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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).

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. 

Exterior view of Hotel Plaza | Iceland Holidays | ScanAdventures
Double Room at Hotel Plaza | Holidays to Reykjavik | ScanAdventures
Lobby Bar at Hotel Plaza | Holidays to Iceland | ScanAdventures
Breakfast Room at Hotel Plaza | Reykjavik Brief Encounter City Breaks

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.

Double Room at Hotel Thingholt | Holidays in Iceland
Double Room at Hotel Thingholt | Reykjavik Brief Encounter City Breaks
 Spa in Hotel Thingholt | Reykjavik Brief Encounter City Breaks
Restaurant at Hotel Thingholt | Holidays to Reykjavik | ScanAdventures

Hotel Thingholt

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.

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. 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.

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

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.

New Year’s Eve

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!

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 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.

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 or Thingholt
Lodgings in 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

Departure Dates & Prices:

December 29th/30th 2019 (ICE26)
From £1239pp (4 days/3nights)
From £1339pp (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.


Reykjavik with a Local ScanAdventures
Reykjavik with a Local ScanAdventures
Reykjavik with a Local ScanAdventures
Reykjavik with a Local ScanAdventures

Reykjavik with a Local

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.

Black Sand Beach Picnic | Reykjavik Foodie Tours | ScanAdventures
Restaurant Picnic |  Reykjavik Private Tours | ScanAdventures
Epic Cinnamon Bun | Reykjavik Foodie Tours | ScanAdventures
Fish as Fresh as it gets | Reykjavik Foodie Tours | ScanAdventures

Reykjavik For Foodies

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!

 Hraunfossar on the way to Langjokull | Holidays to Iceland
Driving on Langjokull | Iceland Holidays | ScanAdventures
Inside the Glacier | Safaris from Reykjavik | Iceland Holidays
Wedding Couple inside Langjokull Glacier | White Weddings

Down into the Glacier

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 £230pp. 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).

Super Jeep Safari by ScanAdventures | Iceland Holidays
Super Jeep off road tour | Holidays to Iceland
Iceland Glacier Snowmobiling | ScanAdventures
Super Jeep n Myrdalsjokull Glacier | ScanAdventures

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 an optional snowmobile tour on 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). £275 pp Kinder (5-12) pay half price. Glacier Snowmobiling Supplement £148pp Kinder (5-12) pay half price

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 £72. 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 £69pp depending on tour obviously. Children go free, gratis and for nothing. Teenagers pay half price.

Northern Lights over Pingvellir National Park | Iceland Holidays
Northern Lights over Langjokull | Northern Lights Holidays
Northern Lights over ION Hotel | Reykjavik Short Breaks
Northern Lights over Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon | ScanAdventures

Northern Lights Safari

Hunt for the Northern Lights with our new tour on which exclusively we include a astronomy binocular, free star consteallation map, camera tripods, photography assistance and both on-board personal host & audio guidance*. Sometimes white, wispy and elusive; at others rainbow coloured, swirling and dramatic, the Norwegian, who first gave an explanation as to how they come 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. The tour comes with a Night Time Gurantee - if you don't see them you can re-book for any subsequent evening or get a full refund on your return. Hotel pick up at 20.30/21.30 on Evening of Choice. Tour lasts for approximately 3 hours. Price £53pp. Children (5-11) go free, gratis and for nothing.Teenagers (12-15) pay half price.You can also rent warm winter boots £9pp and/or a thermal down jacket £18pp if you need them.* in bus audio guidance in 10 languages 

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 £168pp. Kinder pay half price.

View over Lake Tjörnin | Reykjavik Short Breaks
Quad biking along the Reykjanes Peninsula | Iceland Holidays
Herd of 5 gaited Icelandic Horses | Iceland Holidays
Scuba diving in Pingviller | Reykjavik Short Breaks

Bespoke Safaris

We spend a lot of time sorting through dross, separating the wheat from the chaff or whatever meaphore you prefer to describe sifting the good excursions & safaris from the bad, ugly and downright dishonest. At the last count we numbered 640 excursion options operating out of Reykjavik through over 40 suppliers with nothing short of a rash appearing/springing up in the last two or three years. Some like the Langjökull Ice Cave are epic. Others are rubbish. We work with peole we know and have known for years with a proven track record of delivering authentic Icelandic experiences. People like one time Icelandair Managing Director Hjörvar Sæberg Högnason who has injected new life into classic tours, Ólöf Einarsdótti who pioneered snowmobiling on Langjokull,Fridrik Pálsson who turned a fishing lodge in to a 4 star hotel and others. From the innumerable we design a cocktail to suit you depending on your interests. Everything from a quad bike ride on a lava field to snowmobiling on a glacier; a horse ride to a sub acqua dice alongside tectonic plates(sic); a helicopter flight to an off shore cruise; a BBQ lunch on hot volcanic lava rock to supper by the seashore.Think of us as your personal Trip Advisor and we'll put together something different. 

Blue Lagoon | New Year's Eve in Reykjavik | ScanAdventures

  • 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
  • Guide Price £1239pp