Christmas fairytale in Iceland

27.12.17 - 02.01.18

About the tour

We invite you to enjoy the magic Christmas Eve in Reykjavik with its sparkling festive lights, majestic natural surroundings and some unique traditions of the Vikings with their tasty Christmas cuisine. In addition, on this journey we will discover the most significant attractions of the country and will be able to observe the Northern Lights, getting lost among the magical Icelandic valleys. With no doubt, this New Year will be unforgettable!

+ ITINERARY

 Day 1 - Hello, Iceland.

Today we meet at the hotel and go to the center of the island's capital. Reykjavik is able to impress even the most experienced traveler with its rich atmosphere, combining the modern world and the ancient culture of the Vikings. After a short excursion and a Christmas dinner, we will head off towards the dark Icelandic night to find a miracle - the Northern Lights. Only in Iceland it can be observed in its all magical beauty. Locals believe that it's the elves dancing in the night sky, scattering stars. Who knows, maybe today we'll meet them ?:)

Day 2 - The bright colors of Reykjavik

After resting and having a delicious breakfast, at early morning we will go to explore the sights of Reykjavik. We will walk along the main streets, artfully decorated on the eve of Christmas; we’ll see the famous Hallgrimskirkja church, which serves as a viewing platform for the city; Tjornin lake with its park, traditional houses and futuristic monuments; Harpa concert hall made of glass; a modern Viking ship and a " dolly ", but very serious Hofdi house, where important people of past centuries gathered. We will also walk along the seafront and reveal the secrets of how Reykjavik has become one of the most memorable capitals of the world.

Day 3 - To the Golden Circle

This day will be full of impressions, because we will go to the one of the most beautiful routes of Iceland called the Golden Circle. This tour is fully justifies itself by combinations of high mountains, waterfalls and incredible geothermal valleys. Today we will visit Thingvellir National Park, the site of the oldest Icelandic parliament. In the same place, we will be able to see with our own eyes an incredible tectonic phenomenon: the meeting of the Eurasian and North Atlantic lithospheric plates. Also we will see Thingvallavatn - the largest lake in Iceland  and the mysterious Silfra fissure, filled with clear water; we will go closer to the Strokkur geyser, which hits every 5-10 minutes to a height of 30 meters; we’ll see beautiful Gullfoss waterfall and we’ll admire the crater of volcano, filled with water. It has been sleeping for three thousand years, but it remains the same majestic.

Day 4 - To the south, to the ocean

Today we will head towards the southern coast to see the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall. And its greatness can be felt by looking at it and facing the running down tons of water, forming a foggy cascade. We’ll see the raging Skogafoss waterfall, falling from a height of sixty meters. It is surrounded by flat landscapes and an unchanging rainbow on a bright sunny day. If the weather allows us to linger on the coast, then we will stop off near the Vik village and have some time to admire the black volcanic beach and Dyrhólaey Cape, which in Icelandic means "hole in the door." Natural arches and turrets were formed here due to the painstaking work of waves and wind for thousands of years. From here you can see stunning views of the ocean, which you can’t find anywhere else on Earth.

Day 5 - New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve begins today! Icelanders leisurely close their shops and offices to gather the whole family at home. However, the New Year in Iceland is not only a traditional dinner, but a tribute to the millennial traditions of the Viking era. That's why all the locals go to the streets, dress up as trolls and elves (after all, according to the legends they give all gifts and fulfill wishes), sing national songs and light dozens of bonfires in tribute to pagan rituals. The spectacle is incredible! After all,our traditional Santa Claus will seem to us a little bit ordinary.  And before we enjoy the cascade of fireworks in the main square, we will have the opportunity to organize a gala dinner at one of the best restaurants in Reykjavik. We raise glasses, the New Year is already coming!

Day 6 - With new happiness

Today we only relax, because the first day of 2018 should be exactly like this. However, just staying in a hotel and slowly wandering around the streets of the city is not our story. After a hearty meal, we will go to the "pearl" of Iceland: the Blue Lagoon. This geothermal complex is known all over the world for its unique composition and turquoise water, which turns the complex into a fairy-tale world. Well, to swim among extraterrestrial landscapes with a glass of prosecco in one hand is an interesting beginning of the year. We are inspired! Cheers!

Day 7 - Farewell to the Island

It's time to go home to our familiar world with its so household Christmas. This journey has left a mark on our hearts and we don’t say goodbye forever. Perhaps one of you for the festive home table this year will have a local Icelandic delicacy and, perhaps, to the bright toys on the tree, a small figure of a viking or elf will be added. That’s how Iceland leaves signs, so you come back again.

Hamingjusamur Nýtt Ár! 

 

+ WHAT TO BRING
Hiking boots, good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support for walking on rough trails. They should have a robust sole and preferably waterproof.
Long sleeve top and long johns, thermal underwear made of wool or synthetics, not cotton.
Warm jacket, fleece, primaloft or similar.
Rain jacket with a hood, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar.
Rain trousers, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar.
Gloves and mittens, one pair each. Wool or synthetic, waterproof.
Warm hat and/or balaclava.
Backpack, 20-30 litres.
Towel.
Tooth brush and personal toiletries.
Water bottle.
Small personal first aid kit (compeed and tape for blisters).
Camera, batteries, memory card.
Swimming suit.
+ pickup
Transfer is not included. Meeting at the hotel.
+ included
  • Entrance fees to the national park
  • Entrance fees to the Blue Lagoon.
  • «Northern Light» tour
  • Transportation.
  • Accommodation.
  • Breakfasts.
  • Lunches.
  • Guided support by Ice Vikings team.
+ accommodation
Hotels. Private guesthouses.

Price 243200 ISK

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For all bookings of day tours operated by Ice Vikings, there is just 48 hours for cancellation (90% refund). If cancellation is made after these time limits no refund is given. 10% of the price is non-refundable, this percentage reflects our cost of booking and preparing your trip.

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