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 - Arrive in Reykjavík
Transfer from the airport and check into your city centre accommodation. Reykjavík is famed for its contemporary gastronomy, so why not sample some at a local restaurant to get your holiday off to a great start?
Day 2 - Your Northern Lights Chase
Embark on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Reykjavík this morning, led by a knowledgeable guide. You will have the opportunity to see sights such as the modern Hallgrímskirkja, which is the tallest church in Iceland, the city hall and Lake Tjörnin, an oasis of calm at the heart of Reykjavík. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the city yourself or resting up for your exhilarating Northern Lights chase tonight. Head out by boat on this unique safari as you search for the stunning displays of the Aurora in Iceland or, if weather prevents our boat tour, set off on a bus tour to some of the regions best spots for seeing the Northern Lights!Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - New Year’s Eve
Embark on an unforgettable adventure today on your Northern Lights New Year break. The Golden Circle comprises three of Iceland’s most popular sights; Gullfoss Waterfall, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of þingvellir National Park and Geysir Hot Springs. At each of the three sights, you will witness the awesome power of nature and see how it has carved and sculpted the landscapes of Iceland to make them so unique.
You will be picked up at around and taken to The Pearlan for a fabulous cocktail reception tonight, after which there is an extravagant gala dinner to enjoy as the restaurant slowly rotates to give diners a 360° view of Reykjavík. Guests are then taken to a nearby bonfire and fireworks display to experience the incredible Icelandic celebrations. Afterwards, return to The Pearlan to celebrate the New Year with sparkling wine and watch the firework displays across the city. Music and dancing continues into the small hours.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 - New Year's Day
Enjoy two incredible excursions in one day today as your Northern Lights New Year break offers the ultimate plan for 1st January! Begin with a journey to the amazing Reykjanes Peninsula, an otherworldly home to a variety of geological treasures. Discover the hot springs and lava fields of the region before crossing the bridge between continents and visiting the lighthouse at the tip of the Peninsula! Later on today, you will experience one of Iceland's most famous features; the Blue Lagoon. Unwind in the geothermal waters and perhaps book a spa treatment before returning to the hotel completely relaxed and refreshed.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 - Departure
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Reykjavík Airport for your return flight to the UK.Meals included:Breakfast
- International Flights from London Gatwick (Other airports on request).
- Return airport transfers.
- Reykjavik City Tour, Golden Circle Tour including Lunch.
- Reykjanes and Blue Lagoon Tour including entrance, towel and lunch.
- Northern Lights Boat Tour (bus tour included if weather prevents boat tour from operating).
- Gala Dinner 31st December with bonfire tour.
- Four nights accommodation at a centrally located hotel
- Travel Insurance.
Please note: the order of activities may be subject to change