Hotel & Cottages: from £1223 (double/twin/triple room); £1397 (single room)
Hotel upgrade, no cottages: £1414 (double/twin/triple room); £1899 (single room)
Triple rooms are recommended for 2 people travelling with a child
Departure date: Friday December 29 2017
Prices are person, excluding flights
This group tour (maximum 40 people) is an informal and Icelandic way to see south Iceland, with a celebration for New Year that includes visiting local village bonfires, and a small fireworks display courtesy of the local search and rescue team! Drinks to celebrate and maybe the Aurora will put in an appearance! On New Year’s Day, there ‘s a gourmet dinner in Reykjavik to end the tour. The first and last nights are spent in Hotel Cabin (or similar) in , the second and third in simple cottages in South Iceland, in an excellent area for Northern Lights hunting. Upgraded hotel accommodation is available, usually at Center Hotel Plaza and Hotel Stracta.
On arrival at Keflavík Airport, transfer by Flybus shuttle to Hote Cabin, or upgrade to Centerhotel Plaza, in . 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.
DAY 2 (Sat Dec 30): REYKJAVÍK CITY TOUR, THE BLUE LAGOON (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, lighthouses and fishing villages. At the end of the day, there’s a chance to soak in the warm waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. From there you drive on towards Hella, where
you stay for two nights in the simple Árhús cottages in South Iceland which 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. You may choose to upgrade to the nearby Hotel Stracta. In the evening, there is a presentation about the Northern Lights before, if conditions allow, you head outside to wait for them to appear.
DAY 3 (Sun Dec 31): SOUTH ICELAND and 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. Next stop is the Skógar folk museum, which contains several turf-built houses and gives an insight into Iceland’s past. Nearby is one of the country’s most impressive waterfalls, the 60m high Skógafoss. In the afternoon, we continue on to Reynisfjara near Vik, where you can stroll along the black lava beach to see the bird cliffs, the columnar basalt columns and the Atlantic waves crashing on to the pebbles. The evening is a traditional Icelandic celebration of new year, with a bus tour to see the local village Brenna bonfires which are have been built since the Middle Ages It was the time of the year to clear out the things that were no longer needed. Fireworks will accompany the festivities, and with luck the Aurora might provide a natural light show too.
DAY 4 (Mon Jan 1): and NEW YEAR’S DAY DINNER (210 km)
Today you take the spectacular before you return to your accommodation in for the last night at Hotel Cabin (or similar) or Centerhotel Plaza (or similar). In the evening, there’s a gourmet dinner in Reykjavik to celebrate the end of the holiday and the start of 2018. tour, 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,
DAY 5 (Tue Jan 2): DEPARTURE (50 km)
Transfer by Flybus shuttle from your accommodation to Keflavík Airport.
- Arrival & departure airport transfer by Flybus
- Fully escorted 3-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide
- 4 nights budget accommodation in rooms with private shower/WC, including breakfast (or upgrade)
- Entrance, with towel, at the Blue Lagoon
- Entrance to Skógar folk museum and turf houses
- Bonfire and New Year’s celebration on Day 3
- Fine dining in Reykjavik on Day 4, including transfers from your hotel
- 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
Meals: Breakfast is included while lunches and dinners are at your own expense. In , there are plenty of restaurants offering everything from fast food to fine dining. The restaurant at Árhús Cottages provides a limited a la carte menu with a choice of fish, meat or vegetarian main courses. Lunch stops are made at small country restaurants or petrol station diners.
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.
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
Departure on 29 December 2017
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