December 2017 (5 days / 4 nights)

Departing Dec 29 2017. Early booking is highly recommended.  SOLD OUT, please contact us for other New Year suggestions.

Guesthouse/cottage accommodation: £1332 (double, twin or triple room), £1526 (single room)    Tour code: WBBG17NY

Hotel accommodation: £1545 (double, twin or triple room), £2072 (single room)    Tour code: WBBC17NY

Prices are per person, excluding flights

Fireworks.2Celebrate New Year in Iceland on this group tour (maximum 40 people) which offers excellent value for money.  The first and last nights are spent in a guesthouse in Reykjavík, the second and third in simple cottages in South Iceland, in an excellent area for Northern Lights hunting.  Upgraded hotel options are possible (limited rooms available) in both Reykjavík and South Iceland and festive dinners are included on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day,

DAY 1 : ARRIVAL (50 km)

On arrival at Keflavík Airport, transfer to Guesthouse Borgartún (or upgrade to Hotel Plaza, subject to availability) in Reykjavík by Flybus shuttle. Depending on the time of your arrival, we will be happy to suggest some ideas on how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own.  In the evening, there is a free shuttle bus from the guesthouse to the city centre, departing at 19:00, returning at 22:00.

DAY 2 : REYKJAVÍK CITY TOUR, THE BLUE LAGOON & REYKJANES PENINSULA (220 km)

At 09:00 meet your guide for a tour of the world’s most northerly capital before setting off for the Reykjanes peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, light houses and fishing villages. At the end of the day, there’s a chance to soak in the warm waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. You will stay for two nights in the simple Árhús cottages (or upgrade to Hotel Stracta, subject to availability) in South Iceland.  The cottages are equipped with a shower and WC, a small kitchenette and free WI-FI.  There is a restaurant on site and a supermarket and a public swimming pool are within walking distance.  In the evening, your guide will tell you about the Northern Lights before, if conditions allow, you head outside to wait for them to appear.  If they do so after you have retired to bed, the cottages offer a wake-up call to those guests who register for this service at Reception.

DAY 3 : SOUTH ICELAND & NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS (200 km)

Today you head along the South coast, stopping near the active volcano that lies beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier and at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall. If you’re prepared to get wet, there’s a trail that goes behind the falls. Further on, you can stroll along the black lava beach to see the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vík and, in the afternoon, you will visit Skógafoss which, at 60 meters high, is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Nearby is one of Iceland’s finest folk museums, containing an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts typical of Iceland’s past, as well as turf-built houses.

In the evening, you will celebrate New Year the Icelandic way. Before dinner, a guided coach tour will visit bonfires in the villages of Hvolsvöllur and Hella. The traditional Brenna bonfires of New Year’s Eve have their origins in the Middle Ages when they were built to burn things that were no longer needed. Bonfires are found all round Iceland as locals gather to light fireworks and sing and dance while waiting for the New Year to arrive.  Your festive 4-course dinner is served at Árhús Restaurant at 20:30. Around 23:30, one of the local rescue team will join the group to stage a small, private firework show.  Afterwards, you will join the villagers for their, much larger, display and to welcome in the New Year with a sparkling wine toast.

DAY 4 : THE GOLDEN CIRCLE & A PEARL OF A DINNER (210 km)

Today you follow the spectacular Golden Circle route, starting at the Geysir geothermal park with its hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur (“the Churn”), which erupts every few minutes.  Next, it’s on to Gullfoss or “Golden Falls”, one of the most beautiful of Iceland’s many waterfalls, and the Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and location of the World’s first parliament, before you return to your guesthouse in Reykjavik for the last night.  A special, six-course dinner tonight will be held at Perlan (the “Pearl), a revolving restaurant (a full rotation is completed every two hours) under a glass dome set on top of hot water tanks on a hilltop overlooking the city.

DAY 5 : DEPARTURE (50 km)

Transfer by Flybus shuttle from your accommodation to Keflavik 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 & departure airport transfer by Flybus
  • Fully escorted 3-day coach tour with an English-speaking guide
  • 4 nights budget accommodation in rooms with private shower/WC, including breakfast
  • Entrance, with towel, at the Blue Lagoon
  • Entrance to Skógar folk museum and turf houses
  • Bonfire & New Year’s Eve celebration tour on Day 3, plus four-course dinner
  • Six-course gourmet dinner on Day 4
  • Shuttle bus from Guesthouse Borgartún to central Reykjavik at 19:00 and back at 22:00 on Days 1
  • Northern Lights programme during 2 evenings with a combination of talks, presentations, a film and guided searches for the Northern Lights, plus midnight refreshments
  • Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers for shoes and a torch

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

 

 

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