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 colors 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 Reykjavik

  • 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)

Included

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 Festive buffet dinner with live music at Grand Restaurant and Setrid
  • Sparkling wine with canapés served post dinner in Hateigur Hall at 23:45 (11:45pm)
  • (An upgrade version of this package available: includes  a 5-course New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at Grand Hotel’s Hateigur Hall with selected wines, plus a 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 dinner buffet at SATT restaurant with complimentary aperitifs

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.
  • Complimentary glass of Champagne
  • Festive four course dinner at VOX Restaurant
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December 30th

Arrival

On your own, transfer to Reykjavik. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers. 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

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December 31st

Highlights: Reykjavik

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 Grand Programme at the hotel’s  Grand Restaurant & Setrid:

  • 19:00 (7:00pm) – Dinner is served – Starter, New Year’s Festive Dinner with live music.  Dinner includes starter, New Year’s Festive Buffet, and Desserts. Cash bar available.
  • 23:45 (11: 45pm) – Sparkling wine and canapés served in Háteigur festive hall (4th floor).

Dress code: Formal wear.

 

The Festive Programme at Grand Hotel Reykjavik – at Hateigur Festive Hall (upgrade option):

New Year´s Eve five course Grand Dinner with selected wines with master of ceremonies, live entertainment, and bonfire tour.  Program held in the hotel’s Hateigur hall, one of the most festive halls in Reykjavik

  • 17:30 (5:30pm)  – Aperitif – Sparkling wine and strawberries in Hateigur Lounge.
  • 18:00 (6:00pm) – Dinner is served – 5-course meal.
  • 20:30 (8:30pm) – Guided visit to view a bonfire in Kopavogur. This is one of the largest New Year’s Eve bonfires in Iceland.
  • 21:45 (9:45pm) – Return to hotel.
  • 22:00 (10:00pm) – Icelandic Charcuterie and dessert course served
  • 23:45 (11:45pm) – Sparkling wine and canapés served. Countfdown to the New Year and Fireworks

Dress code: Formal wear.

The Evening Program at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

  • 17:00 (5:00pm) – Festive reception to enjoy drinks and canapés
  • 18:00 (6:00pm) – Dinner is served – New Year’s buffet at Satt Restaurant; Starters and appetizers, carving station, festive selection of mains, fabulous desserts from the pastry chefs

Dress code: Formal wear or smart casual.

The Evening Program at Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel – suitable in a combination with bonfire tours, if seated at 18:00 (the bon-fire tour is not included)

  • Complimentary glass of champagne
  • Festive four course dinner at VOX Restaurant

Dress code: Formal wear or smart casual.

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January 1st

Highlights: Reykjavik

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.

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January 2nd

Highlights: Reykjavik

Departure

Please be ready to leave your hotel approx. 3 hours before the departure of your flight.   Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

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