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Fireworks & Fun - New Year’s in Reykjavik

(5 days / 4 nights)

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WE PROVIDE THE FIREWORKS, YOU CHOOSE THE ADVENTURES

Join in the biggest party of the year in Reykjavik, and then enjoy some much needed relaxation in the city or adventures in the countryside. It’s all up to you! This festive break gives you the best of both worlds: a taste of Icelandic New Year’s traditions with a hosted dinner party and the freedom to explore your own interests in Icelandic culture and nature. Choose from such optional activities as horseback riding, northern lights tours, glacier hikes and more.

Type

Partially Guided

Interest

City Break, New Year´s

Season

New Year's

Departure

29 Dec

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Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Iceland (Dec 29)

    Welcome to Iceland! From the arrivals hall in Keflavik Airport a driver will meet you and take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After setting aside your luggage, you can find plenty in the lively, colourful city centre to perk you up: quirky shops, little art galleries, cosy cafes with free Wi-Fi and restaurants to suit all taste buds. If you bundle up well, a walk along the old harbour and seafront at twilight is another great option. Or just stroll down the main street, Laugavegur, and enjoy the twinkling holiday lights before resting up for more adventures tomorrow.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 2: Explore the City or Countryside (Dec 30)

    Use this day to relax in the city or enjoy one of the many optional day tours and activities available during your stay in Reykjavik. A visit to the Blue Lagoon or one of the city’s thermal pools works wonders for jet lag. Or for a good primer on both Icelandic nature and history, go on a tour around the Golden Circle route where you´ll find the Geysir hot springs, Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also snorkel in a volcanic fissure, snowmobile on a glacier or enjoy a walking tour of the city with a local guide—just to name a few options.*

    *Please note: optional tours and activities are not included in the base package price.

    Please be advised that it is recommended to book activities well in advance during the holiday season to ensure that you receive your first choices in optional activitiies. That includes optional day tours as well as booking times for the Blue Lagoon.

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  • Day 3: Icelandic Spirits & New Year’s Celebrations

    Enjoy the first half of the day as you wish. Businesses in Reykjavik are generally open until 13:00 (1 PM) on this public holiday.

    In the afternoon you’ll get into the festive spirit with the Magic & Mystery Tour! Explore the heart of the city with a local guide, and learn to celebrate New Year’s as an Icelander would. After a stop at the fireworks sales—an essential New Year’s ritual—wander through an old Reykjavik cemetery for an encounter with Icelandic spirits—both folklore and beverages. 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.

    Then at 19:30, the holiday festivities kick off at one of Reykjavik’s restaurants, with an aperitif followed by a gourmet buffet and entertainment. And before the midnight countdown begins, you‘ll gather at an excellent viewpoint for watching the fireworks explode all over Reykjavik—a sight you will never forget! 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: Choose Your Own Adventure (Jan 1)

    It’s the first day of a new year…how will you remember it? Do something bold with an excursion on top of – or even into – a glacier, or experience the rugged interior highlands on a super-jeep tour to the notorious Eyjafjallajökull volcano area. Perhaps a horseback ride or helicopter tour is more your speed. Feel like sleeping in late? An evening dinner cruise is a great way to admire Reykjavik’s lights.

    Need some ideas? Ask your travel consultant to suggest some activities.

    *Please note: optional tours and activities are not included in the base package price.

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  • Day 5: Departure from Iceland (Jan 2)

    When it’s time to depart, you will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation for your airport transfer. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option of visiting the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa before continuing onwards to Keflavík International Airport. Soaking in the warm, radiant-blue water surrounded by snow-covered, black lava rocks is a wonderful last memory of Iceland.

    Note: If you are interested in extending your stay, we’re happy to arrange extra night and activities in the Reykjavík area or even combine this tour with a visit to Greenland or our other destinations.

    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.

Map

Here’s a map of Iceland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

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

Natalie, United States

, December 2011

Friend in Iceland

Kristin was awesome! She was very patient with all of my questions (and I had a TON) and answered very quickly. Our introduction meeting was very nice and she again answered all of our questions. Our luggage was delayed for three days. Kristin called Icelandair for us every day to give us updates. She was very helpful and friendly. We felt like we had a friend in Iceland.

Accommodation

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Everything about this tour

  • Although winter in Iceland is generally mild compared to other Northern European countries, the temperatures can drop below freezing at times. Please bring windproof/waterproof outerwear and plenty of warm layers.
  • Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed even if the evening tour is operated.
  • Extra nights and activities can be added by request; contact us for details.
  • This package can be customized to meet your needs; contact us for details.
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.
 
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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