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Christmas & New Year's in Iceland

Northern Lights & New Years Eve Fun

(11 days / 10 nights)

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PRISTINE ICELANDIC NATURE AND HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES!

This special package allows you to experience Iceland´s most spectacular gems in the south and west of Iceland. Travellers will enjoy a tailored self-drive tour chock full of breathtaking sites, charming town visits, a visit to the Blue Lagoon, and a delicious Christmas Eve feast. You will attend a New Year´s Eve celebration that you will never forget, with a gourmet dinner, sparkling wine, entertainment and a fantastic view of the fireworks from a balcony overlooking the city. Countryside destinations include the wondrous waterfalls Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, and Skógafoss; as well as stops at Geysir, Þingvellir National Park, the floating icebergs at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and the spectacular Snæfellsnes peninsula. You may even spot the northern lights, if the conditions are right.

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11 days / 10 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 325337 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
  • Value for your money
  • Professional service from local experts 

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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the famous Golden Circle route
  • Feel the power of the thundering waterfall Gullfoss
  • Marvel at eruptions at the Geysir geothermal region
  • Hunt for the majestic northern lights
  • Bathe in the world famous Blue Lagoon
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss
  • Photograph the spectacular sights of the Snæfellsnes peninsula
  • Go on a New Year’s Eve guided tour of Reykjavik during the day
  • Visit a bonfire on New Year’s Eve, a local tradition
  • Attend an exclusive New Year’s Eve party, with a gourmet dinner, sparkling wine and entertainment
  • Enjoy a cosy Christmas dinner with fellow travellers

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Christmas i, New Year´s i, Northern Lights i

Season

December

Departure

22 and 23 Dec

Driving distance

1430/888 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: ARRIVAL & EXPLORING REYKJAVÍK

    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 settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore Reykjavik. You can stroll the charming capital city, visit museums, and explore landmarks. Downtown Reykjavík offers numerous excellent restaurants, cafés, coffeehouses, and bars, for those who want to experience the renowned Reykjavík nightlife. If you are arriving early, you could choose to add an optional activity to your day, such as a Reykjavík city walk, a food walk, or winter whale watching.

    In the evening, you could add a tour to search for the otherworldly northern lights. You could join a guided small group bus tour with a knowledgeable driver that will find a great spot to view the white, green and sometimes red lights dancing and flickering in the sky, or even a northern lights boat tour.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 2: MOUNTAINS, WATERFALLS & CHRISTMAS DINNER CELEBRATION

    Start the day by picking up your rental car before taking in some of the best attractions in south Iceland. The first leg of your journey is along the south coast, with a stop at the fairy tale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall—the only one of its kind in Iceland where you can walk behind the cascade on a footpath! For those who are a bit more adventurous, we recommend visiting a hidden waterfall in the canyon, known as Gljúfrabúi, located near Seljalandsfoss, depending on weather and conditions. Further along you can visit the magnificent 60-metre tall free-falling Skógafoss waterfall in Skógar.

    On the 24th of December you will celebrate Christmas Eve with fellow travellers in a cosy gathering at Icelandair Hotel Klaustur. At 18:00, there will be a complimentary aperitif followed by a delicious buffet, featuring an array of Icelandic delicacies, including lamb and fish. Close to midnight you can choose to visit the local church for a midnight mass with the locals (the mass is held in Icelandic).

    Spend the next two nights in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 miles

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  • Day 3: Christmas among cliffs, icebergs & national parks

    Enjoy the day in the countryside where you can visit sites such as the Kirkjugolf basalt stones and the Dverghamrar cliffs. If the weather and road conditions are favourable, we recommend driving to Jölulsárlón, to see the floating icebergs in the glacier lagoon. Nearby, you could explore the Diamond Beach, with chunks of glistening ice dotting the black sands, as well as the smaller glacier lagoon, Fjallsárlón. Please be aware that there are limited opening hours in the countryside for markets and cafes due to the holiday, so it is strongly recommended to pack a lunch and snacks for the day.  

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area

    Driving distance: 250 km/155 miles

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  • Day 4: The dramatic south coast & hot springs

    After a few days of taking in the frozen landscapes and glaciers of the south coast, you will head back west. Worthwhile stops along the way include the hauntingly beautiful volcanic black sand beach south of Vík and Dyrhólaey. It is ideal today to join some of the optional activities available in the area such as horse riding, glacier walking, snowmobiling or an ATV tour on the beach.

