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Iceland New Year Northern Lights Classic

Break available: 30th December - 3rd January
4 Night Break

New Years Eve in Reykjavik is a wonderful high energy celebration with all the locals setting off fireworks throughout the night with a crescendo at midnight. You have a choice of how you can spend your last evening of the year celebrating and viewing these stupendous fireworks.

We have worked up an exclusive break that combines 2 nights in Reykjavik including New Years Eve with a 2 night stay at Hotel Ranga. For those of you who haven’t heard of it is a wonderful 4 star hotel in the south of Iceland which has an excellent reputation for seeing the Northern Lights.

It is also in the heart of SuperJeep Adventures and we would heartily recommend you add one of the optional extras for a thrilling day off-roading. You have time to self-explore the many aspects of Geysers, Black Beaches, mini rift valleys, Waterfalls and volcanic landscapes at your own pace during the day.


  • New Years Eve dinner followed by a choice of either a midnight firework cruise with bubbly, or a bonfire and Christmas lights visit prior to watching the fireworks from a balcony.
  • 2 Nights at Hotel Ranga.
  • Relax in the warm Geothermal Blue Lagoon.
  • Experience the Golden Circle at your own pace.
    • Strokkur Geyser, Gullfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir Mini-rift Valley and Kerio Crater.
  • Self Explore the South Coast with its Black Volcanic sand beaches and Puffins.
  • Choice of SuperJeep Adventure Tour Upgrades.
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Day by Day Itinerary

DAY 1- 30th December
Fly to Reykjavik & Drive to Reykjavik.

Fly from London Heathrow to Reykjavik, where on arrival you will pick up your hire car to drive to central Reykjavik.

Evening at leisure. We would recommend you try one of the many excellent fish restaurants.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Northern Lights by Boat
  • Northern Lights Explorer
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Northern Lights by Boat

Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience. Sail away from the coastline of Reykjavik and see the Aurora Borealis out on the North Atlantic ocean with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the background.

This 2-3 hour Northern Lights cruise includes warm overalls to wear, heated seating areas inside, expert guide on board to explain the Northern Lights.

Price per person: From £80 

Spiral northern lights seen from the boat out of Reykjavik in Iceland
Northern Lights from boat in Iceland
Northern Lights over snow covered landscape from boat in Iceland

Northern Lights Explorer

This evening you will be taken out from Reykjavik in a Super-jeep into the wilderness for a search for the Northern Lights. Given cloudless skies, sightings can occur from autumn to early spring. The elders say that the colder the nights the more vibrant & intense the colors will be. Swirling and swaying overhead, displays are usually greenish yellow but white, red and pink lights also frequently appear.

Your guide will be steadfast in his Northern Lights search for you, though of course we cannot guarantee that you will see them. This tour is about 3 hours long.

Please note the maximum number of passengers in the SuperJeep is 6 in order to give you a very personal and individual tour. This is in sharp contrast to the coach tours that are available through other companies, or the very large SuperJeep Tours with 12 people in.

Price Per Person: From £145

Northern Lights in Iceland
Aurora Borealis in Iceland
Northern Lights in Iceland

DAY 2- 31st December
Dinner at the Hofnin and Midnight Firework Cruise with Bubbly OR
Festive Dinner and Bonfire & Christmas Lights Tour

Day at leisure to explore Reykjavik; There are plenty of museums and quirky shops to keep you interested, as well as the old town and harbour.

Tonight you have a choice of how you would like to celebrate and bring the New Year in.

Option 1: Dinner and Firework Cruise

Tonight you will dine at 8.30pm in the delightful Hofnin restaurant in the old harbour with some tables having lovely views across the harbour. This family run restaurant is in a converted 1930’s fishing shed and focuses on classic Icelandic cuisine with a modern twist. Popular dishes are the shellfish soup which has become quite famous, the traditional fish stew, Char and the Icelandic lamb and beef. You will have a 4 course set menu (Beverages not included and payable locally).

Hofnin is perfectly located for your next New Years Eve adventure as the boat is moored right outside for your cruise to see Reykjavik´s World Legendary Fireworks Display, and if you are lucky the Northern Lights too!

The boat will leave the harbour at 11pm and returns approximately half an hour after midnight. The view from the sea gives you the chance of seeing ALL the fireworks over the city.

You will receive a complimentary glass of Bubbly as midnight approaches and, as the clock hits 12, raise a toast to the New Year.

Find a spot in the cosy indoor saloon or on the open-air deck wearing the warm overalls provided. Then, enjoy the views over the glittering lights of Iceland’s capital as your boat cruises out into Faxaflói Bay. There is a pay bar on board as well.

