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Celebrating New Years’ Eve in the epic style peculiar to Icelanders watching the fireworks that light up the city at midnight and the bonfires that garland the city. Eating in the Hofnin restaurant down by the old dockside, watching the Northern Lights from on board ship and discovering all the excitement of Iceland’s geologically sculpted scenery: ice fields, moraine deserts, volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers 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 AA Gill ‘the women, groin achingly beautiful and the benchmark against whom all others are found wanting’ (GQ March 2013).

The Day after the Night Before

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.

Hotel Plaza

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.

Foss Hotel Reykjavik

A faintly surreal exterior with slate grey tile cladding (think NASA space shuttle) the Foss Reykjavik houses some of the city's largest rooms and on the tower floor one's with the best views of Faxaloi Bay and Mount Esja.The main rooms come in at a sizeable 22sqm up to floor 7, from there to the 13th they morph into de-luxe rooms with cityscape views with 10m2 more and then on top of that (pun intended) the upper floors have a mix of family rooms and suites right up to a ginormous 59m2. All come with shower/bathtub, bathroom underfloor heating, black out blinds , flat screen TV, free WI-FI and are fitted out in Scandivavian hardwood and light blue, purple and slate grey furnishings. In the public ares there is an innovative bar cum brasserie called the Beer Garden with a 25 strong list of beers on offer and a restaurant whose breakfast is getting good reviews from TA contributors who normally do nothing more than grumble!

1st Day UK – Iceland

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. Eat out simply at Saegreifinn or luxier at MARS ( payable locally).

2nd/3rd Day (s) Design Your Own Day

Choose from our selection of tours to get your New Year’s Eve Holiday off with a geological kick: for starters why not try our version of Iceland's most iconic safari like the Golden Circle. Start with 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 and then down to Laugarvatn Spa, stopping of 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 wramth of geothermal heat rising from the ground is like a slightly surreal garden centre. Of course this is just one of our Safari options the day is very much a 'design your own' - just take a look under the Safaris tag.

New Year’s Eve

After breakfast transfer out to the legendary Blue Lagoon for a morning's bathe in its turquose blue waters softening up muscles, skin & temperament for the evening's fun & games. You'll have time to coat yourself with the Lagoon's silica mud packs or enjoy a treatment or two. Back in the city there's time to chillax in your hotel before dinner. In the early evening walk down to the old harbour area and 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 Faxaloi 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. Celebrations over, disembark and take the short walk back to your hotel or hit the city's bars whose closing time is something of a mystery!

4th/5th Day Iceland – UK

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 have 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 favouite spots in the south of the island.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

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
Lodgings in superior twin room(s) with private WC/shower & room amenities.
3 (4) Buffet breakfasts
4 course New Year's Eve dinner
Fireworks cruise on MS Rosen inc midnight canapes and sparkling wine
Blue Lagoon entrance including towel rental.

Departure Dates & Prices:

December 29th/30th 2017
£1099pp (4 days/3nights)
£1199pp (5days/4 nights)

Guide prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are veriable 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.


The Iconic Golden Circle

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.

Variations on the Golden Circle

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.

Porsmork The Glacier Valley

a full day adventure to Porsmork, a valley shielded on three sides by glaciers and mountains and surrounded by ice caps and glacial rivers. Start by being driven across the Hellisheidi Plateau stopping at Hvolsvollur to pick up lunch (payable locally) to Seljalandsfoss, a plunge waterfall behind which you can walk and see the water dropping off the cliff from which it tumbles. Continue to Porsmork, remote and inaccessible for much of the year, laced with melt water rivers and a habitat to over 170 plant species nestling in a setting of low birch trees. Here you’ll have time for lunch and an hour’s hike and on the return an opportunity for more hiking in the rugged gorge known as Stakkholtsgja at the end of which there is a waterfall. Hotel pick up at 08.00 on Tues, Frid or Sun (May 1st to Sep 30th). Tour lasts for 10 hours. Price £110pp. Kinder go free, gratis and for nothing. Teen Kinder pay half price.

