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This New Year Northern Lights trip to Iceland is a great way to see in the next 12 months. Two special Northern Lights tours are included in the trip, as you travel by super jeep and by boat in search of the Aurora Borealis. During the day, the itinerary is completely open for you to tailor your time. There are a number of tours and activities for you to choose from, including a visit to the Blue Lagoon, a Glacier hike, snorkelling, horse-riding, nature tours and more.

What's included?


  • Departures: 28th and 29th December*
  • Flights: return flights from London Gatwick to Keflavik. Heathrow/Manchester/Glasgow and Birmingham on request (subject to supplements). Flight routes subject to change
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in a hotel in Reykjavik in a double/ twin room
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: Northern Lights chase by super jeep, and a Northern Lights Chase by boat (order subject to change)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities

This 4-night Northern Lights break to Iceland allows you to experience the diverse attributes that the island has to offer, as each day of the itinerary is left free of activities. This way, you can choose whether you would prefer to explore the city’s vibrant culture, history, cafés and shops, or head outside the city to see the myriad of phenomenal natural features that make Iceland so spectacular.

Along with the freedom of an open itinerary, we have included two unique Northern Lights hunts to ensure that you experience the fantastic Northern Lights opportunities that Iceland is so famous for. The first tour will take you away from the busy city and into the darkness by super jeep, which can reach locations that are impossible to discover in a regular tour coach. If the conditions are right, you will be able to admire the striking lights dancing in the night sky. The second takes you out onto the North Atlantic Ocean as you sail away from the harbour for a Northern Lights boat tour. Hopefully, you will spot the colours shimmering in the sky with the view of the mountains as your backdrop.

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Should you want to replace the free time in your itinerary with some additional activities, there are a number of tours for you to choose from. You can take a relaxing horse-ride through the lava fields, unwind in the idyllic Blue Lagoon*, clamber and crawl on a Blue Ice Glacier Hike or plunge into the ocean for a fantastic snorkelling experience. Or sit back on a coach tour that can show you all of the city’s sights or some of the best natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. We have included as much variety as possible in our optional activities to ensure that you can tailor this trip to perfection. It has been designed to be much more of an independent itinerary as there is simply so much to see and do here and we know everyone has their own priorities.

To top it all off, as you are here for New Year, you can relish in the exciting New Year’s Eve celebrations that take place all over Reykjavik city. Book a mouth-watering dinner in one of the many restaurants, and make sure that you have a good view of the magnificent fireworks that will fill the sky in the evening.

* Please note: there is ongoing building work at the Blue Lagoon which is due to be completed in July 2018. Although the Blue Lagoon aims to minimise the impact of this work on its guests, some disruption is possible during your visit.

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Duration:4 nights
Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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  • Upon arrival into Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted for your transfer and taken to your hotel in Reykjavik.

    Tonight, you will plunge straight into a Northern Lights adventure as you take a Northern Lights super jeep hunt. You will be picked up from your hotel by the 4x4 super jeep and taken to off-the-beaten-track locations that a tour bus would be unable to reach, away from the city light pollution and any big crowds. The provided astronomical telescope will allow you to observe the sky and, hopefully, the Northern Lights. If you are lucky enough to spot them, your guide will be sure to take photos of the spectacular sight.


    *Please note: depending on your departure date New Year's Eve will be on either day 3 or day 4 of your holiday.

    Included Meals:  None
  • Following breakfast, you can book one of the optional activities, or simply take yourself into Reykjavik for some exploration. You might decide to take a guided tour of the city to ensure that you don’t miss any of the best sights before your trip comes to an end. This tour will take you to the Perlan glass dome, the old Höfði building, Hallgrímskirkja church and Laugardalur.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • After a filling buffet breakfast at your hotel, the day is free for you to decide how to spend it.

    You can take yourself into Reykjavik and explore the dynamism of the city. Reykjavik is renowned for its vibrant arts and music culture, its striking architecture and charming restaurants and cafés.

    Alternatively, you can choose from the number of optional activities that are detailed in the ‘Personalise’ tab. You might want to try the Golden Circle Tour, visiting Þingvellir National Park. This natural wonder is not only a historical location but also proves to be a magnificent showcase of unique natural features. You will also visit Gullfoss, Iceland’s most famous and breathtaking waterfall, as well as the Geysir hot springs.

