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New Year's in North Iceland

(6 days / 5 nights)

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RING IN THE NEW YEAR IN THE BEAUTIFUL 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 before viewing the fireworks light up the sky in Akureyri. Travellers will also enjoy excursions into the countryside to experience top attractions, including Lake Mývatn, the Dettifoss waterfall, the northern lights and a geothermal spa.

6 days / 5 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 259587 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Travel style

Partially Guided i

Interest

New Year´s i, Northern Lights i

Season

New Year

Departure

29 Dec

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: DECEMBER 29 - WELCOME TO ICELAND

    Welcome to Iceland. In the arrivals hall in Keflavik International Airport, a driver will meet you and take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík.

    After a quick snooze you can find plenty to do in the lively, colourful city centre to perk you up: quirky shops, little art galleries, cosy coffee houses and restaurants to suit all tastes. If you bundle up well, a walk along the old harbour and seafront at sunset is another great option.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

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  • Day 2: DECEMBER 30 – AKUREYRI & NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR

    Head to Reykjavik Domestic Airport for your 45-minute flight to Akureyri in North Iceland. After arriving, spend some time exploring this small, charming town. We recommend walking in the historical town centre, along the streets of Hafnarstræti and Aðalstræti, to see the old houses and to perhaps visit the Nonni Museum. It's also a nice idea to take a dip in the town's thermal pool located nearby the Akureyri church, the town's most prominent landmark.

    Later tonight you will be picked up for a guided excursion into the countryside to search for the northern lights, otherwise known as aurora borealis. This incredible natural phenomenon is only visible on clear nights at far northern latitudes, making Iceland an ideal place for aurora sightings.*

    Spend the next three nights in Akureyri.

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

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  • Day 3: DECEMBER 31 - MÝVATN NATURE BATHS & NEW YEAR'S DINNER

    Spend the last day of the year in the Lake Mývatn area with its unique volcanic landscapes and sizzling geothermal sites. This is considered by many to be the most beautiful and geologically-diverse region in North Iceland.

    The day begins with a visit to the majestic Goðafoss waterfall. Then you will get to see the Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters, the Hverir mud pools, the Grjótagjá rift, the Dimmuborgir lava fields and other highlights of the Mývatn area.

    The final stop in this fascinating area before returning to Akureyri is the Mývatn Nature Baths, a geothermal bathing pool set right in the middle of a lava field. Here you will enjoy a relaxing soak while enjoying the great views (admission is in included in the tour price).

    Tonight, starting with an aperitif at 6 PM, join your fellow travellers to ring in the New Year with a festive dinner at your Akureyri hotel. After dinner, we recommend visiting the community bonfire (a 15-minute walk) and watching as the locals light up fireworks, culminating in an impressive overhead display at midnight. If you're in the party spirit, you can continue the night at one of the town’s bars with music and dancing.

    Spend the night in Akureyri.

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  • Day 4: JANUARY 1 - DETTIFOSS WATERFALL TOUR

    Spend New Year’s Day on a guided tour to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. This is an incredible experience to stand near the 44-metre high, 100-metre wide falls, with surging water surging loudly into the canyon. There is a relatively short walk from the parking lot to the best viewpoints, and if the ground is covered with snow, you will be provided with snowshoes to make the walk easier.

    Upon returning to Akureyri, the rest of your evening is free to enjoy the town as you wish, perhaps with a walk in the historical centre to see the charming old houses lit up with Christmas decorations.

    Spend the night in Akureyri.

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  • Day 5: JANUARY 2 - LEISURE DAY IN REYKJAVIK

    Head to Akureyri Airport for your return flight to Reykjavik.

    Back in the capital city, the rest of your day is then free to explore your surroundings at your leisure. Downtown Reykjavík offers a wide range of attractions, including 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: JANUARY 3- DEPARTURE

    Today it's time to return home. If your departure flight is in the afternoon, you may wish to take a short guided tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula or visit the Blue Lagoon, both of which are on the way to the airport. (Contact your travel consultant for details.)

    When the time comes to head to Keflavik International Airport, bus transfer is provided from your accommodation or nearest city transfer point.

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Map

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Reviews

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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.

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!

Accommodation

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Approx 259587 ISK

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Tour Information

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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