Iceland 7 Day Hidden Powers New Year’s Tour

Discover the unforgettable hidden powers that helped shape Iceland on this best-selling tour! Experience first-hand the island’s natural wonders such as Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall, Diamond Beach and the Blue Lagoon

A 7 day tour to visit Iceland for New Year's

Highlights

  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Iceland with a gala dinner
  • View first-hand many of the classic natural wonders, including the Golden Circle area, the Glacier Lagoon and Reynisfjara Beach
  • Walk between two continents at Thingvellir National Park
  • Relax in the brilliant azure waters of the Blue Lagoon
Reykjavik Nyarsnott fireworks for New Years Eve
Outline

A 7 day holiday tour in Iceland to celebrate New Year's

Strokkur Wintertime in the morning

Discover the unforgettable hidden powers that helped shape Iceland on this best-selling tour! Experience first-hand the island’s natural wonders such as Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall, Diamond Beach and the Blue Lagoon. Celebrate an unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Reykjavik.

Imagine yourself bathed in the ethereal glow of the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, as they paint vibrant streaks across the canvas of the night sky. This mesmerizing spectacle is just one of the many unforgettable experiences that await you on our exclusive New Year’s Hidden Powers and Northern Lights tour of Iceland. Escape the ordinary and embark on a captivating journey to a land where fire and ice collide, a land where glaciers shimmer under the Arctic sun and geothermal wonders erupt from the earth’s core. Our meticulously crafted itinerary promises an adventure unlike any other, showcasing the raw beauty of Iceland and the warmth of celebrating the New Year amidst its unique traditions.

Unveil the Wonders of Reykjavik

Your Icelandic adventure commences in Reykjavik, Iceland’s vibrant capital city. Upon arrival, a convenient transfer whisks you away from the airport to your comfortable accommodation, allowing you to begin exploring at your own pace. As you settle in, immerse yourself in the city’s festive atmosphere. Reykjavik transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season, adorned with twinkling lights and bustling with joyful energy. Spend an evening exploring the charming shops and cafes, soaking up the unique Icelandic culture.

Embark on a Journey Through the Golden Circle

The next day, delve into the heart of Iceland’s Golden Circle, a region teeming with awe-inspiring geological marvels. Witness the raw power of Geysir, a geothermal field where bubbling mud pools and the Strokkur geyser erupt skyward in a dramatic display. Feel the spray of Gullfoss, a majestic two-tiered waterfall that transforms into a frozen wonderland during the winter. Stand in awe at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates dramatically diverge. Here, you can walk between continents and explore the fascinating geological history of the island.

Explore the South Coast’s Enchanting Beauty

As we venture south, the otherworldly beauty of Iceland unfolds before your eyes. Marvel at the ethereal Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can stand behind the cascading water for a truly unique perspective. Be captivated by the dramatic Reynisdrangar sea stacks, standing like sentinels against the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Witness the majesty of Skógafoss waterfall, a powerful cascade surrounded by dramatic cliffs and a unique ecosystem. Embrace the opportunity to learn about Icelandic folklore and myths associated with these captivating natural wonders from your knowledgeable guide.

Experience the Geothermal Bliss of the Blue Lagoon

Iceland’s volcanic origins have blessed the country with an abundance of geothermal activity, and we’ve incorporated this unique feature into your itinerary. Experience the geothermal marvel of the Blue Lagoon, a milky-turquoise oasis where you can bathe in warm, mineral-rich waters surrounded by a dramatic lava landscape. Embrace the therapeutic properties of the water as you soak beneath the open sky, with the potential to witness the mesmerizing Northern Lights dancing above. Let the stress of the year melt away as you rejuvenate in this one-of-a-kind spa experience.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve Icelandic Style

One of the highlights of the tour is undoubtedly the unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience in Reykjavik. Immerse yourself in the vibrant Icelandic traditions as the city comes alive with a festive atmosphere. Participate in the lighting of Brenna bonfires, a time-honored tradition that signifies the burning away of the old year and welcomes new beginnings. Savor a special New Year’s Eve dinner, a delightful spread featuring delectable Icelandic cuisine and a chance to toast to the upcoming year with your fellow travelers. As the clock strikes midnight, witness the city explode in a dazzling display of fireworks, creating a truly magical moment.

Hunt for the Ethereal Northern Lights

The true magic of an Icelandic New Year’s lies in the possibility of witnessing the breathtaking Aurora Borealis. Our tour itinerary has been meticulously crafted to maximize your chances of experiencing this celestial phenomenon. Several nights are spent in locations with minimal light pollution, offering optimal viewing conditions for the Northern Lights. Bundle up warmly and keep your eyes peeled for the ethereal dance of colorful lights painting vibrant streaks across the night sky. With a little bit of luck, you’ll witness this awe-inspiring spectacle, a natural light show that will leave you breathless.

