Iceland: Iceland and the Northern Lights New Year Celebration
Will you see the Aurora’s dazzling display?
See in the New Year in a most spectacular way at Reykjavík’s most renowned restaurant, The Pearl. Located on Öskjuhlíð Hill overlooking the city, this glass domed restaurant revolves 360° over two hours, so diners always have a new view to enjoy. During the Northern Lights New Year break, guests can attend a gala dinner at The Pearl, complete with sparkling wine, dancing and fireworks for an utterly glamorous way to spend New Year’s Eve. If the Northern Lights happen to appear on this night, it will be an experience you will never forget.
The festive period is right in the midst of the Aurora Borealis season, which runs from September through to March. The Northern Lights can often be spotted in the skies above Iceland throughout winter, but they only appear intermittently and sightings cannot be guaranteed. However, on our Northern Lights New Year holiday, there is a dedicated Aurora Chase that takes you to optimal places away from light pollution, in a bid to spot this elusive phenomenon. All you need are clear skies and a bit of luck to see one of Mother Nature’s most sensational displays.
Other highlights of the Northern Lights New Year holiday include the Golden Circle tour, a visit to the Blue Lagoon and a guided tour of Reykjavík.
Day 1 - Welcome to Reykjavík
On arrival in the Icelandic capital, take the flybus to your centrally located hotel for your first night’s stay on your Northern Lights New Year holiday. Depending on your arrival time, why not explore Reykjavík and see what this beautiful city has to offer.
Day 2 - Reykjavík and the Blue Lagoon
After breakfast today on your Northern Lights New Year holiday, meet your guide after breakfast and head out on a guided tour of Reykjavík - Iceland's beautiful capital city. Later in the day you’ll travel out to the Reykjanes peninsula with its bird cliffs, mountains, hot springs, light houses and fishing villages. The end of the day is perhaps the highlight as you relax in the naturally warmed waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.
Enjoy a Northern Lights presentation this evening, and, if the night is clear, you can step out in the garden and check if the magical Northern Lights are illuminating the sky. Your accommodation is situated in large grounds, affording you a fantastic location for Northern Lights sightings if the conditions are right.
The next two nights are spent at accommodation in South Iceland.Meals included:Breakfast
Day 3 - New Year’s Eve
After breakfast on day three of your Northern Lights New Year holiday, you’ll travel along the South coast, getting close to the active volcano lying beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. There’s a stop at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall - a high but narrow waterfall - which plunges over the mountain. There's also a trail going behind the falling water and offering interesting views, so you may get wet. Travelling further east, you’ll visit one of the finest folk museums in Iceland with an impressive collection of farm and domestic artefacts and turf-built houses, typical of Iceland's past. Standing at sixty metres high and one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls, the Skógafoss waterfall is nearby. You’ll continue to the seaside for a stroll on the black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vík.
This evening it’s time to celebrate Northern Lights New Year the Icelandic way, starting with a guided bus tour to visit the bonfires in the villages of Hvolsvöllur and Hella. These bonfires originate in the middle ages, when people burnt the old things they no longer needed. You’ll see bonfires - far and wide - all around Iceland, where people gather to sing, dance and set off fireworks, as they wait to ring in the New Year.
Dinner is served at the restaurant on the river banks in a small village called Hella, in South Iceland. Just before midnight, step outside for your own fireworks display, before heading to the village to celebrate New Year with a bang! At midnight the sky will be illuminated with thousands of fireworks set off across the village by the locals.Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - New Year's Day
As you travel the Golden Circle route today, you’ll see the steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields, featuring a variety of bubbling pools and hot springs. Although the original geyser is now dormant, it has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn" which erupts at intervals of five to ten minutes. Afterwards, you’ll continue your journey to the Gullfoss Waterfall known "the golden falls". This majestic three-tiered waterfall sits on the Hvítá river attracting thousands of people from far and wide all year round. You’ll journey inland to þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site before returning to Reykjavík this evening.
On your final night, you’ll enjoy a culinary treat at one of Reykjavík's best gourmet restaurants on your Northern Lights New Year holiday.Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Depart Iceland
Return to the airport for your flight home today, full of amazing memories of your Northern Lights New Year holiday. Although there’s so much to choose from, can you narrow down your favourite experience? Was it the Blue Lagoon or the amazing Golden Circle?Meals included:Breakfast
- Return international flights from London (details of regional departures on request)
- Return unescorted airport transfers
- Four nights' accommodation in a local standard hotel (upgrade details on request)
- The following activities and excursions, as per the itinerary:
- Reykjavik city tour
- Golden Circle tour
- Northern Lights tour by boat or bus (weather dependent)
- Gala Dinner 31st December with bonfire tour
- Tour of Reykjanes Peninsula
- Visit to the Blue Lagoon
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Travel Insurance
Please note: the order of activities may be subject to change