5 Reasons To Visit North Iceland This Festive Season

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If you’re looking to make this Christmas the most magical one so far, then look no further. Our Exclusive North Iceland Arctic Experiences are designed to do just that. With return flights from your local airport, 3 or 4 nights accommodation and 2 incredible excursions included, the festive season in North Iceland is guaranteed to be one to remember.

Departures start from 10th December all the way through to March and with special Christmas and New Year’s Eve departures flying from Manchester and Leeds Bradford, whether you’re looking to get into the festive spirit or even spend the big day here, you can!

And if you really needed another reason to make your way to Akureyri this festive season, here’s 5 that will have you dreaming of Iceland in no time…

1. Different Yuletide Traditions… 13 Yule Lads!

Christmas in North Iceland is done a little differently… Instead of a man dressed head to toe in red bringing gifts to us all (of course, with the help of his 8 reindeer!), the people of Akureyri are visited by the 13 Yule Lads over the last 13 days before Christmas. According to Icelandic folklore, these Yule Lads come down from the mountains to cause mischief and steal things. They all go by some very strange names too including Spoon-Licker, Sausage-Swiper, Doorway-Sniffer and Window-Peeper… some are even known to eat children!

But of course, this is all just harmless fun… Nowadays, the Yule Lads are known to be just as benevolent as Santa himself – each night on the lead up to Christmas, one Yule Lad will visit the children of Iceland, leaving them presents or potatoes, all depending on their behaviour!

Read more on Icelandic festive traditions here!

2. A white Christmas, almost guaranteed!

Christmas isn’t quite Christmas if it doesn’t snow, right? There’s just something about it!

And can anyone even remember the last time we had a white Christmas in the UK? Whilst we’re crossing our fingers for one this year, North Iceland is of course the place you can put your money on for supplying all the festive magic this year… with a TON of the white stuff – these are the views you’re promised!

3. 90% chance of seeing the best light show on Earth!

We know Christmas means sitting down for the Queen’s Speech at 3pm prompt, but how can you say no to this? A definite ‘pinch-me’ moment, searching for the Northern Lights is like nothing else and better yet – you’ve got a 90% chance of seeing them.

And it’s probably more likely that someone will interrupt the Queen’s Speech to ask for another glass of mulled wine… we’ll let you decide!

4. Bucket-list experiences…

It’s a well known fact that North Iceland is the home of bucket-list experiences… So much so, that a break here over the festive period is almost guaranteed to blow Christmas Day charades out of the water… seriously!

From whale watching and dog-sledding (cuteness overload!) to snowmobiling or spending the afternoon relaxing in Iceland’s very first beer spa, you’re spoilt for choice! And since Christmas is all about giving, why not give yourself the break of a lifetime?

Find out more on the exciting Icelandic adventures you can experience here!

5. New Year is nothing like ever before!

We know we said that seeing the Aurora Borealis is the best light show on Earth, and that is the truth. But the next best thing is definitely New Year’s Eve in Akureyri.

With our specially designed New Year’s Eve Experience, you can make sure you start the new year in style… Enjoy a 3 Course Gala Dinner before you make your way to Akureyri Bonfire and then jump on the New Year’s Eve Party Cruise, where there will be a drink waiting for you. As you sail on the Eyjafjordur, start the countdown with a Midnight Toast, with best view of the fireworks in Akureyri! That’s definitely New Year’s Eve done right.


Ready to enjoy some Icelandic festive cheer? Secure your place on our one of our festive flights here

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