- Flights from London (Gatwick or Heathrow)
- Choice of 2 Hotels & 4 or 5 Day Stays
- Pick & Mix Safari Programme
- Bathing in The Secret Lagoon
- New Year's Eve 4 course Gourmet Dinner
- MIDNIGHT FIREWORKS CRUISE & CHAMPAGNE COUNTDOWN
- Guide Price £995pp
Celebrating New Years’ Eve, watching the fireworks that light up the city at midnight and the bonfires that garland it, in the epic style peculiar to Icelanders .Eating at the 'on the way to becomg legendary' Hofnin down by the old dockside and then sailing out into Faxaflói Bay for a midnight champagne countdown. Plus, perhaps catching the Northern Lights and not forgetting playing in Iceland’s geologically sculpted scenery: its ice fields, moraine deserts, volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers, lava fields, black sand beaches and geysirs.
An unlikely city as there ever was to be accorded the description by a web site ‘as hip & happening as it’s possible to be’; Reykjavik is none the less just that. The locals have developed a prodigious reputation for enjoying themselves which they put to the test on New Year’s Eve; the shops and eateries are edgily stylish and according to the late great, inestimable AA Gill ‘the women, groin achingly beautiful and the benchmark against whom all others are found wanting’ (GQ March 2013).
Take your pick from what to do and how to do it. Snowmobile on a glacier, climb down inside one, ride a 5 gaited Icelandic horse, bathe in a secret lagoon, take a Super Jeep to parts other vehicles can’t reach or even a helicopter flight to Hengil’s steam fissured plateau.
In the heart of the old city on “Ingólfstorg” the main square the Plaza couldn’t be better suited for a New Year’s Eve stay with eateries, drinking holes and nightlife on your doorstep. The Plaza’s glass edifice is unmissable and behind which a complete makeover over the past few years provides rooms with a Scandi modern décor marked by contemporary oak furnishings and bright fabrics. TA reviewers consistently sing the praises of both the staff and the breakfast. All our rooms are Superior doubles or twins with their own free WI-FI, TV, WC/shower, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities and more.
Tucked away off Laugavegur the city’s main street the Thingholt thinks of itself justifiably as a boutique hotel not least because of its edgy, and quirky design. Our allocation of rooms is a chunky 23 m² and can be made up with either twin beds or a king size double. Some have a bathtub rather than shower and of course hairdryer, safety deposit box, WI-FI, flat screen TV & mini-bar.
As well as a restaurant and decidedly atmospheric bar the hotel also has a spa with hot tub, sauna, sauna, rainwater shower and fitness room.
Fly to Iceland's Keflavik International Airport from the UK (Gatwick or Heathrow [Manchester on request]), transfer to and check in at the Hotel Plaza. Kick off your New Year Holiday with a trip out to and bathe in Gamla Laugin (The Secret Lagoon); supper at Kaffihus Grund and a guided search for the Northern Lights. Gamal Laugin is a natural hot spring & geothermal pool close to Flúðir, a traditional village hang out but with visitor locker rooms, showers and changing facilities, a small bar and boardwalks and footpaths surrounding the pool. At Kaffihus Grund, Helga and her husband serve up hospitality and local grub with their own family twist: curried herring, smoked whale, smoked lamb and an apple pie to die for. After you've fed and watered your guide and driver will scout for the best viewing spots from which you might catch the Northern Lights.
Design your own day and get your holiday off with a geological kick: for starters why not try our version of Iceland's most iconic safari, the Golden Circle. Start with the Geyser area where Strokkur spouts 40m high every 5 to 10 minutes alongside steaming fumaroles, hot springs and mud pools. Continue to Gullfoss, the ‘Golden Falls’, where the glacial river Hvítá plummets 32 metres before torrenting down a large gorge between the Mid Atlantic Ridge’s tectonic plates. Then down to Laugarvatn Spa, stopping off for a steam bath in the manner of the locals, before hitting Hvergardi, the so called greenhouse village where all manner of exotica grows under glass in the warmth of geothermal heat rising from the ground like a slightly surreal garden centre. Of course this is just a suggested 'starter for ten' - the day is very much yours to design; just take a look under the Safaris tag for your options.
