Included
Departure
December 29
Accommodations
Comfort for 4 nights with Continental breakfast
Emergency
24 hour emergency service
Tax & Fee
Taxes and service fee
Northern Lights Tour
Northern Lights Guided Bus Tour
Airport Transfers
Airport transfers to and from hotel in Reykjavík
Tour ID
CB20
Activities
New Year's walk tour
Golden Circle Tour
Golden Circle and Friðheimar guided bus tour
Dinner
4-course celebration meal at VOX restaurant
Cruise
New Year's fireworks cruise
Not included
Travel
Flights to Iceland
Meals & Drinks
at restaurants (unless otherwise stated)
Insurance
Personal travel insurance
Museums & Activities
Entrance to museums and optional activities
Transport
Duration
5 days / 4 nights

Tour Map and Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Iceland & Northern Lights hunt

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29 December

Transfer from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík with the Flybus (included).

Arrive in charming Reykjavík, still in its festive winter costume with fairy lights galore. Kick back at your hotel before taking a wander around the city center. You’ll find that its cozy cafés and friendly bars, brimming with seasonal cheer, make for the perfect place to recharge after your flight.

In the evening

Once you’ve settled in and had a bite to eat, it’s time for your first taste of adventure in the Icelandic countryside. Tonight you’ll join a Northern Lights excursion away from the glow of the city. If you’re lucky enough to get clear skies, you might well catch a glimpse of them!

If you don’t manage to see the aurora tonight, you can join another outing for free later on in your trip.

Tour: Northern Lights Tour (included)
Duration: Around 3 hours 30 minutes
Departure: 21:00
Complimentary pick-up: 20:30
Included: Bus with guidance in English, free Wi-Fi
Not included: Meals and refreshments

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
The tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

Upgrade options

Option 1: Northern Lights Small Group Tour

Enjoy the experience of spotting the Northern Lights in a more intimate setting on a small group bus tour. The maximum group size on this excursion is 25 people, so the vibe and the pace is more relaxed.

Tour: Northern Lights – Small Group Tour (optional upgrade)
Duration: Around 3 hours
Departure: 21:30
Complimentary pick-up: 21:00
Included: Bus with guidance in English, free Wi-Fi, use of blankets, free second trip if you don’t see the aurora
Not included: Meals and refreshments
Minimum age: 6 years

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

 

Option 2: Northern Lights Super Jeep Tour

A ride in a super jeep is an unforgettably Icelandic experience! Venture where buses can’t on this adventure-packed Northern Lights hunt. You’ll be able to fully escape the darkness of the towns and cities by going off the beaten track with your super jeep driver-guide.

Tour: Northern Lights Super Jeep Tour (optional upgrade)
Duration: Around 4 hours
Departure: 21:30
Complimentary pick-up: 21:00
Included: Guided super jeep tour in English, free Wi-Fi, hot chocolate & biscuits, Northern Lights photos, free minibus trip if you don’t see the aurora
Not included: Meals and refreshments other than those stated
Minimum age: 6 years

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

 

Option 3: Northern Lights by Boat

Set sail from Reykjavík’s old harbor and in 15–20 minutes you’ll be blanketed in darkness: the perfect conditions for chasing down the Northern Lights. Keep warm in your overalls and focus on scouring the skies as the crew take photos for you to look back on after your trip. The boat also has a café/bar and toilets for your comfort on board.

Tour: Northern Lights by Boat (optional upgrade)
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Departure:
21:00 (15 March – 15 April & September)
22:00 (1 October – 14 March)
Included: Guided boat tour in English, free Wi-Fi, use of warm overalls, Northern Lights video, free second trip if you don’t see the aurora
Facilities on board: Café/bar, toilets
Not included: Meals and refreshments other than those stated

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

Reykjavík

Day 2 - Golden Circle & Fontana baths

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30 December

Today you’ll follow the popular Golden Circle around South Iceland. This famous touring route includes 3 natural wonders: Geysir hot spring, Gullfoss waterfall, and Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park.

The Geysir area is home to a group of hot springs, the most spectacular being the Strokkur geyser that erupts every few minutes. It spouts water up to 20 meters (65 feet) into the air, which is an even more memorable sight against a snowy winter backdrop.

Next you’ll head to Gullfoss waterfall,  whose name means ‘Golden Falls’. In fact, it’s these mighty cascades that lend the Golden Circle route its name. Finally there’s Þingvellir, where the European and North American tectonic plates meet. This landscape of gnarly rocks and crisscrossing streams was also where ancient Icelanders would meet for parliament.

After a day’s exploration, you can relax and unwind at the Fontana geothermal baths on the shores of Laugarvatn lake. On arrival you’ll join a brief guided tour and get the chance to taste rye bread baked in the naturally warm ground. Then enjoy a drink (not included) in the warm waters of the spa whilst admiring the view.

Tour: Golden Circle & Fontana Wellness (included)
Duration: 9 hours
Departure: 09:00
Complimentary pick-up: 08:30
Included: Bus with guidance in English, free Wi-Fi, admission to Fontana geothermal baths, rye bread tasting
Not included: Meals and refreshments

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
The tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

Reykjavík

Day 3 - New Year’s Eve walk, dinner & firework cruise

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31 December

New Year’s Eve is a huge day of celebration for Icelanders, and you too! This morning, you’ll dive into culture and tradition on a guided walk of Reykjavík city center. In the evening, tuck into a delicious dinner and join a firework cruise.

