New Year's in Iceland - 5 Days
Head to the Icelandic capital for a New Year's to remember. Spend a couple of days exploring the capital before heading to the famed Golden Circle. New Year's Eve is celebrated at a restaurant in the famous Harpa Concert Hall with fireworks and a bonfire tour. Spend New Year's day relaxing in the luxurious Blue Lagoon before heading home.
Reykjavik - Golden Circle - Reykjavik. Today we explore the famous Golden Circle starting with Thingvellir National Park - a UNESCO world heritage site home to the world's first democratic parliament. The park is also famous for its geological interest as it straddles the American and Eurasian continental plates. Next stop is Geysir and its fascinating hot springs and multi coloured pools of water and mud. Be sure to look out for Strokkur - an active geyser that spouts every 5 - 7 minutes.
After lunch we drive to the final part of the circle - Gullfoss (the Golden Falls). This two tiered waterfall is possible one of the prettiest in the country. Our last stop of the day is at Fridheimar - a geothermal greenhouse farm that grows fresh tomatoes all year round before heading to Eldhestar riding centre to watch the popular horse show about the Icelandic horse. Arrival into Reykjavik is in the early evening - remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Reykjavik | Breakfast, Lunch
New Year's Eve in Reykjavik
This morning we start the day with a Reykjavik city tour which will include the highlights of the capital including the Whales of Iceland museum featuring life size models of dolphins and whales. Our next stop is the lava town of Hafnarfjordur where we get to enjoy a Viking lunch whilst listening to traditional Icelandic folk songs. Later on we visit the open-air Arbaer museum and learn how Icelanders would have lived in the past. We should be returning to our hotels for 15:30 in order to start getting ready for tonight's celebrations.
Departures for the evening begin at 17:30 and we will be transferred to the Harpa Concert Hall on the waterfront. The evening includes a welcome drinks reception, 4 course gala dinner with wine, a Bonfire and Christmas Light tour and dancing until the early hours.
Overnight: Reykjavik | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Happy New Year & Blue Lagoon
After a bit of a lie in we leave Reykjavik and explore the Reykjavik peninsula with its dramatic sea shores, fascinating geology, moonscapes, lava fields and fishing villages. The guided tour starts in Bessastathir, the residence of the Icelandic president, and continues to the Viking World Museum in Reykjanesaer to visit an authentic Viking ship model that sailed across the Atlantic ocean to New York in year 2000. After an included light lunch of all you can eat soup we continue around the peninsula and also visit a geothermal power plant. We reach the Blue Lagoon in the late afternoon/early evening, an oasis in the lava that owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant, looming large over the aqua tinted waters. We spend 2 hours enjoying the warm mineral rich waters and dinner is also served in the on site LAVA restaurant. On our way back to the city we keep our eyes peeled for the Northern Lights if the weather is favourable. We plan to get back to the hotels in the city between 22:00 and 24:00.
Overnight: Reykjavik | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
2nd January 2019. Arrangements end this morning at hotel check out with included FLYBUS transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Fosshotel Lind, Reykjavik
Renovated in 2014, Fosshotel Lind offers modern and comfortable accommodation in the heart of Reykjavik. Guest rooms are brightly coloured in a special design with pretty views of the city. All rooms are en suite and the hotel also boasts a friendly bar and restaurant. The hotel also benefits from being just two blocks from famous Laugavegur shopping street and the beautiful harbour of Reykjavik.
Fosshotel Reykjavik, Reykjavik
Recently opened (2015) and now the largest hotel in the whole of Iceland, Fosshotel Reykjavik is in a great location just a short walk to famous Laugavegur - the main shopping street. All guest rooms are designed with hard wood floors, sophisticated interiors and magnificent views of the city and bay area. The hotel also has an onsite beer garden, gymnasium and complimentary Wi-Fi. Why not sample some tasty Icelandic cuisine at the Haust restaurant - specialities include Grilled Goose, Reindeer Carapaccio and Lamb Shank!