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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 268002 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Partially Guided

Interest

New Year´s, Northern Lights

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! From 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 – VISIT AKUREYRI & NORTHERN LIGHTS EXPLORATION

    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 a walk along the historical town centre, the streets of Hafnarstræti and Aðalstræti to see the old houses and visit the Nonni Museum. It is also ideal to take a dip in the geothermal pool, located close to the iconic landmark – the Akureyri church.

    Later tonight, you will be picked up for a guided excursion into the countryside in search of the northern lights. This incredible natural phenomenon is only visible at far northern latitudes, making Iceland an ideal base for aurora sightings (if weather and other conditions are favourable).*

    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 - LAKE MÝVATN, NATURE BATHS & NEW YEARS FESTIVITIES

    Spend the last day of the year on a journey of extreme contrasts, with rich bird life, unique flora, and bubbling geothermal activity. The Lake Mývatn area is by many considered the most beautiful region in North Iceland and at the same time the most catastrophic place on the island. The day begins by stopping at the gigantic Goðafoss, a picturesque waterfall that empties into the Skjálfandafljót River. The first stop near Lake Mývatn is at the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðagígar, where you can see mounds of earth rising, with bubble like forms jutting from the ground. From there, you will visit highlights of the area, such as the Hverir mud pools, Grjótagjá rift, Dimmuborgir lava fields and more. The final stop in Mývatn before returning to Akureyri is at the Mývatn Nature Baths, where you will enjoy a relaxing time in natural pool of geothermal water based in the middle of lava fields with a great view over the area. The admission fee is included in the tour price.

    Tonight, you will ring in the New Year with a festive dinner with fellow travellers at the hotel, starting with an aperitif at 6pm. After dinner, we recommend visiting the local bonfire (15 minute walk) and watching the locals light up fireworks and at midnight, a fireworks display around town will light up the sky . If you're in a party mood, you can continue your night out at one of the town’s bars with music and dancing.

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  • Day 4: JANUARY 1 - DETTIFOSS SUPER JEEP SAFARI

    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: JANUARY 2 - LEISURE DAY IN REYKJAVIK

    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: JANUARY 3- DEPARTURE

    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

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

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!

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Approx 268002 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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