NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION - 5 days

from EUR 2110

This exclusive tour package includes 4 nights in Reykjavik and a number of excursions and activities , such as the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot springs, Reykjavík city tour, Árbær open-air museum, Viking restaurant with an experience of traditional medieval music, Icelandic horse show, geothermal greenhouse visit at a local farm, a geothermal power plant exhibition and the Blue Lagoon. The New Year's Gala Dinner is enjoyed at the spectacular Harpa concert and conference hall.

Tour Code: GJ-2110
  • Tour Availability: Fri
  • Seasons: December 29th to January 02nd
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Min. nr of Participants: 1

New Year's Celebration 29.12.2017-02.01.2018 (with option for extension nights)

Golden Circle Route.jpgJoin the fun, fireworks and festivities around Reykjavik. New Year's eve in Iceland certainly goes with a bang! The sky at midnight lights up with fireworks as the Icelanders enjoy their celebration.

This exclusive tour package includes 4 nights in Reykjavik. During your stay a number of excursions and activities are included, such as the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot springs, Reykjavík city tour, visit to a traditional Icelandic open-air village museum, Viking restaurant with an experience of traditional medieval music, Icelandic horse show, geothermal greenhouse visit at a local farm, a geothermal power plant exhibition and the Blue Lagoon. The New Year's Gala Dinner is enjoyed at the spectacular Harpa concert and conference hall, which is located in the city center close to the old marina harbor. The square in front of Harpa is an ideal location for viewing fireworks over Reykjavik downtown, and it is the only place in town with a countdown to midnight that appears on the glass facade of the famous building.

Tour Code: GJ-2110

New Year's FestivalDay 1, December 29th: WELCOME (50 km / 31 mls)
Arrival in Iceland. Non-guided transfer from Keflavik International Airport to accommodation in Reykjavik.

Day 2, December 30th: GOLDEN CIRCLE TOUR, GREENHOUSE VISIT & HORSE SHOW INCL. LUNCH (260 km / 162 mls)
Tour starts at 09:30. Our fist stop is the national park of Þingvellir. This UNESCO world heritage site is the most important historical place in Iceland. It was in the year 930 that Icelanders gathered from all over the country and formed the Althing – the world’s first democratic parliament. While it now meets indoors in Reykjavik, this same kind of national assembly operates today. The park has some wonderful spots to walk through to sense the atmosphere of long past times. Þingvellir is not only important for Icelandic history, but also it is a place of unique geological interest, where the two continental plates can be seen slowly drifting apart. The Great Atlantic rift is clearly visible in Þingvellir; it is a rift that is slowly pulling Iceland apart along tectonic plates and you can literally walk between the American and Eurasian continental plates. From there we continue to Geysir, passing the village of Laugarvatn. We will explore the hot spring area of Geysir - multicolored pools of water and mud. Strokkur, the Great Geysir's little brother, is spouting to a height of about 25 meters and erupts at about 5-7 minute intervals. After lunch (included) we drive to the mighty Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall), perhaps the most beautiful in the country. We walk around Gullfoss Falls, where the river Hvitá tumbles 32 meters in a double cascade. After Gullfoss we head to Fridheimar – a geothermal greenhouse farm where they grow fresh tomatoes all year around. We continue to the Eldhestar riding center to watch the popular horse show about the Icelandic horse, which has light feet, amazing balance, and ability to master five gaits rather than just the traditional three. We reach Reykjavik around 18:30. Dinner on your own.

Day 3, December 31st: CITY TOUR, WHALE & FOLK MUSEUM, VIKING LUNCH & NEW YEAR´S CELEBRATION IN HARPA (50 km / 31 mls)
We start at 09:00 with a Reykjavik city tour and see the highlights of Iceland´s exciting capital including the Whales of Iceland museum that features models of dolphins and whales in their life sizes. Then we head to the lava town of Hafnarfjörður where we experience a Viking lunch while listening to traditional Icelandic folk songs at a famous local restaurant. After that we visit the open-air museum of Árbæjar and learn about the way how Icelanders lived in the past. We return to the hotel around 15:30. Please note that during this tour our guides give out individual tickets for the Gala dinner in Harpa showing your table number, and the GJ-Travel badge which allowes you the following: participation in the bonfire tour, re-entrance to the Harpa concert hall, and the return transfer back to the hotel (scheduled for 00:30, 01:00, 01:30 or 02:00).