Explore Reykjavik at Your Leisure

After a whirlwind adventure exploring Iceland’s natural wonders and unique traditions, spend your final day at leisure in Reykjavik. Explore the city’s charming shops and cafes, or delve into its vibrant art scene. Sample delicious Icelandic cuisine at cozy cafes or trendy restaurants, soaking up the cozy atmosphere of this charismatic city. Stroll along the harborfront, breathing in the crisp Icelandic air and marveling at the city’s colorful houses bathed in the winter sunlight. Perhaps visit some of the local museums and learn more about Iceland’s rich history and fascinating culture.

As your Icelandic New Year’s adventure draws to a close, you’ll depart with a heart brimming with unforgettable memories. You’ll have witnessed the awe-inspiring power of nature, from cascading waterfalls and majestic glaciers to geothermal wonders and the ethereal Aurora Borealis. You’ll have experienced the warmth of Icelandic hospitality and the unique charm of celebrating the New Year amidst a vibrant culture and ancient traditions.

DAY 1 REYKJAVIK

Your tour commences with an optional arrival transfer from the airport. This evening is at leisure to enjoy the city. Reykjavik offers a great variety of restaurants and coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital.

Stay at Fosshótel Reykjavík (4 star) or similar

DAY 2 REYKJAVIK – SOUTH SHORE – KIRKJUBAEJARKLAUSTER

Start the day by visiting the fascinating Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre. You’ll get a great introduction to northern lights, how they are formed and the folklore surrounding them. Afterwards, drive along the South Shore, an area of Iceland that is especially beautiful in winter. 

This part of Iceland is home to the wonderful LAVA Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. 

If the skies are clear you might see the area’s two most famous volcanoes in the distance: Mount Hekla (last eruption 2000) and Eyjafjallajokull (last eruption 2010). Continue on to visit the spectacular Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, both a must-see falls and a great photo opportunity. Head onwards, passing Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Then cross Eldhraun, a vast lava field created by a very destructive 18th century eruption as you head into Southeast Iceland.

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

DAY 3 KIRKJUBAEJARKLAUSTER – VATNAJOKULL NATIONAL PARK – JOKULSARLON GLACIAL LAGOON – KIRKJUBAEJARKLAUSTER

Today, enter the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. The total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland, making it the largest national park in Western Europe! Travel through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east en route to the Vatnajokull area. 

Visit Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy the breathtaking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m deep glacial lagoon. Nearby is the magical Diamond Beach, where pieces of ice glisten like diamonds on the black sand before they drift out to sea. Visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers.

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

DAY 4 KIRKJUBAEJARKLAUSTER – HVERAGERDI – BLUE LAGOON – REYKJAVIK

Journey back along the beautiful South Coast to the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few sites in the world located directly in the middle of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called “The Flower Village” because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs. Next, you’ll visit a horse farm to meet some locals: Icelandic horses. This Viking horse breed played a pivotal role in Icelandic history. 

Enjoy petting these friendly horses and snapping a few selfies with them. You’ll also taste some sweet refreshments that are traditionally served on Icelandic farms.


The trip then takes you through the surreal landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula, where you can enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral rich water in the middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavik, where the evening is at your own leisure.

Stay at Grand Hotel Reykjavik (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 5 REYKJAVIK

Today is free to experience buzz of excitement filling the city as locals fill the streets in anticipation of ringing in the New Year. Icelanders look forward to celebrating New Year’s Eve and revelling in the occasion, with a festive vibe filling the city for days ahead of the 31st. 

It’s the time of the year when neighbours and friends are bumping into each other on the decorated streets, stopping to wish each other happy holidays, preparing bonfires and the all important fireworks. 

Ring in the New Year at the Grand Hotel Reykjavik, with a wonderful 5-course dinner paired with sparkling wine and canapes as you countdown to midnight and watch the fireworks from the balcony. Happy New Year!

Stay at Grand Hotel Reykjavik (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 6 REYKJAVIK – GOLDEN CIRCLE – REYKJAVIK

Start off 2025 with a visit to the stunning Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the world’s oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. Continue to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high spouting Strokkur hot spring. Visit the dramatic two tiered Gullfoss Waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid cascade. 

During the day, visit the town of Laugarvatn, built around three hot springs which the residents have cleverly harnessed the hot springs for heating, greenhouses and even cooking. 

You’ll also visit a unique outdoor geothermal bakery where Icelandic rye bread is baked in the hot sands. After tasting some of the freshly baked bread, head back to Reykjavík.

Stay at Grand Hotel Reykjavik (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 7 REYKJAVIK

Your tour concludes with an optional departures transfer for your onward journey.

Meals included: Breakfast

Reykjavik Nyarsnott fireworks for New Years Eve

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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