New Year's & Northern Lights - 5 days
New Years eve tour: Go in search of the Northern Lights, explore glacial lagoons, black lava beaches, active volcanoes and beautiful waterfalls before spending New Years Eve at the Ut I Blainn restaurant at the panoramic Perland building overlooking Reykjavik. A New Years with a difference!
28 December 2018. Welcome to Iceland and the start of your Northern Lights adventure! Your transfer to your accommodation is by Flybus shuttle. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Rekyjavik - Golden Circle - Hella. This morning we get a short introduction to Icelandic geology while watching a striking film at Reykjavik Volcano House documenting the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull and Fimmvörðulháls in 2010. At the Volcano House you can experience a hands-on geological exhibition where you can examine various pieces of pumice, ash and lava from Icelandic volcanoes. Later on we depart Reykjavik for Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and where the Althingi, the oldest legislative assembly in the world was founded.
Continuing on we explore the hot springs at Geysir, these natural springs bubbling away in the ground before exploding in spectacular style. Geysir and Strokkur are the two biggest of the geysers in the area and while Geysir no longer is active, Strokkur still spouts every 5 to 15 minutes to the delight of visitors. Next we travel to Gullfoss, “the golden falls“, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and one of Iceland's most beautiful.
This evening, we hear all about the Northern Lights from our tour guide. Naturally, once darkness falls, we are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights.
Overnight: Hella | Breakfast, Dinner
Hella - Jokulsarlon - Vatnajokull NP - Vatnajokull region. After breakfast we begin a long drive to a world of glaciers and icebergs at Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. We explore this extraordinary site on the lookout for seals swimming in the cold waters. We can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded.
The Vatnajökull National Park is about 12,000 square kilometers and is the largest National Park in Europe. In this area we find Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment and Europe's largest glacier.
Tonight we enjoy a movie presentation about the Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights educational program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky. We stay for one night at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon in the Vatnajokull region.
Overnight: Skaftafell | Breakfast, Dinner
Vatnajokull region - Vik - Eyjafjallajokull - Seljalandsfoss - Rekyjavik. Today, we head across the Laki lava field to the village of Vik where we make a photo stop. We take a stroll on the black lava beach and along the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland, passing the glacier Mýrdalsjökull and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull continuing to Skógafoss waterfall.
Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. Those wishing to get a bit closer can take a trail that goes behind the falling water but be prepared to get wet!
This evening we return to Reykjavik for our New Year's Eve 4 course festive dinner and party at the panoramic Ut I Blainn restaurant located at the Perlan building. We will also go to one of the bonfires in Iceland's capital and an evening tour around Reykjavik. Back at the concert hall we celebrate with music and sparkling wine and at midnight we experience the "crazy" and the one of a kind fireworks in Iceland's capital.
Overnight: Reykjavik | Breakfast, Dinner
Today our Northern Lights Icelandic experience comes to an end with included FlyBus transfer to Keflavik Airport.
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.
Hotel Cabin, Reykjavik
Just a short walk from the waterfront, Hotel Cabin offers comfortable accommodation, rooms are modern and cosy with en suite facilities. The hotel also boasts a buffet restaurant and lobby bar as well as complimentary Wi-Fi for all guests. The city centre is an interesting 15 - 20 minute walk away and the local geothermal Laugardalslaug swimming pool is a 5 minute walk away.
Arhus Cottages, Hella
Located in the heart of Hella, Arhus Cottages offer comfortable and homely accommodation just a stones throw from the famous Ranga River. Guest cottages have an alpine style to them and are complete with en suite facilities, fridge and kitchenette. Arhus also has a restaurant and bar that serve up a delicious array of local and international dishes as well as refreshing Icelandic beer. Why not grab a warm tipple and sit outside on the decking whilst waiting for the Northern Lights to appear? Located in the middle of the small countryside town of Hella in Southern Iceland.
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Skaftafell
One of Fosshotel's newest additions, the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon has an envious position between Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Guest rooms are beautifully furnished and either ocean or mountain views. They are equipped with modern amenities and beautiful en suite facilities. The hotel has a restaurant and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. There is also a bar to relax in at the end of the day.
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The tour was great and we saw some amazing glaciers and landforms. We saw the Northern Lights on both nights that they were on the itinerary. The tour group stayed in great country locations on these nights to maximise our viewing. Hilke our guide was really lovely and very concerned about our safety, which was necessary when you hear about the dangers and about tourists lost because of the hazards. The accommodation was good and food delicious. We especially enjoyed the five course meal on New Year's Eve and we were just a short walk from the Cathedral to see the fireworks at midnight. A lot was packed into our short tour. Thank you to On The Go for such a great visit to Iceland.”