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Northern Lights New Year's Adventure

Adventure to bring in the New Year

Explore the sights of the south in a unique way, including a glacier walk to get up close and personal with one of Iceland's many natural wonders. Expert guides will lead you on winter hikes around the Þórsmörk valley and plan a memorable experience around the Icelandic volcanic landscape. Those blessed with a clear sky will hopefully be able to see the Northern Lights, also known as the mystical Aurora Borealis, during their stay. Then spend two nights in Reykjavík to celebrate New Year's Eve with bonfires and fireworks, as we Icelanders are very enthusiastic in our festivities.

Duration: 5 nights, Winter

Price: from $2,238

Highlights

  • Glacier hike on Sólheimajökull
  • Super Jeep tour of the Þórsmörk Valley, named after the Thunder God Thor
  • Guided Northern Lights hunt in Hvolsvöllur, in the area of your accommodation
  • Spend New Year's Eve in Reykjavík

Included:

3 nights accommodation at Midgard Base Camp
Double room with private facilities
2 nights accommodation in Reykjavík with facilities and breakfast
Pickup from airport
Transport to Reykjavík
Meals at Base Camp except breakfast on first day and dinner last day
Fully guided tour days 1-4
Glacier hike on Sólheimajökull
SuperJeep tour to Þórsmörk
Northern Lights evening tours if good forecast
Access to facilities at base camp incl. restaurant, bar, rooftop hot tub & sauna, communal area, store etc.

Not Included:

Flights to and from Iceland
Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
Drinks
Lunch and dinner in Reykjavík
Any service not specifically listed under "included"

See Northern Lights Adventure for other dates

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Day 1

Arrival in Iceland

Pickup by your guide from Keflavík Airport before 11am. On your way south to the Base Camp you will explore the Reykjanes peninsula, with many geothermal features. A stop for lunch on the way and some sightseeing gives you a taste of the Icelandic landscape and nature. If you have time (and energy!) after your arrival to the accommodation you could go to the fantastic LAVA Center in Hvolsvöllur, a few minutes walk from the Base Camp. It is an interactive and educational center about the volcanic activity that shapes Icelandic nature and culture, and is well worth a visit. After dinner you can relax in the hot tub on the roof of your accommodation, or go on a guided Northern Lights hunt (dependent on conditions), although on a very clear night the Aurora Borealis may even be visible from the hot tub!

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Day 2

South Coast

Today you will explore the South Coast and get an up close experience with a glacier. Some of the possible stops along the way include Skógafoss waterfall, one of the most photographed falls in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk a path behind the cascade, a black sand beach, made of lava sand, Vík, Reynisfjara, and Dyrhólaey. These depend on timing and conditions, but your guide will make sure you have a fun day. Then in the afternoon you will visit Sólheimajökull glacier, where you have a fantastic glacier hike experience, with crampons provided for safety. Upon your return to the Base Camp it is recommended that you try out the local swimming pool, an outdoor, naturally heated pool with hot tubs and a sauna, before dinner is served at Base Camp. If you have an abundance of energy then there is the possibility of an evening activity - speak to the guides, however most people prefer to enjoy the hot tub or the bar, or head out on the Northern Lights hunt in good weather.

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Day 3

Super Jeep Adventure

First on the agenda is Þórsmörk, the Valley of the Thunder God Thor. This beautiful landscape was shaped by a volcanic eruption underneath the glaciers, creating a unique scene. In this valley you will find the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which really put Iceland on the map when it erupted in 2010, halting air traffic worldwide. Explore the glacial outlet Gígajökull, where the first signs of the eruption took place. You will also hike around the Þórsmörk area, and the guide will tailor these hikes to your abilities and the amount of energy you have! After your dinner, as with the previous nights, you can swim, visit the LAVA Center, or even go on a bike tour around the Hvolsvöllur town and area. Again, if the forecast is good then the guides will head out with you on a Northern Lights hunt.

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Day 4

Surprise Day

Today is a surprise day, just like the weather in Iceland! If the conditions are fair, then you will head on your final adventure to the Reykjadalur geothermal valley, where you can bathe in the warm natural spring waters. If the weather is less favorable for these activities then you might head to the Golden Circle (Geysir, Gullfoss, and Þingvellir) or the Þjórsárdalur valley, although any of these choices will make for a lovely last day of the guided tour. The guides will then take you back to Reykjavík, where you are free to spend your time as you wish. We can give you advice on activities, and help you book optional extras, such as a visit to the Blue Lagoon (must be booked in advance), or city tours.

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Day 5

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve in Reykjavík is a unique experience, with bonfires and fireworks all over the city! The city is decorated in Christmas lights, as the winters get so dark here that people make the city glow to bring some joy to the cold evenings. Wrap up warm and book a bonfire excursion or enjoy a gala dinner at Perlan, a famous restaurant in Reykjavík, with an observatory, perfect for watching fireworks across the horizon. Speak to the Nordika Travel team for recommendations and help with booking.

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Day 6

Happy New Year!

We hope you have enjoyed your stay in Iceland, and that you had a great time celebrating! As it is departure day, we recommend that you arrive at Keflavík International Airport 3 hours before your takeoff, and transport to the airport can be arranged for you. Feel free to continue exploring Reykjavík if you have time before the airport. Something many people also choose to do on their departure day is a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon, as it is only 15 minutes from the airport, and we can book this for you as it must be booked in advance, since availability is limited.

Departures 2019

Prices (per person):

Sharing double room: $2,238
Single room: $2,893

Dates:

27 December 2019

 

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Views from Northern Lights New Year's Adventure

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Highlights

  • Glacier hike on Sólheimajökull
  • Super Jeep tour of the Þórsmörk Valley, named after the Thunder God Thor
  • Guided Northern Lights hunt in Hvolsvöllur, in the area of your accommodation
  • Spend New Year's Eve in Reykjavík

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