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Auroras & Glaciers at New Year

Auroras & Glaciers at New Year

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Price
From £1,595

Duration
4 Nights

Departures
28.12.2019

Visit Iceland over New Year. Explore Iceland’s most popular sites such as the Golden Circle route, the South Coast, and Vatnajökull National Park. See waterfalls, geysers, volcano craters, an ice lagoon with floating icebergs and black lava beaches. Besides, there is always a thrilling potential for the night sky to be decorated with amazing aurora borealis. New Year’s Eve is spent in Reykjavik including a festive dinner at Perlan. Why not explore the land of fire and ice with guided visits to volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs and magnificent glaciers? During this tour, you visit Iceland’s most popular sites such as the Golden Circle route, the South Coast and Vatnajökull national park. On route, you see cascading waterfalls, smoking geysers, colourful volcano craters, a spectacular ice lagoon with floating icebergs and black lava beaches, all set against a backdrop of glittering glaciers and restless geology.

Highlights

  • Visit the Golden Circle in South Iceland
  • Explore the South Shore and see Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach
  • Explore hot springs, lava fields, waterfalls and a volcano crater
  • Enjoy an exclusive gala dinner at Perlan, the Pearl on New Years Eve
  • Hunt for the Northern Lights

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Iceland (50km / 31mls)

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik where you spend the night.

Accommodation: Hotel Cabin.

Day 2 - The Golden Circle Route (220km / 136mls)

At 08:30 meet your tour guide and start the escorted tour program with a short introduction to Icelandic geology while watching a striking film at the Reykjavik Volcano House documenting the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull and Fimmvörðuháls in 2010, which caused millions of people to be stranded worldwide as thousands of flights were cancelled. These films give a good insight into the general geology and volcanology of Iceland. 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 we depart from Reykjavik for Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, where the Althingi, the oldest legislative assembly in the world, was founded. This is one of Iceland’s most fascinating places both geologically and for the role it plays in the country’s history and sense of national identity. Thingvellir is also remarkable for reasons of natural science, as the site is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, and is situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures of the area make evident the rifting of the earth’s crust.

Exploring the hot springs at Geysir is like watching a geography lesson in real life: natural springs bubbling away in the ground until the pressure becomes too much – and they explode in spectacular style. Geysir and Strokkur are the two biggest of the geysers there. 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. Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls. Kerið is a caldera with a crater lake at the bottom and which resembles an ancient amphitheatre. In the evening, you hear about the Northern Lights from your tour guide. Naturally, once darkness falls, you are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights. We will stay for one night in South Iceland.

Accommodation: Árhús Cottages. Breakfast & 2 course dinner included.

Day 3 - Vatnajökull National Park and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon (385km / 239mls)

A long drive brings us to a world of glaciers, ice, and icebergs. We travel to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. We explore this extraordinary site and perhaps see seals swimming in the Arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. The Vatnajökull National Park is about 12,000 square kilometres, and it is the second largest National Park in Europe. In this area, we find Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier. Tonight you can enjoy a movie presentation about 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 miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky. We will stay for one night at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon in the Vatnajökull region.

Accommodation: Fosshotel Núpar. Breakfast Breakfast & 2 course dinner included.

Day 4 - South Coast and New Year Celebrations (305km / 189mls)

Today, we head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík where we make a photo stop. We take a stroll on the black lava beach and see the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland. We pass the glacier Mýrdalsjökull and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull and continue to Skógafoss waterfall which is 62 meters high and belongs to the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which is 65 meters high and plunges over the mountain. There is a trail that goes behind the fall which is interesting – if you are prepared to get wet! In the evening we return to Reykjavik for one last night. A transfer bus will bring you at 17:20 to the New Year’s Eve 4-course festive dinner at the Panoramic restaurant Út í Bláinn at Perlan. The restaurant is located on the top floor and offers fantastic panoramic views of Reykjavík. Between 20:30-22:30 we take you to one of the bonfires in Iceland’s capital. An evening tour around Reykjavik on New Year’s Eve is an Icelandic tradition. Back at Perlan, we celebrate with music and sparkling wine, and at midnight we experience the “crazy” and one of a kind fireworks in Iceland’s capital. Return transfers to the hotel are offered at 01:00 and 02:00.

Accommodation: Hotel Cabin. Breakfast & 4-course New Year’s Festive Dinner included.

Day 5 - Departure Home (50km / 31mls)

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik airport.

It is possible to extend your stay if you wish to enjoy more of Iceland!

Accommodation: Hotel Cabin. Breakfast included.


CHANGE OF PROGRAM: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be canceled° during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

NOTE: Accommodations are subject to change.

Travel Date: 28.12.2019

The price is from £1,595 per person based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room or 3 in triple room
Single room supplement from: £240*
*Subject to availability

This includes:
- Return flights from the UK including 23kg checked in luggage, hand luggage, taxes and fees
- Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
- Fully escorted 3-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide/driver guide
- 4-nights accommodation as per itinerary page, in rooms with private shower/wc
- Daily breakfast
- 2x 2-course dinner & 2x midnight refreshment (day 2 & 3)
- 4-course New Year's Festive Dinner at Perlan
- Bonfire & Christmas light tour on the 31st of December
- Kerið, volcano crater
- Volcano House in Reykjavik (multimedia presentation)
- Northern Lights program during two evenings
- Use of winter & Northern Lights Explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flashlight that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating your photo camera at night
- Free Wi-Fi on the bus

Additional Fees:
- Booking fee £10 per person
- ATOL Protection fee £2.50 per person

Not included:
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance
- Anything else not specifically listed under "this includes"


Why book with All Iceland?

All Iceland is a UK based travel company that specialises in Iceland
Book with the Icelandic experts!

Our office is staffed and run by Icelanders, we promise intimate local knowledge from where to stay to places to eat and the hidden gems that you will not find in tourist guides. We will help you get the holiday you want and we can adapt this package. Book through us and your holiday will also be fully ATOL and ABTA protected. Travel with confidence! 


Contact us and we can help you:

- to stay longer and discover more, this package can be extended -
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- if you have specific accommodation requirements -
- to book this package with or without flights -

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Flights to Iceland 

Icelandair, full service airline: London Heathrow and London Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and Belfast City to Keflavík Airport (KEF).
British Airways, full service airline: London Heathrow to Keflavík Airport (KEF).
easyJet, low cost airline: 
London Gatwick and London Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Belfast and Edinburgh to Keflavík Airport (KEF).

Domestic Flights in Iceland

Air Iceland: Domestic flights between Reykjavík Domestic Airport (REY) to Akureyri, Egilsstaðir, Ísafjörður, Vopnafjörður, Grímsey and Þórshöfn.
Fugfélagið Ernir: Domestic flights between Reykjavík Domestic Airport (REY) to Vestmannaeyjar, Höfn, Húsavík, Bíldudalur and Gjögur. 

Flights to Faroe Islands and Greenland

Atlantic Airways: Edinburgh to Vágar Airport Faroe Islands
Air Greenland: Copenhagen to Greenland
Air Iceland: from Reykjavík Domestic Airport to Faroe Islands and Greenland

 

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