From $1,675 USD
December 29, 2018 - January 2, 2019
5 Days / 4 Nights
Celebrate New Year's Eve in Reykjavik, explore Reykjanes peninsula, the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle, the South Coast and search for Northern Lights.
New Year Celebration in Reykjavik, ring in the New Year with colorful fireworks displays. On a guided tour, you'll learn about Icelandic elf folklore related to the magic of the holiday. Enjoy a hosted gala evening of music, entertainment and a buffet extravaganza prepared by award winning chefs. Experience the amazing fireworks spectacle with a trip downtown, join the festive celebrations, light off fireworks, with champagne toast to life and love.
December 29, 2018 - January 2, 2019
December 29, 2018 - January 2, 2019
- Hotel Cabin, Reykjavik & Arhus Cottages, Hella
- $1,675 per person in double room
- $1,875 single room
- Upgrade: Hotel Klettur, Reykjavik & Stracta Hotel, Hella
- $1,965 per person in double room
- $2,595 single room
- Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS (no guide)
- Fully escorted 3-day coach tour with English speaking guide
- Bonfire and New Year's Celebration Tour on day 3
- 4-night budget accommodation, rooms with private facilities
- Breakfast buffet daily (except arrival day)
- 4-course festive dinner on the 31st of December (New Year's Eve)
- Transfers to/from the Pearl
- Fine dining at panorama restaurant at the Pearl, 1st of January
- Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
- Entrance fee to Skogar Folk Museum and Turf Houses
- Northern Lights program during two evenings
- Combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for Northern Lights
- Midnight refreshments
- Use of winter & Northern Lights Explorer equipment:
- Simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and flashlight
- Trans-Atlantic flight & Airport taxes
- Meals and beverages other then stated above
- Any service not listed under "included"
- Personal insurance / personal items
- $25 Service fee
For this program, we use budget accommodation to offer an attractive package price. You get great value for money. First and last night is at Hotel Cabin (small rooms). 2nd & 3rd night are at Arhus Cabins in Hella, South Iceland, where 23 simple cottages with shower/toilet are located in a large garden right on the river banks in Hella. Arhus Cabins are popular with outdoor active guests and families traveling with children. All cottages are equipped with a small kitchenette and free Wi-Fi. There is a restaurant on premises, and the program includes 2x breakfast and 1x festive 4-course dinner.
There is an option to book a hotel upgrade: First and last night at Hotel Klettur in Reykjavik and 2nd/3rd night at Stracta Hotel in Hella.
Note that all Northern Lights educational programs and New Year's activities on the 31st of December are held at Arhus Cottages. It is a 10-minute walk (750 m) between Stracta Hotel and Arhus Cabins.
- Additional nights in Reykjavik
- Optional excursions
Day 1 ARRIVAL KEFLAVIK - REYKJAVIK
The Flybus shuttle brings travelers from Keflavik International Airport to Hotel Cabin in Reykjavik 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 Hotel Klettur in Reykjavik - limited amount of rooms available). (50 km/31 mi)
Day 2 REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR & THE BLUE LAGOON (B)
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, lighthouses 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 skylight 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 Arhus Cabins and Hotel Stracta in Hella are very large and dark that offers you an excellent location for Northern Lights search if the weather conditions are right. It requires patience, warm clothing and the excitement of "maybe there are Northern Lights". (220 km/137 mi)
Day 3 SOUTH ICELAND & NEW YEARS CELEBRATIONS (B, D)
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 impressive 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 Skogafoss waterfall which is 62 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 Vik. (200 km/124 mi)
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 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 Arhus 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 in the village by the local inhabitants. This is an experience of a lifetime; 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 Arhus 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 GOLDEN CIRCLE & CULINARY EXPERIENCE AT PERLAN (B, D)
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.
Continue to Gullfoss "the Golden Falls", a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvita 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 Reykjavik for one night. Overnight at Hotel Cabin. (210 km/130 mi)
(Upgrade option is with lodging at Hotel Klettur in Reykjavik).
The program includes a culinary treat at a panoramic restaurant located at the Pearl in Reykjavik. The menu is : Traditional Icelandic fried bread and whipped butter ' pumpernickel' ; Cured and smoked salmon, cured goose breast & accompaniments ; Glazed leg of lamb, creamy wild mushrooms & carrots & Columbia creme brulee, dark chocolate, pistachios & bilberries.
Day 5 REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE (B)
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport. (50 km/31 mi)
Please note: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be canceled 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.