Iceland 5 Day Northern Lights New Year’s Tour

This is an escorted tour program taking you to the Icelandic countryside to celebrate Christmas in a casual and Icelandic way. Explore Reykjavík, the lunar landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, and the Golden Circle route.

A 5 day tour to visit Iceland for New Year's

Highlights

  • Experience Iceland during New year’s, with Brenna Bonfires and a special festive dinner
  • Enjoy a relaxing soak in Blue Lagoon, the most famous geothermal spa
  • Embark on a tour during one of your nights in search of the Northern Lights
  • See some of Iceland’s top attractions in a day as you explore the Golden Circle
Strokkur Wintertime in the morning
Outline

A 5 day holiday tour in Iceland to celebrate New Year's

Hofudborgarsvaedid Nott Nordurljos

Experience the wonders of Iceland during their New Year’s celebrations! Spend 4 nights travelling through Iceland’s Capital and southern regions as you hunt for the Northern lights. Visit Reykjavík, soak in the steamy mineral-rich water of Blue Lagoon, walk on the famous Black Lava Beach, see the scenic routes of Golden Circle, meet Icelandic horses on a farm and on New Year’s Eve, immerse yourself in the Icelandic traditions with bonfires and a festive dinner.

Experience the extraordinary “New Year’s Northern Lights Adventure,” a five-day escorted tour in Iceland, designed to captivate and inspire. Your journey begins in Reykjavik, where you will explore the vibrant capital and soak in the Blue Lagoon’s geothermal waters. Traverse the Reykjanes Peninsula’s dramatic landscapes and marvel at the powerful waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.

As New Year’s Eve approaches, travel to the picturesque village of Hella. Here, you’ll join locals in the centuries-old tradition of Brenna bonfires, a symbol of renewal and festivity, while enjoying a sumptuous festive dinner. At midnight, witness an unforgettable fireworks display that lights up the winter sky, an authentic Icelandic celebration that promises to be the highlight of your holiday.

During the tour, embark on a search for the elusive Northern Lights, a natural spectacle that dances across the sky in vibrant colours and patterns. You’ll also explore the famed Golden Circle, visiting Geysir’s geothermal fields, the stunning Gullfoss waterfall, and Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site steeped in Viking history.

Your journey includes comfortable accommodation in 3- and 4-star hotels, all meals, including a fine dining experience in Reykjavik, and the expertise of English-speaking guides. With transport by air-conditioned coach, you’ll travel in style and comfort, ensuring a seamless and memorable adventure.

Whether it’s the serene beauty of Iceland’s winter landscapes, the thrill of witnessing the Northern Lights, or the joy of celebrating New Year’s Eve in an extraordinary setting, this tour offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Join us for an adventure that combines natural wonders, cultural heritage, and festive cheer, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

DAY 1 REYKJAVIK

Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Stay at Hotel Klettur (3 star) or similar

DAY 2 REYKJAVIK – BLUE LAGOON – HELLA

Meet your Manager Tour and explore the highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital. After sightseeing Reykjavik you will continue through Reykjanes Peninsula and notice the vast lava fields, volcanoes, and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean before you arrive on the Blue Lagoon for a warm and relaxing soak. 

Afterwards, drive along the south coast before reaching the village of Hella. This evening is reserved for a lecture about the Northern Lights followed by a search for the Northern Lights.

Stay at Hotel Stracta (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 HELLA NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION

Today you will travel along the south coast through Eyjafjallajokull volcano and glacier where, you will stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall to visit Skógar folk museum of early Modern Iceland with its turf houses, followed by a visit to the Skógarfoss waterfall. 

In the afternoon, the tour continues further south, where you walk on the famous Black Lava Beach at Reynisfjara, and observe the Cap of Dyrhólaey and the Reynisdrangar Sea Cliffs. 

If you are looking for a bit more adventure, you can take the optional tour in the afternoon for a glacier hike. The hike is on the Solheimajokull glacier tongue which extends from the great Myrdalsjokull glacier. Either way, you will visit the town of Vik afterwards.

This evening celebrate New Year the Icelandic way. Before dinner, join a guided bus tour to visit the bonfires in the villages of Hvolsvollur and Hella. 

The traditional Brenna bonfires of New Year’s Eve had their origins in the middle ages when people built bonfires to burn the old things they no longer needed. In Iceland, there are bonfires all around the country where the locals gather, shoot off fireworks, sing and dance as they wait for the New Year to come in.

Afterwards, enjoy a festive dinner at the Stracta Hotel in Hella. Then you will walk through the village and celebrate New Year’s with a bang when, at midnight, the sky opens up with thousands of fireworks set off in the village by the locals, an authentic Icelandic New Year’s celebration.

If the night is clear, you might be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colours, patterns, and sizes.

Stay at Hotel Stracta (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and festive dinner


DAY 4 HELLA – GOLDEN CIRCLE – REYKJAVIK

In the morning, you will learn about the Icelandic horse, its unique qualities, and history, followed by a visit to a geothermal greenhouse and notice how Icelandic homes use geothermal energy. 

