Festive 3-Hour Christmas Walking Tour in Reykjavik

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Ægisgarður 5c, Reykjavík, Iceland
3 hours
Minimum age
1 years old


Check out Christmas in Iceland by booking a festive three-hour Christmas sightseeing tour of Reykjavik in December. Families and individuals interested in having an authentic Icelandic Christmas experience should book this winter tour to learn about old and new Christmas traditions throughout Iceland. 

You’ll meet your guide at the Reykjavik harbor, where your three-hour Christmas walking tour begins. The tour guide will show up in a traditional and national costume seen during the typical Christmas in Iceland. The center of Reykjavik will have fun twinkling Christmas lights decorating the city with beautiful ornaments, tinsel, and more.

So what do you get to experience and explore on this Christmas winter tour? You will learn about typical Icelandic Christmas traditions and Reykjavik’s architecture, history, culture, art, and cuisine. While experiencing a festive and fun Christmas in Iceland, you’ll get a better idea of Icelandic culture while sightseeing in the beautiful city.

Your knowledgeable guide will share interesting facts about Reykjavik. For example, the meaning of Reykjavik is “Smoky Bay,” which stands for the steam that rises from Iceland’s hot springs. 

Also worth noting is that the United States gifted Iceland a famous statue of Norse explorer Leif Erikson in 1930. The gift celebrated the impressive 1,000-year anniversary of Iceland’s parliament. 

It’s currently in front of Hallgrimskirkja, an impressive church and one of the iconic buildings you will visit on this tour. Hallgrimskirkja is the largest church in Iceland and the tallest structure in the country. 

Other exciting locations await on this Icelandic culture tour. You will see the oldest ruins of a Viking farm and hear a rune reading at the oldest cemetery in Reykjavik. 

You can also experience traditional treats of Iceland, like the fermented shark meat. It’s a bit chewy, and most find it foul, but some enjoy its nutty, almost sweet taste, like a mild cheese. It won’t be overly fishy but may leave a powerful aftertaste, so have some water on hand.

Of course, there’s also the traditional malt ale brought to every Christmas party in Iceland. It’s sweet, dark, and has a vague licorice taste, perfect on a cold winter night. You can also try the uniquely Icelandic dried fish appetizers to get a real taste of Reykjavik.

Lastly, you will get a nice Christmas gift from the guide to end your Christmas tour and take away a lovely memory of winter in Iceland.

Get a taste of an Icelandic Christmas by going on a three-hour Christmas tour in Reykjavik to learn about common holiday traditions, Icelandic culture, arts, history, and the city’s cuisine. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Guided tour through Reykjavik's city center decorated with Christmas fare
A bite to eat at every location you stop
Rune reading
A Christmas-themed souvenir to take home


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What to bring

Warm clothes
Comfortable walking shoes

Good to know

The Christmas tour does not take place on December 25 as the tour guides and tourists are more likely to spend time with their families on Christmas day.

A cancellation fee of 100% applies to bookings canceled 24 hours or less before the tour.

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