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Reykjavik: New Years in Iceland

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 855

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$ 855

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Day 1

Arrive Reykjavik

On arrival into Reykjavik, take the included Fly Bus transfer to downtown and your hotel. Note there is a change of vehicle involved in the Fly Bus transfer. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore. Enjoy a stroll down Laugavegur and Skólavördustígur, check out the downtown harbour village, or visit one of the many geothermal swimming pools in the area.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Icelandairhotel Reykjavik Natura

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    Icelandairhotel Reykjavik Natura


    Located in one of the greenest areas of Reykjavik, this first class hotel enjoys easy access to expansive stretches of biking, running and walking trails and pathways. The hotel is home to the Icelandic Modern Art Exhibition. It is also close to the city centre, ...

    Located in one of the greenest areas of Reykjavik, this first class hotel enjoys easy access to expansive stretches of biking, running and walking trails and pathways. The hotel is home to the Icelandic Modern Art Exhibition. It is also close to the city centre, Oskjuhlid Hill's quiet woods and the Nautholsvik geothermal beach.

    The 220 guest rooms and 2 suites feature Iceland-inspired themes.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Reception
    • Spa
    • TV

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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 Evening Program at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
17:30 - 18:00 (5:30pm - 6:00pm) - Complimentary aperitif
18:00 (6:00pm) - SATT Restaurant Buffet dinner. Satt restaurant focuses on Icelandic ingredients, offering a variety of delicious, healthy options. Dinner served 18:00-22:00. (6:00 - 10:00pm)
Please note that this programme is recommended if you want to book a bonfire tour
Dress code: Formal wear or smart casual

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

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DEPARTURE:

2017: Dec 30.

PRICE INCLUDES:

Grand Hotel Reykjavik
Fly bus arrival transfer, 3 nights at Grand Hotel Reykjavik including breakfast (except arrival day), A guided walking & coach tour of folklore and New Year's traditions, New Year’s Eve Four-Course Dinner with live music, Sparkling wine with strawberries and canapés served pre and post dinner, New Year’s Eve Dance in Gullteigur Festive Hall, (An upgrade version of this package available also included a 5-course Gala Dinner and Guided Bonfire tour)

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Fly bus arrival transfer, 3 nights at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, including breakfast (except arrival day), A guided walking & coach tour of folklore and New Year's traditions, New Year's Eve buffet at SATT restaurant with complimentary aperitif.

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel
Fly bus arrival transfer, 3 nights at Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel including breakfast (except arrival day), A guided walking & coach tour of folklore and New Year's traditions, New Year's Eve celebration at Hilton Ballroom, including one pre-drink, festive dinner buffet and hosted show/entertainment, Return transfer to view fireworks at midnight.

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:

Grand Hotel room and dinner upgrade available

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 ICELANDREY17CS: NYI IRN
30 Dec 2017

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