10-Day Christmas & New Years Vacation Package Holiday in Iceland

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Description

Summary

Tour starts
Keflavík Airport (KEF), Iceland
Starting time
Flexible
Duration
10 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport (KEF), Iceland
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
December
Minimum age
None

Description

Explore the enchanting beauty of Iceland's winter wonderland on this 10-day vacation package that immerses you in the vibrant capital city of Reykjavik and the breathtaking South Coast. This tour offers a perfect blend of urban exploration, cultural experiences, and natural wonders, all while providing the convenience of a meticulously crafted itinerary.

What sets this vacation package apart is the convenience it offers. You don't have to plan your Icelandic holiday from scratch because a group of travel experts have already done it for you, from arrival to departure.

This carefully crafted winter getaway includes eight nights of cozy accommodations in Reykjavik, giving you ample time to experience the city's charm. Additionally, you'll enjoy a two-day guided tour on the South Coast with ice caving activity and one-night countryside accommodation. Airport transfers are also provided for your convenience.

Upon booking, you'll receive a comprehensive itinerary detailing the attractions you can visit in Iceland, ensuring you get all the highlights. This contains the contact information of your personal travel agent, who is available around the clock to assist with any queries.

Reykjavik, the charming capital of Iceland, serves as your home base for most of this vacation. This city is a unique blend of modern sophistication and deep-rooted Icelandic culture. During your eight days in Reykjavik, you'll discover a city with creativity and fascinating history.

If your visit directly falls with the holiday season, you're in for a treat. Experience Reykjavik's joyous Christmas and New Year atmosphere, with the festive decorations adorning the city and locals celebrating in style.

While you have plenty of time to explore Reykjavik at your leisure, you can also choose from a wide range of optional guided activities to enhance your Icelandic experience. Many of these activities occur within the city, while others venture into the stunning Icelandic countryside.

Dive deep into Iceland's rich culture and history with options like food walking tours, beer tasting, and a hop-on-hop-off city excursion. Explore the city's vibrant museums, including FlyOver Iceland, Whales of Iceland, and the Perlan Museum, for deeper insights into the country's heritage.

For wildlife enthusiasts, horseback riding and whale-watching tours offer thrilling encounters with Iceland's diverse fauna. These activities take you up close to the country's incredible wildlife in their natural habitat.

And, of course, no winter visit to Iceland would be complete without embarking on a northern lights hunting adventure. Witnessing this mesmerizing phenomenon in a bus, super jeep, or boat is a bucket-list experience.

Beyond Reykjavik, your vacation package includes a two-day guided tour of the captivating South Coast. Here, you'll encounter some of Iceland's most iconic natural wonders, from the Skogafoss waterfall to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

A special highlight of your trip in the region is an ice caving adventure within the Vatnajokull National Park. Explore the mysterious, crystal-like chambers beneath the glacier, adding a thrilling dimension to your Icelandic journey.

If your plans change, you can cancel your reservation and receive a full refund, provided you do so at least 24 hours before your scheduled departure.

Don't miss the chance to see Iceland with the festive Yuletide season, from Reykjavik to the South Coast, on this 10-day winter vacation package. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

Airport transfer on arrival and departure
Eight nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available, with breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels — more detailed information below)
One night of accommodation in a country hotel in South Iceland (breakfast included, with private bathroom)
Two-day small-group trip to the South Coast with Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and ice caving adventure
Detailed travel itinerary
Personal travel agent
Taxes

Activities

Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Northern lights hunting
Cultural Activity
Helicopter
Ice Caving
Transfers

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The Blue Lagoon is world-famous for its milky-blue waters.

Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland with Optional Blue Lagoon

Welcome to your Yuletide season vacation in Iceland.

Your Icelandic adventure begins as you touch down at the Keflavik International Airport. Stepping off the plane, you're greeted by the cold Icelandic air, a hint of the adventures awaiting you over the next 10 days.

You'll step off your flight, collect your luggage, and then enjoy a convenient airport transfer on a spacious bus or shuttle. The short ride will take you to your destination for the day, Reykjavik, the vibrant capital of Iceland.

The journey from the airport to Reykjavik takes you through the enchanting Reykjanes Peninsula, a rugged and coastal terrain. Here, jagged lava fields and dramatic cliffs meet the mighty North Atlantic Ocean, creating a landscape of untamed beauty. It's a glimpse of Iceland's diverse landscapes that sets the tone for your upcoming exploration.

While traversing the peninsula, you'll encounter an option that's as enticing as it is famous: the Blue Lagoon.

