NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION - 5 days

from EUR 2230

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 festive dinner is enjoyed at the spectacular Pearl building, offering fantasic panoramic views over Reykjavík.

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

New Year's Celebration 29.12.2018-02.01.2019 (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 four 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 festive dinner is enjoyed at the spectacular Pearl building, a famous landmark and simply Iceland's prime location to celebrate New Year's Eve with a 360° view.

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 first 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 5-10 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, incredible 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 AT THE PEARL (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 festive dinner at the Pearl showing your table number, and the GJ-Travel badge which allows you the following: participation in the bonfire tour, re-entrance to the Pearl building, and the return transfer back to the hotel (scheduled for 01:00 and 02:00).

PEARL FESTIVE DINNER AND BONFIRE TOUR
After the city tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. Transfer from hotels to the Pearl starts at 17:15. There will be a welcome drink upon arrival at the Pearl, a famous landmark and simply Iceland's prime location to celebrate New Year's Eve with a 360° view. The festive dinner is served on the 5th floor between 18:15-20:15 (starter, soup, and main course) where you can enjoy fantastic panoramic views over Reykjavík. 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, headwear, and gloves are needed. After the tour, you go back to the Pearl. Dessert & coffee are served around 23:00. Live music is playing between 22:30-23:30 and 00:30-01:30/02:00. At 23:45, sparkling wine is served and doors open to go outside to view fireworks and celebrate the New Year. For those who would like to dance their night away, the transfer back to the accommodation is at 01:00 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 the year 2000. After a light lunch (all-you-can-eat soup) that is included, we continue to the bridge over the continents and a lighthouse 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 bath 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 desserts are brought to the table, but the main course is served buffet-style. After dinner, we continue to Reykjavik. Depending on the 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 a 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 canceled 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 29.12.18-02.01.19 (5 days/4 nights)

Accommodation-Type Category Price in
single 
room
Price in
double 
room
Price in
triple 
room
Availability
Fosshotel Lind - standard room 3 star 2.760 2.230 n/a available
Hotel Reykjavik Lights - standard room 3 star 3.130 2.350 n/a available
Hotel Radisson SAS  Saga - Business room (double room only) 4 star 3.370 2.540 n/a available
Hilton Hotel Nordica - guestroom plus 4 star 3.310 2.560 n/a available
Without accommodation & breakfast, but pickup 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
    • Silica mud mask
    • One drink of your choice
  • 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 festive dinner & party at the Pearl 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
SEATING ARRANGEMENTS AT THE PEARL: Upon availability, we offer tables of 2, 4, 6 and 10 persons
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DRESS CODE FOR PEARL DINNER: Casual/casual elegant 
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 the Pearl during dinner.
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NATURE FEES: There is a possibility that some of the natural 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 natural sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at present and are subject to change. 
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NOTE: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be canceled 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.
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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. In general, there is a non-refundable booking fee/deposit of up to 50% to secure space on the tour. Unfortunately, we do not offer an online booking engine for this tour.
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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 began, but not completed. GJ-Travel reserves the right to charge a non-refundable booking fee/deposit of up to 50% to secure space on the tour. 
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Tour Code: GJ-2110

The Pearl Festive Dinner Menu / Matseðill - 31.12.2018

Traditional Icelandic fried bread and whipped butter pumpernickel
Laufabrauð & þeytt smjör sólkjarnarúgbrauð
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Cured and smoked salmon, cured goose breast & accompaniments
Grafinn og reyktur lax, grafin gæs & meðlæti
Wine pairing: Arthur Metz Pinot Gris
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Wild game soup, redcurrants & pickled onion
Villibráðasúpa, rifsber & sýrður laukur
Wine pairing: Tommasi Surani Ares
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Glazed leg of lamb, creamy wild mushrooms & carrots
Gljáð lambainnlæri, kremaðir villisveppir & gulrætur
Wine pairing: Ruffino Riserva Ducale
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Colombia crème brûlée, dark chocolate, pistachios & bilberries
Kólumbíu créme brûlée, dökkt súkkulaði, pistasíur & aðalbláber

