New Years Northern Lights Adventure
This is an escorted tour program that takes you to the Icelandic countryside to celebrate New Year's in a casual and Icelandic way. We recommend booking early, as this program is only available for maximum of 40 persons. You will explore Reykjavík, the moon landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, and the Golden circle route with Thingvellir national park, Gullfoss waterfalls 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 during the cold winter days is also included. If weather allows, hopefully you will catch a glimpse of the magnificent Northern Lights.
- Celebrate the new year with the locals!
- Visit some of Icelands most famous attractions
- Hunt for the magnificent Northern Lights
TOUR ITINERARY - 4 NIGHTS
Day 1, December 29th: WELCOME (50 km/31 mls)
The Flybus shuttle brings travelers from Keflavík International Airport to Hotel Cabin in Reykjavík where you spend one night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. (Upgrade option is with lodging at Centerhotel Plaza in Reykjavík - limited amount of rooms available).
Day 2, December 30th: REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR & THE BLUE LAGOON (220 km/137 mls)
At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. Then we head out to the Reykjanes peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, light houses and fishing villages. At the end of the day, we get to soak off our travels in the warm blue waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. We stay for two nights in simple cottages in South Iceland. (Upgrade option is with lodging at Stracta Hotel in Hella).
In the evening you have a presentation about the Northern Lights. If the night is clear, step out in the garden and check if the Northern Lights are visible. Also, known as the Aurora Borealis, these spectacular sky-light shows can frequently be seen in Iceland from September through April on clear and crisp nights. White and green are usually the dominant colors of northern lights but sometimes there are considerable color variations. They are ephemeral, however, sightings are not guaranteed. The grounds of Arhús cottages and Hotel Stracta in Hella are very large and dark that offers you a good location for Northern Lights search if the weather conditions are right. It requires patience, warm clothing and the excitement of "maybe there is Northern Lights".
Day 3, December 31st: SOUTH ICELAND & NEW YEARS CELEBRATIONS (200 km/124 mls)
After breakfast we head along the South coast and get out near the active volcano that is beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. We 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 interesting views, if you are prepared to get wet! Further east we visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts typical of Iceland's past, as well as turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. We continue to the seaside and stroll on the black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vík.
In the evening we celebrate New Year the Icelandic way. Before dinner we 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 have 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 on the river banks in Hella, which is a small village in South Iceland. Around 23:30 one of the local rescue team members joins our group and lights our own small fireworks. Afterwards we walk through the village and celebrate New Years's with a bang when at midnight the sky opens with thousands of fireworks set off across the village by the local inhabitants. This is an experience of a life time, you will never forget. Drink a toast of sparkling wine as you enjoy a real special Icelandic New Year's celebration. (Note that guests at Stracta Hotel join all festivities at Árhús Restaurant).
If the night is clear, you might be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colors, patterns and sizes.
Day 4, January 1st: GOLDEN CIRCLE & CULINARY EXPERIENCE AT THE PEARL (210 km/130 mls)
Today we travel 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 travelers in summer and winter. We travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site before returning to Reykjavík for one night. Overnight at Hotel Cabin. (Upgrade option is with lodging at Centerhotel Plaza in Reykjavík). The program includes a culinary treat at one of Reykjavík's best gourmet restaurants.
Day 5, January 2nd: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.
CHANGE OF PROGRAM: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.
Travel Dates: 29th of December 2017 - 2nd of January 2018
Group size: max 40 people
|Budget Accommodation:||Price is from £1,495* per person based on two people sharing a double/twin room |
Single room supplement from £199*
|Comfort Upgraded Accommodation:||Price is from £1,689* per person based on two people sharing a double/twin room |
Single room supplement from £549*
*Price is subject to availability
- Return flights from the UK including 20kg luggage allowance, taxes and fees
- Bus transfer to and from Keflavik airport
- Bonfire and New Year's Celebration Tour on day 3
- 4 night budget accommodation (Hótel Cabin Reykjavík and Árhús Cottages in Hella) or comfort upgrade (Centerhotel Plaza in Reykjavík and Hótel Stracta in Hella). All rooms have private shower/wc
- Daily breakfast
- 4-course festive dinner on the 31st of December
- Fine dining at one of Reykjavík's best gourment restaurants on the 1st of January including transfers
- Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
- Entrance fee to Skógar Folk Museum and Turf Houses
- Northern Lights program during 2 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for Northern Lights and midnight refreshments.
- Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: Simple non slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and flash light
- Booking fee £10 per person
- ATOL Protection fee £2.50 per person (only applicable if flights are booked through All Iceland)
- Debit/credit card fees
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance
- Anything else not specifically listed under "this includes"
Northern Lights: The Northern Lights are visible in the northern sky from September through April when the sky is clear and free of clouds. The tour is dependent on weather and therefore sightings are not guaranteed. Like many natural wonders, it is an ephemeral spectacle – the Northern Lights may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone (it is not a TV show that you can just turn on and off). But it is worth the patience which is much required. Because they are a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside while looking for them. It is best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else makes you comfortable while you await this truly outstanding event.
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