Nestled within otherworldly lava fields, this world-renowned geothermal spa invites visitors with its milky-blue waters. If you've added a comfort or premium entrance package to your booking, you'll have the privilege of experiencing the complete indulgence of the Blue Lagoon.

The Blue Lagoon's facilities are nothing short of exceptional. You'll find a modern complex designed with relaxation and rejuvenation in mind. Luxurious amenities include spacious changing rooms, pristine showers, and luggage storage.

The star of the show, of course, is the lagoon itself. Its soothing, mineral-rich waters hover at a comfortably warm temperature, starkly contrasting the chilly air around you. As you wade into the lagoon, you'll experience the most relaxing geothermal bath experience.

There's also a swim-up bar where you can sip on a refreshing beverage while submerged in the lagoon, adding an extra layer of luxury to your experience.

If you choose to forego the Blue Lagoon for now, you can continue your journey straight to Reykjavik, the heart of Icelandic culture and history.

As your day draws to a close, you'll retire to your cozy accommodation in Reykjavik.

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Day 2
Reykjavik looks breathtaking during winter.

Day 2 - Free Day in Reykjavik Part 1 with Optional Activities

Welcome to your second day in Iceland! Today, you have the freedom to immerse yourself in the delightful city of Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital.

Reykjavik is a city that effortlessly blends natural beauty with vibrant urban life. As you step out of your cozy accommodation, you'll immediately notice the unique winter charm that envelops the city.

This vibrant city, renowned for its picturesque streets and colorful houses, takes on an enchanting allure during the winter months when snow transforms it into a real-life winter wonderland.

Wander through the heart of Reykjavik, where charming streets lined with quaint shops and vibrant houses invite you to explore their unique character. The city's compact size makes it ideal for leisurely strolls, fully allowing you to appreciate its cozy, intimate ambiance.

Reykjavik's streets come alive with the joyful spirit of the holiday season if your visit falls close to Christmas. Festive decorations adorn buildings and the warm glow of holiday lights creates a beautiful atmosphere for your exploration.

While Reykjavik's beauty is undoubtedly captivating, its cultural offerings are equally impressive. Explore this northern capital's rich heritage and creativity as you visit galleries and boutiques that showcase Icelandic artistry. Admire captivating sculptures and paintings or browse for unique, handcrafted souvenirs to commemorate your journey.

Laugavegur is the main shopping and commercial street in Reykjavik. It's a vibrant and bustling thoroughfare known for its lively atmosphere, eclectic shops, and charming cafes. Laugavegur is not only considered the heart of Reykjavik but also a must-visit destination for tourists exploring the city.

After a day of discovery and indulgence, you'll return to your comfortable accommodation in Reykjavik for a restful night's sleep, recharged and ready for the adventures that lie ahead.

If you'd like suggestions on what to explore, you can refer to your booking itinerary or contact your personal travel agent.

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Day 3
Reykjavik is known for its charming cafes.

Day 3 - Free Day in Rekjavik Part 2 with Optional Activities

Like yesterday, your day three in Iceland is easily customizable. However, we recommend you dedicate a full day to exploring the city's food culture, and you can do that on this day.

Reykjavik's food scene is a captivating fusion of traditional Icelandic flavors and international influences, making it a haven for food enthusiasts.

Start your day with a leisurely breakfast at a local cafe, where you can savor freshly baked pastries, aromatic coffee, and perhaps a hearty Icelandic skyr yogurt. Reykjavik's cafes are not just places to enjoy food but also cozy hideaways to soak in the city's atmosphere.

Although you have the freedom to explore the city's culinary offerings at your own pace, you also have the option to do it with guides and other travelers. This can be your chance to have a more informed and fun tour. There are fascinating food-related tours you can add to your itinerary today for a deeper dive into Icelandic gastronomy.

Through a food walking tour, you'll have the chance to sample traditional Icelandic dishes like lamb soup, rye bread, and fermented shark (a true delicacy for the adventurous). Along the way, you'll discover the history and stories behind these culinary traditions, gaining insight into the cultural significance of Icelandic cuisine.

For those with a passion for craft beer, Reykjavik's beer scene is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. Joining a beer-hopping tour will introduce you to the city's best microbreweries and beer bars.

You can savor a variety of locally brewed beers, each with its distinct character and flavor profile. This is an opportunity to enjoy exceptional beverages and engage with locals and fellow travelers in a lively atmosphere.

As the day transitions into evening, Reykjavik's restaurants come alive with a fusion of flavors. You can indulge in a memorable dining experience at a restaurant of your choice, whether you opt for Icelandic seafood, lamb dishes, or international cuisine. The city's culinary scene caters to all tastes and preferences.