Then you will head to the Golden Circle route, see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields, and admire the double waterfall of Gullfoss. In the afternoon, you will visit the Thingvellir National Park, the location of the ancient Viking Parliament and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The program includes a culinary treat at a restaurant located in the heart of downtown Reykjavík. Return transfer included.

Stay at Hotel Klettur (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 5 REYKJAVIK

Your tour concludes with a departure transfer for your onward journey.

Meals included: Breakfast.

New Year Fireworks in Lapland Finland

Why do people choose to visit Iceland for New Year's Eve?

Iceland is a popular destination to travel to and visiting over New Year’s Eve can create very unique holiday experiences you won’t get in other locations at this time of year. You can experience things like;

  • The Northern Lights: The Aurora Borealis is a major draw. The long, dark nights of Iceland in December offer an excellent opportunity to witness this natural phenomenon.
  
  • Stunning Winter Landscapes: Iceland’s winter scenery is breathtaking. The country transforms into a winter wonderland with snow-covered mountains, frozen waterfalls, and icy lagoons, providing picturesque settings and numerous photo opportunities.
 
  • Relaxing in Hot Springs: The contrast of soaking in warm geothermal pools while surrounded by snowy landscapes is a unique and appealing experience. The Blue Lagoon and other hot springs are particularly popular during the winter months.
  
  • Winter Activities: Iceland offers a variety of winter activities such as glacier hiking, ice caving, snowmobiling, and dog sledding. These activities provide exciting and memorable experiences for visitors.
 
  • Cultural Experiences: Museums, galleries, and cultural events in Reykjavik and other towns offer insights into Icelandic history, art, and folklore, enriching the holiday visit with educational and engaging experiences.
 
  • Midnight Sun Effects: Although the midnight sun is a summer phenomenon, the extended twilight periods during winter offer unique lighting conditions for photography and a special ambiance throughout the day.
 
 

Iceland offers magical and unique experiences, combining natural wonders with rich cultural traditions and exciting winter activities. There are several towns in Iceland that are particularly popular to visit during the holiday season, each offering unique experiences and festive charm which include;

Reykjavik:

As the capital city, Reykjavik is the most popular destination. It is renowned for its vibrant Christmas markets, festive decorations, and numerous holiday events. The city’s Christmas Village in Hafnarfjörður, a suburb of Reykjavik, is also a highlight, offering traditional Icelandic crafts, food, and entertainment. Key attractions include the illuminated Hallgrímskirkja church, ice skating rinks, and various concerts and performances.

Akureyri:

Located in the north of Iceland, Akureyri is often referred to as the “Capital of the North.” It boasts a picturesque setting with snow-covered mountains and a charming town centre.
The Christmas House (Jólahúsið) near Akureyri is a must-visit. It’s a year-round Christmas shop that becomes especially magical during the festive season. Akureyri also offers excellent opportunities for winter sports and Northern Lights viewing.

Húsavík:

Known as the whale-watching capital of Iceland, Húsavík offers a quieter, more intimate experience. The town’s natural surroundings and charming harbour are beautifully accented with holiday lights and decorations. Visitors can enjoy local traditions and possibly spot the Northern Lights in this less crowded locale.

Selfoss:

Located in the south of Iceland, Selfoss is a gateway to the Golden Circle route, which includes the popular attractions of Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall. Selfoss itself has a cosy, festive atmosphere with local events and decorations.

Egilsstaðir:

Situated in East Iceland, Egilsstaðir offers a tranquil setting with beautiful natural surroundings, including forests and rivers. The town hosts various local events and provides access to the stunning Eastfjords region.

Vík í Mýrdal:

This small village in the south is famous for its dramatic black sand beaches and the nearby Reynisfjara basalt sea stacks. Vík offers a unique and scenic experience with its striking landscapes and cosy village atmosphere.

Seyðisfjörður:

Known for its artistic community and colourful wooden houses, Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland is particularly picturesque during the winter season. The town’s celebrations are marked by local traditions and a creative, festive spirit.

These towns, each with their unique charm and attractions, make Iceland a magical destination for a holiday. Whether seeking vibrant city festivities or serene, natural beauty, visitors have a range of options to create a memorable experience.

 

What is included on this tour?

  • Accomodation

    • Escorted by an English-speaking driver/guide

    • Arrival and departure airport transfer by Flybus shuttle

    • 3 and 4 star accommodation
      Transport by air-conditioned vehicle with complimentary Wi-Fi

  • Meals
    • 4 breakfasts

    • A festive dinner on New Year’s Eve

    • A Fine dining dinner on New Year’s Day

  • Entrances:

    • Blue Lagoon including use of towel

    • Skogar Folk Museum

    • Icelandic horse stable & Geothermal greenhouse

  • Activities:

    • Bonfire and New Year’s Eve celebration

    • Northern Lights Program for one evening

  • Explore on route:

    • Reykjavik

    • Reykjanes Peninsula

    • Eyjafjallajokull volcano

    • Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfall

    • Reynisfjara Black Lava Beach

    • Cape of Dyrholaey and the Reynisdrangar Sea Cliffs

    • Vik

    • Golden Circle – Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall and Thingvellir National Park

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