New Year in Iceland group tour
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Make the most of your New Year trip to Iceland
with this specially guided tour exploring the highlights of the South. Immerse
yourself in a land of icy landscapes, smoking geysirs, volcano craters, glaciers
and waterfalls and the thrilling possibility of viewing the splendid Northern
Lights dancing across this spectacular scenery. After time away in this isolated
splendour, return to Reykjavik and celebrate New Year’s Eve as only the
Day 1 Reykjavik
Fly direct to Keflavik and take the airport shuttle bus to the
Fosshotel Baron, Reykjavik, where you will spend one night. The rest of the day
is for you to explore the capital on your own. Food lovers will be delighted
with the number of diverse restaurants on the doorstep for dinner this evening.
Day 2 The Golden Circle
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before meeting your tour guide and fellow
travellers at 08.30. The tour starts with a short introduction to Icelandic
geology while watching a striking movie at Reykjavik Volcano House documenting
the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull and Fimmvördulháls in 2010. There is also a
hands-on geological exhibition where you can examine various pieces of pumice,
ash and lava from Icelandic volcanoes.
Later you will depart for Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage
site, and where the Althingi, the oldest legislative assembly in the world was
founded and marks Iceland's prime geological, historical and cultural centre.
Also here are 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.\
Moving on to the hot springs at Geysir. Strokkur bubbles away finally exploding
in a plume of water high in to the air. The next geological sensation is
Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá River. After
settling into your simple Arhus Cottages, you will enjoy a 2-course dinner and
hear about the Northern Lights from your tour guide. Naturally, once darkness
falls, you are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights.
Day 3 Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Today you will experience a world of glaciers, ice and icebergs.
Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is filled with floating icebergs and you may even
spot seals swimming in the arctic waters. There is time to walk on the black
sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. Then on to Vatnajökull National
Park, Europe’s largest National Park. Here you find Iceland’s highest mountains,
an alpine environment and Europe's largest glacier. Tonight is spent at the
Fosshotel Nupar and after dinner and a movie presentation about Northern Lights
(part of the Northern Lights educational program). In this remote and quiet
location you may just get one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights
shimmering and dancing across the night sky.
Day 4 Beaches, Waterfalls and New Year’s Eve
Today begin crossing the Laki lava field to the village of Vík and a
stroll on the black lava beach and along the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach.
Passing the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull to Skógafoss w and Seljalandsfoss,
two of Iceland’s iconic waterfalls.
You arrive back in Reykjavik in good time for a celebratory New Year’s Eve
dinner with your fellow travellers at a local restaurant. Step out at midnight
and observe first-hand the local’s lighting up the sky with festive fireworks
that welcome in the New Year.
Day 5 Fly Home
Breakfast at leisure before a transfer to Keflavik airport ready for your return
flight back to the UK.
What is included...
- Return flights from London LHR to
- Return Airport/Hotel shuttle bus
- Fully escorted 3-day bus tour with
English speaking guide
- 4-nights accommodation in simple
tourist class hotels and cottages
- Lodging in twin room(s) with private
- Breakfast throughout
- 2 x 2-course dinner and 2 x midnight
refreshment on Day 2 & 3
- Celebratory dinner in Reykjavik on
New Year’s Eve
- Entrance to Kerid crater
- Excursions and Northern Lights
programme as specified in the itinerary
- Use of Northern Lights explorer
equipment incl. simple non-slip snow grippers, spikes for shoes and
flashlight for night walks and camera use.