After a day filled with culinary exploration, you'll return to your cozy accommodation in Reykjavik.

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Day 4
Kirkjufell mountain is one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland.

Day 4 - Free Day in Reykjavik Part 3 with Optional Snaefellsnes Tour

Your itinerary is again customizable on day four, but you can pack it with optional tours.

Your best option to add to your booking on this day is a guided tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, renowned for its astonishing diversity of natural wonders. This picturesque region offers a condensed showcase of the country's diverse landscapes, a reason why many refer to it as "Iceland in miniature."

With a knowledgeable local guide at the helm, you'll gain unique insights into the geology, folklore, and history of Snaefellsnes. Your guide will regale you with intriguing stories and facts as you journey through each stop.

One of the main highlights of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is the Snaefellsjokull glacier, a mystical and imposing glacier-capped volcano. The glacier is believed to hold an otherworldly energy, inspiring artists and writers for centuries like Jules Verne.

Next to see is the Budir black church, a charming testament to Iceland's architectural heritage. Surrounded by dramatic landscapes and snowy plains in winter, it offers an opportunity for quiet reflection and appreciation of its simple yet striking design.

Nearby, you'll explore Arnarstapi, a village known for its fishing culture and dramatic cliffs that meet the roaring sea. This coastal village is home to enchanting rock formations and arches, creating a captivating and otherworldly landscape.

Another peninsula highlight is Djupalonssandur, a hauntingly beautiful black pebble beach surrounded by tall cliffs and once a renowned fishing outpost. Here, you can wander among the remnants of a shipwreck as you stand on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

As you continue on the northern shores of Snaefellsnes, you'll stop at the iconic Kirkjufell mountain. Its dramatic presence has even made it a star in the popular TV series Game of Thrones. This stunning peak is a must-see and provides ample opportunities for breathtaking photos.

Depending on weather conditions, your journey may conclude in the charming town of Stykkisholmur, known for its colorful houses and picturesque harbor.

After an enriching day of exploration, you'll be dropped off in Reykjavik, where your cozy accommodation awaits.

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Day 5
The aurora borealis is a highlight of the Icelandic winter.

Day 5 - Free Day in Reykjavik Part 4 with Optional Activities

Day five offers another opportunity to explore the many wonders of Reykjavik and Iceland.

Today, you have the opportunity to connect with Iceland's mesmerizing wildlife and experience one of its most enchanting natural phenomena, the northern lights. This day offers a splendid contrast to the cultural and culinary adventures of the previous days.

Begin your day with an unforgettable whale watching excursion departing from Reykjavik's Old Harbor. Faxafloi bay, situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, is renowned for its rich marine life, making it one of the best places in the world for whale watching.

As you set sail on this adventure, keep your eyes peeled for the gentle giants of the sea. Iceland's waters are home to various species, including humpback whales, minke whales, orcas, and even the elusive blue whale. Seeing these gentle creatures in their natural habitat is an awe-inspiring experience.

The tour will be led by experienced experts and boat crew sharing their knowledge about these magnificent marine mammals. The thrill of witnessing these graceful creatures up close, breaching and diving in the icy waters, is a true highlight of any Icelandic winter visit.

As night falls, prepare for another extraordinary adventure, hunting for the mesmerizing northern lights. Iceland's prime location near the polar region makes it one of the best places on Earth to witness this celestial spectacle.

The dancing colors of green, purple, and red lights in the winter sky are a breathtaking phenomenon that promises an unforgettable experience.

You have several options to choose from for your northern lights expedition. Whether you prefer the comfort of a bus, the unique experience of a boat cruise, or the thrill of a super jeep adventure, there's a tour that suits your preferences.

After a day filled with wildlife encounters and aurora borealis sightings, return to your cozy accommodation in Reykjavik. You'll have the chance to reflect on the day's incredible experiences and perhaps share stories of your whale encounters and northern lights sightings with fellow travelers.

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Day 6
Icebergs fill up the glacier lagoon of Jokulsarlon.

Day 6 - Top Attractions of South Coast

Day six marks the beginning of an exhilarating two-day guided excursion along Iceland's legendary South Coast, a region brimming with natural marvels. This region is one of the most visited areas in Iceland because of its beautiful attractions and proximity to Reykjavik.

With anticipation building, your journey begins as you're picked up from your hotel or a designated bus stop in Reykjavik. You'll meet your friendly guide and the rest of the tour joiners here.

