Iceland is beautiful in winter. Snow covered mountains, snowmobile tours, frozen lakes and glaciers, steaming Hot Springs and the best of all; the most favorite of all.. The Blue Lagoon. 

Reykjavik is to me the most wonderful place in Iceland.. in this over worldly landscape, where daylight is a four - hour affair and the liquid green aurora borealis illuminates the nighttime sky. Statues of the 12 Yule Lads (the Icelandic version of Santa Claus peer out from every shop and window..

Leading up to Christmas, various concerts and events are held around town as well as small Christmas markets and pop-up stores. A Christmas market is held on Ingólfstorg in the center of Reykjavík and close by, the harbor is dressed up with lights.

Another market is held in downtown Hafnarfjörður and there's also a small Christmas village in the Laugardalur valley. In and around the city various small events are taking place on the weekends, such as in Viðey Island, in Heiðmörk municipal conservation area just outside the city, at the Nordic House and at the Árbær Open Air Museum.

It is highly recommended to visit to the Árbær Open Air Museum before Christmas. This museum offers us all a glimpse at the Icelandic Christmas celebrations of yore with some of the old Yule lads on the prowl in the area.

You couldn't dream up a more magical place to spend the holidays than Reykjavik, with its vivid winter wonderland landscape and unique traditions. Visit the Christmas Village in Hafnarfjordur or Reykjavik's main Christmas market in Ingólfstorg Square for traditional Nordic holiday gifts, mulled wine and Yuletide music.

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