New Year’s Eve in Iceland

6 days from $3,250pp*
  • Enjoy a New Years Eve gourmet buffet & fireworks display.
  • Head out into the wild and watch the Northern Lights.
  • Explore exciting natural wonders on a Super Truck.
  • Spend a day relaxing in the thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Ring in the New Year Scandinavian-style on this celebratory Icelandic adventure. Watch the spectacle that erupts when 600 tons of fireworks are lit all in one evening, and explore the natural wonders that make this region famous: golden waterfalls, ice fields, and lagoons.

New Year’s Eve festivities in Reykjavik are celebrated with a big bang, as the the night sky is lit up with a brilliant once-a-year fireworks show. Enjoy an incredible gala evening of music, entertainment and a buffet extravaganza followed by a trip downtown to experience the amazing fireworks spectacle and join the festive celebrations. While you're in Iceland, tour haunted grave yards, golden waterfalls, ice fields, and soak in the healing mineral-rich waters of the legendary Blue Lagoon. behold the stunning Northern Lights as they dance in the clear sky above. Go for a snowmobiling tour on Langjoekull, Iceland’s second largest glacier and visit Hekla, the most famous of Iceland's volcanoes. With your expert guide, you'll also learn about Icelandic elf folklore related to the magic of the New Year's holiday. This customizable adventure is the perfect way to ring in the new year. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Reykjavik
    Reykjavik
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Driver/Assistant(3)
    • Iceland - Welcome Package(2)
    • Day at leisure
  • Day 2 Reykjavik
    Reykjavik
    • New Year`s Eve
    • Evening Program at Hilton Nordica Hotel
  • Day 3 Reykjavik
    Reykjavik
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Blue Lagoon (3-4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver(4)
    • New Year`s Day
    • Optional: Festive 4 course dinner at VOX Restaurant
  • Day 4 Reykjavik
    Reykjavik
    • Tour - Shared - Golden Circle by Super Truck with Snowmobiling (9.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide (1/snowmobile)
  • Day 5 Reykjavik
    Reykjavik
    • Tour - Shared - Glacier & Volcanoes Flightseeing - Flight/Vehicle
    • Tour - Shared - Nighttime Northern Lights Mystery (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 6 Reykjavik
    Reykjavik
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport (departure) - Coach/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Reykjavik

For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation. 

A welcome package with a city map, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

The day is free for you to explore. Enjoy a stroll down Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur, the main streets of Reykjavík, or check out the downtown harbor village, or visit one of the many geothermal swimming pools in the area.

Accommodation: Hilton Reykjavik Nordica (4*)

The contemporary Hilton Reykjavik Nordica is situated in the financial district of the capital and is only 5 minutes’ walk from the outdoor park, Laugardalur and a complimentary shuttle bus journey from the city center. Guestrooms and suites offer elegance and comfort, and are fitted with all the latest technology. Dine at VOX restaurant for a buffet brunch, and a la carte menu options, placing an emphasis on fresh Icelandic and Scandinavian dishes. VOX lounge is also open to guests looking for a sophisticated spot to enjoy a drink and some good company, and the VOX bar is a great spot for a cocktail in the lobby. Be pampered with a treatment in the Nordica Spa and take a leisurely stroll through the Botanic Gardens or treat yourself at the nearby Kringlan shopping center.

Reykjavik
Reykjavik
Hilton Reykjavik Nordica
Hilton Reykjavik Nordica

Day 2: Reykjavik

Explore Reykjavik with a local guide and learn about special traditions and Icelandic folklore related to the magical New Year's Eve in Iceland. The first stop is to purchase fireworks organized by the Icelandic Rescue Teams. Each year on December 31st, Icelanders light up over 600 tons of fireworks — that's nearly 5 lbs (2 kg) per inhabitant! Next, you will visit the old Reykjavik cemetery of and hear the mysterious tale of the graveyard caretaker and why the dead rise from their crypts on New Year's Eve.

Off to Hafnarfjörður, „the town in the lava“ famous for its elf population, where you will visit an elf stone, keeping in mind that the mystical „hidden people“ roam freely on New Year’s Eve!

Your excursion ends in a beautiful clearing where they light a small bonfire, toast to life and love and say farewell to the passing year in traditional Icelandic fashion!

In the evening, delight in the New Year’s Eve dinner artistically prepared and made from fresh local ingredients straight from Icelandic farmers and greenhouses and the neighboring ocean. Indulge yourself in various artisanal starters, hearty entrees of free-range mountain lamb and endless tasty desserts. Fireworks are lit all night long, reaching a high point at midnight, when the sky lights up for a few minutes as the fire trucks and harbored ships ring their bells and blow their horns to welcome the New Year. After midnight, the nightclubs and pubs are open for business and the downtown area becomes a veritable catwalk of Icelanders outfitted in their finest holiday glitz, with dancing and celebrating going well into the morning. On the biggest party night in a city renowned for its nightlife, the New Year’s Eve celebration in Reykjavík is the stuff of legends.

