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New Years Celebration Festival in Reykjavik

5 days
4 nights

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PER PERSON :

Fosshotel Lind 3*
$ 2,790.00 (double occupancy)
$ 3,450.00 (single occupancy)
Hotel Reykjavik Lights 3*
$ 2,940.00 (double occupancy )
$ 3,915.00 (single occupancy )
Radisson SAS Saga
$ 3,175.00 (double occupancy )
$ 4,215.00 (single occupancy)
Hotel Nordica Hilton
$ 3,200.00 (double occupancy)
$ 4,140.00 (single occupancy)

Price depends on the selected hotel

Dates:

Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 02, 2019 

Hotels:

  • Fosshotel Lind - standard room 3*
  • Hotel Reykjavik Lights - standard room 3*
  • Hotel Radisson SAS  Saga - Business room (double room only) 4*
  • Hilton Hotel Nordica - guestroom plus 4*

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

Highlights & Experience:

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
.
Wild game soup, redcurrants & pickled onion
Villibráðasúpa, rifsber & sýrður laukur
Wine pairing: Tommasi Surani Ares
.
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
.
Artichokes, dill
Jarðskokkar, dill
Wine pairing: Arthur Metz Pinot Gris
.
Wild mushroom soup, redcurrants & pickled onion
Villisveppasúpa, rifsber & sýrður laukur
Wine pairing: Tommasi Surani Ares
.
Celeriac, hazlenuts, kale
Seljurót, heslihnetur, grænkál
Wine pairing: Ruffino Riserva Ducale
.
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.

Itinerary:

New Year's Celebration Festival in Reykjavik and Iceland is filled with fun, fireworks and lots of bang for the buck.

Join the fun, fireworks, and festivities around Reykjavik. New Year's eve in Iceland certainly goes out with a bang! The sky at midnight lights up with fireworks as the Icelanders enjoy their celebration. This tour package includes four nights in Reykjavik. During your stay a number of excursions are included such as the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot springs, and the Blue Lagoon. The New Year's Gala Dinner is enjoyed at Harpa, which offers some of the best views of Reykjavik.

There is a lot to see and a lot to do in a short time. Explore Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, walk around the world-famous Geysir hot spring area, visit the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, travel to South Iceland with white glaciers and black lava beaches, pass the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, enjoy the excitement of northern lights hunting and relax in the geothermal Blue Lagoon. All this to very attractive prices.

Day 1  : Welcome (31 mi)

Arrival in Iceland. Non-guided transfer from Keflavik International Airport to accommodation in Reykjavik.

Day 2  : Golden Circle Tour, Greenhouse Visit & Horse Show Incl. Lunch (162 mi)

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  : City Tour, Whale & Folk Museum, Viking Lunch & New Year´s Celebration At The Pearl (31 mi)

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 EveThe 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  : Reykjanes Peninsula & Blue Lagoon Incl. Lunch & Dinner (93 mi)

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  : Farewell (31 mi)

Your tour of Iceland ends here. We hope you've enjoyed your stay! Transfers will take place without guides to the Keflavik Airport.

Notes:

The Pearl Festive Dinner Menu / Matseðill - 31.12.2018

Traditional Icelandic fried bread and whipped butter pumpernickel
Laufabrauð & þeytt smjör sólkjarnarúgbrauð
.
Cured and smoked salmon, cured goose breast & accompaniments
Grafinn og reyktur lax, grafin gæs & meðlæti
Wine pairing: Arthur Metz Pinot Gris
.
Wild game soup, redcurrants & pickled onion
Villibráðasúpa, rifsber & sýrður laukur
Wine pairing: Tommasi Surani Ares
.
Glazed leg of lamb, creamy wild mushrooms & carrots
Gljáð lambainnlæri, kremaðir villisveppir & gulrætur
Wine pairing: Ruffino Riserva Ducale
.
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
.
Artichokes, dill
Jarðskokkar, dill
Wine pairing: Arthur Metz Pinot Gris
.
Wild mushroom soup, redcurrants & pickled onion
Villisveppasúpa, rifsber & sýrður laukur
Wine pairing: Tommasi Surani Ares
.
Celeriac, hazlenuts, kale
Seljurót, heslihnetur, grænkál
Wine pairing: Ruffino Riserva Ducale
.
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.

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.