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The best of Iceland in

8 days / 7 nights

Tour description

About Iceland’s new years eve

Iceland has become internationally famous for its intense, and firework-filled New Year’s Eve celebration. Icelanders spend a lot of money on fireworks each year, partly because they love the color display on New Year’s Eve, but also because they are supporting the Icelandic Rescue Teams that heavily rely on income based on fireworks and Christmas tree sales each year. People start shooting a couple of fireworks a couple of days before New Year’s Eve and continue until the 6th of January, but of course, most of them are shot around midnight on New Year’s Eve. Experience New Year with us and let us take you to the best spots to enjoy the show.

All-inclusive New Year travel package!

Start your adventure with the Northern Lights excursion which will be the focus of the trip together with the New Year Celebration.

Explore the Golden Circle, visit Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Hot Springs, and Gullfoss Waterfall, and enjoy a rare lunch experience at the unique Friðheimar Greenhouse restaurant. Enjoy the new Sky Lagoon and relax after a tour around Reykjavík city, the northernmost capital of the world.

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The South Coast 2 day tour includes waterfalls, glaciers, glacier lagoons, Diamond Beach, Reynisdrangar and Reynisfjara Black Beach, and Fjardargljufur Canyon. Adventure out on the sea to look at whales and drive an ATV in the amazing Reykjanes Peninsula GEOPARK. Explore one of the largest lava caves in Iceland, Raufarhólshellir. After this adventure, explore Reykjanes Peninsula GEOPARK, to look at the geology, volcanology, geothermal formations, mud polls, and steaming hot spring and end the day in the relaxing atmosphere in the Blue Lagoon.

Tour program

Day 1

Arrival, airport pickup and Reykjavik Sightseeing. If very early arrival, enjoy the Blue Lagoon, on this day, in the morning before check-in to the hotel.

Northern Lights hunt in the evening.

Spend the night near Reykjavík.

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit Reykjanes GEOPARK today. Drive past Lake Kleifarvatn, which is a Lake formed solely by plate tectonics and rifting of the earth’s crust, the Eurasian and North American plates away from each other.

Seltún is a beautifully coloured geothermal area. The geothermal activity brings to the surface bubbling mud pools and steaming ground and colourful solfataras. The beautiful colours are due to sulphur and white and yellowish brown sulphates are deposited.

The Bridge Between Continents is a small footbridge over a major fissure, which is formed by tectonics and rifting of the two continental plates, Eurasian and North American plates, from each other. After passing the Reykjanesviti lighthouse, drive towards the sea where high cliffs, black rock formations and a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean awaits.

The day ends in the relaxing atmosphere in the Blue Lagoon (or Sky Lagoon if Blue Lagoon yesterday).

Northern Lights hunt in the evening if the weather allows.

Spend the night near Reykjavík.

Extras: 

  1. Blue Lagoon ticket upgrade to PREMIUM (+$30 pp), or the private Retreat Spa (+$590 for 2 people).
  2. Retreat Spa at the Blue Lagoon (Iceland), $645 for 2 people.
Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel.

On this day venture into one of the most exciting and famous places in Iceland, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where Julus Verne found inspiration for his book “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. 

Kirkjufell mountain, located on the northern side of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, is one of the most picturesque mountains in Iceland, and the Kirkjufell waterfall in the vicinity makes a wonderful nature stop.

Djúpalónssandur black beach is a bay at the tip of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The black small pebbles on the beach have been smoothed by the ocean waves, and amongst them are scattered rusty parts of a wreckage of a ship that was stranded in the area in 1948. In the old days, fishermen used to test their strength by lifting heavy rocks, that still lie there. Heaviest is Fullsterkur (“full strength”), weighing 154 kg, next is Hálfsterkur (“half strength”) weighing 100 kg, hálfdrættingur (“weakling”) weighing 54 kg and Amlóði (“Useless”) 23 kg. They were traditionally used to qualify men for work on fishing boats, with the Hálfdrættingur being the minimum weight a man would have to lift onto a ledge at hip height to qualify.

Lóndrangar cliffs are volcanic plugs of basalt, between 61 and 75 metres in height, that have been formed by the erosion of the surrounding material.

Vatnshellir lava cave is a lava tube in an 8000-year lava field. The lava was formed in an eruption in a nearby crater Purkhólar. During the eruption the lava flowed downhill, cooling down on the surface while still running below, ultimately draining out and leaving a beautiful lava tube, which is now accessible Hellnar and Arnarstapi are small and ancient fishing villages. Hellnar beach has amazing rock formations which will be visited.