Keep checking for Northern Lights as well as it is not just the fireworks that you are hoping to see! This option is particularly popular for families though 10 is the minimum age.

Option 2: Festive Dinner and Bonfire & Christmas Lights Tour

Early evening (@ 5.15pm) you will be picked up from your hotel for your festive New Year Dinner and festivities at the celebrated Pearl restaurant dining on the 5th floor. Enjoy a 4 course celebration dinner with Reykjavik at your feet!

After the main course you will be picked up for the evening Reykjavik Bonfire & Christmas Lights Tour where you will celebrate with Icelanders at one of the bonfires that are situated all over the city. The tour takes about two hours after which you will return to the Perlan for dessert and the New Year Countdown!

At midnight, with a glass of sparkling wine, celebrate New Year by watching the fireworks from the panoramic balcony. From the Pearl’s 360° balcony, you have the best view over Iceland’s capital to watch how the Reykjavik sky lights up with fireworks.

Afterwards you can continue celebrating and dance to live music. There is a transfer back to your hotel at 1am or 2 am. This option is an extra £100 per person

Overnight in Reykjavik

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Whale Watching
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Whale Watching

Early afternoon you have yourWhale Watching trip. The boats offer comfort, a warm interior and a large outside viewing deck. The captain and crew, point out where to spot the whales and give interesting information about the different kinds of whales and seabirds you can expect to see.

The guides also take specimens from the ocean on each tour and show them to our passengers on an on-board screen using special microscopes. Here the ocean comes to life as you get to see and feel objects such as baleen plates, whale teeth and whale bones.

Warm overalls are provided to keep you warm and dry and there is a bar where drinks and snacks can be purchased. The trip leaves at 13.00 and lasts about 3 hrs.

Price per person: From £80

Whale Watching out of Reykjavik
Whale Watching trip in Iceland
Fluking humpback whale, Iceland

DAY 3- 1st January
Explore Iceland's Golden Circle & Self drive to Hotel Ranga

Today explore the Golden Circle at your own pace using your own car. The day is packed full of surprising landscapes and geological marvels.

You will walk in a dramatic mini rift valley created by Tectonic plate movement, gaze at the thundering Gullfoss waterfall which can totally freeze in winter, and marvel at the Strokkur Geyser which erupts every 5 mins.

We would also recommend you visit the spot where the first democratic parliament was established in 930 AD overlooking the stunning plains of Pingvellir.

Continue to Hotel Ranga to overnight.

Hotel Ranga is famous as one of the best places in Iceland to see the world famous Northern Lights due to its location in an area where clear skies are more usual than elsewhere. As the hotel lies in a secluded, countryside setting without external lighting the hotel provides an excellent base for viewing the Aurora without light interference.

It offers a wake up call if the Aurora Borealis show whilst you are asleep.

We recommend sitting in one of the outdoor hot tubs with a drink in hand soaking up the atmosphere and with luck have the skies lit up by flashes of green light.

Alternatively Hotel Ranga has built their own first observatory a short stroll from the hotel in order to minimize light pollution, and they have an expert in there most cloud-free nights with two high quality 11 inch computerized telescopes. The expert can teach you about the stars and the northern lights if they are out. View amazing detail on Jupiter, see the rings of Saturn, and details on Mars. During the day you can observe the Sun, including sunspots in great detail and activity such as prominences and filaments. Overnight at Hotel Ranga.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Northern Lights Hunt with Bonfire
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Northern Lights Hunt with Bonfire

Hotel Ranga has an excellent reputation for Northern Lights Sightings due to its location in a rural area with a higher frequency of clear nights.

However we want to give you the very best chance possible so tonight you will be picked up for a 3 hour adventure to hunt out the Northern Lights with one of the local mountain guides.

In a specially adapted 4WD super jeep you will be taken inland off-road to the back of the famed Mount Helka to try and see if you can find the Northern Lights. This volcanic area is near Tindfjallajökul Glacier whose cooling effect creates clear skies critical for spotting the Northern Lights. This area also has very few artificial lights to spoil your viewing as many of the farms in the area were abandoned due to a previous volcanic eruption.

The beauty of this tour is that the guide will take you to the best area based on the forecast to see the Northern Lights and so give you the best chance of seeing them.

Stop for a warm up by a bonfire and a hot drink in a cave , or on the black volcanic beaches with a bonfire and a hot drink whilst your guide tells you about both the Northern Lights Phenomenon and some of the folklore and local superstitions!

