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Northern Lights and Glacier Lagoon New Year

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 Harpa Concert Hall.

Duration: 4 Nights, December 28 to January 1

Price: from $2,990

Highlights

  • Golden Circle tour
  • Glaciers, Waterfalls and Lava Beaches
  • Vatnajökull National Park and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Northern Lights hunting
  • New Year's dance and party at Harpa Concert Hall

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GROUP SIZE: Maximum group size is 30 persons

Included:
• Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS
• Fully escorted 3-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide
• 4-night accommodation in simple tourist-class hotels and cottages including breakfast
• 2x 2-course dinner and 2x midnight refreshment on day 2 and 3
• 4-course New Year's Gala Dinner at Harpa Concert Hall at Reykjavík downtown harbor
• Bonfire and Christmas light tour on December 31, 2017
• Entrance to Kerið volcano crater
• Visit to a multimedia presentation at the Volcano House in Reykjavík
• Northern Lights program during 2 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights
• Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flash light that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating your photo camera at night

Not Included:
• International Flights
• Travel Insurance
• Other Items not mentioned under Included

 

ACCOMMODATION: is provided in simple but clean tourist-class hotels and cottages, in rooms with private facilities. The groups will stay at the following accommodations (subject to change):

• Reykjavík: Fosshotel Baron, first night
• Reykjavík: City Park Hotel, last night
• South Iceland: Árhús Cottages, where 23 rooms with shower/wc are located in simple cottages in the large garden right on the river banks in the village of Hella.
• Southeast Iceland: Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon, Vatnajökull national park

New Year's Eve will be spent in Reykjavik including a 4-course festive dinner at Harpa Concert Hall. The restaurant at the ground floor offers an amazing view over the down-town harbor and bay of Reykjavík. The New Year's eve gala event includes a bonfire & Christmas light tour, dance and party and of course the chance to witness the "crazy" fireworks in Iceland's capital.

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Day 1: December 28, 2017

WELCOME

The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International Airport to the accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's exciting capital on your own, dinner suggestions too! Food lovers will be pleased and perhaps even impressed by the number of diverse restaurants in Reykjavík. Many award winning chefs create delicious Icelandic cuisine that is characterized by an imaginative use of local ingredients such as fresh seafood, organic lamb and wild game; but be sure to try the fabulous Icelandic hotdog and pizza too! There are optional tours such as whale watching, visit into the glacier, hiking, and sailing to Viðey where the John Lennon Imagine peace tower is located.

Driving distance: (50 km/31 mls)

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Day 2: December 29, 2017

THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

At 8:30am meet your tour guide and start the escorted tour program with short introduction to Icelandic geology while watching a striking film at the Reykjavik Volcano House documenting the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull and Fimmvörðulháls 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. The explosion crater called Kerið is filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheater. 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 stay for one night in simple cottages in South Iceland.

Driving distance: (220 km/136 mls)

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Day 3: December 30, 2017

VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK & GLACIER LAGOON

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 kilometers and it is the 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 just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky. We stay for one night at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon in the Vatnajökull region.

Driving distance: (385 km/239 mls)

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Day 4: December 31, 2017

SOUTH COAST & NEW YEAR'S DINNER

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 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 6:00pm to the New Year's Eve 4-course festive dinner at the Harpa Concert Hall. The restaurant is located on the ground floor and offers amazing views over the downtown harbor and bay of Reykjavík. Between 8:30-10:30pm 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 Harpa we celebrate with music and sparkling wine and at midnight we experience the "crazy" and the one of a kind fireworks in Iceland's capital. Return transfers to the hotel are offered at 12:30, 1:00, 1:30 and 2:00am.

Driving distance: (305 km/189 mls)

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Day 5: January 1, 2018

DEPARTURE HOME

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your hotel in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport. It is also possible to extend the program in Reykjavík.

Daily driving:
Total mileage without airport transfer is 910 km (564 miles) which is an average of 303 km (188 miles) per day. You spend about 4 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

Driving distance: (50 km/31 mls)

Price and Date (Prices in USD per person):

Season Double/Twin/Triple Room Single Room
December 28, 2017 to January 1, 2018 $2,990 $3,795

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Views from Northern Lights and Glacier Lagoon New Year

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Highlights

  • Golden Circle tour
  • Glaciers, Waterfalls and Lava Beaches
  • Vatnajökull National Park and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Northern Lights hunting
  • New Year's dance and party at Harpa Concert Hall

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