Everyone’s favourite time of year is fast approaching, but according to a recent survey by MORI, four out of five adults find Christmas stressful. So why not visit Iceland this winter and be the one of five who relax during the festive period.
To celebrate, the majority of restaurants in Reykjavik serve their own distinctive Christmas menu in late November and throughout December. Perlan – the large dome building sitting on top of Oskjuhlid hill – serves its renowned ‘all you can eat’ buffet offering turkey, Danish roast pork, various seafood and fresh Icelandic salmon, all for a respectfully-cheap price. The restaurant itself rotates 360 degrees, providing every seat with an awe-inspiring view of the entire city of Reykjavik.
How about some retail therapy? Perlan’s all year round Christmas Shop houses an assortment of handcrafted gifts, Christmas tree decorations and even Iceland’s very own Santa Claus ‘Yule Men’ figurines based on Brain Pilkington’s sketches. Furthermore, The Little Christmas Shop, found on Reykjavik’s main shopping street, Laugavegur, provides an array of distinctive present ideas. Afterwards enjoy a jolabjor, Christmas beer, at one of Reykjavík’s numerous cosy bars.
Every year, families gather together downtown Reykjavik on November 29th to light the ‘Oslo tree’, presented to Reykjavik by the City of Oslo, Norway. This annual celebration has taken place in Austurvollur Square for more than half a century. The locals invite you to participate in traditional singing to commemorate the festive period.
Retreat from pre-Christmas stress and explore the wonders of Iceland; discover the beauty of the highlands relax in the Blue Lagoon spa and gaze into the magic of the Northern Lights – This winter, make Iceland your perfect Christmas destination.