    Spend the next two nights in the Golden Circle area

    Driving distance: 200 km/124 mi

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  • Day 5: The Classic Golden Circle

    You have a full day to visit the Golden Circle region, a popular route for viewing some of the best-known natural sites in south Iceland. Visit the great Geysir region and explore the bubbling mud pots and spouting Strokkur geyser before arriving at the picture perfect two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall. After, you could choose to visit the old bishopry at Skálholt and the explosion crater Kerið, now partially filled with bright blue water. Complete the circle at Þingvellir National Park, which appears on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list for being historically significant to the founding of Icelandic democracy and a place of immense natural beauty.

    Spend the night in the Golden Circle region.

    Driving distance: 190 km / 118 miles

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  • Day 6: Hot springs, Lava waterfalls & Glacier adventures

    Explore west Iceland today with a diverse array of activities. For a close up look at the island‘s geothermal power, check out the largest hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver as it bubbles and emits steam. Nearby, you can pay a visit to the beautiful Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls, where water thrashes, churns and spills from the vast lava field. Or for a truly unique experience, go inside a glacier! You can take an optional guided tour to Langjökull glacier, where a manmade ice cave is open to travellers (tour not included). Another highlight is the newly opened Krauma, which are geothermal baths located right next to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. 

    Spend the next two nights in the Borgarfjörður area

    Driving distance: 210 km / 130 miles

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  • Day 7: Snæfellsjökull national park

    Start the day early as you have a full day ahead of you to experience spectacular views of the ocean, lava fields and snowy peaks as you visit the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The main attraction here is undoubtedly the 1,446 m Snæfellsjökull glacier-topped volcano, believed by some to hold mysterious spiritual powers. So large that it’s visible from Reykjavik on clear days. It was also the setting for Jules Verne’s famous novel “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”. Your drive along the coast also offers such picture-perfect sights as the Dritvík Cove, the Lóndrangar cliffs, the Arnarstapi cliffs, the hamlet of Hellnar and various other small fishing villages, including charming Stykkishólmur. For a fun photo opportunity, visit Djúpalónssandur, a pebble-filled beach with the four “lifting stones” that were used in old days to test men‘s strength for jobs on fishing boats.

    Spend the night in Borgarfjörður area.

    Driving distance: 330 km / 2015 mi

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  • Day 8: West coast & Reykjavik

    From beautiful Borgarfjörður, you will continue through Borgarnes to Reykjavik. If you‘re interested in Iceland‘s early history, visit the Icelandic Settlement Centre exhibition in Borgarnes to get a sense of Iceland‘s rich literary history of the sagas as well as what life was like during the days of settlement. After leaving Borgarnes you will drive through Hvalfjörður and onto to Reykjavik, where you will drop off the rental car in the afternoon. The rest of the day in Reykjavik is up to you, either to be spent at leisure or adding optional activities.

    Spend the next three nights in Reykjavik. 

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  • Day 9: Icelandic Traditions & New Years Eve Celebrations

    Enjoy an easy morning your road trip. If you do venture out, please note that most businesses are generally open until 13:00 today. After lunch, your Icelandic New Year‘s Eve experience begins 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 get to know Icelandic new years traditions. You will have a chance to taste some local food, admire the city‘s Christmas decorations and have a chance to set off the fireworks that were purchased.

    Tonight at 19:00, you will attend an exclusive New Year’s Eve party hosted by Nordic Visitor. This New Year’s celebration takes place at Gamla Bíó, a beautiful venue in the heart of downtown Reykjavik. This party is more than just dinner and drinks. Guests will be able to attend a traditional bonfire where Icelanders gather to sing songs about the hidden people. You will also enjoy entertainment at the venue, and have a delicious 3-course dinner, topped off with sparkling wine at midnight. You will be treated to a roof top view over Reykjavik harbour for the fireworks at midnight. It will be quite the show! Once the exclusive celebration finishes, you can continue the party, like the locals, in the city centre with music and dancing late into the night.

    Please note: the party has an age limit of 12 years and this day is set on 31 December. If you are travelling with younger children, please contact us; we will be happy to offer an alternative option for dinner on New Year’s Eve.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 10: Blue Lagoon Relaxation

    Today, you will be picked for a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon. You have time to bathe in the heated geothermal pool, which is rich with silica and soothing for your skin. You can also enjoy a sauna or steambath and an array of spa services (which must be booked in advance). After your time at the Blue Lagoon, you return to Reykjavík, where you can spend the late afternoon, and evening, at your leisure. 