Price per person: From £115

Aurora Borealis in Iceland
Aurora over black volcanic beaches in Iceland as seen on superjeep Aurora Hunt
Aurora Borealis over black beaches in Vik on SuperJeep tour in Iceland

DAY 4- 2nd January
Self Explore South Coast or Optional Extra Choice of 2 Guided SuperJeep Tours

After breakfast this morning head off in your self drive car to the South coast with the dramatic Glaciers and Volcanoes of Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull to your left and the Atlantic Ocean on your right.

Continue to the charming small village of Vik to visit the Black Beaches and dramatic rock formations

Visit Seljalandsfoss where you will be mesmerised as you walk behind and stare out through the falling water across the flat landscape towards the South Beaches. Also visit the dramatic and thundering Skogar Waterfall!

We would also recommend a stop at Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre which has a 20 minute film depicting the personal experience of a farmer during the 2010 eruption.

Finally the new Lava Eruption Centre is an engaging exhibition that grabs the enthusiasm of young and old alike and is a fascinating way to spend an hour.

Alternatively as an optional extra you have a choice of 2 incredible SuperJeep adventures!

We work only with local guides who have lived their whole life in this area, belong to the Mountain Rescue Team and all have fascinating stories to tell of their experiences during the 2010 volcano eruption!

We always have fabulous feedback on how much our clients enjoy the personalised, relaxed guided experience.

Your off road Super jeep takes up to 10 people, in sharp contrast to the coach tours offered by other companies, who also cannot access many of the areas we take you to. This is serious off-roading !

Overnight at Hotel Ranga.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Choice of SuperJeep Adventure Tours
  • Visit The Secret Ice Cave – South Iceland
  • Snowmobiling on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier
  • Glacier Hiking on glacial tongue Seimajökull – South Iceland
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Choice of SuperJeep Adventure Tours



This tour will take you close to the large crater in Eyjafjallajökull volcano from the 2010 eruption and where no hire car can go.

We drive up the slopes of the glacier in a highly equipped Super-Jeep and on our way take in the astonishing view over the whole South coast of Iceland with its glaciers, and back across the Atlantic including the Westman-Islands. This tour gives you the perfect glacier experience; an exciting Super Jeep drive in the snow, walk on the glacier and the magnificent view over the south. This is real adventure and a very memorable trip.


On the Porsmork valley guided tour your SuperJeep will take you up between the three glaciers; Myrdalsjokull, Eyjafjallojokull and Tindfjallojokull. You will be driven in specially adapted SuperJeeps through glacial rivers and across tracks and the flood plain to see the effect of the 2010 eruption filling the previous Glacial Lake. You will be surrounded by an imposing mountain ridge and see spectacular landscapes. Afterwards you will stop at the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall , which you can walk behind and be mesmerised looking through the falling water. You will also visit the 60M high thundering Skogar Waterfall – one of the highest in Iceland . If you wanted to see the “Raw Iceland” this is hard to beat!

Price Per Person: From £195

SuperJeep having come back from Eyjafjallajokull Volcano!
SuperJeep tour in Thorsmork valley in South Iceland
Superjeep going up Eyjafjallajokull volcano in South Iceland
Stunning Thorsmork view on SuperJeep tour, South Iceland
Stunning sun drenched view at Thorsmork, Iceland
SuperJeep fjording in Iceland in Thorsmork

Visit The Secret Ice Cave – South Iceland

Self drive to Vik in south Iceland (@ 1 1/4hr). From there we will pick up you and drive our heavily modified Super Jeep on a very old track that only Super Jeeps can cross. The drive to the ice cave is about 30 minutes long with a gorgeous view out the window.

The ice cave, known as ‘The Secret Ice Cave’, and the glacier itself, present you with black, white, and blue ice that is over 800 years old! Inside the cave there are high walls of ice that have been sculpted by glacial water throughout the centuries. Water drips all around and the air is cold and fresh. Helmets (and Crampons if conditions require) are supplied. The beauty of this cave it is not visited by hundreds of people unlike some of the others which means they don’t have the magical atmosphere of this secret ice cave.

This tour takes about 3 hours with a morning and afternoon departure.

There are plenty of things to see on the way and back to Vik to make this a full day. The Black Beaches and dramatic rock formations of Reynisdrangar with its famous archway. The dramatic and thundering Skogar Waterfall – one of the highest in Iceland at 60M and certainly worth a few photos! The Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre which has a 20 minute film depicting the personal experience of a farmer of the dramatic 2010 eruption. The brand new Lava Centre. They have an interactive exhibition about the volcanoes, eruptions and earthquakes and this already has very good reviews and is a fascinating hour.

