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New Year’s Festival

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5 days / 4 nights
Keflavik International Airport
Keflavik International Airport
Min Age : 8+
Tour Code

GJ-2110

Join 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 tour package includes 4 nights in Reykjavik. During your stay, several excursions are included such as the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot springs, the Blue Lagoon and Reykjavík city tour.

The New Year’s Festive Dinner is enjoyed at Reykjavík Restaurant, which is a historical landmark located in the center of Reykjavik.

Climax with a unique New Year Firework Cruise where you will gaze at the magic of the Icelandic New Year from the bay with a glass of Champagne!

The tour can be booked with a comfort option for hotel upgrade in Reykjavík.

Highlights & Experiences
  • Bucket list nature: Blue Lagoon, waterfalls, geyser and hot springs
  • New Year Festive dinner at Restaurant Reykjavík (over 30 dishes!)
  • New Year’s Firework Cruise in the bay of Reykjavík
  • Good value for money
  • Optional: Northern Lights evening tours
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

Arrival day and individual transfer to Reykjavík. There are at least two different transportation companies at Keflavík airport where transfer tickets can be purchased on arrival in Iceland, with frequent departures to Reykjavík offering drop-off at the hotel or a nearby bus stop. There are taxis too.

Overnight location:
Hotel Cabin (Standard room is 10m²) or Hotel Klettur. Breakfast included. A la Carte dinner is on your own.

Day 2Reykjavik city tour

Today we join the Guided Reykjavík City Tour and explore the highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital. We see the charming city center, the Parliament, the harbor and Hallgrímskirkja church, whose steeple is a landmark. We pass the Harpa concert hall and visit the Pearl, a remarkable building, and viewpoint (optional admission to panorama terrace). The city tour ends around noon, then the bus takes the guests back to the hotels.

The afternoon is free at leisure, to explore Iceland’s capital on your own or do a bit of shopping. You might consider visiting museums, galleries, and exhibitions, such as the fantastic Whales of Iceland exhibition, consisting of 23 man-made life-size models of various whale species found in Icelandic waters. At the Perlan Museum, you can walk through a unique indoor ice cave which is a replica of an ice tunnel dug straight through a glacier. Admission fees to museums can be purchased on the spot.

Overnight location:
Hotel Cabin (Standard room is 10m²) or Hotel Klettur. Breakfast included. A la Carte dinner is on your own.

Optional: Northern Lights evening tours are offered

Day 3Golden Circle and festive dinner at Reykjavík Restaurant & New Year's firework cruise

The bus will pick up the guests at Hotel Klettur at 08:40/ Hotel Cabin at 08:55 to join the Golden Circle tour. We drive over the highland plateau of Hellisheiði, passing the geothermal town of Hveragerði, known for the greenhouse culture. Onwards we will explore the otherworldly hot spring area of Geysir – multicoloured 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. If weather & road conditions allow, we stop on the way back to Reykjavik at Þingvellir National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its fascinating natural beauty and spectacular geological features. The Great Atlantic rift is clearly visible; a rift that is slowly pulling Iceland apart along tectonic plates and you can literally walk between the American and Eurasian continental plates. The tour ends in Reykjavik around 16:00.

Back in the hotel, the guests get enough time to get ready for the Festive Dinner at Reykjavík Restaurant. In the evening embark on a memorable New Year Firework Cruise from the bay of Reykjavík!

Overnight location:
Hotel Cabin (Standard room is 10m²) or Hotel Klettur. Breakfast included. A la Carte dinner is on your own. (260km / 162mls)

Day 4Reykjanes Peninsula & Blue Lagoon

The bus will pick up the guests at Hotel Klettur at 10:00/ Hotel Cabin at 10:10. We leave Reykjavik and explore the Reykjavik peninsula with its dramatic sea shores, fascinating geology, moonscapes, lava fields and fishing villages. We make a short stop at Bessastaðir, the residence of the President of Iceland.

After a light lunch, the guided tour continues to the bridge over the continents and the lighthouse at the edge of the Reykjanes peninsula. We reach the Blue Lagoon around 15:30, an oasis in the lava that owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant, looming large over the aquatinted waters. Enjoy a refreshing bath or a swim in the pleasantly warm mineral-rich water, reputed for its healing properties. We stay here for 2 hours, and we are back in Reykjavik around 19:00. Evening and dinner is on your own.

Includes:
• Lunch
• Blue Lagoon entrance fee & towel

Overnight location:
Hotel Cabin (Standard room is 10m²) or Hotel Klettur. Breakfast included. A la Carte dinner is on your own. (150km / 93mls)

Day 5Departure day

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport.

Breakfast included. (50km / 31mls)

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.