Your adventure continues with a visit to Seljalandsfoss, a majestic waterfall renowned for its unique viewing experience. Guests can walk behind the cascading veil of water, providing a unique and immersive perspective.

Nearby, the hidden gem of Gljufrabui awaits discovery. This lesser-known waterfall is tucked within a narrow canyon and offers an enchanting, secluded ambiance away from crowds.

As you journey along the South Coast, you'll arrive at the mighty Skogafoss waterfall. This dramatic natural wonder boasts an impressive drop of over 200 feet (60 meters), making it one of Iceland's largest waterfalls.

Your next stop is the iconic Reynisfjara beach, famed for its black sand, basalt columns, and dramatic sea stacks. Feel the raw energy of the North Atlantic Ocean as waves crash against the shore.

Reynisfjara's otherworldly landscape has inspired countless travelers and artists, and it's easy to see why.

The highlight of your South Coast adventure awaits at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, the crown jewel of the Vatnajokull National Park. Jokulsarlon boasts floating icebergs of different colors and sizes before drifting toward the sea.

After a day of exploring these South Coast treasures, you'll find yourself in the heart of Southeast Iceland, where you'll spend the night in a charming accommodation.

In addition, this region's remote and tranquil surroundings offer an excellent chance to witness the magical dance of the aurora borealis in the dark Icelandic skies.

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Day 7
Explore a rare ice cave on your December visit to Iceland.

Day 7 - South Coast with Ice Caving

Your journey through Iceland's stunning South Coast continues into its second captivating day, promising even more unforgettable experiences.

Today's highlight is an extraordinary ice caving adventure, an opportunity to venture deep into the icy heart of Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Iceland and Europe. Outside the Katla cave in Myrdalsjokull glacier, Ice caves in Iceland are only open for exploration in winter.

As you prepare to explore this frozen world, you'll receive all necessary safety equipment, including a helmet, for a secure and thrilling experience. The guide will also ensure you learn about the glacier formations as you explore them.

Your ice caving adventure begins with a descent into the glacier's crystalline depths, where you'll find yourself surrounded by intricate ice formations that seem almost otherworldly. Inside this icy wonderland, you'll discover blue hues, crystal-clear ice walls, or ice walls with black streaks influenced by Iceland's volcanic history.

If you have explored an ice cave in Iceland in the past, your experience today will remain unique because ice caves melt and freeze with the passing seasons.

After your ice caving trip, If weather conditions allow, your tour may make a stop at Diamond Beach beside Jokulsarlon. This unique stretch of coastline takes its name from the glistening icebergs that wash ashore, resembling precious gemstones adorning the black sands.

The contrast of glistening ice against the volcanic backdrop creates a mesmerizing scene perfect for photography and sightseeing.

As your day of exploration comes to an end, your experienced guide will guide you back to Reykjavik. During the return journey, you'll have the chance to see other attractions in the region, admiring the landscape through a new lens.

Tonight, you'll return to your cozy hotel in Reykjavik, where you can rest and rejuvenate for the adventures that await in the days ahead.

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Day 8
City lights make Reykjavik more scenic at night.

Day 8 - Free Day in Reykjavik Part 5 with Optional Activities

As you explore Reykjavik on this festive December day, you may find the city adorned with colorful lights and decorations, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Take a stroll through the heart of Reykjavik to fully immerse yourself in the holiday spirit.

Ingolfstorg Square, located in the city center, is a hub of holiday activity during this time of year. Here, you can wander through charming Christmas stalls, where local artisans and vendors offer unique crafts and seasonal treats.

It's a perfect opportunity to find distinctive souvenirs or gifts for loved ones back home.

One of the delights of Reykjavik during the winter months is ice skating, and you can experience it right in the heart of the city. The local ice skating rink at Ingolfstorg Square provides a fun and magical activity for visitors of all ages.

Whether you're a seasoned skater or your first time on the ice, gliding gracefully or taking your time, you'll enjoy the joyful ambiance.

Reykjavik is renowned for its vibrant cultural scene, and during December, you can discover various Christmas-themed events and performances. Check out local theaters, music venues, and galleries for special holiday exhibitions, concerts, and plays. It's a chance to appreciate the Icelandic arts and culture while celebrating the season.

Icelandic cuisine is a delightful aspect of any visit, and during the Yuletide season, you can savor traditional holiday dishes with a modern twist at Reykjavik's restaurants. Remember to try some traditional holiday treats like kleina (fried pastry), laufabraud (leaf bread), and gingerbread cookies.

In addition, you can consider adding a memorable helicopter tour to your day. Seeing Reykjavik and its surrounding landscapes from above is a breathtaking experience, made even more special in winter when the land is blanketed in pristine snow.

