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New Year in Reykjavik

from £2126 excluding flights

  • 4 nights
  • Dec
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Highlights

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Enjoy Reykjavik with its blend of Nordic and modern style

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Marvel at Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik’s tallest building

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Enjoy a fantastic fireworks display on New Year's Eve

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Join a day trip exploring Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle

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Take a dip in the naturally-heated waters of the Blue Lagoon

Why this trip...

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Expertly guided

In-depth knowledge and expertise will enrich your experience on this trip

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Activities included

This itinerary features a range of included activities

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Nordic Heritage

With 40 years of experience in creating trips to Nordics we know this region inside out

Overview

Enjoy the fun and fireworks of Iceland’s capital city at New Year on this guided short break. With guided excursions included as well as free time to explore, take in city sights as well as visiting the iconic Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon.

With four nights in Reykjavik, spend a full day in Iceland’s exciting capital city. You’ll also travel the Golden Circle route, visiting Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the two-tiered waterfall, Gullfoss, that tumbles 32 meters into the Hvítá River and the hot springs at Geysir. Here the highlight is the geyser, Strokkur, which erupts regularly in a spectacular display of geothermal power.

Enjoy a New Year’s Gala Dinner at the exclusive Perlan Restaurant, offering panoramic 360 degree views of Reykjavik, then kick off January with an exploration of the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula and a soak in the warm, mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Itinerary

After checking in to your hotel explore Reykjavik independently and enjoy dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants that the capital has to offer.

Enjoy a guided Reykjavik City Tour and explore the highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital. Take in the charming city centre, Parliament, the harbour and Hallgrimskirkja with it’s iconic steeple. You will pass the Harpa concert hall and visit Perlan, a remarkable building with a viewpoint and housing a restaurant. The city tour ends around noon with the afternoon at leisure.

Perhaps opt for a bit of retail therapy or visit the many museums, galleries, and exhibitions, such as the Whales of Iceland exhibition or visit the Perlan Museum. Here you can walk through a unique indoor ice cave which is a replica of an ice tunnel dug straight through a glacier. You might even choose to take an afternoon whale watching boat trip.

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Head out to explore the Golden Circle, first stop being Thingvellir National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will stroll around the country’s most sacred site, home of the oldest existing national parliament in the world. With fascinating natural beauty, a spectacular geological vista, set on a vast plain flanked by large fissures, right by Iceland’s largest lake, Thingvallavatn. The Mid-Atlantic rift, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates slowly pull apart, is clearly visible.

Next, you will be taken to the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss – the Golden falls, before exploring the active geothermal area of Haukadalur which contains the geyser Strokkur erupting hot water and steam to an elevation of 25 metres (82 ft) every 5-7 minutes. You will pass the greenhouse town of Hveragerdi and continue over the mountain pass Hellisheidi, an area with large lava fields and steaming valleys. Passing the geothermal power station Hellisheidarvirkjun you will learn how Icelanders use geothermal energy to produce electricity and hot water for house heating.

Early evening you will be transferred from your hotel to Perlan where you will be greeted with a welcome drink and the option to a Northern Lights Planetarium show. Afterwards enjoy a festive 4-course dinner with wine pairing. Later during the evening, there will be music and a DJ to keep the party going throughout the evening. You will also have access to the observation deck that has 360° view over Reykjavik’s capital area to watch the fireworks

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This morning you will travel to Reykjanes Peninsula with its dramatic seashores, fascinating geology, moonscapes, lava fields and fishing villages. You will make a short stop at Bessastadir, the residence of the President of Iceland before continuing onto the bridge over the continents and the lighthouse at the edge of the peninsula. You will reach the Blue Lagoon in the afternoon, an oasis among the lava that owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant. Enjoy lunch and a refreshing bathe in the pleasantly warm mineral-rich water, reputed for its healing properties. Later return to Reykjavik.

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Transfer to Keflavik Airport in time for your flight home.

Extend Your Stay

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Take the opportunity to explore Iceland stunning natural wonders outside the city by extending your stay in a countryside hotel such as Hotel Husafell or Hotel Ranga. Combine fine dining, hot tub relaxation with ideal locations for watching the aurora. Spend time exploring the waterfalls, glaciers and volcanic features.

Prices and Departures

Price from £2126 excluding flights

Airfares vary widely and are quoted separately to the holiday price, starting from around £250pp return with Icelandair and British Airways, though may be lower with Play or EasyJet. We'll provide the best fare available at the time of enquiry, which tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

UK Airports with flights direct to Iceland are Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. We can also arrange flights from non-UK destinations. Discover more »

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Airport transfers
  • Reykjavik City Tour with Guide
  • Golden Circle tour with Guide
  • Reykjanes Peninsula tour with Guide
  • Entrance with towel and lunch at Blue Lagoon
  • New Year’s Eve - 4 course dinner with selected wines, welcome drink, Northern Lights Planetarium Show, live music performance and DJ, sparkling wine on the Observation deck and return transfers
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Based on rooms with private facilities.

Departure Duration Twin Price Single Price Status of Tour
29 Dec 2023 4 nights £2,130 £2,603 Fully Booked
29 Dec 2024 4 nights £2,876 £3,485 Available
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