Wrap yourself up warm and walk through the christmas markets in Iceland. We've compiled a list of the top best markets.
Wrap yourself up warm and walk through the christmas markets in Iceland. There are several christmas markets one can visit. In Reykjavik the streets transform into a festive wonderland, with Christmas trees and lights and there are several Christmas markets to get you into the Christmas spirit offering Christmas magic for everyone.
Yule Town at Ingólfstorg
Yuletide under the stars. And when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true – at least when you are in Reykjavik in the run up to Christmas. Yule Town in Reykjavík consists of small and beautiful Christmas houses placed on Ingólfstorg in mid-December. There are wide selection of gifts, Christmas decorations, delicious food and all kinds of entertainment. Treat yourself to a magical Christmas atmosphere while exploring the city center.
Jólakrás Street Food Christmas Market
The street food market “Jólakrás” is held the weekend before Christmas in Fogetagarðurinn, a central square in Reykjavik. It is a collaboration of Reykjavík’s finest restaurateurs coming together, creating their version of fine dining street food but now with the Christmas-themed street food.
The Christmas Market at Hjartagarður
At the heart of downtown Reykjavík the Christmas Market at Hjartagarður, at Laugavegur 19, provides you with the christmas spirit. At the market you can find handmade Icelandic products, foods, and other products while enjoying live christmas music.
Opening hours: December 13-14 from 16:00 - 22:00; 15-16 from 13:00 - 22:00; 20-21 from 16:00 - 22:00 and December 22-23 from 13:00 - 22:00.
The Christmas Village - Hafnarfjörður
It is very christmassy to visit the Christmas Village in the town in the lava. The market has to offers live entertainment every day at opening hours and one can buy beautiful handcrafted items and homemade Icelandic delicacies. The Icelandic Santa Clauses, or Yule Lads, often make appearances too. Warm yourself with a cup of wine and take your time picking out that perfect Icelandic design gift or decoration to take home. The market is open every weekend in December.
Christmas market by the lake Elliðaárvatn in Heiðmörk
The annual Crafts & Design Christmas market and the Christmas tree sale in Heiðmörk woods, located on the outskirts of Reykjavík, will be open every weekend in December from 12:00 – 17.00. There will be readings and concerts at the cafeteria every day, with accordion players and choirs. One of the Yule Lads might even stop by!
The Christmas tree sale is sustainable and eco-friendly as for each tree that is sold, 50 new ones are planted. This is conducted by the Reykjavík Forest Service.
Christmas at Árbær Open Air Museum
If you want to see how Icelanders used to celebrate Christmas in the old times this Árbær Open Air Museum is a great place to visit. The museum offers a great programme of events for the whole family. There'll be traditional activities such as singing popular songs and dancing around the Christmas tree, and those naughty Christmas Lads will be out and about too.
Christmas in Laugardalur Valley
In December, the whole family can have fun together in Laugardalur Christmas Valley and you might run into the Yule Cat, "Jólakötturinn" one of many Icelandic Christmas Creatures. The garden is beautifully decorated with lights, both outdoors and inside the display greenhouse and gazebo and sets the right mood for the holiday season in Reykjavík Family Park.
You can stop by Flóran Café for a cup of hot chocolate, or go for a nice swim in Laugardalslaug thermal-pool. Flóran Café has a Christmas buffet until Christmas, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
A foodie Christmas Markets
Hlemmur Mathöll - Hlemmur Food Hall
This wonderful Food Hall just opened in August 2017 and it is indoor with multiple restaurants, Café, bakery and ice-cream shop. Hlemmur Food Hall is inspired by the great European food halls and is a great place to visit if you are up for a quick lunch or dinner or just warm cup of coffee.
Grandi Mathöll - Grandi Food Hall
Grandi Mathöll is a pioneering street food hall in Reykjavik, there is only one of its kind in Iceland.
The food hall is located in a refurbished fish factory in the Grandi Harbor District downtown Reykjavik.
Christmas markets around Iceland
In most of the towns and villages all around Iceland the locals have Christmas markets. It is worth to explore this options if you happen to be travelling outside Reykjavik during this time.
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