Price Per Person: From £155

Secret Ice Cave in South Iceland
Secret Ice Cave in South Iceland
Secret Ice Cave in South Iceland
Secret Ice Cave in South Iceland
Secret Ice Cave in South Iceland
South Iceland Blizzard

Snowmobiling on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier

You will be picked up and taken to the Snowmobile Meeting Point. Here you will transfer to a Super Jeep to go on rough tracks up to the Snowline of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier to take an exhilarating 1 hour’s snowmobile ride with superb views back down to the Atlantic Coast.

While the south is certainly spectacular from “below” nothing beats experiencing it from “above”! Snowmobiling on top of Eyjafjallajökull glacier is an extraordinary experience. This snowmobile tour is the perfect length of time for first-time riders and individuals looking for a scenic, fun ride, exploring and experiencing the wilderness, the glacier and the breathtaking views over South Iceland in good weather. After a short safety briefing you will be dressed in the warm arctic thermals and helmet that are provided– but please wear very warm socks and hiking boots.  You will snowmobile for about an hour on a shared snowmobile, but don’t worry there will be time to swop so you both get the chance to drive (2 people per Snowmobile).

Price Per Person: From £180

Snowmobiling on Eyjafjallajokull Glacier in Iceland
Snowmobiling in Iceland
Snowmobiling on Eyjafjallajokull Glacier in Iceland

Glacier Hiking on glacial tongue Seimajökull – South Iceland

Self drive to join the small group visiting the magnificent frozen glacial tongue Seimajokull and hike on the glacier. Explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges.

You will be on the ice 1 ½ – 2 hrs and the pace is leisurely with plenty of stops to talk about the formation of Glaciers and Global warming etc. The Glacier is a 20 min walk from the starting point.

We will provide all the tools you need: crampons and safety lines but you must wear Hiking Boots for the Crampons to fit onto.

Price Per Person: From £85

Glacial hiking in Iceland on the frozen glacial tongue Seimajokull
Hiking on the glacier, Iceland
Glacial hiking group in Iceland

DAY 5- 3rd January
Drive to Blue Lagoon and onwards to airport for flight home.

This morning drive yourselves to the Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s leading attraction to experience this geothermal wonder. Bathe in the warm bright blue waters which are particularly good for your skin, put Silica mud on your face or try out the Sauna and Steam rooms which are carved into the lava.

You can easily while away a couple of hours away and there is also a choice of restaurants with lovely views of the lagoon. We would also recommend the in-water massage treatments which are just heaven!

Onwards drive (20 minutes) to the airport for your flight home.

Price per person From:
£1,475 (Firework Cruise)
£1,575 (Bonfire & Christmas Lights)

What's Included?

  • Flights from Heathrow with one hold bag per person
  • New Years Eve Celebration
  • 4 WD Car Hire with one named driver
  • 4 nights accommodation with breakfast (Foss Hotel Reykjavik, Hotel Ranga)

Departure Airport

  • ONLY flight from Heathrow available

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Hotel Ranga, Iceland

Hotel Ranga

Hotel Ranga offers luxury and relaxation in Iceland's countryside. There are 51 luxurious and cosy rooms in this serene setting without external lighting interference to spoil the Northern Lights. It is Iceland's only member of the "Special Hotels of the World", and is also a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Its gourmet restaurant has an excellent reputation offering typical Icelandic dishes, as well as a few unusual surprises. We would highly recommend you take a drink and sit in the outdoor hot tubs and watch the skies for the Northern Lights. A splendid way to pass the time.

Although there is never any guarantee, this is one of the best places in Iceland to see the Aurora Borealis.

Hotel Ranga also has the most incredible range of themed suites. Take your choice from 2 levels with the themes being Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Australia, Antarctica, Royal Suite

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Bedroom in FossHotel, Reykjavik, Iceland
Foss Hotel Reykjavik
Foss Hotel Reykjavik
View from FossHotel Reykjavik, Iceland

Foss Hotel Reykjavik

The Foss Hotel is a brand new hotel located in central Reykjavik, a short walking distance from the main shopping street Laugavegur. This 4 star hotel is newly opened but already has some great reviews.

The Tower is over 16 floors with many bedrooms having views across the Ocean, and the others have a fine view back across the city.

There is a restaurant and a rather splendid and very well stocked Beer Bar on site.


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“What an amazing holiday. We had a fantastic time in Iceland. Everything was perfect. Well organised in every detail. Can't wait to return! Brilliant way to celebrate the New Year. ”


“A great trip to Iceland over New Year …. The Super Jeep trip was good fun and a thrilling experience but the highlight was the fireworks across Reykjavik.”

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