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Experience the Magic of Christmas in Iceland – Snowy Delights and Festive Decorations!

If you’re planning a visit to Reykjavik between early December and early January, get ready to be enchanted by a winter wonderland adorned with dazzling Christmas decorations. Christmas holds a special place in the hearts of Icelanders, and the festive spirit is truly contagious.

 Christmas traditions in Iceland

Let’s Explore Icelandic Christmas Traditions and Fun Facts

In Iceland, the tradition is to light a candle every Sunday in December leading up to the 24th. Homes are beautifully adorned with Christmas trees, which are set up on December 11th. Excitingly, children leave their shoes by the window, hoping the mischievous 13 Yule Lads will leave a small gift inside. As the clock strikes 6 pm on December 24th, the ringing of church bells marks the beginning of the Christmas celebrations. While religious Icelanders attend mass, those with a more secular inclination start their festive meal immediately. Afterward, they gather to open presents and cherish quality time spent together.

Indulge in Delicious Christmas Delights

During the Christmas holidays, Icelanders come together to bake mouthwatering cookies, adding a delectable touch to the festivities. On December 23rd, a traditional dish of boiled fish is enjoyed by many. The culinary delights of the season also include smoked lamb, ptarmigan, pork, turkey, leaf bread, fermented skate, brennivín (a local aquavit), clementines, rice pudding, licorice tops, and marinated herring. It’s a feast for the senses!

Lights, Camera, Christmas!

While Icelandic filmmakers tend to focus more on producing dramas, there are a few notable films that capture the essence of Christmas in Iceland. Among the favorites are “Rare Exports,” “101 Reykjavik,” “December,” “Love on Iceland,” and “Echo.” These heartwarming movies are enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, adding to the holiday cheer.

There’s no better time to visit Iceland than during the enchanting Christmas season. Immerse yourself in the fascinating Icelandic culture, surrounded by picturesque snowy landscapes and the warmth of joyful celebrations. To make the most of your stay, book your accommodation with us at Blue House. Click here to secure your cozy and welcoming home away from home.

Get ready to create unforgettable memories in Iceland during this magical time of the year!



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