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New Year's Festival in Reykjavik 2022

5 days
4 nights

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PER PERSON:

$ 2,095.00 (double / twin occupancy)
$ 2,650.00 (single occupancy)
$ 230.00 (extra night in Reykjavik)

Dates:

Dec 29, 2022 - Jan 02, 2023 

Hotels:

Grand Hotel Reykjavik

Included:

• 4-nights accommodation in Reykjavík (Grand Hotel Reykjavik, External View rooms)
• 3 hour Reykjavik city tour (with English speaking guide)
• 7 hour Golden Circle tour including lunch (with English speaking guide)
• New Year´s Eve 5 course Grand Dinner with selected wines, entertainment host and live music
• Bonfire tour on New Year’s Eve
• Visit to Blue Lagoon incl. towel & 1x drink 
• Reykjanes Tour including lunch (with English speaking guide)
• Arrival & departure airport transfer by Flybus shuttle (no guide)

Price Excludes
• Any additional meals or services
• Optional New Year’s Fireworks Cruise

Complimentaries
• Free Wi-Fi on the bus
• Use of Ice grippers spikes for shoes

Highlights & Experience:

New Year's Festive Dinner at Grand Hotel Reykjavík
Guided Reykjavik City Tour
A relaxing soak in the famous Blue Lagoon
Guided Golden Circle Day Tour

Itinerary:

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 and several guided excursions. First, the tour guide shows the highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital city, Reykjavík. Travel the Golden Circle route. Visit Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 32 meters into the Hvítá River and attracts tourists in summer and winter. Exploring the hot springs at Geysir is like watching a geography lesson in real: natural springs bubble away in the ground until the pressure becomes too high and explodes spectacularly. Geysir and Strokkur are the two biggest of the geysers there. While Geysir no longer is active, Strokkur still spouts every 5 to 10 minutes to the delight of visitors. Start the new year with an exploration of the Reykjanes Peninsula and a soak in the warm, mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon.

The New Year’s Festive Dinner is enjoyed at Grand Hotel, Festive Hall, Reykjavík. 

Day 1  : ARRIVAL IN REYKJAVIK

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik. You may explore Iceland’s capital city on your own if time allows. Grand Hotel Reykjavik (External View rooms). Dinner is on your own.

Day 2  : REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR (98 mi)

Enjoy a guided Reykjavík City Tour and explore the highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital. We see the charming city center, the Parliament, the harbour and Hallgrímskirkja church, whose steeple is a landmark. We pass the Harpa concert hall and visit the Pearl, a remarkable building and viewpoint. The city tour ends around noon.

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.

Grand Hotel Reykjavik. Breakfast included.

Day 3  : GOLDEN CIRCLE & FESTIVE DINNER

By a scenic route, we reach Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. We stroll around the country’s most sacred site, home of the oldest existing national parliament in the world, the Alþingi, and major events in the history of Iceland. Thingvellir is a place of fascinating natural beauty, a spectacular geological vista, set on a vast plain flanked by large fissures, right by Iceland’s largest lake, Thingvallavatn. The Mid-Atlantic rift is clearly visible; a rift that is forming as Iceland is being pulled apart by tectonic forces. Next, we drive to the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss – the Golden falls – perhaps the most beautiful in the country. Explore the active geothermal area of Haukadalur which contains the geyser Strokkur erupting hot water and steam to an elevation of 25 metres (82 ft) every 5-7 minutes. We pass the greenhouse town of Hveragerði and continue over the mountain pass Hellisheiði, an area with large lava fields and steaming valleys. Passing the geothermal power station Hellisheiðarvirkjun we learn how Icelanders use geothermal energy to produce electricity and hot water for house heating. The tour ends in Reykjavik around 16:00.

The doors of the restaurant open at 17:00 and the traditional festive buffet starts at 17:45. After the main course at 20:30, the guests will be picked up by our guides for the evening Bonfire Tour where we celebrate with Icelanders at one of the largest bonfires in Iceland. The bonfire tour takes about two hours. Good shoes, warm clothing, headwear and gloves are needed. After the tour around 22:30, we go back to Grand Hotel Reykjavík for dessert and some festive live music. The guests who decide to stay at the restaurant can dance away until the clock hits twelve and raise a toast to the new year.

Grand Hotel Reykjavik. Breakfast, lunch & NY festive dinner included.

Day 4  : REYKJANES PENINSULA AND BLUE LAGOON

We leave Reykjavik at 10:00 and explore the Reykjavik peninsula with its dramatic seashores, fascinating geology, moonscapes, lava fields and fishing villages. We make a short stop at Bessastaðir, the residence of the President of Iceland.

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 in the afternoon, an oasis in the lava that owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant. Enjoy lunch (included) and a refreshing bath or a swim in the pleasantly warm mineral-rich water, reputed for its healing properties. Return to Reykjavik around 18:00. Evening and dinner are on your own.

Grand Hotel Reykjavik. Breakfast & lunch included.

Day 5  : DEPARTURE FROM REYKJAVIK

Notes:

Schedule
17:00 Doors of the restaurant open
17:45 Dinner is served
20:30 Bonfire tour to Kópavogur, one of the largest bonfires in Iceland
21:45 Return from Bonfire
22:00 Icelandic Charcuterie and dessert is served
23:45 Sparkling wine and Canapés served. Fireworks and Countdown to New Year

New Year's Festive Dinner
Apéritif, Sparkling wine and Strawberries
5 course Grand Dinner with selected wines
Entertainment host and live music
Guided Bonfire Tour
Sparkling wine and Canapés

Menu
First Course: Lobster and scallops with asparagus, cauliflower purée, Shiitake mushrooms and Mousseline Sauce
Second Course: Wild duck trio, mousse terrine, and rillet, with pickled vegetable
Third Course: Veal rib-eye steak with roasted root vegetables, parsnip potato purée, glazed scarlet onion and truffle sauce
Charcuterie: Selection of cured, dried, and smoked wild game and lamb with a selection of cheese
Dessert: Chocolate dream

Vegan Menu
First Course: Cumin spiced parsnip soup with coconut and coriander
Second Course: Warm spinach salad with mustard seeds
Third Course: Vegetable tower with mashed sweet potatoes, crispy vegetable and Úlla la Sauce
Fourth Course: Tofu with pickled vegetables
Dessert: Vegan Pavlova with mixed berries

Dress code: Casual elegant
For gentlemen: Suit and or trousers with blazer jacket. Tie is welcome but not required.
For ladies: Dress (long or short), suit or skirt with a top. Gala dress is welcome but not required.
Please note that it is advisable to bring warm shoes and clothing, a scarf and gloves for the Bonfire Tour.