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New Year’s Eve In Iceland

  • Destination: Europe, Iceland
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Start: 12/26/2018
  • End: 01/02/2019

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  • Double Occupancy $6395 | Single Occupancy $6995
  • 8 days with 2 nights in Southern Iceland and 4 nights in Reykjavik
  • Deluxe 4.5★ accommodations throughout
  • Activity level: Easy
  • International Air Routing: USA – Reyjkavik (KEF) – USA

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You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced Reykjavík on New Year’s Eve. Pretty much everyone in the city takes a box of fireworks outside just before midnight to blow up the old year then party until dawn. There is nothing quite like it. There really isn’t. New Year’s in Iceland is the new ‘hot’ destination.

Coda Tours & Pink Iceland, Icelandic LGBT travel and event specialist, have created a six-night trip for a New Year’s celebration in Iceland. The trip combines 2 nights in the countryside where we will search for the Northern Lights and explore the beauty of the South Shore with some fun and exciting activities, like an ATV ride or snowmobile excursion. For those not wanting to participate in these activities, we will have time with our guide enjoying private touring from the bus.

Then we return to Reykjavik and visit some of Iceland’s most famous natural wonders, like the Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss, Thingvellir National Park and the famous Blue Lagoon.

We celebrate New Year’s in Iceland the Icelandic way with a bubbly bonfire tour, a house party and some late-night dancing followed by a relaxing dip in the Blue lagoon on the first day of the New Year.

But the centerpiece of our trip will be the Northern Lights Hunt. Although we cannot guarantee nature will cooperate, we have allotted four outings to increase our chances!

This is a special trip and a very special way to celebrate the New Year! Make bringing in 2019 a fabulous memory!

Please click ( + ) signs by each day for detailed information.

Day 1

WED DEC 26, 2018 • Depart USA

Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Reykjavik, Iceland. Icelandic Air & WOW air offer service from a variety of gateways in the USA.

Day 2

THU DEC 27 • Reykjavik | South Iceland


Early morning arrival from the USA. You will be met at the airport by the Coda representative. We begin with a “Welcome Bubbly by Bubbly Hot Springs.”

As we travel to the countryside, we will follow a scenic drive passing tiny villages on the coast, stopping at a couple of photogenic spots on the way.

Check in early afternoon at our hotel. This afternoon is reserved for spa time or time to just relax & recharge. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.

Our first outing in search of the Northern Lights will be tonight. Mother Nature is in charge, so we have scheduled four chances to catch our glimpse of this amazing natural spectacle. Of course, weather and conditions will determine our success.

Deluxe 4★ accommodation at 360° Hotel – 2 nights – At this home away from home, experience a piece of paradise in this, new, stylish superior four-star boutique hotel in South Iceland.

Hotel: 360° Hotel ★★★★
Room: Deluxe
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

FRI DEC 28 • South Iceland

After breakfast, tour the South Shore, one of the country’s most scenic regions. Among the stops we make are the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss and Skόgafoss waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is part of the Seljandsá river, which has its origins in Eyjafjallajökull glacier. What makes Seljalandsfoss so famous and interesting is that you can walk behind it. Skógafoss, another famous Icelandic waterfall, is the starting point of the Fimmvörðuháls walk over to Þórsmörk. The waterfall was also used in the films Thor: The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

We will also stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach, with the Reynisdrangar rock formations and columnar basalt. It is one of the most spectacular beaches in Iceland.

There will be an opportunity to enjoy an ATV ride on the black beach or a snowmobile ride on the glacier or touring with our expert guide. There will be something for everyone!

Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.

Our second chance for the Northern Lights Hunt will be this evening.

Hotel: 360° Hotel ★★★★
Room: Deluxe
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 4

SAT DEC 29 • South Iceland | Reykjavik

Depart this morning for Reykjavik with sightseeing on the way back. Check in at hotel in Reykjavik.
This afternoon we will join other LGBTQ clients from around the globe for a Welcome Reception and a “Pink City Walking Tour: Reykjavík 101.”

We will tour downtown Reykjavík – from bottom to top. Its history and trivia. Discover how and where gay history in Reykjavík began, how the battle for equality has evolved through the years. See the venues frequented by LGBTQ people and learn about the general history and outlook of the people who built Reykjavík and those who inhabit it today.

Our third chance for the Northern Lights Hunt will be this evening.

Deluxe 4* Accommodation in Reykjavik Hotel Borg

Dignified and imposing, Hotel Borg overlooks the beautiful square of Austurvöllur, in the heart of Reykjavík, across from Althingi, the Icelandic parliament and the cathedral.