After breakfast check out why we dub Reykjavik 'Latitude with Attitude' and stroll around its toastrack of streets and chillax before the evening. (Of course if you're up for it, we have several half day safaris to make the most of your time especially if you're staying for just 4 days). In the early evening stroll down by the old harbour area to Brynjar Eymundsson & Elsa Guðmundsdóttir's restaurant Hofnn where the specialities include shellfish soup with fennel & cream, smoked char, beef tenderloin with snuffed snow peas, liquorice ice cream, home made truffles and the island's famous milk concoction skyr in Brynar's epic fluffy form. Afterwards walk along the jetty and board the MS Rosin for a cruise in the sheltered waters of Faxafloi Bay for the best view in town of the fireworks lighting up the skyline at midnight. Run the clock down as you approach 12 with a glass of sparkling wine and, if the God's are propitious, the Northern Lights overlaying the fireworks. Once past midnight take the short walk back to your hotel or hit the city's bars where closing time is always something of a mystery!
If this is your last day enjoy a bit of a lie in before transferring to Keflavik Airport for your return flight to the UK. Alternatively if you are staying an extra day, take one of our day long safaris ( the Ice Cave being the current must do thing) or a trip down to one of favourite spots in the south of the island.
Return scheduled flights from the UK (Heathrow or Gatwick) to Keflavik International Airport).
Pay on board cabin service.
All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes.
Carriage of luggage (1pc Cabin & 1pc Checked)
Return Airport/Hotel transfers
3 (4) nights accommodation at Hotel Plaza or Thingholt
Lodgings in superior twin/double room(s)* with private WC/shower/bath tub & room amenities.
3 (4) Buffet breakfasts,1 supper (on Secret Lagoon Safari) & New Year's Eve Dinner (as detailed below)
Northern Lights Safari to the Secret Lagoon
New Year's Eve 4 course dinner at Hofn
Fireworks cruise on MS Rosen inc midnight canapes and sparkling wine**
* Dependent on hotel choice
December 29th/30th 2017
From £995pp (4 days/3nights)
From £1095pp (5days/4 nights)
Guide prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are variable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don’t do fancy lead in prices and the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available. This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price in which case a proportionate reduction-supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays.
Our local guide Audur knows Reykjavik like the back of her hand, lives there and more importantly tailors her walking tours of the city to the interests of her guests rather than the tourist board. With a daughter she describes as her Princess she also has a mother’s sense of the maximum duration of a walk between ice cream and soft drink vendors. With never more than a dozen people at a time her walks are very individual but if you want her all to yourself you can have her for a private tour. Hotel pick up at 08.00 on Day of Choice. Tour lasts for 8 1/2 hours. Price £55pp. Children go free, gratis and for nothing. Teenagers pay half price.
On the tastiest tour in Iceland you will enjoy 13 of our most delicious traditional cuisines and explore the highlights of Reykjavi The free roaming Icelandic Lamb, Homemade Ice Cream, Seasonal Cheese tasting, the famous Icelandic Hot dog, amazing seafood cuisine and so much more!
A day to take home with you, journeying right up on to Langjokull glacier Iceland's 2nd largest glacier and then down inside it. Your journey starts with a ScanStop & See at Hraunfossar, where rivulets leach from under the Hallmundarhraun lava field and dribble in curtains down alongside the Hvita river. Continue to Deildartunguhver geothermal hot spring with its water pumping out of the ground at 100 degrees and then another ScanStop & See at Husafell before swapping buses for an 8 wheel Leviathon to get up on to Langjokull glacier and down inside it. The Ice Cave is a man-made system of tunnels and chambers following the formation of the glacier stretching up to 300 metres into the ice cap and culminating in a gob smacking ice cave festooned with stalactites and stalagmites. As your guide leads you along the crevasses, moulins (glacier mills), waterways, ice layers and gaps between them, the ice changes colour from snow white to ice blue .Hotel pick up at 08.00 on Day of Choice. Tour lasts for 10 1/2 hours. Price £215pp. Kinder (5-11) go free, gratis and for nothing. Teenagers (12-15) pay half price. Warm clothing a must (Waterproof shoes, thick socks, windproof/waterproof coat, hat, gloves). Plus sunglasses & swim wear (sic).
