A new five course Christmas menu at hip Kex Hostel

2 Dec Get into the Christmas spirit at Kex Hostel in central Reykjavik who began their month of Christmas celebrations, KEXmas, yesterday. This year they're presenting a gorgeous five course Christmas lunch menu served between midday and 3 pm daily.

The Oslo tree at Austurvöllur last year.

Reykjavik's Oslo Christmas tree to be lit on Sunday

30 Nov The annual lighting of the Christmas tree donated to Reykjavik by the city of Oslo will take place on Sunday December 3rd at Austurvöllur parliament square. This year the tree is actually an Icelandic one, from the Norwegian section of the forest in Heiðmörk.

Families enjoying the ice skating rink last year.

The ice skating rink at Ingólfstorg opens on December 1st

26 Nov The ice skating rink sponsored by telecommunications company Nova opens at 7 pm on December 1st in the Reykjavik city centre. The rink is extremely popular with children during the Christmas season.

Children and adults alike love the art of leaf bread making.

Icelandic Leaf Bread Workshop on Viðey Island!

24 Nov On Sunday 26th November, Margrét Sigfúsdóttir, the Head of Hússtjórnarskólinn – a local school of Icelandic culinary arts and crafts – will be teaching guests at Viðey island the art of making traditional Icelandic leaf bread (laufabrauð).

The IKEA goat is the first sign of Christmas in Iceland.

IKEA Yule Goat has arrived

13 Oct 2017 The Swedish Yule goat, made of straw, has once again been erected outside IKEA in the suburbs of Reykjavik and heralds the coming of Christmas. The big question, as usual, is: will somebody set it on fire this year?

In Reykjavik for New Year's Eve? Make Harpa the location for your New Year's Eve countdown.

New Year's Eve countdown at Reykjavik's stunning concert hall

27 Dec 2016 Harpa concert and conference hall in the centre of Reykjavik joins other renowned landmarks who have made a tradition to countdown to the New Year.

There is a festive version of the Icelandic spirit Brennivín, also known as Black Death.

The Icelandic Christmas spirit?

24 Dec 2016 The producers of the famous Icelandic spirit, Brennivín or Black Death, have released a new version of this classic for Christmas. The new version has a festive red label. It is aged in sherry and bourbon caskets which adds a flavour of oak and vanilla to the characteristic caraway flavour of Brennivín.

Vínbúðin is the only store allowed to sell alcohol in Iceland.

Accessing alcohol over the holidays

23 Dec 2016 There is only one state-owned brand of stores that sells alcohol in Iceland. The opening hours are limited and they are closed on Sundays and most public holidays. So if you are travelling in Iceland and plan to have a drink over the holidays, it's wise to think ahead.

There are many tourists visiting Reykjavik over the holidays.

Opening hours over the holidays

23 Dec 2016 Where to go over Christmas, will it be open and can you get there? Here’s a list of some top things you want to know when are open and closed if you are visiting Iceland right now.

Join midnight mass at Hallgrímskirkja or at other churches around the city.

How to spend an Icelandic Christmas

23 Dec 2016 Curious about Icelandic Christmas traditions? Here's our quick guide.

Icelanders tucking into 'kæst skata'.

The smell of Icelandic Christmas in the Tenerife sun

20 Dec 2016 An Icelandic couple are planning two events at their Tenerife bar featuring fermented skate, an Icelandic fish ‘delicacy’ whose pungent aroma is a feature of traditional Icelandic pre-Christmas celebrations.

View on Iceland: Books, Christmas and Football

17 Dec 2016 Once you’ve finished browsing Iceland Monitor’s wide selection of news, events and features, you might like to have a look at some other Iceland-related material from around the world that we shall be collecting for you weekly.

Swedish children in Icelandic jumpers.

VIDEO: Swedish children perform Icelandic Christmas carol

16 Dec 2016 As part of celebrations for Saint Lucia’s in Sweden this week, the talented pupils of a Stockholm school learnt and performed the Icelandic version of a well-known Christmas carol.

White Christmas for Iceland this year?

15 Dec 2016 Despite a recent warm spell, meteorologists in Iceland are not ruling out a white Christmas, as changeable and colder weather approaches.

AMO Crêpes are at the food market offering both sweet and savoury crepes.

New Christmas foodie market to open in central shopping street

14 Dec 2016 The empty building lot known as Hljómalindarreiturinn, on the corner of the central Laugavegur shopping street will open tomorrow offering a variety of Icelandic gourmet foods.




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