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 11: Departure from Iceland

    Your winter holiday to Iceland has come to an end, and you will have a shuttle bus transfer from your accommodation to Keflavik International Airport. If you are departing in the afternoon and are interested in adding an optional activity, please arrange with your travel consultant in advance, as there are a limited number of activities available due to the holiday.

    Please note: The standard itinerary is based on arrivals for Sunday, the 23rd of December. For arrivals on the 22nd of December, the itinerary will be adjusted to travellers spending the nights of the 23rd and 24th in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area, and the day at the Blue Lagoon will be moved to the 30th of December. Christmas day will be spent travelling the south coast toward the Golden Circle area. Please contact your travel consultant if you have any questions or concerns about the changes to the itinerary.

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

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

Best trip of my life!

It was the best trip of my life that I have ever been on. The Hotels and the car rental were managed for us, which took off all the stresses of traveling for us. The detailed map was perfect, loved the little details like where to find "homemade ice cream". Loved that every day there was something to see and do but still had the option to relax and/or take the day off. Our favorite moments was The whole entire New Year's Eve day! Starting out with the guided tour around Reykjavik. Learning about local folklore. Then heading over to the New Year's Eve dinner, that had us laughing and entertained! Nordic Visitor did it all correctly and can't wait to book with them again. 

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, with authorization for two drivers and free GPS in the rental car of your choice.

VW Golf (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

VW Golf (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: B
  • Description: Compact hatchback
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Toyota Corolla (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x2
  • M

Toyota Corolla (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Description: Sedan
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Skoda Octavia Station (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Skoda Octavia Station (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Description: Station wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Hyundai Tucson AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Hyundai Tucson AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: E
  • Description: Compact SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Land Rover Discovery SPORT AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Land Rover Discovery SPORT AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: F
  • Description: Mid-size SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: G
  • Description: Full-size SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Land Rover Discovery AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x6
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Land Rover Discovery AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: H
  • Description: SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Suitcases: 4/3
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Price per person from

Approx 325337 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

2019

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Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, what to pack for your holiday and useful information about the activities that are included during the tour.  

WINTER DRIVING IN ICELAND

For added safety and comfort, we highly recommend selecting a 4x4 vehicle for a winter trip.

Please note that driving during the winter in Iceland can be challenging as the weather can be unpredictable. If you do not have experience driving in winter conditions, with snow, icy roads and high winds, a self-drive tour during winter is not be recommended. However, we offer a number of guided small group tours as well as multi-day tours and privately-guided tours.

Learn more about winter driving in Iceland here.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE ITINERARY & ARRIVALS
Please note: The standard itinerary is based on arrivals for Sunday, the 23rd of December. For arrivals on the 22nd of December, the itinerary will be adjusted to travellers spending the nights of the 23rd and 24th in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area, and the day at teh Blue Lagoon will be moved to the 30th of December. Christmas day will be spent travelling the south coast toward the Golden Circle area. Please contact your travel consultant if you have any questions or concerns about the changes to the itinerary.

NEW YEAR‘S EVE EXCLUSIVE PARTY
The New Year´s Eve Party has an age limit of 12 years. If travelling with younger children, please contact us and we will be happy to offer you an alternative option for dinner on New Year’s Eve. 

The New Year’s Eve Party includes alcoholic beverages. In Iceland, the legal drinking age is 20 years old so you might need to present an ID at the event. For those younger and those who prefer not to drink alcoholic beverages, non-alcoholic beverages will be offered.

Please note that a transfer is not included to/from the venue, but it‘s centrally located and within walking distance from most hotels in city centre. It‘s also easily accessible by taxis.

THE BLUE LAGOON
Please note that the Blue Lagoon is busier than usual during the holiday season, we will be booking your entrance at a specific time with a specific duration at the lagoon. If you would prefer a different departure time, please inform your travel consultant as soon as possible.

The minimum age requirement for children at the Blue Lagoon is 2-years old. It is mandatory for children aged 2 to 8 to wear inflatable armbands while 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.

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS 
The best months to experience the northern lights are October through April, with peak visibility from December through February. Please note that as the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, we cannot guarantee sightings even if the tour is operated.

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.

Although the winter climate in Iceland is generally mild compared to other northern European countries, the temperature can drop below freezing at times. Please bring windproof and waterproof outerwear and plenty of warm layers. Please note that the programme is dependent upon weather and road conditions, and may be altered if conditions are not favourable. For information on weather conditions and daylight hours we recommend visiting our extensive Online Travel Guide

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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