New Year’s Eve festivities in Reykjavík are celebrated with a big bang, as the ban on fireworks is lifted and the night sky is lit up with a brilliant show. On a guided tour learn about Icelandic elf folklore related to the magic of the holiday. Enjoy a hosted 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. Tour haunted grave yards, golden waterfalls, ice fields, and blue lagoons on this customizable adventure.
Relax on your airport transfer in Reykjavik with a private vehicle and driver. Please note that a surcharge may be post billed to you if you require a transfer after 8pm or before 7am.
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 open to your inspiration. 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.
Enjoy a New Year’s celebration in “Icelandic-style!” Join your guide as you head to local Icelandic Rescue Team center, along with many of the other local people of Reykjavík, to shop for some fireworks. Your guide will inform you about the many special traditions and local folklore regarding this annual event. This is so much more than just lighting fireworks; this event means a lot to local people. Fun, fireworks and folklore make this an evening to remember. 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 Reykjavík cemetery 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.
Avail of a half day private guided tour as you are lead 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The contemporary Hilton Reykjavik Nordica (4*) 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. Be pampered with a treatment in the NordicaSpa and savor a gourmet meal at VOX, renowned in Scandinavia for its emphasis on traditional Nordic cuisine. Take a leisurely stroll through the Botanic Gardens or treat yourself at the nearby Kringlan shopping centre.
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