HARPA FESTIVE DINNER AND BONFIRE TOUR
After the city tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. Transfer from hotels to Harpa starts at 17:30. There will be a welcome drink upon arrival to Harpa. The Gala Dinner is served in the conference area on the ground floor between 18:15-20:15 (starter, soup and main course). After the main course, which is around 20:15, our guides expect you outside the main entrance door for the transfer to the evening Bonfire & Christmas Light Tour. Departure to the bonfire is at 20:30. You visit one of many bonfires all over the city of Reykjavík and experience how many Icelanders celebrate New Year’s Eve. The bonfire tour takes about two hours. Good shoes, warm clothing, head-wear and gloves are needed. After the tour you go back to Harpa. Live band is playing between 22:30-23:30 and 00:30-01:30/02:00. Dessert & a coffee are served around 23:00. At 23:45, doors open to go outside to view fireworks and celebrate the New Year by following the countdown that is lit up on the building of the concert hall. At midnight, sparkling wine will be served. For those who would like to dance their night away, the transfer back to the accommodation is at 00:30 / 01:00 / 01:30 and 02:00.

Day 4, January 1st: REYKJANES PENINSULA & BLUE LAGOON INCL. LUNCH & DINNER (150 km / 93 mls)
At 10:30 we leave Reykjavik and explore the Reykjavik peninsula with its dramatic sea shores, fascinating geology, moonscapes, lava fields and fishing villages. The guided tour starts in Bessastaðir, the residence of the Icelandic president, and continues to the Viking World Museum in Reykjanesbær to visit an authentic Viking ship model that sailed across the Atlantic ocean to New York in year 2000. After a light lunch (all-you-can-eat soup) that is included, we continue to the bridge over the continents and a light house located at the edge of the Reykjanes peninsula. During this time we also visit a geothermal power plant that explains how Icelanders benefit of clean geothermal energy in their daily lives. We reach the Blue Lagoon for photographs at 16:00 or 17:00 (depending on the group you are in), to experience an oasis in the lava that owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant, looming large over the aqua tinted waters. We stop for 2 hours for a refreshing bathe or a swim in the pleasantly warm mineral-rich water, reputed for its healing properties. A dinner will be served in the LAVA restaurant (part of Blue Lagoon) between 19:30-21:00. Starters and deserts are brought to the table but main course is served buffet-style. After dinner, we continue to Reykjavik. Depending on weather, we will do a northern light hunt by bus on the way from the Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik. Arrival to your hotel is between 22:00-24:00.

Day 5, January 2nd: FAREWELL (50 km / 31 mls)
Transfer without guide to Keflavik Airport.

NOTE: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

Tour Code: GJ-2110

Price in EUR per person for New Year's Celebration 29.12.17-02.01.18 (5 days/4 nights)

Accommodation-Type Category Price in
single 
room
Price in
double 
room
Price in
triple 
room
Availability
Centerhotel Plaza - superior room 3 star 2.680 2.110 2.110 yes
Hotel Klettur - standard room 3 star 2.500 2.120 2.120 yes
Fosshotel Lind - standard room 3 star 2.660 2.160
n/a yes
Fosshotel Baron - standard room 3 star 2.660 2.160 n/a yes
Hotel Skkuggi - standard room comfort 2.830 2.360 n/a yes
Hotel Holt - standard room boutique 2.950 2.420 n/a yes
Hotel Radisson SAS  Saga - standard room (double room only) 4 star 2.640 2.155 n/a yes
Hotel Radisson SAS Saga - business room 4 star 2.950 2.310 2.310 yes
Fosshotel Reykjavik - standard room 4 star 3.120 2.400 n/a yes
City Park Hotel - standard room 3 star 3.230 2.420 n/a yes
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum - standard room 4 star 3.400 2.590 n/a yes
Grand Hotel - superior room 4 star 3.350 2.600 2.600 yes
Without accommodation & breakfast, but pick-up is only available at above listed hotels not available