Northern Lights opportunity in the evening.

Spend the night near Reykjavík.

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.

Enjoy the well-known Golden Circle tour. Thingvellir is characterised by a tectonic rift valley and marks the rifting of the Eurasian and North American plates from each other. In 930 the Icelandic Parliament, the first democracy in the world, was established at Thingvellir. Thingvellir became World Heritage Site in 2004. Strokkur and the Geyser area will be visited.

Near Geysir is the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall. Enjoy the view from above and walk down the path to get close to the powerful waterfall.

A unique lunch at Friðheimar greenhouse sustainable farm (lunch included).

The day ends in a relaxing atmosphere in the Secret Lagoon.

Northern Lights opportunity in the evening.

Spend the night near Hvolsvöllir.

Extras:

1. Snowmobile tour. The snowmobile tour is from Gullfoss. The monster truck will take you up to Langjökull glacier, and professional guides will take you on a 1 hour snowmobile adventure in the Icelandic higlands, giving you the most amazing views of the majestic glacier and its surroundings (+$210 pp).

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today we drive the south coast of Iceland. Visit Gljúfrabúi and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Walk behind Seljalandsfoss, and get a unique view from behind. Stop at Skógafoss which is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland.

Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano is now famous for its 2010 volcanic eruption that disrupted air traffic in Europe.

From Dyrholaey is a breathtaking view over the black sand beaches. Reynisfjara black beach was, in 1991, ranked as one of the ten most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world.

Visit Sólheimajökull, an outlet glacier, flowing out of the ice cap Mýrdalsjökull. Glacier walk on Sólheimajökull.

(August – October, April) Northern Lights opportunity in the evening.

Spend the night near Skaftafell.

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel.

This day will be spent in the National Park of Vatnajökull.

Visit Skaftafell National Park situated near the largest glacier in Iceland and Europe, Vatnajökull. A hike to a beautiful waterfall called Svartifoos, situated in beautiful basalt columns.

A beautiful walk to Skaftafellsjökull, where several glacier moraines indicate the melting of the glacier in the recent past.

An amazing visit to a natural ice cave in Vatnajökull (November – March).

Spend the night near Skaftafell.

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel.

This day will be spent in the National Park of Vatnajökull, with Skaftafell and its famous glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón and Fjallsárlón. Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is a beautiful lagoon in front of a calving glacier. Enjoy the amazing views of floating icebergs in the lagoon and walk between them at the black beach, which is sometimes referred to as the Diamond Beach.

A boat trip on the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Enjoy the natural wonders of Skaftafell National Park and visit Fjarðárgljúfur canyon on this day.

Spend the night in Reykjavík.

Day 8

Departure. Transfer from hotel to the airport.

Tour duration

8 days / 7 nights

Availability

Winter, 25. August – 20. April

Difficulty

Easy

What to bring

  • Bring warm and waterproof clothes.
  • Good hiking shoes.
  • Gloves and headwear.
  • A camera is always good to have.
  • Swimsuit and towel (can be rented at location).
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Included

  • Airport transfer
  • All transport during the 4 days
  • Professional local tour guide on all excursions
  • Daily tours
  • Hotel accommodation and breakfast.
  • Entrance for all sights and activities (except extras)
  • Free WiFi
  • All taxes
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Not Included

  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch and dinner (we can include lunch and dinner)
  • Services on site that are not included in the itinerary
  • International flights
  • Visa
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Note!

The itinerary may change due to the weather. The agency retains the right to change the price of the arrangement if there are alterations within the price lists and/or a change in the group number.

Tour highlights

Reykjavik,
Reykjanes GEOPARK,
Kleifarvatn Lake,
Seltún geothermal area,
Reykjanesviti lighthouse,
Bridge Between Continents,
Snaefellsnes Peninsula,
Kirkjufell mountain and waterfall,
Djupalonssandur,
Londrangar cliffs,
Vatnshellir lava cave,
Hellnar rock formations,
Golden Circle,
Thingvellir National Park,
Geysir hot springs,
Gullfoss and Oxararfoss waterfalls,
Fridheimar greenhouse,
Secret Lagoon,
Seljalandsfoss,
Gljúfrabúi and Skogafoss waterfalls,
Solheimajokull glacier,
Reynisfjara black sand beach,
Fjardargljufur,
Dyrholaey,
Vik village,
Jokulsarlon and Fjallsarlon glacier lagoons,
Diamond Beach,
Skaftafell National Park,
Svartifoss,
Skaftafellsjokull glacier,
Vatnajokull,
Northern lights (between August 25 and April 20).

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