Soar above the city's twinkling lights and witness the unique natural beauty of Iceland's winter wonderland from a bird's-eye view.

After a day filled with holiday cheer, exploration, and perhaps a thrilling helicopter ride, you'll return to your comfortable accommodation in Reykjavik for another restful night.

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Day 9
Hallgrimskirkja church is the tallest church in Iceland.

Day 9 - Free Day in Reykjavik Part 6 with Optional Activities

Today is the penultimate day of your 10-day winter vacation package in Iceland. Although you can add optional activities today, you can focus now on visiting some of Reykjavik's top landmarks or cultural attractions.

For better access to these locations, consider adding a Reykjavik City Card or a hop-on hop-off bus tour to your booking.

Reykjavik, with its unique blend of modernity and history, offers a range of cultural and architectural gems to discover. These are bucket-list locations for anyone visiting the land of fire and ice.

One iconic landmark that should be on your list is the Hallgrimskirkja church. This striking architectural masterpiece soars into the sky with its modernist design inspired by the basalt columns of the Svartifoss waterfall.

Besides the unique facade, Hallgrimskirkja is ideal if you want to get a panoramic view of Reykjavik and the surrounding area.

Nearby, you'll find the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, an architectural marvel in Iceland. Its facade features an intricate honeycomb-like pattern made of glass panels, which beautifully reflects the surrounding landscapes and the ever-changing Icelandic weather.

If you have a chance, catch a performance or simply stroll through the halls to admire its innovative design.

Another must-visit landmark is the Sun Voyager (Solfar), an artistic sculpture along Reykjavik's scenic waterfront. This stainless steel masterpiece resembles a Viking ship and is said to represent a journey into the unknown. It's particularly captivating during the soft light of winter and offers an excellent photo opportunity.

After a day of exploration and cultural enrichment, make your way back to your cozy Reykjavik accommodation for your final night in Iceland. And, as always during the winter season in Iceland, keep an eye on the night sky for a chance to witness the awe-inspiring northern lights.

With countless memories made and Reykjavik's landmarks explored, your 10-day winter vacation in Iceland is drawing to a close. It's a time to reflect and appreciate the incredible experiences and natural wonders you've encountered on this beautiful Nordic island.

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Day 10
Spend your Christmas and New Year in the beautiful city of Reykjavik.

Day 10 - Departure Day with Optional Museum Visits

As your Christmas season vacation in Iceland draws to a close, your departure day is designed to be flexible, accommodating various flight schedules and preferences to ensure a smooth transition.

For those with early departures, it's crucial to start the day on time to catch your airport transfer. A spacious and comfortable bus will be at your service, ready to transport you from your cozy Reykjavik accommodations to the Keflavik International Airport.

If your departure is scheduled for later in the day, you have the opportunity to make the most of your remaining time in Reykjavik. During booking, you can add admission tickets to the top museums of Iceland.

Consider visiting some of Reykjavik's renowned museums to gain deeper insights into Icelandic culture and nature. The Whales of Iceland Museum is a fascinating destination showcasing the majestic marine life in Icelandic waters. Step into the world of giants and learn about these incredible creatures.

For those seeking a thrilling and immersive experience, FlyOver Iceland offers a unique and breathtaking flight simulation ride that takes you on a virtual journey across Iceland's stunning landscapes. It's a fantastic way to relive some of your favorite moments from your vacation.

Another option is the Perlan Museum, where you can explore interactive exhibits on glaciers, volcanoes, and the wonders of the natural world. The museum's observation deck also provides a splendid view of Reykjavik and its surroundings.

Alternatively, you can visit the Sky Lagoon if you wish to indulge in one more geothermal bathing experience before departing. This enchanting destination allows you to soak in the warm, soothing waters while gazing at the stunning Icelandic landscape.

As your Christmas season vacation in Iceland comes to an end, remember that this captivating land of fire and ice will always be here to welcome you back. Safe travels, and see you on your next Icelandic adventure.

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What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothes
Sturdy hiking shoes
Hat, gloves, and scarf
Swimwear and towel
Camera
Refillable water bottle

Good to know

The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and, therefore, cannot be guaranteed. This itinerary is designed to maximize your chances to see them if the weather allows.

In the event of extreme weather, certain activities may be canceled at short notice. If your chosen activity is canceled, you can contact your personal travel agent to help you with rearranging your activity or booking another. Any potential price difference will be refunded to you.

Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the winter. We recommend bringing shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers, which you can purchase in many supermarkets and gas stations around Iceland.

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