    Tonight will be spent on a relaxing boat tour, where you can admire the beautiful backdrop of the mountains and the city lights as you search for the Northern Lights. Unrestricted by roads and crowds, you are only a 15-30 minute sail away from a prime Northern Lights location out on the North-Atlantic Ocean. You will be provided with overalls on board to keep you comfortable and warm on the deck, and you will be shown an original Northern Lights video complete with interesting facts about the Aurora.

    Depending on your departure day, today may be New Year’s Eve, in which case your boat trip will take place tomorrow night.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • This morning, you may want to pamper yourself ready for a big night of fantastic celebrations. After breakfast, you are once again free to choose from our activities, which may include a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon spa. Unwind in the misty blue waters as you admire the striking mountainous views. You can even treat yourself to a luxury spa treatment.

    Depending on your arrival date, New Year’s Eve will fall on either day 3 or day 4 of your trip, meaning that you will be able to take part in the fantastic celebrations in Reykjavik. We highly recommend that you book a restaurant in Reykjavik in advance to ensure that you can enjoy a delicious celebratory dinner, before heading out to visit one of the traditional bonfires that are scattered around the city on New Year’s Eve. If you find the right spot, you will have a fantastic view of the fireworks and, with some luck, the spectacular Northern Lights.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • After a final breakfast in your hotel, you will end your trip and be transferred to the airport ready for departure.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

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Skuggi Hotel

Nights: 1-4

This hotel is located in Reykjavik’s city centre, close to Laugavegur, the main shopping street, and an array of restaurants. ‘Skuggi’ is the Icelandic word for ‘shade’, and the hotel has a fitting interior design of cool greys and calming white. The Skuggi Hotel has one hundred rooms, designed with inspiration from the sublime black-and-white nature photography of Icelander Ragnar Axelsson.

Hotel facilities

  • Pick up a drink from the hotel’s stylish on-site bar
  • Free Wi-Fi means you can keep friends and family up to date
  • Wake up to a spread of hot and cold options at the breakfast buffet
  • You will be conveniently located for shopping, as Laugavegur street is just 140 metres away

Double room: These come with two twin beds, an en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet, hairdryer, and toiletries, free Wi-Fi, a satellite television, a telephone, a tea and coffee set, a clothes rack, and a desk and chair.

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Visit to the Blue Lagoon

From £85pp

You will be picked up from your hotel and taken in around a 1.5-hour transfer to the famous Blue Lagoon. A visit to the Blue Lagoon is an unforgettable experience, as you can relax and soak in the soothing, milky blue waters, and enjoy the incredible, mountainous scenery that surrounds the lagoon. The pools are filled with geothermal seawater from deep below the lava, which proves perfect for bathing and unwinding.

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If you want to go the extra mile and truly treat yourself, there are a range of luxurious massages to choose from here, in the Blue Lagoon itself and in their special spa.

Availability: daily every hour from 8 am – 6 pm *Please note that this is dependent on availability, pick-up from your hotel is 30 minutes before these departure times*

Please note: there is ongoing building work at the Blue Lagoon which is due to be completed in July 2018. Although the Blue Lagoon aims to minimise the impact of this work on its guests, some disruption is possible during your visit.

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Golden Circle Day Tour

From: £70pp

This jam-packed tour takes you out of the city and into the incredible countryside of Iceland. Your transfer will pick you up from the hotel and firstly take you to Þingvellir National Park, an area of great geological and historical significance, where you can admire Þingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest natural lake. You will then move on to the ethereal and magical Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir hot springs, lakes Laugarvatn and Apavatn and on to Skálholt Church.

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On the return journey, you will stop for a coffee break at the Icelandic Horse Park.

*Please note that this can be extremely busy on 01 Jan*

Duration: 8 hours (approximately)

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South Coast day tour

From: £95pp

Once you board the tour coach at your hotel, you can admire the ethereal and iconic Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls and explore the eerie, black sand, volcanic beach of Reynisfjara on this day tour. The views will be spectacular as you travel across lush farmlands that lie between the coast and the mountain ranges, as you are exposed to the vast variety of diverse landscapes that Iceland has to offer.

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Duration: 9 hours

Group Size: no min, no max

Availability: daily at 9.30 am *Please note that pick-up from your hotel is 30 minutes before these departure times*

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City Sightseeing and Grand Tour

From: £44pp

The tour bus will pick you up from your hotel and set off on its journey, covering all of Reykjavik city’s top attractions. Firstly, you will visit the Perlan glass dome, where the viewing deck offers a phenomenal 360° view of the city and its surroundings.

