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New Year's Celebration in Akureyri

(6 days / 5 nights)

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Ring in the New Year in the capital of the North

Celebrate this magical time of the year in North Iceland, with its glittering holiday lights, friendly locals, majestic landscapes and cosy restaurants. Enjoy a festive New Year’s Eve dinner as well as sightseeing around town and excursions into the countryside to experience top attractions, including Siglufjörður, Lake Mývatn, the Dettifoss waterfall, the northern lights and a geothermal spa.

Type

Partially Guided

Interest

New Year´s, Northern Lights

Season

New Year

Departure

29 Dec

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Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Welcome to Iceland (Dec 29)

    On arrival to Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant city centre with its abundance of museums, shops, restaurants and bars—most of which are in easy walking distance from your accommodation. This evening you can also experience the northern lights with a tour to the countryside, away from the glare of city lights (optional, can be added on request).*

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

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

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  • Day 2: Lake Mývatn, Nature Baths & Northern Lights (Dec 30)

    Head to Reykjavik Domestic Airport for your 45-minute flight to Akureyri in North Iceland. After arriving, continue to your hotel and get ready for the afternoon’s exciting journey into the countryside.

    After lunchtime you will be picked up for a guided excursion around the Lake Mývatn area, with visits to Goðafoss waterfall, the eerie lava rocks of Dimmuborgir, the Grjótagjá rift-cave and Hverir (Námaskarð), a geothermal area of boiling mudpools and hot springs. Then you’ll enjoy a peaceful countryside dinner before visiting the Mývatn Nature Baths, a wonderful place to experience Iceland's geothermal bathing. On the return journey to Akureyri, your guide will take you on a search for the northern lights (if weather and other conditions are favourable).

    Spend the next three nights in Akureyri.

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  • Day 3: Rural Akureyri & New Year's Eve Dinner (Dec 31)

    Start the day by exploring the Christmas traditions of rural Iceland with a guided tour to the countryside. During the tour, guests will visit local farmers to learn about the Icelandic way of living, meet farm animals and learn about Icelandic holiday customs in the Christmas Garden at Hrafnagil. Tonight you will ring in the New Year with a dinner with fellow travellers at the hotel, starting with an apertif at 6pm. After dinner we reccommend watching the fireworks display around town. And if you're in a party mood, you can continue your night out at one of the town’s clubs with music and dancing.

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  • Day 4: Dettifoss Super Jeep Safari (Jan 1)

    Spend your New Year’s Day on a guided super-jeep excursion to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Standing next to this 44 metre-high, 100 metre-wide cascade with its great surge of water rumbling into the canyon is an incredible experience. The rest of your afternoon and evening are free to enjoy Akureyri as you wish, perhaps with a walk in the historical centre along Hafnarstræti and Aðalstræti, two streets lined with well-maintained old houses and Christmas decorations.

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  • Day 5: Leisure Day in Reykjavik (Jan 2)

    Head to Akureyri Airport for your return flight to Reykjavik. The rest of your day is then free to explore Reykjavik and its surroundings at your leisure. Downtown Reykjavík offers a wide range of attractions, including Alþingi, the Icelandic Parliament and a wonderful bird‘s eye view from the tower at Hallgrímskirkja church, the city’s most visible landmark. There are also plenty of exciting optional activities and day tours to choose from.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 6: Departure (Jan 3)

    If your flight is in the afternoon, you can spend some time exploring your surroundings in Reykjavik or you may wish to take a short tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula or visit the Blue Lagoon, which is on the way to the airport. Bus transfer is provided to Keflavik Airport. 

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Map

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Reviews

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AMKAlsuwaidi, United Arab Emirates

, September 2014

Outstanding and Knowledgeable

It was a last minute decision to visit Iceland especially when the volcano eruption was in the horizon. Jelena, our trip advisor was very patient and considerate. I would strongly recommend Nordic Visitor due to the following:
 
1- Fast response and friendly staff;
2- Knowledgeable;
3- The tour package was very comprehensive beyond expectation and flexible;
4- Every single detail was included and activities were carefully selected;
5- The accommodation location and comfort level was great.
 
We received the itinerary 2 days before we traveled to Iceland and once we reached everything was in order. No through study was required and we didn't miss anything.

RDukeshire, United States

, July 2013

Iceland 2013

I used Nordic Visitor for a trip to Iceland in 2013 for my 10 year old son and I. I knew what I wanted to see and experience on our trip. Nordic Visitor took my list and created a wonderful customized itinerary. Everything was perfect and all arrangements were flawless. I was pleasantly surprised! If you are going to Iceland, I highly recommend working with this group. They are professional, polite, timely and know Iceland!

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Everything about this tour

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.
 
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  • The itinerary can change without notice due to weather conditions and therefor travel insurance is highly recommended.
  • 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.
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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