The Evening Program at Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel:

19:30 Pre-drink, followed by a gourmet New Year's Eve Buffet in the ballroom and a hosted dinner show.

23:20 Pick-up via bus and transfer to a nice viewing point over Reykjavík to enjoy the fireworks over the city. They offer you to join in on the fun with golden sparkles.

00:30 Transfer back to the hotel with a drive through the city center.

Optional drop off in the center for those who want to keep the night going.

Free seating at 8-10 guests round tables.

Dress code: Formal wear.

Accommodation: Hilton Reykjavik Nordica (4*)
Reykjavik winter aerial view
Reykjavik winter aerial view
Fireworks
Fireworks

Day 3: Reykjavik

Your journey leads through rugged lava fields to the Blue Lagoon, a unique natural pool of mineral rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field in the pure, beautiful Icelandic wilderness. The Blue Lagoon is known for its special properties and its beneficial effect on the skin and attracts visitors from all over the world in search of health, and relaxation. Stop for a refreshing bath or swim in the pleasantly warm mineral-rich water, reputed for its healing properties. At the end of your tour you will be brought to your hotel. Includes entrance fee to the Blue Lagoon and towel rental.  

Today you may want to visit some of Iceland’s natural highlights, such as the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa or the Geysir hot spring area.

Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding a variety of daytours to your itinerary.

Optional: Festive 4 course dinner at VOX Restaurant (not included)

The gourmet chefs at VOX Restaurant bring you a taste of nature this evening, like all year round, with highly contemporary cuisine, based on fresh local and Nordic ingredients.

Dinner service between 18:00 and 22:00. Last seating at 20:00.

Dress code: Formal wear and casual smart.

Accommodation: Hilton Reykjavik Nordica (4*)
Winter in Reykjavik
Winter in Reykjavik
Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon

Day 4: Reykjavik

Spend the day today on a shared (9-10hrs) tour as you access some of Iceland’s most famous and exciting natural wonders by Super Truck. Visit Pingvellir National Park, the world famous Geyser geothermal area and Gullfoss “the Golden Waterfall”. Next kick the action into higher gear to get even closer to Iceland’s nature and go for a snowmobiling tour on Langjoekull, Iceland’s second largest glacier. Super truck tour with a driver-guide, snowmobile tour, overall, glove and helmet rental.  Please note: If you wish to enter the Geysir, Strokkur and Blesi hot spring area a new entrance fee of ISK600 per person (aged 16+) is payable locally to the land owners. You may still see the spouting geyser “Strokkur” from the road, if you wish to avoid the fee and do not enter the area.

Accommodation: Hilton Reykjavik Nordica (4*)
Gullfoss Waterfall
Gullfoss Waterfall

Day 5: Reykjavik

This is a magnificent sightseeing flight tour over the Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. Between the ice and snowfields we visit Hekla, the most famous of Iceland's volcanoes, which last erupted in 2000. Other places of interest en route include Thingvellir, site of the world's oldest parliament, the Gullfoss golden waterfall, Thórsmörk Nature Reserve, the rhyolite peaks of Landmannalaugar and Geysir - one of the world's outstanding geothermal areas and the origin of the English word "geyser".

Enjoy a mysterious trip, on a dark night, any time from the onset of autumn darkness until the light nights of spring, you can witness one of the nature's most spectacular displays; the phenomenon which is called the Northen Lights. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, this is a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen dancing around in fantastic colors across the Arctic sky. The Northern lights originate from the sun, where large explosions and electronic storms throw flares and solar particles deep into space. These clouds of solar particles are caught by the Earth's magnetic field on the south and north poles. The solar particles collide with the atmospheric gases and create this wonderful light effect, known as the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights.

Accommodation: Hilton Reykjavik Nordica (4*)
Landmannalaugar Landscape
Landmannalaugar Landscape
Northern Lights
Northern Lights

Day 6: Reykjavik

Enjoy a shared transfer from your hotel to Keflavik Airport. The pickup time should be scheduled with your hotel front desk the evening before departure.  Buses depart frequently, consult your Sales Advisor for more info.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica (4*): Reykjavik

The contemporary Hilton Reykjavik Nordica is situated in the financial district of the capital and is only 5 minutes’ walk from the outdoor park, Laugardalur and a complimentary shuttle bus journey from the city center. Guestrooms and suites offer elegance and comfort, and are fitted with all the latest technology. Dine at VOX restaurant for a buffet brunch, and a la carte menu options, placing an emphasis on fresh Icelandic and Scandinavian dishes. VOX lounge is also open to guests looking for a sophisticated spot to enjoy a drink and some good company, and the VOX bar is a great spot for a cocktail in the lobby. Be pampered with a treatment in the Nordica Spa and take a leisurely stroll through the Botanic Gardens or treat yourself at the nearby Kringlan shopping center.

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica
Hilton Reykjavik Nordica
Hilton Reykjavik Nordica - Dining
Hilton Reykjavik Nordica - Dining
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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