Hotel: Hotel Borg ★★★★
Room: Deluxe
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5

SUN DEC 30 • Reykjavik

Today we also join some other LGBTQ travelers for a full day “Golden Circle Tour.”

The Golden Circle Tour allows us to visit some of Iceland‘s most stunning sights: Geysir geothermal area, the waterfall Gullfoss, and the UNESCO site Þingvellir National.

Geysir geothermal area is in South Iceland, near Laugarvatn Lake. The area is named after the biggest, and now mostly dormant, geyser Geysir and all geysers in the world owe their name to it. The biggest attraction today is the active Strokkur, which shoots up a column of water up to 30 metres (98 ft.) into the air every few minutes.

The UNESCO site Thingvellir National Park is geologically and historically significant. Apart from being the location of the oldest parliament in the world, Alþingi, it is also a place where you can see the Mid-Atlantic ridge above ground. The Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates pull the country apart by a couple of centimeters per year. Lunch is included.

Our fourth chance for the Northern Lights Hunt will be this evening.

Hotel: Hotel Borg ★★★★
Room: Deluxe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 6

MON DEC 31 • Reykjavik

Free day in Reykjavik. We will have all day to prepare for our New Year’s Eve party.

NEW YEAR’S EVE: Bubbly, Bonfire, Fireworks & Party Tour
Thousands of people attend community bonfires scattered throughout the different neighborhoods in Reykjavík, and we’ll join one or two of them before heading downtown for a group dinner at one of Iceland’s best restaurants: KOL. After dinner we walk across the street to Hallgrímskirkja church and enjoy the fireworks.

Our evening includes dinner, bonfire, open bar at a fabulous house party, fireworks (you will get all necessary safety gear for that), skip-the-line entrance to Kiki Queer bar. (If you are a “Toast and to Bed” type on NYE, no problem, we will see you home at a reasonable hour.)

Hotel: Hotel Borg ★★★★
Room: Deluxe
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

TUE JAN 1, 2019 • Reykjavik

Relax at the famous Blue Lagoon to welcome the New Year.

Gather this evening for a Farewell Dinner with fellow Coda travelers.

Hotel: Hotel Borg ★★★★
Room: Deluxe
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 8

WED JAN 2 • Reykjavik to USA

Check out of the hotel in Reykjavik this morning. Private airport transfer for return flights to the USA.

Meals: Breakfast


Rates & Facts

Rates Per Person
Double Occupancy $6395
Single Occupancy $6995

Rates are based on 10 travelers. A price adjustment may be made if there are fewer than 10 travelers.

Inclusions
  • 2 nights in Southern Iceland at the deluxe, brand-new 4* 360° & 4 nights in a deluxe 4* hotel in Reykjavik Canopy Hilton Hotel or similar
  • 6 Breakfasts, 2 lunches & 4 dinners. 2 Receptions
  • Airport transfers
  • NYE package with bonfire, open bar, fireworks, champagne toast, pre-party and queue jump at Kiki Queer Club (shared)
  • Private guide and transportation for 3 days outside Reykjavik
  • Coda representative on minimum participation
  • Northern Lights Hunt (private)
  • South Iceland sightseeing tour (private)
  • ATV or Snowmobiling (private)
  • Pink City Walking Tour (shared)
  • Gold Circle Tour (shared)
  • Blue Lagoon (shared)
  • Pre-departure assistance & Trip Portfolio for departure
International Airfare

You will need to book flights from the USA to and return from REYKJAVIK (KEF). Icelandic Air, WOW Air (from BOS & ORD) are the 2 carriers with direct flights from the USA. We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to use Frequent Flyer Miles or the American Express Platinum card 2-4-1 program.

Travel Documents
A valid passport is required for international travel and must be valid for 3 months after the return date. No visa is required for USA and Canada passport holders.

Health

No immunizations are required for travel on this tour. However, the Center for Disease Control suggests that all travelers make sure they are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Weather & Packing

The temperatures in December/January average between low 30’s in the day to low 20’s in the night. The “midnight sun” averages 4-5 hours per day. But Iceland’s inexpensive geothermal energy means that streets and buildings are well-lit during winter darkness.

You will need a thermal jacket, long underwear, warm hat, gloves, scarf and other clothing suitable for winter weather. The tour is casual at all times and for New Year’s Eve, a festive, warm outfit will be appropriate.

Minimums/Guarantees

All departures are guaranteed on a minimum number of participants. A Coda Tour Manager will accompany a tour also based on a minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour, can be customized and repriced based on a final itinerary.

Pre-Departure Information

A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure.

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