Jokulsarlon Iceberg Lagoon

discover some of the south coast’s most iconic scenery on the way across bridges fording dramatic outwash plains interspersed with black sand beaches and lava fields to the Jokulsarlon Lagoon. The Lagoon’s luminous blue icebergs tinted with black volcanic dust float in the Lagoon for several years, gradually self-sculpting themselves in to different shapes before finally working their way out to sea. You’ll take a boat trip amongst them on a DUKW, a mechanical amphibian originating in WW2 which can be driven up on the shore, as well as in the water. Along the way you’ll stop at both Seljandsfoss and Skogafoss, plunge waterfalls dropping off cliffs that once marked the shoreline. Hotel pick up at 07.30 daily (Jun 1st to Aug 31st) and on Tues, Thur, Sat or Sun (Apr 1st to May 31st & Sep 1st to Oct 31st). Tour lasts for 14 hours. Price £140pp. Kinder go free, gratis and for nothing. Teen Kinder pay half price.

Breidafjordur Bay & Latrabjarg Cliff

a bird photographer and enthusiasts dream capturing the magic of arctic birdlife in Breidafjordur Bay and that of Europe’s largest bird cliff Latrabjarg amongst some of Iceland’s most remote and rugged scenery. You’ll be driven early in the morning to Stykkisholmur, a picturesque fishing village on the north side of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, where you’ll board the local ferry out into the Bay for the 3 hour crossing to Brjánslækjar on the Vatnasfjordur. En route you’ll stop at the little island of Flatey (winter population 5) with its coloured clapboard houses and after disembarkation taken to the 13km long Latrabjarg bird cliffs. Here you’ll be able to catch sight of the zillions of puffins, guillemots, razorbills and gannets that make this their nesting home amongst the rocky outcrops that offer them shelter from the northerly winds and arctic foxes. Hotel pick up! At 06.00 on Sun (Jun 15th to Aug 31st). Tour lasts for 17 hours. Price £195pp. Too long for Kinder!

Whale Spotting

Faxaflói Bay is regularly frequented by Minke Whales, White-Beaked Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises and Humpbacks with very occasionally Orca, Fin Whales, Baskin Sharks and Pilot Whales appearing. For our ScanAdventure we partner with Magnús Guðmundsson, the fleet Admiral operating MS Rosin, a specially built ship offering virtually uninterrupted sea vistas from the poop, amidships and foredeck and with a cruising speed of 24 knots gets out to the whale spotting area faster than any of the alternatives. The saloon has comfort seating, flat screen TV’s and wide vista windows so even if you’re warming up below with a hot chocolate. Departures at 10.00 & 14.00 May to August. Tour lasts for 21/2 hours. Price £48pp. Children go free, gratis and for nothing. Teenagers pay half price. Alternative departures with an educational focus particularly suited to children at 09.00 & 13.00 (Apr to Sep) and 17.00 (May15th to Sep 15th) available on MS Andrea, a former ferry with substantial exterior decking and interior space.

Super Jeep Safari

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.

Bespoke Safaris

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.

Aurora Cruise

start with a visit to Aurora Reykjavik, a sort of Aurora Planetarium down by the harbour and then cruise offshore for one of the best chances Reykjavik offers of catching the Northern Lights showing against the mountain backdrop of Faxafloi Bay and (if you’re doubly lucky) reflected in the waters around you. Your boat the Rosin is a specially built one offering virtually uninterrupted vistas from the poop; amidships and on the foredeck to catch the Aurora however fleetingly they appear. In the saloon below comfort seating, flat screen TV’s and wide vista windows allow you a 360 degree view of the night sky even when you’re taking time out for a hot cocoa. Boat leaves the harbour at 21.00 on Evening of Choice and lasts for 2/3 hours. Price £45pp. Older & Teen Kinder pay half price. Little ones sail for free. If our guides decide the auguries for seeing the aurora are not good, you can re-book for any subsequent night or have supper on us at Restaurant Kopar.

Northern Lights Safari

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.

Northern Lights Safari by Super Jeep

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.

Aurora Alert:

with all our Northern Lights safaris our guides make a final decision on whether to go hunting or not by 18.00 on the day booked. If they decide not to go you can re-book for any subsequent night.

Blue Lagoon | New Year's Eve Reykjavik | ScanAdventures

  • Flights from London (Gatwick or Heathrow)
  • 4 course New Year's Eve Dinner
  • Pick & Mix Safari Programme
  • Bathing in Blue Lagoon
  • 3 or 4 night stays
  • Prices from £1099pp