New Year, Northern Lights, Volcanoes and Glaciers

New Year

New Year

Festive Fireworks Display

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Dancing across the nights sky

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

A world of Glaciers

The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle

A double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá River

Wintertime

Wintertime

Snow covered Reykjavik

New Year, Northern Lights, Volcanoes and Glaciers

A special New Year trip to Iceland with a small group guided tour of the South. Discover a land of icy landscapes, smoking geysers, volcanic craters, glaciers and waterfalls and the thrilling possibility of viewing the splendid Northern Lights dancing above the landscape. Return to Reykjavik and celebrate New Year’s Eve as only the Icelandic’s can.
DAY 1 Reykjavik
Fly direct to Keflavik and take the airport shuttle bus to the Fosshotel Baron, Reykjavik, where you will spend one night. Explore the capital on your own and dine in one of the city’s many restaurants.
 
DAY 2 The Golden Circle
Breakfast before meeting your tour guide and fellow travellers at 08.30. The tour starts with a short introduction to Icelandic geology with a multi media presentation at the Reykjavik Volcano House. This includes a striking movie documenting the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull and Fimmvördulháls in 2010, as well as a chance to view pieces of pumice, ash and lava from Icelandic volcanoes. Depart for Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Iceland’s prime geological, historical and cultural centre. It is also here that the tectonic plates of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge meet. The faults and fissures of the area make evident the rifting of the earth’s crust. Visit the hot springs at Geysir. Strokkur bubbles away, finally exploding in a plume of water high in to the air. The next geological sensation is Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 metres into the Hvítá River. After settling into your simple Arhus Cottages, you will enjoy a 2-course dinner and hear about the Aurora Borealis from your tour guide. Naturally, once darkness falls, you are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights. Midnight snacks are served to those staking out the lights.
 
DAY 3 Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Experience a world of glaciers, ice and icebergs. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is filled with floating icebergs and you may even spot seals swimming in the arctic waters. There is time to walk on the black sandy beach, where large icebergs get stranded. Then on to Vatnajökull National Park, Europe’s largest National Park. Here you will find Iceland’s highest mountains and Europe’s largest glacier. Tonight is spent at the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon Hotel enjoying a 2-course dinner. In this remote and quiet location you may just get one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky. Midnight snacks are served to those staking out the lights.
 
DAY 4 Beaches, Waterfalls and New Year’s Eve
Today begins by crossing the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík and a stroll on the black lava beach and along the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach. Passing the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull to Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, two of Iceland’s iconic waterfalls, you arrive back in Reykjavik in good time for tonights celebrations at the Harpa Concert Hall. At 18.00 head to this celebrated venue on the harbour front for a 4-course festive dinner. Between 20.30 and 22.30 you will visit one of the capitals bonfires before returning to the Harpa for dancing and devilment until the fireworks at midnight. A shuttle bus transfer will take you back to the hotel between 00.30, 01.00, 01.30 and 02.00. Your accommodation for this evening is the City Park Hotel, Reykajvik.
 
DAY 5 UK
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before your transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.