At this time of year, most Icelanders are busy enjoying the holidays with their friends and families, inviting each other to dinner and snuggling up with a blanket on the couch, watching a Christmas classic. Meanwhile, tourists wander the empty streets looking for things to do.
It is assumed that up to 100,000 travelers will visit Iceland this December. A total of 40 airplanes will land at Keflavík International Airport on Christmas Eve. Standard tickets to the Blue Lagoon are sold out on December 24, 25, 26, 31 and on January 1, and accommodation in Reykjavík is sold out on New Year’s Eve, Vísir reports.
Visit Reykjavík advises visitors to take a stroll in a cemetery to experience the true Icelandic Christmas spirit. People often place Christmas ornaments, candles or illuminated crosses on the graves of loved ones at Christmas.
Due to increase in tourism over the holiday season, many more cafés, restaurants and bars will be open than in previous years and most tour organizers will have unrestricted operations.
On the website of Visit Reykjavík, information about the opening hours of restaurants, museums, stores and other service providers is available.