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Iceland's New Year's & Northern Lights

From $1951 Per Person

Escorted, 5 Days/4 nights
December 29, 2017 - January 2, 2018

With this casual New Year's package, stay in both the countryside and the capital, Reykjavik. Explore Reykjavik, the moon landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, and the Golden circle route of Thingvellir national park, Gullfoss waterfalls and Geysir hot springs. Travel to South Iceland, a region with glaciers, waterfalls and black lava beaches. A warm and relaxing soak in the famous Blue Lagoon during the cold winter days is also included.

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Date: December 29, 2017 - January 2, 2018

Day 1, Dec 29: Arrive Iceland

The airport bus shuttle brings travelers from Keflavík International Airport to Hotel Cabin in Reykjavik where you spend one night. You will be provided  with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.

Accommodation at Hotel Cabin (upgrades to Centerhotel Plaza available, if interested please inquire)

Day 2, Dec 30: Reykjavik city tour & Blue Lagoon

At 09:00 meet your tour guide. Discuss with the group, highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. Then, head out to the Reykjanes peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, light houses and fishing villages. At the end of the day, soak off your travels in the warm blue waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. Stay for two nights in simple cottages in South Iceland. 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. The grounds of the accommodation in Hella are very large and dark that offers you a good location for Northern Lights search if the weather conditions are right. It requires patience, warm clothing and the excitement of "maybe there is Northern Lights".

Accommodation at Arhus Cottages in Hella (upgrade to Hotel Stracta, if interested please inquire)

Day 3, Dec 31: South Iceland & New Year's celebration! 

After breakfast, head along the South coast and get out near the active volcano that is beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. 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 interesting views. Further east, visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums with its collection of farm and domestic artifacts typical of Iceland's past, as well as turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Continue to the seaside and stroll on the black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vík. In the evening, celebrate New Year the Icelandic way. Before dinner the group will join a guided bus tour to visit the bonfires in the villages of Hvolsvollur and Hella. The traditional Brenna bonfires of New Year's Eve have 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.

Have a festive 4-course dinner at Arhus Restaurant on the river banks in Hella, which is a small village in South Iceland. Around 11:30 one of the local rescue team members will light small fireworks for your group before walking through the village and celebrating New Years's with a bang when at midnight the sky opens with thousands of fireworks set off across the village by the local inhabitants. This is an experience of a life time. 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 Arhus 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, colors, patterns and sizes.

Accommodation at Arhus Cottages in Hella (upgrade to Hotel Stracta, if interested please inquire)

Day 4, Jan 1: Golden Circle & Culinary Experience

Today, travel the Golden circle route. There are a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools at the Geysir. The original geysir is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn" which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Continue to Gullfoss "the golden falls", a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvita river, and attracts tourists and travelers in summer and winter. Travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site before returning to Reykjavik for one night. Overnight at Hotel Cabin. (Upgrade option is with lodging at Centerhotel Plaza in Reykjavik, if interested in upgrading, please inquire). The program includes a culinary treat at one of Reykjavik's best gourmet restaurants this evening.

Accommodation in Reykjavik

Day 5, Jan 2: Depart Iceland

Independent transfer to Keflavik Airport.

Or, extend your trip! Please inquire. 

Your Trip Includes the Following:

Single Supplement from: $269

Upgrade to Hotel Stracta for $361

NOTE: It is easy to upgrade your hotel in this package, please inquire.  

This package is priced LAND ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare, let us know and we will be happy to help you.

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