Included

  • Return FLYBUS airport transfer (without guide)
  • 4 nights accommodation including breakfast
  • Reykjavík Grand City Tour from 09:00-15:30 with an English speaking guide
  • Golden Circle Tour from 09:30-18:30 with an English speaking guide
  • Bonfire & Christmas Light Tour from 20:30-22:30 with an English speaking guide
  • Blue Lagoon & Reykjanes Tour from 10:30-22:00/24:00 with an English speaking guide
  • Included in the Blue Lagoon:
    • Entrance
    • Rental towel
    • One Blue Lagoon drink per person
  • Entrance to Whales of Iceland museum
  • Entrance to Árbæjar open-air museum
  • Entrance to the Viking World museum
  • Entrance to the Energy for Life exhibition in Reykjanes
  • Icelandic horse show
  • Visit to Friðheimar geothermal greenhouse farm
  • Lunch during the Reykjavík Grand City Tour and the Golden Circle Tour 
  • Light lunch & 3-course dinner during the Reykjanes & Blue Lagoon Tour
  • 4-course Gala dinner & party at Harpa with live music, welcome drink, ½ bottle of wine, glass of sparkling wine & return transfers on the 31st December
  • Use of snow & ice gripper spikes during nature excursions

NATURE FEES: There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot, when entering any of these nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change. 

NOTE: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

BOOKINGS & FURTHER INFORMATION: This program can be booked either via our international tour operator network or directly by email gjtravel@gjtravel.is and we process your booking by personal email communication. Don't you like that? We will send you a confirmation and invoice. Payment is due latest 6 weeks prior arrival. We accept international bank transfer, visa or MasterCard. Once paid, we will send the vouchers and travel documents. Unfortunately we do not offer an online-booking engine and online-payment system for this tour.

CANCELLATIONS:  A cancellation fee of 50 % of the tour price and accommodation will be retained by us for cancellations made from 8 to 12 weeks before departure. No refund is possible for cancellations less than 55 days before departure, or for no shows, and a tour begun, but not completed. GJ-Travel reserves the right to charge a non-refundable booking fee/deposit of up to 50% in order to secure space on the tour. 

Tour Code: GJ-2110

The Dinner Menu

Starter: Marinated arctic char with cauliflower terrine, capelin roe and dill mayonnaise

Second starter: Icelandic wild mushroom soup with cream and parsley

Main course: Herb-baked saddle of lamb, mashed potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes, olive oil glazed vegetables and port wine sauce

Dessert: Valrhona chocolate truffle cakes, whipped cream and spun sugar. Caramelized lemon tart

Drinks included: 1 welcome drink, ½ bottle of wine, 1 glass of sparkling wine at midnight, tea & coffee served with dessert

Vegetarian Menu

Starter: Tomato salad with black olive crumb, basil oil and burrata

Second starter: Icelandic wild mushroom soup with cream and parsley

Main course: Vegetable tart with quinoa, goat´s curd and espelette pepper

Dessert: Valrhona chocolate truffle cakes, whipped cream and spun sugar. Caramelized lemon tart

Drinks included: 1 welcome drink, ½ bottle of wine, 1 glass of sparkling wine at midnight, tea & coffee served with dessert


Change of menu - EUR 30. Vegetarian meals and change of menu due to food allergy is free of charge. Please note that you need to inform us about your special meal plan or the change of menu in advance. The dinner is a set menu, changes on the spot will not be possible.

Seating arrangements: In general tables of 10-12 persons

European casual dress code is recommended but not required:

  • For the gentlemen: Suit and tie or trousers with blazer jacket.
  • For the ladies: Dress (long or short), suit or skirt with a top (gala dress is not required).

Please note that it is advisable to bring warm shoes, a scarf and gloves along for the Bonfire & Christmas Light Tour that can be kept in the wardrobe at Harpa during dinner.

Tour Code: GJ-2110