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Iceland-Style New Year

(5 days / 4 nights)

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See the incredible way Icelanders welcome the new year!

This year, resolve to party like an Icelander in the world’s coolest New Year’s Eve destination: Reykjavik. This special package gives you an authentic insight into Icelandic traditions, with guided small group activities and the option of joining the locals at their community bonfires. You’ll also get to enjoy free time in the city and visit some of Iceland’s top attractions, including the Geysir hot springs, Gullfoss waterfall and the Blue Lagoon. You may even spot the northern lights, if the conditions are right.

5 days / 4 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 175009 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Interest

City Break, New Year´s, Northern Lights

Season

New Year

Departure

30 Dec

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Reykjavik Free Time & Northern Lights (Dec 30)

    Welcome to Iceland! From the arrivals hall in Keflavik Airport a driver will meet you and take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After a quick snooze you can find plenty in the lively, colourful city centre to perk you up: quirky shops, little art galleries, cosy coffee houses 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 sunset is another great option.

    Later in the evening—weather permitting—you will join a guided small group tour out to the countryside in search of the northern lights, nature‘s own version of New Year‘s fireworks.*

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

    Spend the next four nights in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 2: New Year‘s Eve with an Icelandic Twist (Dec 31)

    Enjoy an easy morning after last night‘s aurora-seeking 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. 

    Later on, enjoy a gourmet dinner at one of Reykjavik’s downtown restaurants in the company of fellow travellers. And if time allows after your meal, you might wish to join the locals at a nearby neighbourhood bonfire. For the grand finale, we recommend walking up to the small hill at Landakot (Landakotskirkja church) where locals gather around midnight to light up firecrackers, pop open some champagne and watch the biggest, loudest city fireworks show you’ve probably ever seen. Afterwards you can continue downtown to keep partying with the locals if you’re up for it!

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  • Day 3: A 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 4: Natural Wonders of the Golden Circle (Jan 2)

    Visit some of Iceland’s most famous attractions with a guided bus tour around the classic “Golden Circle” route in South Iceland. One of the major highlights on this journey is Þingvellir National Park, a place of great historical and geological significance that is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other attractions include the beautiful two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall and spouting hot springs such as Geysir and Strokkur. On return to Reykjavik, you will also see the Skálholt church, the ancient seat of the Icelandic bishops, and Hveragerði, a small village will numerous geothermal-heated greenhouses.

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  • Day 5: Departure (Jan 3)

    It’s time to head back home today and take care of more New Year’s resolutions. From your accommodation, take the airport bus to Keflavik Airport in time for your check-in. If you fly in the afternoon, you might be able to fit in a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon or even take a short guided tour of the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula (optional). 

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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.

We had a fantastic time

We loved this tour. Our guide for the Northern Lights tour was certainly an 'interesting' fellow but took us to an isolated place where we could view the lights without a million other people being there and gave us great instruction on how to take good photos. I am very impressed with his knowledge and his enthusiasm to get us to the best spot and get the most out of the experience.

Our guides for the dog sledding and super jeep tours were also great. I really appreciated the concern our super jeep guide gave for the well being of our 18 month old son and his willingness to interact and entertain him while us adults ducked out to see the sights. All in all a great experience.

Your service far exceeded our expectations. The information provided in the welcome pack far exceeded what we expected and the information on what restaurants and activities were open over the Xmas period was very helpful.

We had a fantastic time. Iceland was wonderful to visit and we are still on a high. Thank you for helping us to get the most out of the visit and i really hope that we will make it back there during the summer season so we can see what is underneath all that snow!

Accommodation

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Approx 175009 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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Other Details
Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed even if the guided tour is operated. If weather conditions are not favourable, we reserve the right to cancel a tour and offer a full refund.
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. 
 
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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