the white-knuckle ride of all time in an Icelandic Super Jeep, the ultimate ‘boy’s toy’ Jeremy Clarkson style, a customised version of a Land RoverDefender or SUV with reinforced chassis, heightened wheel clearance and 4 foot diameter wheels. Plus air compressor and deﬂatable tyres for traction on lava ﬁelds and ice and a sat nav system, gyro compass and lots of other high-tech add-ons. First stop the landscapes south of Lake Pingvallavatn before the National Park Pingvellir. From there continue to the Geysir area with its spouting water geysers and bubbling mud pots with time for lunch (not included). And then to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, with its foaming, thundering waters over-arched with a rainbow or frozen, in winter, as giant stalactites before carrying on to Langjökull for a snowmobile tour n top of the glacier. Return to Reykjavik via the the extraordinary crater Kerid and the greenhouse community Hveragerdi. Hotel pick-up at 8:30 am for 8-9 hours. (Tues, Thurs, Sat). £165 pp Kinder pay half price.
A ScanAdventures Safari that bombards the senses. First stop the landscapes south of Lake Þingvallavatn before the National Park Þingvellir. From there continue to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, with its foaming, thundering waters invariably over-arched with a rainbow. Then to the Geyser area with its spouting water geysers and bubbling mud pots with time for lunch (payable locally). Return to Reykjavík via the cathedral at Skálholt, the extraordinary crater Kerið and the greenhouse community Hveragerði. Hotel pick up at 08.00 on Day of Choice. Tour lasts for 8 1/2 hours. Price £55pp. Children go free, gratis and for nothing. Teenagers pay half price.
there any numbers of variations on a theme possible with the ‘Golden Circle’ Safari. You can do it in the afternoon combined with a City sightseeing Tour in the morning; some Whale Watching or Horse Riding; a bathe in the Blue Lagoon (particularly good if you have an early departure flight from Iceland and might otherwise miss out) or a Safari Tour along the Reykjanes Peninsula. Hotel pick up at 08.30 on Day of Choice for Combi Tours or 12.30 for an Afternoon Tour on its own. Tours lasts between 6 and 10 hours. Price from £50pp depending on tour obviously. Children go free, gratis and for nothing. Teenagers pay half price.
take a ScanAdventures hunt for the beautiful Auroras known as the Northern Lights. Sometimes white, wispy and elusive; at others rainbow coloured, swirling and dramatic. The Norwegian, who first gave an explanation as to how they came about was driven mad (literally) by them: if you’re lucky enough to catch a sighting your reaction may be a touch more muted but no less awe struck. Hotel pick up at 19.30 on Evening of Choice. Tour lasts for 3 to 5 hours. Price £30pp. Children go free, gratis and for nothing. Teenagers pay half price.
the ScanAdventures secret ingredient here is your tour guide (local, experienced) and his vehicle (modified Land Rover Defender with reinforced chassis, 48 inch diameter wheels, air compressor & deflatable tyres). After picking you up from your hotel he drives out of the City to escape the urban lighting and into the surrounding countryside where the spectacular lunar like landscapes provide an ideal backdrop as and when the Northern Lights appear, he’s on hand to help you capture the spectacle on film. Hotel pick up at 20.00 on Evening of Choice. Tour lasts for 3 to 5 hours. Price £110pp. Kinder pay half price.
we have innumerable other safari options available depending on your interests. Everything from quad biking to glacier snowmobiling; horse riding to diving (sic); a helicopter flight to an off shore cruise; a BBQ lunch on hot volcanic lava rock to supper by the seashore. Just give us a call and we’ll be happy to put something together for you.