Northern Lights New Year Special

from £1629
excluding flights *
4 nights Dec

Overview

Celebrate New Year in style on this fantastic short break combining fireworks and a festive gala with aurora hunting and natural wonders galore in Iceland’s beautiful southwest. This escorted holiday is based at Hotel Ranga ideally located for northern lights watching, as well as expert-led tours of the South Coast and Golden Circle.

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
  • Enjoy an amazing view of the city fireworks
  • Explore the South Coast and Golden Circle on expert-guided tours
  • Start the New Year with a long soak in the Blue Lagoon (optional)

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Aurora Wake-up Service

Full description

Best chance to see the northern lights

Although sightings of the aurora can never be guaranteed, this holiday includes two nights in a countryside hotel, far from artificial light pollution. Hotel Ranga boasts aurora wake-up service, outdoor hot tubs and stargazing observatory.

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 Reykjavik

Peruse the shops, cafes, art galleries and museums of stylish Reykjavik as you build up to the New Year celebrations. On New Year's Eve, enjoy a festive gala witha 4 course dinner at Grand Hotel Reykjavik and enjoy the city’s magnificent fireworks display. On New Year’s Day, explore more of the sights of Reykjavik or treat yourself to a relaxing dip in the soothing, silica-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon – an unforgettable way to welcome the New Year! Please note: entrance to the Blue Lagoon is at an additional cost and pre-booking is essential.

 

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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.

Departure Duration Accommodation Twin Price Single Price
29 Dec 2019 4 nights Hotel Ranga & Grand Hotel Reykjavik £1,629 £2,045

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 2 nights at Hotel Ranga on a half board basis, 2 nights in Reykjavik on a breakfast basis
  • All breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Dinner is 3 course set menu
  • New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner
  • Airport transfers
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Services of driver/guide
  • Use of hot tubs
  • Aurora Wake-up Service
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Group Size

This escorted group requires a minimum of 20 participants in order to operate, and will have a maximum of 29.

Note: on occasion tours may operate with less than the minimum number of participants specified above (or exceed the maximum number indicated) – please refer to our booking conditions for more details

Private departures

Please contact us for a private departure on any date suitable for you. This itinerary can be tailor made to fit your requirements and group size.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive in Iceland

Meet your guide and the rest of the group in arrivals at Keflavik Airport, then transfer to Hotel Ranga for a two-night stay on a half board basis (breakfast and a 3 course set menu dinner - chef's choice). Arrangements are usually made for participants to dine as a group.

Day 2: South Coast and waterfalls

Enjoy scenic touring of Iceland's south coast; including the stunning waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Reach the small town of Vik, with its photogenic sea stack rock formations and the intriguing beach-edge basalt columns.

Day 3: Golden Circle and Reykjavik (New Years Eve)

Spend the day exploring the famed Golden Circle route including Thingvellir National Park, where you can walk the rift in between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, the spectacular two-tiered waterfall of Gullfoss and the spouting geysers of Geysir geothermal area. Arrive in Reykjavik and say your goodbyes to your guide in the afternoon. Then its time to dress up before starting the evening of festivities at Grand Hotel Reykjavik with a welcome drink, before your delicious 4 course dinner. After dinner set out by coach to Kopavogur and witness one of the largest bonfires in Iceland. Then it’s back to the hotel for dessert and just before midnight with a glass of bubbly in hand, watch as Reykjavik's skyline lights up as we welcome the New Year! There are no restrictions on the use of fireworks in Iceland, and this annual tradition means that displays are truly spectacular as locals welcome 2020 in style!

Day 4: at leisure (New Year's Day)

Enjoy a day exploring Reykjavik independently or alternatively, you may wish to book an additional excursion or head to the world famous Blue Lagoon (entrance at additional cost – pre-booking is essential) for a relaxing bathe in the silica-rich waters, the best way to start the New Year! Please contact us in advance to arrange this.

Day 5: depart Iceland

Transfer to Keflavik Airport for the flight back to home.

Grand Hotel Reykjavik

Iceland

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

A first-class hotel, the 312 room Grand Hotel Reykjavik is an ideal choice for visitors to Iceland who demand excellent service and facilities during their stay.

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Hotel Ranga, near Hella

Iceland

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Hotel

Around an hour's drive from Reykjavik, this cosy riverside lodge offers four-star comfort and fine dining in the volcanic heart of rural Iceland.

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