New Year’s Eve in Reykjavik is a wonderful high energy celebration with all the locals setting off fireworks throughout the night with a crescendo at midnight. Spend your last evening of the year celebrating and viewing these stupendous fireworks.
We have worked up an exclusive break that combines 2 nights staying in the vibrant capital Reykjavik including New Year’s Eve, with a 2 night stay in the countryside. So a perfect combination of New Year’s Eve celebration and energy with the wilderness adventure and Northern Lights that the countryside offers.
Your countryside hotel will be in the heart of SuperJeep Adventures and we would heartily recommend you add one of the optional extras for a thrilling day off-roading. You also have time to self-explore the many aspects of Geysers, Black Beaches, mini rift valleys, Waterfalls and volcanic landscapes at your own pace during the day.
Arrival into Keflavik, where on arrival you will pick up your 4 WD hire car to drive to Reykjavik to overnight.
Reykjavik has some fabulous fish restaurants and we would recommend you try one tonight.
Day at leisure to explore Reykjavik; there are plenty of museums/activities and quirky shops to keep you interested, as well as the old town and harbour. Follow link for Things to do in Reykjavik
Forréttabarinn restaurant is owned and run by head chef Róbert Ólafsson who has worked in hotels and restaurants in Iceland, Germany, USA and France and brings this experience to his own restaurant.
Forréttabarinn’s menu focuses on fresh, Icelandic ingredients with a Southern European influence. Vegetarian and Vegan meals can be catered for if pre-advised.
The restaurant’s is known for it’s vibrant funky feel with a modern interior with minimal Scandinavian influence. It is decorated with artworks, high ceilings and an open kitchen. The main bar is crafted from timber from the old harbour.
You will have a 5 course set menu (Beverages not included and payable locally), and tables are shared to create a more party atmosphere. Ranked 14th out of 337 restaurants in Reykjavik this restaurant has wonderful feedback.
It is located very close to the harbour and so it is less than a 5 min walk to join the Firework Cruise.
Afterwards cruise to see Reykjavik´s World Legendary Fireworks Display, and if you are lucky the Northern Lights too! The boat will leave the harbour at 11 pm and returns approximately half an hour after midnight. The view from the sea gives you the chance of seeing ALL the fireworks over the city.
You will receive a complimentary glass of Bubbly as midnight approaches and, as the clock hits 12, raise a toast to the New Year.
Find a spot in the cosy indoor saloon or on the open-air deck wearing the warm overalls provided. Then, enjoy the views over the glittering lights of Iceland’s capital as your boat cruises out into Faxaflói Bay. There is a pay bar on board as well.
Keep checking for Northern Lights as well as it is not just the fireworks that you are hoping to see! This option is particularly popular for families, though 8 is the minimum age.
Overnight in Reykjavik
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner
Today explore the Golden Circle at your own pace using your own car. The day is packed full of surprising landscapes and geological marvels.
You will walk in a dramatic mini rift valley created by Tectonic plate movement, gaze at the thundering Gullfoss waterfall which can totally freeze in winter, and marvel at the Strokkur Geyser which erupts every 5 mins.
We would also recommend you visit the spot where the first democratic parliament was established in 930 AD overlooking the stunning plains of Pingvellir.
You will check into your countryside hotel for two nights.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner
After breakfast this morning head off in your self-drive car along the South coast with the dramatic Glaciers and Volcanoes of Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull to your left and the Atlantic Ocean on your right.
Continue to the charming small village of Vik to visit the Black Beaches and dramatic rock formations.
Visit Seljalandsfoss where you will be mesmerised as you walk behind and stare out through the falling water across the flat landscape towards the South Beaches. Also visit the dramatic and thundering Skogar Waterfall!
Finally the new Lava Eruption Centre is an engaging exhibition that grabs the enthusiasm of young and old alike and is a fascinating way to spend an hour.
Alternatively as an optional extra you have a choice of 2 incredible SuperJeep adventures!
We work only with local guides who have lived their whole life in this area, belong to the Mountain Rescue Team and all have fascinating stories to tell of their experiences during the 2010 volcano eruption!
We always have fabulous feedback on how much our clients enjoy the personalised, relaxed guided experience.
Your off road Super jeep takes up to 8 people, in sharp contrast to the coach tours offered by other companies, who also cannot access many of the areas we take you to. This is serious off-roading!
3 course dinner and overnight at Hotel Fljotshlio Smaratun (Beverages not included and payable locally).
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner
This morning drive yourselves to the Blue Lagoon (@ 2 hrs), Iceland’s leading attraction, to experience this geothermal wonder. Bathe in the warm bright blue waters which are particularly good for your skin, put Silica mud on your face or try out the Sauna and Steam rooms which are carved into the lava.
You can easily while away a couple of hours and there is also a choice of restaurants with lovely views of the lagoon. We would also recommend the in-water massage treatments which are just heaven!
Drive onwards (20 minutes) to the airport for your flight home.
Meals Included: Breakfast
If this is not quite the Northern Lights New Year Break you were looking for, take a look at some of our other New Year and Christmas Aurora Breaks.
We have an extensive Northern Lights Information Hub if you need further information on anything from What are the Northern Lights? to Where can I see the Northern Lights? and when is the best time to see the Northern Lights?
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum is a relatively new hotel in the heart of the city, opened on April 1st 2005. It is located on one of Reykjavik’s oldest streets, Adalstraeti, right in the heart of Reykjavik in a newly renovated building, the oldest part of which was built in 1764.
The hotel has 89 rooms, each fitted with modern amenities, such as satellite TV, telephone, Internet access, mini-bar, radio, iron and board, hair dryer, safe and tea & coffee set. All rooms have ensuite bathroom with either a shower or a bath.
During its construction, the remains of a Viking longhouse from the Settlement Period were found. Among the finds excavated at the site were Iceland’s oldest human remains, dating from approximately 870 AD.
"Had a fab break in Iceland over NYE. Reykjavik goes bonkers with fireworks and watching it from a boat in the harbour was the best way to view this spectacle. We were blessed with a cold clear night which allowed us to see the Northern Lights before the fireworks got going!! WALC planning was a great level of luxury / value for money so we look forward to booking with them again in the future"
“A great trip to Iceland over New Year …. The Super Jeep trip was good fun and a thrilling experience but the highlight was the fireworks across Reykjavik.”
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