Have yourself a merry little Christmas – in Iceland
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Take advantage of this rare and unique opportunity to learn all about Icelandic Christmas traditions in a cozy and welcoming Icelandic family home
If you’re visiting Reykjavík in December you’re probably curious about how we Icelanders celebrate Christmas and the New Year. You may have heard about the scandalous yule lads, their ogress of a mother and the terrifying Christmas cat but without some background information it probably doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to you.
We want give you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Icelandic holiday traditions by opening up our home and share stories, songs and yummy Icelandic holiday treats with the Icelandic take on Scandinavian Christmas hygge.
We will only offer this special event a few times from the end of November to the middle of December. We will not be adding more dates and the seats are limited so make sure you reserve your spot now.
Around 2,5 hours
We strongly recommend you add the Northern Lights tour as an extra which includes direct pickup from the family home
Around 2,5 hours
Single travelers welcome! If we don’t reach the minimum participants and we cancel the activity, we’ll refund all bookings in full.
Litlu Jólin – Icelandic Christmas hygge
In Icelandic, we have this wonderful concept called Litlu-Jól but the literal translation would be Small Christmas.
Litlu-Jól is a gathering of friends, family, schoolmates or co-workers that takes place in December. Most workplaces, schools and groups of friends have their own Litlu-Jól but it’s a chance to celebrate this wonderful holiday with people you care about but are maybe not a part of your immediate family. You’ll lights some candles, turn on some Christmas music and share food and laughter and maybe even exchange some gifts. It’s best described as the Icelandic take on Scandinavian hygge with a Christmas twist.
Be a part of Iceland’s Christmas traditions by joining our very own I Heart Reykjavík Litlu-Jól in an Icelandic family home. Auður, your host, will tell you all you need to know about Christmas in Iceland along with sharing her own family’s traditions. She’ll tell you all about the food, the gifts, the decorations and the music – not to mention an in-depth psychoanalysis of the Icelandic Yule Lads. Because the informal and intimate settings, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions too.
A Litlu-Jól would not be complete without some local delicacies and we’ll make sure your stomach and taste buds will not feel left out. Let’s just say you don’t need to eat dinner before you arrive.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get an authentic taste of Icelandic Christmas with enthusiastic locals and fun fellow travelers. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, after all.
Make a night out of it and add a northern lights tour
Because we’re aware that you want to maximize your time in Iceland we’ve designed this activity so you can join a northern lights tour straight after we finish. We’ve teamed up with one of our partners that will pick you up directly from our home at 20:45 for a tour that leaves at 21:00. You will be dropped off at your downtown hotel or close by after the tour so all you have to do is bundle up and bid your farewell.
The northern lights tour is a traditional bus tour with one of our trusted partners. If you don’t see the northern lights on the tour, you can join a tour another night free of charge. If the conditions on the evening are unfavorable you can either re-book or get a full refund for the northern lights part. When you arrive at our home we will have confirmed with our partner whether or not the tour is going.
Can I join this activity last minute?
The booking cutoff for this activity is 24 hours. We need that time to make all the arrangements for the evening to make sure we have enough of everything for everyone.
What this means is that you can book this activity until 6 pm the night before.
I’d love to join you but I don’t see a date that fits in the calendar, can you add another date?
Unfortunately we cannot do that. Having 10 strangers in your home twice a week puts a certain stress on the family and it’s important to us to keep some normalcy in the home. We need our time to do laundry, throw temper tantrums (because some of us are teenagers) and everything else families do in their homes. This home is not staged – it’s where we live every day and we need our space.
Apart from that, December is a very busy time for Icelandic families and there are a lot of family obligations we need to take part in. The last week before Christmas we need to buy Christmas presents and everything else that needs to be taken care of before a big family holiday.
Do you offer discounts for children
For this particular activity – we only offer one price for adults, children and yule lads.
I have some dietary restrictions, can you accommodate them?
We don’t want to spoil the surprise by listing the treats on offer but due to the nature of Icelandic Christmas delicacies, they’re not suitable for someone with dairy or gluten intolerance or vegetarians/vegans. You are of course welcome to join us and eat what you feel is suitable but we can’t offer alternatives or reduce the price.
Please be in touch if you have any other allergies and we’ll see what we can do about accommodating them. Also, if you need recommendations for restaurants that cater to vegetarians and/or vegans, don’t hesitate to be in touch.
Terms and conditions
If you are booking our walking tour, our Icelandic courses or any other activities provided by I Heart Reykjavík our cancellation policy is as follows:
10% of the price of your tour is non-refundable. The 10% will be used to cover fees connected to your booking. Refunds will only be issued to the card used to purchase the tour.
- if you cancel your booking with more than 7 days notice we will refund 90% of the tour price.
- if you cancel your booking 3-7 days in advance we will refund 70% of the tour price
- cancellations less than 48 hours in advance are non-refundable.
All cancellations must come in writing via e-mail. If you call us with your cancellation, we will ask you to follow up via e-mail to make sure we have all the correct information.
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