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Reykjavik: New Years in Iceland

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 945

Something very special – experience the New Year in Iceland where it is taken very seriously. Join in typical Icelandic traditions, have a sumptuous New Year’s Eve dinner and continue on celebrating with the locals. There is also time for some sightseeing.


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AT YOUR SERVICE. This is a great idea for experiencing Reykjavik where you can choose your preferred level of accommodation. It can, of course, be modified and/or extended. As we are experts in customizing itineraries to suit your personal interests, time available and budget, we at Goway are at your service!

Arrive in Reykjavik for a 3-night stay at your choice of hotel in Iceland’s capital and largest city in Iceland. It is the home of the vast majority of Iceland's inhabitants and the centre of culture and life. The city centre, however, is a very small area full of different styled and colourful houses and with good facilities for shopping, dining and drinking. Walking in Reykjavík is highly recommended, as many attractions are within walking distance from the centre.

The next day, begin to explore Reykjavik with a guided tour. Start by purchasing some fireworks then take part in an Icelandic tradition in the Old Reykjavik Cemetery where you will hear about “the dead rising from their graves” on New Year’s Eve! Then continue to Hafnarfjordur just outside the city and famous for its elf population (rumour has it the elves roam freely on New Year’s Eve). Then light a small bonfire, have a toast and say goodbye to the year in typical traditional Icelandic fashion.

In the evening, you will enjoy a New Year's Eve dinner artistically prepared and made from fresh local ingredients straight from Icelandic farmers and greenhouses and the neighbouring ocean. You will experience fireworks for most of the night when the sky is lit up. After midnight, the clubs and pubs are open for business and dancing and singing takes place in the streets often until dawn.

On New Year's Day, you have time to relax but as you are on vacation, you should probably take in some of the sights and have a tour to a few of Iceland’s natural highlights such as the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa or the Geysers and hot springs not far away.

 


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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 945

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Day 1

Arrive Reykjavik

After arriving to Iceland, find your way to your hotel in Reykjavik city center (transfer not included).

The remainder of the day is free for you to explore. Enjoy a stroll down Laugavegur and Skolavordustígur, check out the downtown harbour village, or visit one of the many geothermal swimming pools in the area.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Centerhotel Arnarhvoll

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    Centerhotel Arnarhvoll


    Offering views of the North Atlantic Ocean, this relaxed hotel is a 15-minute walk from Hallgrimskirkja cathedral and 2 km from the National Museum of Iceland. Hip rooms with tile floors feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and safes, plus minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. ...

    Offering views of the North Atlantic Ocean, this relaxed hotel is a 15-minute walk from Hallgrimskirkja cathedral and 2 km from the National Museum of Iceland.

    Hip rooms with tile floors feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and safes, plus minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Some offer ocean views. Breakfast is complimentary. Other amenities include a rooftop restaurant/bar, a hot tub and a sauna. Parking is available.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Child Friendly
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Paid Parking
    • Room Service

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Day 2

New Year's Eve

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore Reykjavik with a local guide and learn about special traditions and Icelandic folklore related to the magical New Year's Eve in Iceland.

The first stop is to purchase fireworks, which are sold through the Icelandic Rescue Teams. Each year on December 31st, Icelanders light up over 600 tons of fireworks - that's nearly 5 lbs (2 kg) per inhabitant! Next, take part in an Icelandic tradition and visit the Old Reykjavik Cemetery. Hear about this tradition's origins with the mysterious tale of the graveyard caretaker - and why the dead rise from their crypts on New Year's Eve.

Then it's off to Hafnarfjordur, "the town in the lava" famous for its elf population. Visit an elf stone, keeping in mind that the mystical "hidden people" roam freely on New Year's Eve! The excursion ends in a beautiful clearing where your group will light a small bonfire, enjoy a toast to life and love and say farewell to the passing year in traditional Icelandic fashion!

In the evening, delight in a 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 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 fire trucks and docked 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 Reykjavik is the stuff of legends.

The Festive Evening Program at Grand Hotel Reykjavik:
17:30 (5:30pm) - Aperitif - Sparkling wine and strawberries.
18:00 (6:00pm) - Festive Four-course dinner begins.
23:45 (11: 45pm) - Hateigur Room on the 4th floor opens. Sparkling wine and canapés served. Watch the fireworks from the balcony. Countdown to midnight.
00:30 (12:30am) - New Year's dance in Gullteigur Ballroom with live music until 02:00 (2:00am).
Dress code: Formal wear.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3

New Year's Day

Today is a day at leisure to recover from the nights festivities or sleep in but, you are in Iceland, so we suggest a tour to visit some of Iceland's natural highlights, such as the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa or the Geyser hot spring area. (Day tours not included in the trip price).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Onward travels

Please be ready to leave your hotel approx. 3 hours before the departure of your flight (transfer to airport is not included in the package price). Or stay and explore a little more of Iceland!

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURE:

2019: Dec 30.

PRICE INCLUDES:

Grand Hotel Reykjavik 

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Icelandic New Year’s Eve dinner
  • Breakfast (except arrival day)
  • A guided walking & coach tour of folklore and New Year's traditions
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
  • New Year’s Eve Festive Dinner Celebration including:
    • a welcome drink
    • Starter
    • New Year’s Festive buffet and desert selections 
    • Toasting the New Year with sparkling wine and canapes at the hotel 

CenterHotel Arnarhvoll 

 

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Icelandic New Year’s Eve dinner
  • Breakfast (except arrival day)
  • A guided walking & coach tour of folklore and New Year's traditions
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Upgrade to the Grand Hotel’s Grand New Year’s Celebration, which includes additional dinner courses with selected wines and a guided traditional New Year’s Bonfire tour

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

TB ICELANDREY19CS: NYI CA
30 Dec 2019

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