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New Year's Celebration in Reykjavik

Ring in the New Year with an unforgettable holiday on top of the world!

Type of tour:Short breaks
Season:30 December - 02 January
Duration:4 Days/3 Nights
Departure:All days

New Year's Celebration in Reykjavik

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The fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve in Iceland have to be seen to be believed. On this evening, the ban on fireworks is lifted and citizens use the opportunity to the fullest, lighting up the night sky with a massive, brilliant show of blazing colours as far as the eye can see.

On a guided tour, you'll learn about Icelandic elf folklore related to the magic of the holiday. Enjoy a hosted gala evening of music, entertainment and a buffet extravaganza, followed by a trip downtown to experience the amazing fireworks spectacle and join the festive celebrations.


Highlights of New Year's Celebration in Reykjavík

  • Ring in the New Year on the biggest party night in a city renowned for its legendary nightlife
  • Indulge in artistically prepared local cuisine by award winning chefs
  • Learn about Iceland's unique elf folklore on a guided tour of Reykjavík
  • Light off fireworks and a small bonfire, with a champagne toast to life and love
  • Mingle with the locals at a popular spot for viewing the magnificent fireworks display (for Hilton guests only)


Grand Hotel Reykjavik

• 3 nights at Grand Hotel Reykjavik including breakfast (except arrival day).
• A guided walking & coach tour of folklore and New Year's traditions.
• New Year’s Eve Four-Course Dinner with live music
• Sparkling wine with strawberries and canapés served pre and post dinner
• New Year’s Eve Dance in Gullteigur Festive Hall
(An upgrade version of this package available also included a 5-course Gala Dinner and Guided Bonfire tour)

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

• 3 nights at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, including breakfast (except arrival day).
• A guided walking & coach tour of folklore and New Year's traditions.
• New Year's Eve buffet at SATT restaurant with complimentary aperitif.

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel

• 3 nights at Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel including breakfast (except arrival day).
• A guided walking & coach tour of folklore and New Year's traditions.
• New Year's Eve celebration at Hilton Ballroom, including one pre-drink, festive dinner buffet and hosted show/entertainment.
• Return transfer to view fireworks at midnight.


December 30th: Arrival

The day is free for you to explore. Enjoy a stroll down main streets Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur, check out the downtown harbour village, or visit one of the many geothermal swimming pools in the area.

Overnight in Reykjavik


December 31st: New Year's Eve

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore Reykjavik with a local guide and learn about special traditions and Icelandic folklore related to the magical New Year's Eve in Iceland.

The first stop is to purchase fireworks, which are sold through the Icelandic Rescue Teams. Each year on December 31st, Icelanders light up over 600 tons of fireworks — that's nearly 5 lbs (2 kg) per inhabitant!
Next, take part in an Icelandic tradition and visit the Old Reykjavik Cemetery. Hear about this tradition’s origins with the mysterious tale of the graveyard caretaker-- and why the dead rise from their graves on New Year's Eve.

Then it’s off to Hafnarfjordur, "The Town in the Lava" famous for its elf population. Visit an elf stone, but keep in mind that the mystical "hidden people" roam freely on New Year's Eve!
The excursion ends in a beautiful clearing where your group will light a small bonfire, enjoy a toast to life and love and say farewell to the passing year in traditional Icelandic fashion!
(Note: Tour is conducted in English)

In the evening, delight in a New Year's Eve dinner artistically prepared and made from fresh local ingredients straight from Icelandic farmers and greenhouses and the neighboring ocean. Indulge yourself in various artisanal starters, hearty entrées and endless tasty desserts.

Fireworks are lit all night long, reaching a high point at midnight, when the sky lights up for a few minutes as fire trucks and docked ships ring their bells and blow their horns to welcome the New Year.
After midnight, the nightclubs and pubs are open for business and the downtown area becomes a veritable catwalk of Icelanders outfitted in their finest holiday glitz, with dancing and celebrations going well into the morning. The biggest party night in a city renowned for its nightlife, the New Year's Eve celebration in Reykjavik is the stuff of legends.

The Festive Evening Program at Grand Hotel Reykjavik:

  • 17:30 (5:30pm) - Aperitif - Sparkling wine and strawberries.
  • 18:00 (6:00pm) - Festive Four-course dinner begins.
  • 23:45 (11: 45pm) - Hateigur Room on the 4th floor opens. Sparkling wine and canapés served. Watch the fireworks from the balcony. Countdown to midnight.
  • 00:30 (12:30am) - New Year’s dance in Gullteigur Ballroom with live music until 02:00 (2:00am).

Dress code: Formal wear.

Deluxe Gala Evening Program at Grand Hotel Reykjavik (upgrade):

  • 17:30 (5:30pm)  - Aperitif - Sparkling wine and strawberries.
  • 18:00 (6:00pm) - Five -course dinner begins.
  • 20:30 (8:30pm) - Guided visit to view the bonfire at Breidablik. This is one of the largest New Year’s Eve bonfires in Iceland.
  • 21:45 (9:45pm) - Return to hotel. Desert served with digestive
  • 23:45 (11: 45pm) - Hateigur Room on the 4th floor opens. Sparkling wine and canapés served. Watch the fireworks from the balcony. Countdown to midnight.
  • 00:30 (12:30am) - New Year’s dance in Gullteigur Ballroom with live music until 02:00. (2:00am)

Dress code: Formal wear.

The Evening Program at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

  • 17:30 – 18:00 (5:30pm – 6:00pm) -  Complimentary aperitif
  • 18:00 (6:00pm) - SATT Restaurant Buffet dinner. Satt restaurant focuses on Icelandic ingredients, offering a variety of delicious, healthy options. Dinner served 18:00-22:00. (6:00 – 10:00pm)

Please note that this program is recommended if you want to book a bonfire tour

Dress code: Formal wear or smart casual


The Evening Program at Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel

Please note that the hosted dinner at Hilton Reykjavik Nordica takes place at the same time as the bonfire tour add-on. It is not possible to do both the program and the tour.

  • 19:30 (7:30pm) -  Pre-drink, followed by a gourmet New Year's Eve Buffet in the ballroom and a hosted dinner show. Free seating with 8-10 guests at round tables
  • 23:20 (11:20pm) - Pick-up via bus and transfer to a nice viewing point over Reykjavík to enjoy the fireworks over the city. Join in on the fun with golden sparklers.
  • 00:30 (12:30am) - Transfer back to the hotel with a drive through the city centre. Optional drop off in the centre for those who want to keep the night going.

Dress code: Formal wear.


January 1st: New Year's Day

Today we suggest a tour to visit some of Iceland's natural highlights, such as the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa or the Geysir hot spring area. We offer a variety of interesting daytours all days, check our selection and book ahead.

Optional: Festive 4 course dinner at VOX Restaurant.

The gourmet chefs at VOX Restaurant bring you a taste of nature this evening, like all year round, with inventive, contemporary cuisine, based on fresh local and Nordic ingredients.

Dinner service between 18:00 and 22:00.  Last seating at 20:00.

Dress code:  Formal wear and casual smart.


January 2nd: Departure

Please be ready to leave your hotel approx. 3 hours before the departure of your flight (transfer to airport is not included in the package price).


Prices per person

Grand Hotel Reykjavík - Atrium Rooms 30 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017 800 590 550
Grand Hotel Reykjavík - Executive Room with view 30 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017  925 655  n/a
Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel 30 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017 1085 775  n/a
Reykjavik Natura Icelandair Hotel 30 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017 905 635  n/a

Children rate

  • 25% discount for children 2-11 years old



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These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

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Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.


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