Iceland provides perfect surroundings for stress-free Christmas break

Christmas in IcelandChristmas is known as everyone’s favourite time of year, but according to a recent poll by MORI, four out of five adults find the festive period stressful. So why not be the one of five who enjoys a stress-free Christmas this winter and visit Iceland.

In the capital city every year, families gather together on November 29th to light the ‘Oslo tree’, presented to Reykjavik by the City of Oslo, Norway. This annual celebration has occurred in Austurvollur Square for more than half a century. The locals invite you to partake in the traditional singing to commemorate the spirit of Christmas.

Within the spirit of the festive season, most restaurants in Reykjavik serve their own unique Christmas menu in late November and throughout December. Perlan – the large dome building sitting on top of Oskjuhlid hill over looking Reykjavik – serves its famous ‘all you can eat’ buffet offering turkey, game soup, marinated scallops and fresh Icelandic salmon, all for a great price. The restaurant itself rotates slowly 360 degrees, providing every seat with a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire capital city.

Why not avoid the panic and enjoy some early Christmas shopping in Iceland? Perlan’s all year round Christmas Shop provides an array of handcrafted gifts, Christmas tree decorations and the local favourite Icelandic folktale ‘Yule Lad’ statues based on Brain Pilkington’s drawings. In addition, The Little Christmas Shop, located on Reykjavik’s main shopping street, Laugavegur, houses all of your distinctive present ideas in close walking distance to numerous cafes and bars.

So escape that pre-Christmas stress and retreat to Iceland’s unique terrain, relax in the iconic Blue Lagoon spa, take part in an invigorating outdoor adventure and explore the highland beauty of the countryside – proving Iceland to be this years Christmas saga.

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