Nostalgic Christmas | Wilderness Center - East

Nostalgic Christmas | Wilderness Center - East

Let the Christmas spirit catch you at the heart of Eastern highlands, where wild landscapes and hot springs await you. Visit the so-called home of Grýla, the mother of the thirteen Icelandic Santas, and take a leap in the past at the last Icelandic working farm with turf buildings. Treat your taste buds with some local Christmas specialties, and create your very own decorations, like in the olden days. Keep your eyes open as reindeers live in the area! Available in December.

Operated by: The Wilderness Center

Enter date for this activity
per person


  • Authentic and peaceful hideaway
  • Turf houses architecture
  • Experience a relaxing bath in a hot spring
  • Icelandic Christmas celebration
  • History and Tradition


  • Guidance
  • All transportation on the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local food
  • Admission to exhibitions and pool


  • Accommodation can be upgraded

Please bring with you

  • Warm parka
  • Warm sweater or fleece jacket
  • Gloves
  • Woolen cap
  • Shoes suited to terrain
  • Swimming suit for the hot spring
  • Camera (tripods can come in handy to photograph northern lights)
  • Your inner child!

A minimum number of participants is 2 persons.

The Wilderness Center is a member of Hey Iceland


Day 1 | Drive to the Wilderness Center and Christmas specialties

You are picked up in Seyðisfjörður or Egilsstaðir. A first stop is made at the home of Grýla, the mother of the thirteen Icelandic Santas, where you are served some jólaglögg, mulled wine. Soon you reach an old farmhouse made of turf and still in use today. You then sample traditional Icelandic Christmas specialties and get to make your own Christmas decorations. Your guide takes you on a trip to a picturesque abandoned farm up the valley and invite you to try the cable-ferry over the glacial river. Now time for an Icelandic Christmas feast with ingredients from the highlands and traditional celebrations!

Day 2 | Hike and Geothermal Bath in the Highlands

Today you learn the secrets behind the making of laufabrauð, the traditional Icelandic Christmas bread, fried and decorated with intricate patterns. You take a hike to explore the area before you drive up to the highlands to bathe in the scenic Laugarfell geothermal pools, offering an expansive view over the mountains around. Then you head back to Seyðisfjörður or Egilsstaðir all ready to celebrate… Christmas! 


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