New Year's Dinner Details

This New Year GJ Travel Iceland offers a unique New Year’s Festive Dinner at the historical landmark Restaurant Reykjavík, which is located in one of the oldest buildings in the exact center of Iceland’s capital.

Experience over 30 dishes, from Traditional Icelandic cuisine to international delicacies through a unique buffet!

Celebrate with Icelanders a Bonfire & Christmas Light Tour at one of the many bonfires situated all over the city.

After dinner, dance with festive live music at Restaurant Reykjavík before embarking on a memorable New Year Firework Cruise from the bay of Reykjavík!

New Year Festive Dinner

  • Welcome drink
  • Festive buffet dinner including wine
  • Guided Special Reykjavik Bonfire & Christmas Lights Tour
  • Live music
  • Bus Transfer at 01:00 to 2 selected locations

New Year Firework Cruise

  • New Year Firework Cruise in the bay of Reykjavík
  • Guided boat tour of Reykavík's illuminated landmarks from Faxaflói bay
  • Live music on-board
  • Glass of sparkling wine at midnight
  • Warm overall on-board

Price Excludes

  • Transfer to Restaurant Reykjavík is not offered and not included
Menu

Appetizers

Traditional Icelandic smoked lamb
Four types of traditionally smoked lamb from all four corners of Iceland
 
Herrings

Onion herring

Orange marinated herring

Fennel and cucumber herring

Christmas herring

Liquorice herring

Seafood

Whole steamed salmon

Smoked salmon with garlic sauce

Cured salmon with mustard-dill sauce

Shellfish pâté with Chantilly

Seafood pâté

Meats

Salad of game with smoked goose

Smoked beef tongue with horseradish sauce

Pâté of game with Cumberland sauce

Scandinavian smoked pork

Christmas ham

Reindeer meat balls with blue cheese
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Salads

Tomato and feta cheese salad

Green salad

Beetroot and goat cheese salad

Main courses

Carving station

Honey glazed turkey breast

Tenderloins of beef

Herb crusted leg of lamb

Sides
 
Sweet potato & marshmallow salad
 

Pan-fried root vegetables

Caramelized potatoes

Wild mushroom sauce

Red wine sauce

Vegetable lasagne

Desserts

Ris á la mande

Cinnamon & rosemary cheesecake

Ginger bread brownie

Assorted ice creams

Fromage

New Year's Eve Program

17:30Doors of the restaurant open

Individual transfer on your own to Restaurant Reykjavík.

18:00Welcome drink, appetizers & main course

20:30 Departure for guided Reykjavik Bonfire & Christmas light tour (about 2 hours)

22:30Back at Restaurant Reykjavík for dessert & coffee with live music & dance

23:00New Year Firework Cruise from the bay of Reykjavík

Includes:

• A glass of champagne
• Guided boat tour
• Admire Reykjavik’s illuminated landmarks from Faxaflói bay
• Warm overalls
• Bar on-board

00:00Live music & dance to the new year with a glass of sparkling wine

00:15Walk the main streets of Reykjavík to see the festivities and the fireworks

01:00Bus transfer to 2 selected locations in Reykjavik (Hlemmur and Grand Hotel/Hilton Hotel Nordica)

Dress code: 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 Restaurant Reykjavík during dinner.
 
During the New Year Firework Cruise, you will be provided with warm overalls on the boat.

Cancellation policy: Reservations can be cancelled until 1 week prior to departure without penalty. Cancellations received less than 7 days prior to departure, or for no shows, and a tour begun but not completed, will be charged full price.

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Price & Details

New Year Festival (Budget)

Budget version
EUR 1.095 per person (double/twin room, breakfast included)
EUR 1.280 per person (single room, breakfast included)

New Year Festival (Comfort)

Upgrade version
EUR 1.225 per person (double/twin room, breakfast included)
EUR 1.465 per person (single room, breakfast included)

Inclusions / Exclusions & more

Price Includes
• 4-nights accommodation in Reykjavík in tourist-class hotels
• 3 hours Reykjavik city tour (with English speaking guide)
• 7 hours Golden Circle tour (with English speaking guide) incl. lunch
• Transfer to Restaurant Reykjavík (both ways)
• New Year’s Festive dinner 3-course buffet
• New Year firework cruise
• Bonfire & Christmas light tour on the 31st of December
• Experience the fascinating fireworks display
• Visit to Blue Lagoon incl. towel & Reykjanes Tour including light lunch
• Daily breakfast
• Arrival & departure airport transfer by Flybus shuttle (no guide)

Price Excludes
• Any meals not listed under included
• Any additional services
• Single supplement (mandatory when in a single room)
• Optional Northern Lights boat tour

Complementaries
• Free Wi-Fi on the bus
• Entrance fees
• Use of Ice grippers spikes for shoes

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