Northern Lights and New Year Celebrations

from £1374
excluding flights *
4 nights Dec

Overview

On this 4 night escorted tour you will travel into the Icelandic countryside to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a casual and Icelandic way. With an expert guide you will also explore Reykjavík, the lunar landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, and the Golden Circle route with the Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and Geysir hot springs. You travel to South Iceland, a region with glaciers, waterfalls and black lava beaches. Of course, a warm and relaxing soak in the famous Blue Lagoon

Note, unlike other escorted tours we offer in Iceland this trip is not a ‘small group tour’ and on rare occasions, could exceed 30 passengers. All departures however are guaranteed and there are no minimum numbers. The holiday is designed to give the visitor the maximum coverage of Iceland in the shortest possible time, and hence the itinerary will be rather busy.

This tour is designed to include some of the highlights of Iceland and to maximise the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights!

Highlights

  • Combine a stay in the Icelandic countryside with time in Reykjavik
  • Boost your chances of seeing the aurora borealis by staying in a rural hotel
  • Explore the South Coast and Golden Circle on expert-guided tours
  • Start the New Year with a long soak in the Blue Lagoon

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, 2 dinners (4 course New Year dinner and culinary dinner in Reykjavik)
  • Services of driver and guide for 3 days
  • Entry to the Blue Lagoon
  • Airport transfers
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

Explore Iceland’s natural wonders

Aurora hunting by night, waterfall chasing by day... the guided tours on this escorted holiday will take you to some of Iceland’s most beautiful cascades. Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss are stars of the South Coast where you will also skirt the volcano of Eyjafjallajokull and visit Vik with its black-sand beaches and dramatic sea stacks. Exploring the Golden Circle, you will feel the thunder of Gullfoss waterfall, as well as witness the explosive power of the Strokkur geyser and walk through a rift between the North American and Eurasian continental plates. After all that fresh air, you’ll spend your evenings indulging in fine dining and relaxing in your hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

Ring in the New Year in the Iceland Countryside

You will start the evening visiting to nearby villages to witness the traditional Brenna bonfires before a festive 4 course dinner served at Árhús Restaurant. Come 23:30 one of the local rescue team members joins your group and lights our own small fireworks. Afterwards, walk through the village and celebrate New Year’s with a bang when at midnight the sky opens with thousands of fireworks set off in the village by the local inhabitants.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £120 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

These are starting prices in £ per person based on two sharing standard rooms with private facilities, unless otherwise stated.

Departure Duration Accommodation Twin Price Single Price Status of Tour
29 Dec 2019 4 nights Hotel Klettur and Hotel Stracta £1,374 £1,783 Guaranteed Departure

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, 2 dinners (4 course New Year dinner and culinary dinner in Reykjavik)
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Services of driver and guide for 3 days
  • Entry to the Blue Lagoon
  • Airport transfers
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Guaranteed Departures

All departures are guaranteed to operate once you have booked, maximum of fourty passengers per group (no minimum number).

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive in Iceland

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.

Day 2: Reykjavik City Tour & The Blue Lagoon

This morning meet your guide at the hotel reception at 09.00 and set off by foot for a city tour of Reykjavik. Then you will travel by coach to the Reykjanes Peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, lighthouses and fishing villages. At the end of the day, you will soak off our travels in the warm blue waters of the famous Blue Lagoon before checking into your hotel. In the evening you have a presentation about the Northern Lights. If the night is clear, step outside to check if the Northern Lights are visible. The grounds of Hotel Stracta are very large and dark that offers you an excellent location for Northern Lights search if the weather conditions are right.

Day 3: South Iceland & New Years Celebration

After breakfast, you will head along the South coast and get out near the active volcano that is beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. You will also stop at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges over the mountain. There’s a trail that goes behind the falling water and offers impressive views if you are prepared to get wet! Further east you will visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts typical of Iceland’s past, as well as turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 62 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. You will continue to the seaside and stroll on the black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vík. In the evening you will celebrate New Year the Icelandic way. Before dinner, you will join a guided bus tour to visit the bonfires in the villages of Hvolsvöllur and Hella. The traditional Brenna bonfires of New Year’s Eve had their origins in the Middle Ages when people built bonfires to burn the old things they no longer needed. In Iceland, there are bonfires all around the country where inhabitants gather, shoot off fireworks, sing and dance as they wait for the New Year to come in. Your festive 4-course dinner starts around 20:30 and is served at Árhús Restaurant. Afterwards, you will walk through the village and celebrate New Year’s with a bang when at midnight the sky opens with thousands of fireworks set off in the village by the local inhabitants. Drink a toast of sparkling wine as you enjoy a real special Icelandic New Year’s celebration.

Day 4: Golden Circle & Culinary Experience

Today you will travel on the Golden Circle route. You see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. There are a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur “the Churn” which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. You continue to Gullfoss “the golden falls”, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river, and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. Then you will travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site before returning to Reykjavík for one night.

Day 5: depart Iceland

Transfer by airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport in time for your flight home. Please refer to the voucher provided for information on how to reconfirm your departure time.

Hotel Klettur, Reykjavik

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Hotel Klettur is situated a short walk from the heart of Reykjavik.

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Stracta Hotel Hella

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

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