Iceland new year holiday, Northern Lights explorer
Description of Iceland new year holiday, Northern Lights explorer
This four-night Northern Lights short break lets you hunt the Aurora, celebrate New Year in style and take in some of Iceland's incredible natural wonders too! This holiday has been designed to offer flexibility, with dedicated activities counterbalanced by plenty of free time and a range of ways to fill it.
You'll get a chance to see the Northern Lights from both land and sea Ė first on a guided Aurora hunt by 4x4 super jeep away from Reykjavik's bright lights, then on a cruise out to sea. There'll also be a daytime nautical adventure in the shape of a fabulous whale watching excursion to give you a chance to see some of the wonders of the deep as well as wonders of the sky.
But this trip is one you can personalise easily with a host of contrasting activities. You might like to discover the special charms of riding an Icelandic horse or just unwind on New Year's Day in the warm geothermal waters of the iconic Blue Lagoon. Feeling a bit more active? Then go on a blue ice glacier hike or go snorkelling in some of the clearest water on Earth.
Other great possibilities include a guided tour of fantastic sights like the breathtaking Gulfoss Waterfall and hot spring geysers bursting from the awesome landscape that cradles Reykjavik. Or just explore the many hip corners of Iceland's cool capital, from brilliant design spots to fabulous dinners.
To top it all off, as you are in Iceland for New Year, enjoy the fireworks and fun that erupt all over the city!
The hotel is situated close to Iceland's largest outdoor thermal pool, Laugardalslaug, as well as the Reykjavik Botanic Garden, which are both open all year round. It is within walking distance (approximately 30 minutes) of the city centre, where many shops and fantastic restaurants can be found.
The hotel is a dedicated wellness and spa hotel, with comfort and well-being central to its character. It has 128 rooms, many of which offer views of the mountain range that surrounds Reykjavik.
Other accommodation option
Reykjavik Grand Hotel
The four-star Reykjavik Grand Hotel is conveniently located in quiet surroundings, close to the city centre. The hotel has 311 rooms and provides excellent service and a wide range of facilities.
The hotel is equipped with a modern and elegant restaurant with a focus on Icelandic and Nordic cuisine. You can enjoy dinner made with fresh produce or simply relax with a drink by the cosy fireplace.
The Reykjavik Grand Hotel has a fully equipped gym that guests can use free of charge and extensive spa facilities. Guests are given a 20% discount on the spa admission fee.
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum
Located in the historic part of Reykjavik, the Centrum Hotel is ideally situated to give you easy access to some independent exploration of the vibrant city.
After spending some time in Reykjavik, you can unwind in the hotelís private swimming pool as well as the onsite restaurant, Uppsalir, renowned for its first-class cuisine. Nearby, you will find plenty of eateries serving a range of traditional Scandivanian food and international dishes.
Included in the price:
* Transfers: return group scheduled airport transfers
* Accommodation: 4 nights at Hotel Island in a superior double/twin room
* Meals: 4 breakfasts
* The following activities are included in the holiday: Northern Lights chase by super jeep, whale watching cruise and Northern Lights tour by boat (order subject to change)
* Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
* Departures: 29th December
Image credits: Arctic Adventures, Blue Lagoon, Iceland Excursions
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PlanetThis nature-driven short break is run with environmental awareness and consideration wherever possible.
Firstly, guests are situated in the centre of Reykjavik and can choose from a range of hotels that have been chosen specifically for their convenient locations. This means that whenever guests visit the city centre, all sights, restaurants and shops that they are likely to visit are within walking distance. This eliminates the need for transport, therefore reducing the amount of potentially harmful chemicals that cars and buses release into the environment. Should guests want to travel further and book an optional activity that requires a transfer, a bus is used to take many passengers, including those from other hotels, in order to limit the number of vehicles driving to the same activity.
All of the activities focus on showcasing Icelandís fascinating and striking landscape and therefore operate with the preservation of nature as a top priority. Activities that could pose a potential threat to the environment, such as the dolphin and whale watching excursion, operate with especial care and awareness. Whale watching is a famous and popular pastime in Reykjavik due to the magnificent myriad of underwater wildlife that the area has to offer, yet it has become recognised as potentially harmful to wildlife if operated without careful guidelines. For this reason, IceWhale created a Code of Conduct for responsible whale watching in 2015, and the included excursion proudly follows this set of rules and regulations in order to respect and protect the magnificent ocean wildlife.
PeopleThe available hotels for this trip pride themselves on the traditional cuisine that is served in their own hotel restaurants. For example, Fosshotel has an extremely popular restaurant that serves fresh Icelandic produce and moulds its menu in order to reflect the current season. It also boasts a beer garden that serves a selection of traditional Icelandic sausage and of its own draught beer. Allowing guests to try local and Icelandic cuisine is a truly enriching experience and educates guests on Icelandic traditions and culture. Whatís more, serving local food greatly benefits the local community from a monetary point of view as local food suppliers profit from restaurants serving their produce, as do any other companies involved the trade.
As guests are in Reykjavik for New Yearís Eve, there are a number of traditional activities that they can participate in. They are advised to book a dinner in the old town, putting them in the perfect location for admiring the customary fireworks that will fill the sky. This integrates guests with the locals and encourages them to appreciate Icelandic traditions on this day of worldwide celebration. Guests are also highly likely to spend their money in local restaurants, bars and cafes, not only on this evening but for the duration of their stay, as each day is left free of activities. Guests, therefore, give to local businesses financially as they invest in their services, aiding local companies and enterprises.