The Vegetarian Menu / Grænmetisseðill

Traditional Icelandic fried bread and whipped butter pumpernickel
Laufabrauð & þeytt smjör sólkjarnarúgbrauð
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Artichokes, dill
Jarðskokkar, dill
Wine pairing: Arthur Metz Pinot Gris
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Wild mushroom soup, redcurrants & pickled onion
Villisveppasúpa, rifsber & sýrður laukur
Wine pairing: Tommasi Surani Ares
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Celeriac, hazlenuts, kale
Seljurót, heslihnetur, grænkál
Wine pairing: Ruffino Riserva Ducale
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Colombia coffee ice cream, chocolate, bilberries
Kólumbíu kaffiís, súkkulaði, aðalbláber
 

Changing menu is not available, except vegetarian meals and change of menu due to food allergy. Please note that you need to inform us about your special dietary needs or allergies latest 2 weeks in advance.
Allar breytingar á matseðli vegna ofnæmis og grænmetisfæði. Vinsamlegast látið vita ef sér fæðis er óskað.

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Seating arrangements: Upon availability, we offer tables of 2, 4, 6 and 10 persons. 
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Dress code: Casual/casual elegant 
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 the Pearl during dinner.
Tour Code: GJ-2110
Action packed and interesting program. The guide is one of the most beautiful people we have been blessed to meet. Kind, funny, helpful and with a wealth of knowledge. Thank you with all our hearts. The hotel was clean and the staff friendly and helpful at all times. Food has been marvelous everywhere we visited. The driver was amazing. The weather conditions have been tricky, but we know we were safe at all times. Brilliant. Thank you. (booked through all Iceland, UK)
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Well planned tour. Most excellent guide. The Reykjavik Centrum Hotel could not have been better. Fantastic location and nice atmosphere. Great breakfast at the hotel. New Year's Eve at the Pearl was wonderful. We loved the fireworks. Very good driver - we felt very safe. (booked through Nordika, USA)
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Fantastic tour, well organised and packed full schedule. The guide was knowledgeable and fantastic. The hotel was well located and had friendly staff. All food was amazing and fantastic. Superb driver! (booked through Baltic Travel, UK)
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The tour could not have been better (booked through Nordic Info, Belgium)
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Wonderful tour! Guide Martina made the already excellent tour more interesting, filled with excellent information. The food was outstanding. The driver was great. (booked through Island Tours Italy)
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Loved it! Well organised. Brilliant guide, lovely and very interesting. Good hotel, cosy beds, clean room, great breakfast. All meals throughout the program are great. Good choice, excellent food and lots of it. Bus very clean and comfortable. Great driver (booked through All Iceland, UK)
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Really full itinerary but thoroughly enjoyable. The guide was informative, helpful and generally a lovely person. Clean room and hotel well located. Good choice of breakfast. Great reception staff, friendly and helpful. Tasty meals through the program. Perlan was a wonderful experience. Great driver (booked through Mighty Fine Company, UK)
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Excellent holiday and guide. We loved the hotel and meals. (booked through Nordic Tur, Portugal)
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All was so good. Excellent guide with humor. Well organized tour. Good location of hotel in the city center. Exceptional meals. The driver and bus could not have been better. (booked through Nordika Travel, USA)
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Brilliant tour. Friendly, informative guide, great English. Hotel Marina excellent location and staff. Outstanding meals. Excellent driver. (booked through GJ-Travel Iceland)
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We have enjoyed every aspect of the tour. Martina was a great tour guide. Thanks for the wonderful holidays. (booked through All Iceland, UK)
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Excellent tour and the locations were wonderful. Wish there could be more time at some locations. Amazing tour guide. Hotel, meals, bus and driver very good. (booked through Baltic Travel, UK)
