Christmas Walking Tours in Reykjavik

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  • Duration2 Hours
  • Group Size12 Person Max
  • Meeting LocationFógetagarðurinn

A Christmas City Tour of Reykjavik…

This Christmas, join Your Friend in Reykjavik for a walking tour through the festive streets of Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city.

Together we will explore Icelandic Christmas traditions and discover characters from Icelandic winter folklore.

Learn about the ferocious Christmas Cat and the 13 Santas of Iceland, whose mother Grýla is a troll that eats naughty children. (Sounds scary, right? Don’t worry, our guides will ensure the tour content is appropriate for the group in attendance.)

We will also explore the delicious food and drink that Icelanders consider Christmassy and sample some along our journey (Foodies among you may also want to consider our Reykjavik Food Lovers Tour.)

With our Christmas Walking Tour of Reykjavik, you’ll get to visit some of the city’s hidden gems that are often overlooked by visitors.

Experience an authentic Icelandic Christmas through the eyes of a local with Your Friend in Reykjavik!

What's Included

  • Stroller and Wheelchair friendly
  • Expert fun loving local guides
  • For all ages but it’s a 2 hour walk


  • Christmas Market stalls
  • The Oslo Christmas tree
  • Christmas books
  • The Little Christmas store
  • Christmas lit Laugavegur shopping street
  • The beautiful rainbow street Skólavörðustígur
  • Hallgrímskirkja church

Christmas Stores and Markets in Reykjavik

Our meeting point is in Fógetagarðurinn for this Christmas Walking Tour through downtown Reykjavik.

First, we admire the Ice skating rink, holiday decorations, and Christmas market stalls at Ingólfur Square.

Then, we move on to take a look at the famous Oslo Christmas Tree at Austurvollur. While we walk, we will try to find some of the unique Icelandic Yulelads or Santa Clauses hiding around the Reykjavik city center.

We make a short visit to a book store to see unique Icelandic Christmas books and discover the love Icelanders have for books, especially during Christmas time.

Then it’s up to Reykjavik’s main shopping street, Laugavegur, and there we check out the one and only Litla Jólabúðin (The Little Christmas Shop).

Finally, we walk up the beautiful Skólavörðustígur towards the majestic Hallgrímskirkja church, where we end our wonderful winter walk together, taking a peek at select stores along the way for Christmas-related things.

As a bonus to our Christmas Walking Tour, you will get exclusive discounts at a couple of Christmas stores, stalls, and even restaurants – enjoy a magical winter tour with Your Friend in Reykjavik.

This tour is only operated in December and is also available as a Private Christmas Tour of Reykjavik.

If you’re looking to get further into the festive spirit, try our Reykjavik Pub Crawl – great bars, tasty drinks, and good company.

If you have any questions about our winter tour options, please get in touch.