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New Year Celebration in Reykjavik

4 Days / 1 location in Iceland

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)


Day 1     Reykjavik
Accommodation: Grand Hotel

Arrival Reykjavik and self transfer to the hotel.

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 at Grand Hotel in Executive Room with view

Optional tours:

* Northern Lights Hunt - Super Jeep Tour

* Reykjavik Sightseeing Tour

Day 2     Reykjavik
Accommodation: Grand Hotel
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

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 Program at Grand Hotel Reykjavik - at Grand Restaurant & Setrid:

19:00 (7:00pm) - Aperitif - Sparkling wine and strawberries.

19:30 (7:30pm) - Dinner is served - Starter, New Year's Festive Buffet and Desserts.

23:45 (11: 45pm) - Sparkling wine and canapés served. Watch the fireworks from the balconies. Countdown to midnight.

Dress code: Formal wear.

Day 3     Reykjavik
Accommodation: Grand Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

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 day tours 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 6:00pm and 10:00pm. Last seating at 8.00pm

Dress code: Formal wear and casual smart.

Optional tours:

* Relax at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

* Pearl Tour: Golden Circle, Super Jeep and Snowmobile *

* Horseback Riding - Lava Tour

Day 4     Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

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).

End of arrangements

Price Includes
2 Nights at a Hotel in Reykjavik, Including Breakfast (except Arrival Day)
A Guided Walking & Coach Tour of Folklore and New Year
New Year’S Eve Festive Dinner With Live Music
Sparkling Wine With Strawberries and CanapéS Served Pre and Post Dinner
New Year’S Eve Dance in Gullteigur Festive Hall
Guided Bonfire Tour
Price Does Not Include