28 December 2016 (5 days/4 nights)   Tour code: WNAG16NY

£825 (double/twin/triple room), £948 (single room)

Prices are per person, excluding flights

Thingvellir.winter.sun.copyThis New Year break takes you to some of Iceland’s most famous sights – including the Golden Circle and Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon – and provides an introduction to the country’s restless geology, while offering ample opportunity to search for the magical Northern Lights in remote areas away from light pollution.

DAY 1 (Wednesday 28 December): WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km)

Transfer by Flybus shuttle from Keflavík International Airport to the Fosshotel Baron (or similar) in Reykjavík for your first night. Depending on your arrival time, we can offer suggestions on how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own.

DAY 2 (Thursday 29 December): THE GOLDEN CIRCLE ROUTE (220 km)
At 08:30 meet your tour guide for a short introduction to Icelandic geology and a visit to the Reykjavík Volcano House to watch a short film documenting the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull and Fimmvörðulháls in 2010, which caused major disruption to international air travel.  You then drive to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site where the Althing, the oldest legislative assembly in the world, was founded. Thingvellir is geologically significant too, being situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.  Then it’s on to the Geysir hot springs area with its bubbling mud pools.  The geyser from which all others take their name is now dormant but, nearby, is Strokkur (“the Churn”), which erupts every few minutes.  Next, you travel to Gullfoss (the “Golden Falls”), one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls.  Your final stop is at the explosion crater Kerið which is filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheatre. In the evening, your guide will explain about the Northern Lights before you venture outside to search for them.  Your accommodation is in the simple Árhús Cottages in the village of Hella in South Iceland.

DAY 3 (Friday 30 December): VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK & GLACIER LAGOON (385 km)
PageLines- ScreenShot2013-12-19at14.50.59.pngA long drive today brings you to the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, filled with floating blue icebergs. If you are lucky, you may even see seals swimming in the Arctic waters. You can also walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs become stranded. The Vatnajökull National Park, at around 12,000 square kilometres, is the largest in Europe and is home to Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment and Europe’s largest glacier. Tonight there will be a film show about Northern Lights and another chance to search for them in this remote location away from areas of light pollution.  Your accommodation is the Fosshotel Núpar (or similar).

DAY 4 (Saturday 31 December): SOUTH COAST & NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER (305 km)
Fireworks.1.1Today, you head across the Laki lava field to the village of Vík where you can take a stroll on the black lava beach and see the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara. You will pass the Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano and continue to Skógafoss which, at 60m high, is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west you reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There’s a trail that goes behind the falls which you can take – if you are prepared to get wet! In the evening you return to Reykjavík to spend New Year’s Eve in Iceland’s capital. At 20:15, you will be taken by bus for a celebratory dinner at the harbourside Kopar Restaurant. Afterwards, it’s just a short stroll to the city centre to join the locals by welcoming in the New Year at the spectacular firework display. Return to the hotel on your own.

DAY 5 (Sunday 1 January): DEPARTURE (50 km)
Transfer by Flybus shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.

Please note: In rare cases, a change of programme may be necessary should road and weather conditions make it impossible to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities may be cancelled. In this case, no refund will be given but your tour operator will try to find reasonable alternatives where possible.

Nature fees: It is possible that some of the natural sites visited on this tour may charge a small entrance fee. These are not included in the price and must be paid locally on the day.

INCLUDED:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers by Flybus shuttle
  • Fully escorted 3-day coach tour with English-speaking guide
  • 4-nights accommodation in simple tourist-class hotels and cottages with breakfast
  • 2x 2-course dinner and 2x midnight refreshment on Days 2 and 3
  • 5-course New Year’s Eve gala dinner at Kopar restaurant in Reykjavík
  • Entrance to Kerið volcano crater
  • Multi-media presentation at the Volcano House in Reykjavík
  • A programme (2 evenings) of talks, presentations, a film and guided searches for the Northern Lights
  • Use of simple, non-slip snow & ice grippers and a torch

For bookings, or to check availability, please contact us here.

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