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Absolutely amazing! Vally is a great guide, very informative and entertaining. She has some great stories! We saw lots of Iceland, even things I did not expect. Fireworks were outstanding. Once in a lifetime experience. Hotel Baron location is great for getting around town. The meals were very good, the New Year's event outstanding. The driver kept us safe on the snowy and icy roads. (booked directly with GJ-Travel, Iceland)
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Overall very good tour. Lots to do and see. Very good good, friendly, informative, funny guide. Accommodation simple, basic - no issues overall. Very good meals throughout the program. Clean bus, warm, arrived on time. No complaints. (booked through Borton Overseas, USA)
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Well organised tour. Provision of crampons was great. Thank you. Guide gave good information on country and history. Sense of humour, folk tales, all gave us an insight of Iceland. Excellent breakfast at the hotel, friendly and efficient staff. Tiny shower; was main drawback. Tour meals and the venues were excellent. Very efficient driver - we felt safe. (booked through Regent Holidays UK)
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Great organization! Especially for the New Year's Eve party. The guide was very knowledgeable and easy going. Great singer too! The room at the hotel was nice and cosy. Breakfast and staff good and helpful. Amazing meals. The bus was always clean. The driver can drive everywhere on ice and snow. (booked through Baltic Travel, UK)
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Amazing tour, lots to see each day and enough time in each place to enjoy and take pictures. I loved the knowledge of the tour guide. She knows everything and she is very funny too. The hotel has a good location. The room under the rooftop is warm and cosy; I loved it, even it is a bit small. The food in Iceland is excellent. The meat (lamb) and fish (trout and salmon) are really good, soft and melt in your mouth. Amazing driver. Thanks for everything. Enjoyed the tour a lot. (booked through Baltic Travel, UK)
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The tour could not have been better. The New Years feast at Perlan was wonderful and the soup at the Reykjanes peninsula sea restaurant was outstanding. I loved the quiet wit of the driver on icy and snowy roads. The guide was excellent, fun, personable, loved the songs! (booked directly through GJ-Travel - great to work with, thanks)
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Top organization and tour. (booked through Baltic Travel, UK)
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Very nice tour. I liked the taste of Icelandic food. Excellent guide and driver. (booked through North Travel, Denmark)
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Beautiful tour. Would recommend to others. Excellent guide, very helpful and approachable. Good hotel and meals. (booked through Baltic Travel, UK)
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Wonderful tour program. The guide was helpful with a nice kind of humour. (booked through Nordic Info, Belgium)
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Loved every minute; can't wait to come back. I couldn't have asked for a better guide. Wonderful food, very fresh and local. (booked through All Iceland, UK)
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Program ok for the short time of stay. Excellent organisation; compliments. Very efficient guide. Included meals are good. New Year's Eve dinner: super! Service very good too. (booked through Nord Espace, France)
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Dorothy was the most delightful guide, very informative and always thinking of the group. Excellent tour throughout. Bus clean and roomy. (booked through Star Enterprises Travel)
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Excellent tour. New Year's Eve at Perlan was fantastic and we loved the bonfires. Dorothy, our guide was wonderful, funny, warm and engaging. Hotel Klettur has a good location, is clean and new. Golden Circle lunch was excellent as was the dinner at Perlan. (booked through Baltic Travel, UK)
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All run very smoothly. Dorothy is a fantastic guide. Lovely hotel, good beds and breakfast. Meals are larger and better quality than expected. Great bus and driver (booked through All Iceland, UK)
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Dear Renato & Gregory, I wanted to thank you both so much for the wonderful tour! Arliss was our guide and she was so knowledgeable and sweet. Such a pleasure! The Gala exceeded our expectations and we could never explain to others how amazing NYE is in Iceland! Thanks so much! Kim Hay (booked directly through GJ-Travel)
Tour Code: GJ-2110