Reykjavík in December is so lovely. Beautiful Christmas decorations, fun events, good food and delicious beverages…

Christmas, or Jól as we say in Icelandic (Yule), is a time we all get together, enjoy good food and be marry 🙂

Þorláksmessa – St. Thorlakur’s Day, Dec. 23rd
On this day, many of us eat kæst skata. Kæst skata, a “fermented skate”, is a fish related to shark. This strange-smelly delicacy is considered a great delicacy here! It has been described as eating a rotten fish, but many of us simply love the smell and the taste. Those Icelanders who eat it will literally stuff themselves on Þorláksmessa. You will definitely feel a strange odor while walking around in Reykjavík on this day 🙂

Aðfangadagur – Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th
Here we are! Christmas! The most common Christmas dishes are hamborgarahryggur (smoked ham) and hangikjöt (smoked lamb). We recommend having a Malt & Appelsín, a mix of two soft drinks on the side. Mostly all restaurants are closed today, but don’t worry, there are some restaurants that will be open around this time. However, we suggest our guests to reserve a table as soon as possible. Here you can see a list of what is open / closed.

Jóladagur – Christmas Day, Dec. 25th and Boxing Day Dec 26th
Jóladagur (Christmas Day) and Annar í jókum (Boxing Day) are usually celebrated with extended family. We eat more of this delicious food in good company. Many of the restaurants in Reykjavík offer traditional Icelandic Christmas food – give them a try!

Gamlárskvöld/Nýársdagur – New Year’s Eve
This is THE night! Icelanders looove firworks and this is the night we go nuts 🙂 Bonfires are all around at around 9 pm, and at midnight we shoot up our fireworks, have a toast and welcome the new year. If you are wondering about a great location to watch the firework display, we recommend visiting

We at Hotel Klettur wish all of our guests a Joyful Holiday and hope we will see all of you again next year!