In the morning

Meet your local guide, dressed in Icelandic national costume, in the heart of Reykjavík. Here you’ll be shown around the historic downtown area and learn all about Iceland’s New Year’s traditions. 

Your group will start by meeting the Icelandic Search and Rescue Team, who raise funds by selling fireworks for the big celebration. Your guide will pick up some small fireworks to set off at the end of the tour over a glass of champagne.

After the walk, you’ll have a few hours free to spend as you like before dinner.

Tour: New Moments Reykjavík New Year’s Walk (included)
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Departure: 09:00
Included: Guidance in English, food tasting, beer tasting, hot drink, champagne, farewell gift
Not included: Meals and refreshments other than those stated

This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

In the evening

Head over to VOX Brasserie & Bar for a delicious 4-course New Year’s Eve dinner from a set menu.

Please let us know about any dietary requirements in the ‘Special requests’ box at checkout.

Next, make your way down to Reykjavík’s old harbor where you’ll step aboard a luxury boat for your firework cruise. Sip on a complimentary glass of champagne as midnight approaches. When the clock strikes 12, watch the incredible light show begin as you toast the new year.

Tour: New Year’s Fireworks Cruise (included)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Departure: 23:00
Included: Guided boat tour in luxury vessel, glass of champagne, warm overalls, view of midnight fireworks
Not included: Meals and refreshments

Please note the transfer to the harbor is not included. Your hotel can help you arrange a taxi.
This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

Reykjavík

Day 4 - Choose your own New Year’s Day adventure

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1 January

New Year’s Day is yours to spend however you want. Choose one of 4 different activities, depending on what takes your fancy.

Option 1: Blue Lagoon

Head to the Blue Lagoon for a day of relaxation in its warming azure waters. Enjoy a complimentary drink as you take in views of the surrounding jet-black lava field.

Tour: Blue Lagoon Comfort Admission and Transfer (included)
Duration: 4 hours
Departure: 11:00
Complimentary pick-up: 10:30
Included: Bus transfer, Comfort admission to Blue Lagoon (includes towel, silica mud mask, 1 drink of your choice)
Not included: Meals and refreshments
Minimum age: 2 years

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

Option 2: Sky Lagoon

Step into the Sky Lagoon, a geothermal infinity pool that overlooks the North Atlantic Ocean. Included in your admission is the 7-step Ritual, with access to a sauna, rain room, steam room, and more.

Tour: Sky Lagoon Pure Pass (included)
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Departure: 13:00 or 15:00
Complimentary pick-up: 12:30 or 14:30
Included: Sky Lagoon admission, complete 7-step Ritual, public changing facilities, towel
Not included: Meals and refreshments
Minimum age: 12 years

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

Option 3: The South Shore Adventure

Venture along Iceland’s south coast, and lace up your hiking shoes for a visit to the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Here you can walk behind the plume and feel the mist on your face.

Next visit its more powerful cousin, Skógafoss, before heading to Reynisfjara black sand beach. Marvel at the hexagonal basalt columns and Reynisdrangar sea stacks. Finally, check out the village of Vík before returning to Reykjavík.

Tour: South Shore Adventure (included)
Duration: Around 10 hours
Departure: 09:00
Complimentary pick-up: 08:30
Included: Bus with guidance in English
Not included: Meals and refreshments

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

Option 4: Katla Ice Cave

Hop aboard a super jeep for a ride through rugged terrain near the Mýrdalsjökull glacier in South Iceland. Once you reach the glacier edge, gear up for a short hike across the surface.

You’ll soon arrive at a spectacular ice cave, which has formed naturally underneath the glacier. Its blue-tinged walls are a dazzling sight.

Your tour also includes a stop at the magnificent Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which you can walk behind.

Tour: Katla Ice Cave (Under the Volcano) Tour (included)
Duration: 11 hours
Departure: 10:00
Complimentary pick-up: 09:30
Included: Super jeep ride, natural ice cave visit, crampons, safety equipment, guidance in English
Not included: Meals and refreshments

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

Reykjavík

Day 5 - Goodbye Iceland

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2 January

Transfer to Keflavík Airport with the Flybus for your return flight (included).

After a trip filled with culture, adventure, and relaxation, it’s time to return home. You’ll make your friends and family jealous with the photos and stories from your trip!

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

Accommodation on this tour

When we design our tours we book the best accommodation available, in order to make the trip as comfortable and enjoyable for you as possible.
We offer a great selection of hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses for our clients. You can be assured of a warm welcome and an enjoyable stay at all the options offered by us.
Below you’ll find examples of the type of accommodation you could be staying in.

Please note

The accommodation options are shown as examples of the types of accommodation we book. Due to high demand during the summer time and limited accommodation capacity in some regions we cannot always guarantee availability. In these circumstances, we will supply an accommodation of an equal standard in the same region before your travel dates. We highly recommend you book as well in advance as possible.

Comfort accommodation:

Hótel Frón offers comfortable rooms with private shower (or private bath) and WC. Located in the city center close to all the main shops, restaurants, cafés, galleries and museums.
Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

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