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New Year’s Among the Glaciers

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End the Year with a memorable Road Trip!

If you’ve ever wanted to start sentences at parties with, “That one time we spent New Year’s on a road trip in Iceland…”, then this is for you. Make it a year to remember with a drive along the beautiful South Coast, alongside frosty lava fields, ice-coated waterfalls and Europe’s largest glaciers. Ring in the New Year with the locals in a friendly small town and take advantage of optional activities like glacier hiking, snowmobiling and northern lights tours.

Type

Self-Drive

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: Arrival in Iceland (Dec 29)

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

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 2: Frosty Falls & Ice Walks on the South Coast (Dec 30)

    Collect your rental car in the morning. Then it’s time to start your adventure on the road towards the picture-perfect south coast, a drive alongside some of Iceland’s most famous attractions and the beautiful Eyjafjöll mountain range.

    At the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall you can follow a footpath behind its frosty cascade, and the next waterfall you will see, Skógafoss, is just as impressive in its winter coat. For a truly unique Icelandic experience, you can also take part in a guided ice walk in crampons (Optional; not included) on the nearby Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Wouldn’t that be an impressive memory for the year’s end? Being out in the countryside also gives you better opportunities for searching for the northern lights for the next few nights, if the skies are clear.*/p>

    Spend the night in the Vík area.

    *The northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

    Driving distance approx. 190 km / 118 miles

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  • Day 3: Glacial Wonders & New Year’s Eve with Locals (Dec 31)

    This is the last day of the year. How will you remember it? Perhaps you‘d like to just chill out before tonight‘s big celebration, with visits to sites like the Kirkjugolf basalt stones and the Dverghamrar cliffs. Or, if you‘re feeling more ambitious, get an early start to explore Skaftafell, part of Vatnajökull National Park, and the floating icebergs at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Then head back to your accommodation in the town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur to freshen up for the night.

    Tonight the New Year‘s Eve festivities kick off in Kirkjubæjarklaustur at 18:00 with an apertif followed by a three-course dinner. Then you‘ll meet up with your local guide and fellow partygoers and head over to the community bonfire at 20:30. It may be a small town, but the vast amount of fireworks set off will impress you! You’ll know it’s approaching midnight by watching the big illuminated sign on the mountainside, just in front of the hotel. As you countdown to the New Year, watch in awe as the sky explodes in lights overhead and make toasts with your new friends from near and far.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance: 313 km/194 miles

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  • Day 4: New Year’s Day in the Great Outdoors (Jan 1)

    Iceland traditionally moves at a slower pace on the first day of the year, so luckily you can sleep in a bit and enjoy a late breakfast at the hotel before venturing out on the road again. As most businesses are closed or have limited service hours today, this is an ideal day for just taking some easy hikes and enjoying the unhurried photo opportunities as you drive towards your next accomodation.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss/Hveragerði area.

    Driving distance: 210 km/130 miles

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  • Day 5: Hot Springs of the Golden Circle (Jan 2)

    After a few days of taking in the frozen landscapes and glaciers of the South Coast, today‘s drive around the famous Golden Circle offers a glimpse into the powerful forces brewing below Iceland‘s surface. At the high-temperature Geysir geothermal area – where the word geyser comes from – you‘ll walk among bubbling mud pots and sizzling pools. The highlight here is the Strokkur geyser, which spouts every 8 – 10 minutes.

    After a stop to admire the stunning two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, you‘ll also see where the Eurasion and North American tectonic plates are slowly splitting apart at Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. End the day back in Reykjavik, where you‘ll have many fantastic dining options.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance: 170 km / 105 miles

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  • Day 6: DEPARTURE FROM REYKJAVIK (Jan 3)

    When it’s time to depart, you will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation for your airport transfer. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option of visiting the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa before continuing onwards to Keflavík International Airport. Soaking in the warm, radiant-blue water surrounded by snow-covered, black lava rocks is a wonderful last memory of Iceland.

    Note: If you are interested in extending your stay, we’re happy to arrange extra night and activities in the Reykjavík area or even combine this tour with a visit to Greenland or our other destinations.

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Map

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

Accommodation

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

Comfort

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three-star hotel or well-appointed guesthouse. All provide breakfast (in..

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Rental car

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

Ford Kuga AWD
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Kuga AWD
or similar

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

Ford Edge AWD
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Edge AWD
or similar

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

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4
or similar

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

Volvo XC90 AWD
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Volvo XC90 AWD
limited availability

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

Land Rover Defender 4x4
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Land Rover Defender 4x4
limited availability

  • Type: J
  • Description: Highland SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Luggage: 4/2
  • Doors: 2/4 to 6
  • Transmission: Manual

Optional activities

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Everything about this tour

Booking:
  • We recommend booking at least three weeks prior to departure.
  • This package can be customized to meet your needs, and extra nights can be added on request. Contact us for details.
  • For added safety and comfort, we highly recommend selecting a 4x4 vehicle type for winter.
Other:
  • Although the winter climate in Iceland is generally mild compared to other northern European countries, the temperatures can drop below freezing at times. You should bring some windproof/waterproof outerwear and plenty of warm layers.
  • The best months to experience the northern lights are October through April, with peak visibility from December through February. Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so we cannot guarantee sightings.
Please note:
A reservation is required for entrance to the Blue Lagoon and for spa treatments while there. Please ask your travel consultant for further information.

 

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