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New Year´s Northern Lights Adventure

New Year´s Northern Lights Adventure

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Price
From £1,395

Duration
4 Nights

Departures
29.12.2019

This is an escorted tour program taking you to the Icelandic countryside to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a casual and Icelandic way. We recommend booking early, as this program is only available for a maximum of 40 persons.

You explore Reykjavík, the lunar landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, and the Golden Circle route with the Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and Geysir hot springs. You travel to South Iceland, a region with glaciers, waterfalls and black lava beaches. Of course, a warm and relaxing soak in the famous Blue Lagoon during the cold winter days is also included.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in a casual and Icelandic way. Explore Reykjavík, the Reykjanes peninsula, the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle and the South Coast. Stay in simple hotels and cottages in Reykjavík and South Iceland; all rooms with private shower/wc. Discover and experience how Icelandic countryside people celebrate New Year’s Eve. Oops, did we mention the Northern Lights?

Highlights:

  • Explore Reykjavík, the lunar landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, and the Golden Circle route.
  • Travel to South Iceland, a region with glaciers, waterfalls and black lava beaches.
  • Relaxing soak in the famous Blue Lagoon
  • Discover and experience how Icelandic countryside people celebrate New Year's Eve.
  • Fine dining at a panoramic restaurant at the Pearl in Reykjavík.
  • Choose from Budget or Comfort Accommodation

Tour Itinerary

Day 1, 29.12.19: WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)

The Flybus shuttle brings travellers from Keflavík International Airport to Hotel Cabin in Reykjavík where you spend one night. We provide you with ideas on how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own.

Accommodation: Hotel Cabin (Budget) or Hotel Klettur (Comfort).

Day 2, 30.12.19: REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR AND THE BLUE LAGOON (220 km/137 mls)

At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital. Then we head out to the Reykjanes Peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, lighthouses and fishing villages. At the end of the day, we get to soak off our travels in the warm blue waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. We stay for two nights in simple cottages in South Iceland. (Upgrade option is with lodging at Stracta Hotel in Hella).

In the evening you have a presentation about the Northern Lights. If the night is clear, step out in the garden and check if the Northern Lights are visible. Also, known as the Aurora Borealis, these spectacular skylight shows can frequently be seen in Iceland from September through April on clear and crisp nights. White and green are usually the dominant colours of northern lights, but sometimes there are considerable colour variations. They are ephemeral, however, sightings are not guaranteed. The grounds of Arhús Cabins and Hotel Stracta in Hella are very large and dark that offers you an excellent location for Northern Lights search if the weather conditions are right. It requires patience, warm clothing and the excitement of “maybe there are Northern Lights”.

Accommodation: Árhús Cabins (Budget) or Hotel Stracta (Comfort).

Day 3, 31.12.19: SOUTH ICELAND AND NEW YEARS CELEBRATION (200 km/124 mls)

After breakfast, we head along the South coast and get out near the active volcano that is beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. We stop at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges over the mountain. There’s a trail that goes behind the falling water and offers impressive views if you are prepared to get wet! Further east we visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts typical of Iceland’s past, as well as turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 62 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. We continue to the seaside and stroll on the black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vík.


In the evening we celebrate New Year the Icelandic way. Before dinner, we join a guided bus tour to visit the bonfires in the villages of Hvolsvöllur and Hella. The traditional Brenna bonfires of New Year’s Eve had their origins in the Middle Ages when people built bonfires to burn the old things they no longer needed. In Iceland, there are bonfires all around the country where inhabitants gather, shoot off fireworks, sing and dance as they wait for the New Year to come in.

Your festive 4-course dinner starts around 20:30 and is served at Árhús Restaurant on the river banks in Hella, which is a small village in South Iceland. Around 23:30 one of the local rescue team members joins our group and lights our own small fireworks. Afterwards, we walk through the village and celebrate New Year’s with a bang when at midnight the sky opens with thousands of fireworks set off in the village by the local inhabitants. This is an experience of a lifetime; you will never forget. Drink a toast of sparkling wine as you enjoy a real special Icelandic New Year’s celebration. (Note that guests at Stracta Hotel join all festivities at Árhús Restaurant).

If the night is clear, you might be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colours, patterns and sizes.

Accommodation: Árhús Cabins (Budget) or Hotel Stracta (Comfort).

Day 4, 01.01.20: GOLDEN CIRCLE AND CULINARY EXPERIENCE AT PERLAN (200 km/124 mls)

Today we travel on the Golden Circle route. You see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. There are a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur “the Churn” which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. You continue to Gullfoss “the golden falls”, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river, and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. We travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site before returning to Reykjavík for one night. Overnight at Hotel Cabin. (Upgrade option is with lodging at Hotel Klettur in Reykjavík). The program includes a culinary treat at a panoramic restaurant located at the Pearl in Reykjavík. The menu is: Traditional Icelandic fried bread and whipped butter pumpernickel; Cured and smoked salmon, cured goose breast & accompaniments; Glazed leg of lamb, creamy wild mushrooms & carrots & Columbia crème brûlée, dark chocolate, pistachios & bilberries.

Accommodation: Hotel Cabin (Budget) or Hotel Klettur (Comfort).

Day 5, 02.01.20: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.


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 Dates: 29.12.2019 - 02.01.2020
Group Size: 40 people max

Accommodation Price per person based on 2 sharing double/twin room
or 3 in double/twin room with extra bed
Single Room Supplement
Hotel Cabin/Árhús Cabins (Budget) from £1,395* per person from £149*
Hotel Klettur/Hotel Stracta (Comfort) from £1,625* per person from £410*

*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 budget/comfort accommodation, in rooms with private shower/wc
- Daily breakfast
- Bonfire & New Year's celebration tour
- Daily breakfast
- 4-course festive dinner on the 31st of December
- Fine dining at panoramic restaurant at the Pearl on January 1st including transfers
- Blue Lagoon with entrance and use of towel
- Skógar Folk Museum & Turf houses
- 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"


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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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