of your trip (26 December).

Options: Golden Waterfall - High Spouting Geyser – Walk between two continents
Day 4  : South Shore Adventure and Glacier Snowmobiling

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you’ll travel along the South Shore, a gorgeous region to experience in the light and shadows of winter. Visit two waterfalls iconic to this region. Seljalandsfoss is a ribbon-like plume dropping off a cliff. You can walk behind the falls if trails conditions allow for it. Skogafoss is one of Iceland’s most photographed falls and is said to hide buried treasure from the Middle Ages.

If the skies are clear, you´ll be able to see two famous volcanoes: beautiful Mount Hekla and the glacier-crowned Eyjafjallajokull. You might even glimpse the Westman Islands off Iceland’s coast.

Near the village of Vik is the black sand beach of Reynisfjara with its basalt formations and powerfully thundering Atlantic waves. Near Vik is also the Mydalsjokull glacier, where you’ll take an amazing snowmobile trip in a world of ice. It’s a true adrenaline-pumping experience to fly across the glacier on a snowmobile with views far across the horizon.

Return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon where the evening is yours to enjoy the Christmas feeling of the city

Overnight in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.

Options: Winter Wonderland - Amazing Waterfalls – Black Sand Beach - Snowmobile adventure
Day 5  : Departure

Breakfast at your hotel.  Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight.   It’s time to say farewell to Iceland.  Transfer to the international airport for your departure flight.  Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.  We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight.

Notes:

Maximum group size: 26 participants.

Important: A valid driver’s license from the US, Canada or the European Economic Area is required to operate snowmobiles. A license from other countries can be used if it a) has a valid license number, b) the license holder’s photograph, c) is printed in Latin alphabet characters and d) is valid at the time of travel. Otherwise an international driver’s license is required.

Note: We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice, due to road conditions

What to bring: We suggest bringing some dress clothes for dining at restaurants on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Icelanders enjoy dressing up on these days when they go out to eat

Minimum age: 6 years. We do not recommend escorted tours for children 5 years old and younger.