New Year in Reykjavik

New Year in the world's most Northern capital
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29th Dec
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New Year’s Eve festivities in Reykjavík are celebrated with a big bang, as the fireworks explode and the night sky is lit up with a brilliant show. On this short holiday in the world's most northern capital city enjoy a hosted gala evening of music and entertainment followed by an amazing fireworks spectacle and festive celebrations, together with guided excursions to the Golden Circle, the Blue Lagoon, City Sightseeing and the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Day 1: (December 29) Arrive in Reykjavik
On arrival in Reykjavik transfer by airport express bus to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore. Enjoy a stroll down Laugavegur and Skolavordur streets, check out the downtown harbour village, or visit one of the many geothermal swimming pools in the area.The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping, dining and drinking. Reykjavík has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game.

Day 2: (December 30)  Golden Circle Sightseeing
Our fist stop is the national park of Þingvellir. This UNESCO world heritage site is the most important historical place in Iceland. It was in the year 930 that Icelanders gathered from all over the country and formed the Althing – the world’s first democratic parliament. While it now meets indoors in Reykjavik, this same kind of national assembly operates today. The park has some wonderful spots to walk through to sense the atmosphere of long past times. Þingvellir is not only important for Icelandic history, but also it is a place of unique geological interest, where the two continental plates can be seen slowly drifting apart. The Great Atlantic rift is clearly visible in Thingvellir; it is a rift that is slowly pulling Iceland apart along tectonic plates and you can literally walk between the American and Eurasian continental plates. From there we continue to Geysir, passing the village of Laugarvatn. We will explore the hot spring area of Geysir - multicolored pools of water and mud. Strokkur, the Great Geysir's little brother, is spouting to a height of about 25 meters and erupts at about 5-7 minute intervals. After lunch (included) we drive to the mighty Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall), perhaps the most beautiful in the country. We walk around Gullfoss Falls, where the river Hvitá tumbles 32 meters in a double cascade. After Gullfoss we head to Fridheimar – a geothermal greenhouse farm where they grow fresh tomatoes all year around. We continue to the Eldhestar riding center to watch the popular horse show about the Icelandic horse, which has light feet, amazing balance, and ability to master five gaits rather than just the traditional three. We reach Reykjavik around 18:30. Evening and dinner is at own arrangements. 

Day 3: (December 31) City Tour, Viking Lucnh and New Year's Eve Celebration Dinner in Harpa 
This morning at 9:00 we start with a Reykjavik city tour and see the highlights of Iceland´s exciting capital including the Whales of Iceland museum that features models of dolphins and whales in their life sizes. Then we head to the lava town of Hafnarfjörður where we experience a Viking lunch while listening to traditional Icelandic folk songs at a famous local restaurant. After that we visit the open-air museum of Árbæjar and learn about the way how Icelanders lived in the past. We return to the hotel around 15:30. Please note that during this tour our guides give out individual tickets for the Gala dinner in Harpa showing your table number, and badge which allowes your entry for tonight's tour. After the city tour, you will be transferred to your hotel to allow you some time to get ready for tonight's special dinner to bring in the New Year. Transfer from hotels to Harpa starts at 17:30. There will be a welcome drink upon arrival at Harpa. The Gala Dinner is served in the conference area on the ground floor between 18:15-20:15. After the main course, around 20:15, you meet outside the main entrance door for the transfer to the evening Bonfire & Christmas Light Tour. Departure to the bonfire is at 20:30. You visit one of many bonfires all over the city of Reykjavík and experience how many Icelanders celebrate New Year’s Eve. The bonfire tour takes about two hours. Good shoes, warm clothing, head-wear and gloves are needed. After the tour you go back to Harpa where a live band will keep you entertained. Dessert and coffee are served around 23:00. At 23:45, doors open to go outside to view fireworks and celebrate the New Year by following the countdown that is lit up on the building of the concert hall. At midnight, sparkling wine will be served. For those who would like to dance their night away, transfers back to the accommodation start at 12:30am and continue on the half hour until 2am. 

Day 4: (January 01) Reykjanes Peninsula & Blue Lagoon 
At 10:30hrs we leave Reykjavik and explore the Reykjanes peninsula with its dramatic sea shores, fascinating geology, moonscapes, lava fields and fishing villages. The guided tour starts in Bessastaðir, the residence of the Icelandic president, and continues to the Viking World Museum in Reykjanesbær to visit an authentic Viking ship model that sailed across the Atlantic ocean to New York in year 2000. After a light lunch (all-you-can-eat soup) that is included, we continue to the bridge over the continents and a light house located at the edge of the Reykjanes peninsula. During this time we also visit a geothermal power plant that explains how Icelanders benefit of clean geothermal energy in their daily lives. We reach the Blue Lagoon for photographs between 4 and 5pm, to experience an oasis in the lava that owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant, looming large over the aqua tinted waters. We stop for 2 hours for a refreshing bathe or a swim in the pleasantly warm mineral-rich water, reputed for its healing properties. A dinner will be served in the LAVA restaurant (part of Blue Lagoon) between 19:30-21:00. Starters and deserts are brought to the table but main course is served buffet-style. After dinner, we continue to Reykjavik. Depending on weather, we will do a northern light hunt by bus on the way from the Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik. Arrival back at your hotel is between 22:00-24:00. 

Day 5: (January 02) Depart Reykjavik
Transfer by express airport coach to Keflavik Airport.

Departures: 29 December 2017

Your stay in Reykjavik can be extended either before or after the tour - please enquire

Includes: 4 nights accommodation* including breakfast, Golden Circle Tour, City Tour, Bonfire & Christmas Light Tour, Blue Lagoon & Reykjanes Tour, Entrance to Blue Lagoon + towel hire, Lunch during City Tour and Golden Circle Tour, Light lunch and dinner during Reykjanes & Blue Lagoon Tour, 4 course Gala Dinner with welcome drink, ½ bottle of wine and glass of sparkling wine at Perlan & return transfers on the 31st December, return airport coach transfers.

Excludes: optional excursion

Choose from accommodation at selected 3 or 4 star hotels - please enquire. For the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.  

If you would prefer to spend New Year's Eve in the Icelandic country side ask us about the alternative New Year's Eve & Northern Lights 5 day tour where you would ring in the New Year in Hella. Or if you would like some alternative touring but still spending New Year's Eve in Reykvavik ask us about the Auroras and Glacial Lagoon - New Year's Eve 5 day tour which tours the Golden Circle, Vatnajokull National Park, Glacial Lagoon and the South Coast. 

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3459.00
Single AUD$ 4256.00

Includes: 4 nights accommodation* including breakfast, Golden Circle Tour, City Tour, Bonfire & Christmas Light Tour, Blue Lagoon & Reykjanes Tour, Entrance to Blue Lagoon + towel hire, Lunch during City Tour and Golden Circle Tour, Light lunch and dinner during Reykjanes & Blue Lagoon Tour, 4 course Gala Dinner with welcome drink, ½ bottle of wine and glass of sparkling wine at Perlan & return transfers on the 31st December, return airport coach transfers.

 

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