A recent study collected by MORI clams that four out of five adults deem the Christmas period to be stressful. However, Iceland’s distinctive landscape and distinct tradition provides the ample relaxation you need over the festive period.
On November 29th, the locals invite you to partake in the annual lighting of the ‘Oslo tree’ within the heart of Reykjavik city. For more than half a century, families have gathered together in Austurvollur Square to celebrate this joyous occasion with traditional singing and other various festivities; all to commemorate the merriment of Christmas.
Within the spirit of the festive season, most restaurants in Reykjavik deliver their own unique take on the Christmas menu from November through to the end of December. Perlan – the huge dome building perching on the top of Oskjuhlid hill – serves its esteemed buffet offering fresh Icelandic fish, Duck a l’orange and not forgetting turkey; all for an outstandingly cheap price. The restaurant itself famously rotates 360 degrees, providing every diner with an incredible view of the whole capital city.
For some retail therapy; The Little Christmas Shop, located on Reykjavik’s foremost shopping street, Laugavegur, hosts various one-off present ideas, all in close proximity to the cities friendly cafes and bars. In addition, Perlan’s Christmas Shop, open all year round, supplies a wide selection of handcrafted gifts, Christmas decorations and Icelandic artwork to surprise your friends back home.
So why not soak up the fresh air in the highlands of Iceland, discover the dancing Northern Lights or relax in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa – make Iceland this year’s Christmas adventure.
For further details on more unique Christmas breaks in Iceland check out the Visit Iceland website.