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A New Year's to Remember in Iceland

(5 days / 4 nights)

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Ring in the New Year in style in Iceland’s chic capital

Make it an unforgettable New Year with a celebration out of the ordinary – a getaway in Iceland! Join in the seasonal traditions with a guided city tour with a local guide and a festive evening of gourmet dining and the biggest, loudest fireworks show you’re ever seen. A blend of adventure and relaxation, this short break also includes a guided super-jeep tour and snowmobile tour, a northern light evening safari and a soothing soak at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

Type

Partially Guided

Interest

Active, Best Seller, City Break, New Year´s, Northern Lights

Season

New Year

Departure

29th December

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A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: Arrival & Hunt for the Northern Lights (Dec 29)

    On arrival to Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. The rest of the day is at your leisure. The colourful city centre is always full of life, offering a great variety of museums, shops and cosy cafes to suit all tastes. You can explore the downtown easily on foot, and a walk along the old harbour and seafront is highly recommended.

    Later in the evening, if weather conditions allow, you will be taken for a super jeep tour in search of the magnificent northern lights, also known as aurora borealis.*

    * Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

    Spend the next four nights in Reykjavík.

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  • Day 2: Golden Circle Jeep & Snowmobile Safari (Dec 30)

    Today’s adventure is a guided super-jeep tour around the Golden Circle, a popular tourist route containing some of the country’s most famous attractions. The first stop is Þingvellir National Park, an area full of unique geology and the site of Iceland’s ancient assembly grounds. Next is Haukadalur valley, the home of Geysir—the original geyser—and the Strokkur hot spring that spouts boiling water up to 30 metres high every 8 – 10 minutes. Then you will visit the beautiful Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most iconic waterfalls.

    The highpoint of today’s tour is the Langjökull glacier, where you will enjoy a 1-hour guided snowmobile adventure.

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  • Day 3: New Year’s Eve Celebration (Dec 31)

    Enjoy an easy morning after yesterday’s adventure. If you do venture out, most businesses are generally open until 13:00 today.

    In the afternoon, your Icelandic New Year‘s Eve begins! Festivities kick off with a local guide showing you around the city, allowing you to take part in local traditions. After a stop at the fireworks sales—an essential Icelandic New Year’s ritual—you will walk through an old Reykjavik cemetery for an encounter with Icelandic spirits, of both the folklore and beverage variety. Then, after a visit to the “home of the elves” in neighbouring Hafnafjörður, the tour ends in the wooded area of Heiðmörk with a small bonfire, refreshments and fireworks.

    Tonight the festivities kick off with a welcome drink followed by a special evening filled with food and entertainment. Just before midnight, you’ll gather around at a local viewpoint to watch the dazzling fireworks explode all over Reykjavik. Afterwards, if you feel like celebrating with the locals, you can continue the party in the city centre with music and dancing late into the night.

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  • Day 4: Warm start to the Year (Jan 1)

    What better way to start your New Year than by soaking in a steaming, warm pool out in the fresh air? Today you will revive your senses after last night’s festivities at the Blue Lagoon, famous for its radiant-blue water surrounded by dark, almost alien-like lava fields. Here you can let your cares slip away as you unwind in the saunas and steam baths or soak in the lagoon with a silica mud mask on your cheeks.

    Renowned for the skin-soothing qualities of its mineral-rich waters, this spa also offers optional skin treatments or in-water massages.* Bathing in this surreal environment is a unique experience that no one should miss! Transfers to and from the Blue Lagoon are provided via coach bus.

    *As availability is limited, we recommend booking these optional treatments well in advance.

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  • Day 5: Departure (Jan 2)

    If your flight is in the afternoon, enjoy some last-minute shopping in the city centre to find that perfect memento of your time in Iceland. Private transfer is provided from your accommodation to Keflavik Airport when it’s time to depart.

    Please be advised that daylight is limited in Iceland during the winter months, with 4-5 hours of daylight from December to January. However, fresh snowfall often gives the appearance of more light, and it is common that houses, streets and businesses are lit up with Christmas lights, so don't fear that you will be travelling in complete darkness. 

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Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Jeffrobe, United States

, December 2014

They were awesome

They helped plan and book my entire trip. everything was perfect. all the pick ups, all the activities, i would use them again in a second. Thanks Helga.....

Kevin, United States

New Year's Celebrations, December 2014

A Wonderful Experience!

I highly recommend booking your nordic trip with Nordic Visitor. Gudrun and her colleagues provided exception service from my very first email inquiry. I was kept informed of the status of my booking and complete details were emailed in plenty of time to review and ask questions prior to my departure to Iceland. My only regret was that I didn't stop by their office in Reykjavik to say "hello" and thank them for a job well done. 
 
All of the tours that were part of the New Year's Eve package were great! The guides were are very warm and friendly and really wanted their guests to feel comfortable and have a great time. 
 
I'm so looking forward to visiting Iceland again and will definitely book my trip through Nordic Visitor! 

ammycosta, United Kingdom

, February 2014

Iceland holiday

Nordic Visitor was the only travel agency that really took the time to understand what I was looking for instead of merely sending me pre-fixed packages. Jelena was my travel adviser and she was very efficient and helpful. Can really recommend their work.

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Other Details
  • Keep in mind that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed even if the tour is operated.
  • Please note that the best hotels can fill up quickly, especially in busy travel seasons, so we recommend booking well in advance.
  • The average temperate in Reykjavik during January is around -0.6 C (31 F) so we strongly urge bringing warm clothes and plenty of layers, especially for fireworks or northern lights viewing.
  • Note about the Blue Lagoon on 1st January: As this attraction is busier than usual during the holiday season, we will be booking you on the earliest departure to get you there before most visitors are expected to arrive. If you would prefer a different departure time, please inform your travel consultant as soon as you can.
For the Blue Lagoon:
The minimum age requirement for children at the Blue Lagoon is 2-years-old. It is mandatory for children ages 2- to 8-years-old to wear inflatable armbands in the lagoon. These are provided free of charge. Please note that only two (2) children under the age of 10 can be admitted into the lagoon per guardian. 
 
For Snowmobile & ATV Tours:
Please note that a valid driver’s license must be presented before driving snowmobiles and/or ATV´s (Quad Bikes).
 
Please be advised that daylight is limited in Iceland during the winter months, with about 4-5 hours of daylight during the holidays, from December to January. Winter in Iceland is considered to be from October to April. 
 
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central bank of Iceland. Therefore, conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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