Don´t you just love the Christmas time? When the snow has started to fall, and the sparkling lights and decorations lit up the streets in the city. Here are 12 things for you to do during Christmas time in Reykjavik.

 
(Article updated 26. November 2019) 
 
 
Are you one of those crazy persons that are dreaming of travelling to Iceland? If so, then you should make that dream come true. And even consider spending the Christmas in Iceland? Cool huh?
 
 

Here are 12 things for you to do over Christmas in Reykjavik.

 
Traditional Old Icelandic Christmas come to life

Have you ever wondered how Christmas was celebrated in the old days in Iceland? Well at the Árbær Open Air Museum you can immerse yourself in the sights, smells and sounds of a traditional Icelandic Christmas. You will f.ex. get the opportunity to experience the preparation of traditional Icelandic Christmas food and crafts and to meet the traditional Icelandic Santa Clauses (Yule Lads). You can as well buy some traditional Christmas sweets in the General Store and enjoy hot chocolate at the Museum’s coffee shop.

 
The Hunt for the Christmas Creatures
It is a fun Icelandic game for the whole family. Thirteen Christmas Creatures or the Icelandic Yule Lads have taken up residence in and around various places in Reykjavík, including the city center. The game, which is set-up as a treasure hunt, invites participants to hunt for the Christmas Creatures and answer a few simple Creature related questions. If you are travelling with children there is an option to visit the National Museum in Reykjavik from 12th to the 24th of December where you can see the Yule Lads dressed in their traditional costumes, singing, dancing and performing.
 
 
 
Ice skating in Reykjavík?
Oh yes, you can do that. The square of Ingólfstorg has been lit up with Christmassy lights and you can skate like a champion in the lovely city center in December. Also, there is the Pond, Tjörnin, next to the City Hall. If the temperature is below freezing, the lake transforms into an outdoor ice rink.
 
 
Make Icelandic friends in the thermal pools
Icelander have adapted to the long and dark winter nights and they seek energy from the geothermal pools. Try one of the outdoor swimming pools and immerse yourself in the hot geothermal waters. The pools are warm and cozy, and this is the chance to meet the locals and get to know the Icelanders. Are they really Vikings?
 
 
Christmas in the Laugardalur valley in Reykjavik 
The Laugardalur valley in Reykjavik is a great Christmas thing to visit for families during December.  You can visit the Reykjavik Family Park and Zoo where you can pet and make friends with all the Icelandic farm animals. There are several wild species such as reindeer, seals and arctic foxes. It also has a selection of birds, such as hens and pigeons and a small exhibition of foreign reptiles. There are lots of other attractions for children in the recreation park such as a carousel, a train, boats on water, segways and other fun things to do.
If you love ice-skating then the Skautahöll skating rink in the Laugardalur valley is the place for you. It is suited for ice-hockey and figure skating. You can rent equipment for ice skating and go wild in disco lights on the ice.
In the valley you can also find the Botanical Garden, in Laugardalur valley, right next to the Laugardalslaug geothermal swimming pool, turns into a real Christmas adventure in the month of December. The garden is decorated with lights and can easily get you into the festive Christmas mood. Flóran Café is located there and open every weekend during 26 November – 18 December between 11:00-17:00. 
There is also a fantastic HI Hostel in the Laugardalur, Reykjavik City HI Hostel.
 
 
The Children’s’ Christmas Workshop
Iceland is a family friendly place and visiting the Christmas Workshop in Reykjavík City Hall is something all children will enjoy. Families can sit down and create their own Christmas decorations or explore the Christmas Cave.  
 
 
Holiday spirit at Loft Hostel
Get involved in the cosy holiday spirit at Loft Hostel in downtown Reykjavik. If you are interested in decorating ginger bread, listen to life music, join a game night or yoga where you can just stretch and feel zen during the holiday season. And it is free entry to all events!
 
 
Hunt for the Northern Lights
If you are lucky and the weather is in your favour, you are in a good chance of seeing the northern lights. You can find couple of tours to explore the norhtern Light on this page. All tours that we hightly reccommend.
 
 
Golden Circle - A must thing to do
The Golden Circle consist of visit to the Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area and Gullfoss Waterfall. These are all natureal wonders. This tours can take more than 8 hours in wintertime and you can book it here.
 
 
 
Wrap yourself up warm and walk through the christmas markets in Iceland. There are several christmas markets one can visit.
 
 
You have the option to learn how to cook Icelandic fish and lamb will the Icelandic way like the locals. There is an hands-on cooking class in Reykjavik where you cook a 3 course lunch and then relax and enjoy the results with a glass of wine!
 
 
Are you one of many that love drinking beer and try local beers? Well, then this is perfect for you. This popular tour is based at Bryggjan Brugghús in the heart of Reykjavík Old Harbour and is perfect for foodies and beer nerds, not to mention those wanting to learn a little more about Icelandic culture, customs and current affairs.
 
 
We wish you a happy and warm hostelling time.