Three-Course Home Cooked Christmas Dinner in Hafnarfjordur

Three-Course Home Cooked Christmas Dinner in Hafnarfjordur
Winter embracing a house in Hafnarfjörður.
Candles lit for Christmas at a house in Hafnarfjörður.
A Christmas Tree in Hafnarfjörður.
The Yule Lads are Iceland's idea of Santa.
Christmas in Iceland is best learnt about from locals.
Enjoy a heartening Christmas meal at a home in Hafnarfjörður.

Enjoy a traditional Icelandic Christmas dinner in the home of a local in the town of Hafnarfjörður. This experience should not be missed by those who want to learn about this nation’s Yuletide culture, nor those who want to make the very most of the happiest time of year.

Christmas is a beautiful festival in Iceland, with the snow and ice creating a winter wonderland and the long nights brightened by colourful lights. What makes it even better is the traditional cuisine and the associating culture of storytelling and folklore.

You’ll arrive at the house of your friendly host in the evening for a three-course dinner and a night of fascinating conversation. You’ll get to taste how, in spite of being a barren island, Icelanders managed to pull together every resource they had to make an array of unique and festive dishes.

You’ll also get to hear how Christmas here differs from the rest of the world. Take, for example, the friendly Santa Claus known around much of the west. Icelanders never celebrated him; instead, they feared the thirteen Yule Lads, who would descend from the mountains one by one on the days leading up to the 24th.

These Yule Lads were filthy, mischievous trolls, each with a unique way of inspiring fear. Some, such as Spoon Licker, were simply disgusting, while others, such as Window Peeper, were rather terrifying.

Their mother, Gryla, was worse than all of them combined, with her taste for the flesh of children. Her huge Christmas Cat had the same appetite, but only went for the young ones who got no clothes as presents. This story likely developed as a way to motivate children into finishing their sewing before the season.

The fact that this delicious meal is enjoyed in Hafnarfjörður will help add to the intrigue of Iceland’s folklore. Often called ‘the Town of Elves’, this settlement has many sites said to conceal the country’s Hidden People, has long held onto its belief in Iceland’s mystery, and is surrounded in lava fields, the caves of which are said to have once held trolls.

After enjoying three sensational courses, you’ll get to open and take home a surprise present under the Christmas tree, and enjoy some Icelandic festive music.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy a traditional Christmas meal in Iceland with a local. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: December
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Activities: Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Hafnarfjörður
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 17:00.

Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure.
  • A welcoming drink

  • 3 course Christmas dinner and drinks

  • Christmas music and storytelling

  • Christmas present

  • Pick up

What to bring:
  • Your festive spirit!

Good to know:

Please inform of any allergies or dietary requirements (vegan, vegetarian) when booking so your needs can be accommodated.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - A traditional Icelandic Christmas evening

Three-Course Home Cooked Christmas Dinner in Hafnarfjordur

This Christmas holiday you will get a unique chance to celebrate and experience Christmas eve in a traditional Icelandic way in a private home in Hafnarfjörður, the town in the lava.

I will invite a small group, up to 10 people to my living room this Christmas. I will give you a welcoming drink upon arrival and we will listen to the church bells "ring in Christmas eve". Some Icelanders do enter the church but other are listening to the church bells on the radio at 6 PM og wish each other Merry Christmas. I will serve you three course Christmas dinner and drinks, Christmas trees and decorations, music and storytelling.

We will talk about Icelandic Christmas in the old days, the 13 Yule lads, their awful mother and her lazy husband, Elfs and hidden people. In my hometown we have the most dense population of Elfs in Iceland, also known as the town of the Elfs and actually the town of the Vikings, as well. Further you will hear about how the Icelanders have dealt with extreme nature forces through the centuries and of course we will also focus on the modern society in Iceland.

After the dinner it will be about time to open the presents that will be there for you under the Christmas tree.

I will do my best to make this evening "a enchanting, once in a lifetime experience".

I wish you welcome and please feel like home away from home.

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