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You will then head to Reykjavik's seafront to visit the historical Höfði building, and to the incredibly unique Hallgrímskirkja church, its architecture mimicking the common volcanic rock formation that can be found in Iceland, explaining its striking exterior. Finally, the bus travels through Laugardalur, a major centre for sports and recreation in Reykjavik. Here you will find the city’s largest outdoor thermal swimming pool, a picturesque botanical garden and a small Zoo containing Icelandic animals such as seals, foxes, reindeer and minks.

Duration: 2.5 hours

Group Size: no min, no max

Availability: daily at 9.00 am *Please note that this activity is NOT available on 25/12 and 31/12, pick-up from your hotel is 30 minutes before these departure times*

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Whale watching

From: £55pp

This tour will begin at Reykjavik’s old harbour, which is only a short walk from all of the possible accommodation for this trip, or for an additional charge you can add a pick-up service from your hotel. From here, you will head onto the boat and stand on its safe viewing deck, ready to admire the ocean’s wildlife. Expert guides will point out the best places to spot the whales, and with any luck, you will see a variety of magnificent whales emerging from the water.

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There is also an array of other wildlife to look out for, including a variety of seabirds that scale the waves. Life jackets are provided on this tour.

Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours

Group Size: No min, no max

Availability: 13.00 daily

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Lava horse riding tour

From: £85pp

Your transfer will take you on a twenty-minute drive from your hotel directly to the stables. This tour is perfect for beginners and experienced riders as, prior to the start of the tour, the group will be organised according to their riding skill level.

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This means that beginners will be comfortable in their ride, and allows experienced riders to take a more fast-paced tour if they wish to do so. Accompanied by specially trained guides, you will ride for around two hours through the beautiful scenery complete with lava fields and rolling green hills.

After the ride, you will enjoy a hot drink at the stables where the staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have about the unique Icelandic horses.

Duration: 4 hours

Group Size: maximum 20

Availability: daily at 10 am and 2 pm, 25th December 2 pm, 31st December 10 am and 1st Jan 2 pm *Please note that pick-up from your hotel is 30 minutes before these departure times*

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Blue Ice Glacier hike

From: £190pp

A transfer will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the glacier. The transfer takes around 3 hours but is worth the long drive as this thrilling tour gives you the opportunity to hike and climb the breath-taking and magnificent Sólheimajökull glacier.

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You will explore the deep crevices, jagged ridges and incredible ice formations of the glacier, and even try out your ice-climbing skills. This is an unforgettable and unique tour, and an experience not to be missed. All of the tools that you need to explore the ice are provided for you, including ice axes, crampons, helmets and safety lines, plus the support of guides to ensure your complete safety on the ice. The hike lasts for around 4 hours before you are taken on your return journey to your hotel, during which you will stop to admire the beautiful waterfall, Skógafoss.

Duration: 10 hours

Group size: min 2, max 24

Availability: daily at 8.30 am *Please note that this activity is NOT available on 24/12, 25/12, 31/12 or 01/01. Pick-up from your hotel is 30 minutes before this departure time*

Snorkelling in Silfra

From: £180pp

After being picked up from your hotel, you will travel for around one hour to reach the Silfra Fissure. The clear waters and incredible rock formations make this spot one of the most popular snorkelling spots in Iceland.

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The fissure is a crack between the North American and Eurasian continents, offering a fascinating and unforgettable view as you drift peacefully in the ethereal blue waters. The underwater visibility here is an incredible 100 metres, providing a mesmerising view of this magical underwater paradise.

Duration: 4 hours

Group: min 2 max 8

Availability: daily (NOT available on 25/12 or 01/01)

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 1 person; maximum 200 during activities. Please note that the Blue Lagoon is also open to the public during your visit.

Group sizes and minimum numbers

Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

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Order of activities

The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination

Medical History and advice

If you or any member of your party is pregnant or has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if you become pregnant or any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed.

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Experience and fitness

We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's lever and no prior experience is assumed.
If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.
See our booking conditions for further information.

Guides and safety

It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.

If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Booking activities locally

In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Traveller Reviews

We had a great time 30 December 2016 by Katherine Phillips

The Northern Lights Super jeep tour was cold, clear and beautiful - the guide, Clemmie, was great - friendly helpful and knowledgeable and the lights came out to play. We had a great time.

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