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Northern Lights at New Year

Northern Lights at New Year

Northern Lights at New Year Overview

Celebrate the New Year in Iceland during this four-night holiday. This iconic island offers a wealth of unforgettable experiences and we include some of the highlights. Search for the Aurora by super jeep, go whale watching and reach a unique Northern Lights vantage point by boat!

This four-night Northern Lights short break lets you hunt the Aurora, celebrate New Year in style and take in some of the islands incredible natural wonders. This holiday has been designed to help improve your Aurora viewing potential at night during two dedicated activities, whilst leaving you free time each day to tailor your stay. We do however include one of Iceland’s must-do activities, whale watching. This is a much more independent holiday than some others which you will find on The Aurora Zone as Iceland lends itself so wonderfully to our guests setting their own agenda and priorities.

Iceland has always had a great reputation for the Northern Lights, but to really capture the best displays you must get away from the light pollution of Reykjavik and head out in search of darker skies. Therefore, on two nights we have included Aurora hunting activities for you. Firstly, you will travel by super jeep to some of the best Northern Lights viewpoints, away from the city lights. The super jeeps give you the mobility and freedom to head to locations where the larger tourist coaches are unable to go. It will also hopefully allow your guide to outrun any localised cloud cover. Later in your holiday, you enjoy an Aurora boat trip which takes you out of Reykjavik harbour and out to sea, where there is no light pollution. With luck, your Aurora efforts will be rewarded with a show.

Whilst whale watching is included in your holiday, the days are primarily free for you to explore Iceland your own way. You can be as active or relaxed as you like. We have a range of tours available and more information can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page. You might like to ride an Icelandic horse, unwind in the idyllic Blue Lagoon, clamber and crawl on a blue ice glacier hike or try snorkelling in some of the clearest water in the world. Alternatively, you can sit back on a coach tour and take in the city’s sights or some of the best natural wonders that Iceland has to offer such as Gulfoss Waterfall and the amazing hot spring geysers.

To top it all off, as you are in Iceland 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.

Included in the price:

  • Transfers: return scheduled airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights at Hotel Island in a superior double/twin room
  • 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
  • A note on flights: flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best possible fares and schedule can be found at the time of booking. There are low cost and scheduled flights operating this route and our travel experts will happily provide a quotation and arrange the flights as part of the package


DAY 1: Arrival and Northern Lights Super Jeep Tour
DAY 2: Free day for Optional Activities
DAY 3: Whale Watching and New Year's Eve
DAY 4: Free Day and Northern Lights Hunt by Boat
DAY 5: Departure
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