Nordic New Year – Encore Iceland

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Availability : December 27, 2023 - January 1, 2024

Nordic New Year - Encore Iceland!

A Borton Overseas Signature Journey

Highlights Include:

  • Indulge in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa
  • Experience Golden Circle sights: waterfall, geysers and Thingvellir National Park
  • Sample authentic Icelandic cuisine
  • Ring in 2024 at traditional New Years bonfires and unforgettable fireworks
  • Small group size 
  • Hosted by a Borton Overseas Nordic Specialist
Tour Details

From: $3995 per person | Single supplement $908 – Includes air transportation from MSP

6 days

Tour dates: December 27, 2023 – January 1, 2024

Join Borton Overseas on a holiday celebration back by popular demand! We will ring in 2024 in Reykjavik, Iceland!  Experience Iceland’s natural wonders as we explore the famous Golden Circle, marvel at the spectacular waterfalls, and spend New Year’s Eve celebrating the holiday with a festive dinner, visiting traditional bonfires, and watching spectacular fireworks. Enjoy a small group environment with our experienced host there to assist you throughout.

This is a Borton Overseas Signature Journey – a premier, small-group tour hosted by a Nordic Specialist

Wednesday, December 27Departure from US

Meet your Borton Overseas Nordic Specialist, who will escort the group to Reykjavik on Icelandair. Departure from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport at 6:25pm. Borton Overseas can assist with arrangements for departures from other US locations – please inquire!

Thursday, December 28Arrive Iceland - Blue Lagoon - Culinary Tour of Reykjavik | Meals: B D

Morning arrival into Iceland. After luggage collection, group transfer to Viking World for a welcome breakfast and a brief history of Leifur Eiríksson’s journey to the New World. Following breakfast, we will depart for the famous Blue Lagoon where we will enjoy relaxing in the geothermal waters after our long flight. The mineral rich water is a milky shade of blue – the soothing and healing effects on the skin have been experienced by visitors during its 40 years of existence. After a refreshing soak, transfer into Reykjavik city center and to the hotel. There is some free time to get settled and relax. Late this afternoon, we will combine sightseeing with our dinner experience as we sample authentic Icelandic cuisine on a walking food tour of Reykjavik. This is one of the best ways to get acquainted with the city and its culture. In addition to a walking tour of the city with a local guide, we will also stop at various dining establishments across the city and sample some of the best native Icelandic treats.
Overnight at CenterHotel Arnarhvoll, Reykjavik

Friday, December 29Golden Circle Tour | Meals: B

After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart Reykjavik and travel the famous Golden Circle route. This tour takes you on a wondrous circular journey through the heart of Iceland’s Southern Region, stopping at some of Iceland’s most iconic sites. Þingvellir National Park is an attraction of great historical, geological, and cultural significance. Located in a rift valley where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet, the UNESCO designated world heritage site is also the birthplace of the Althing—Iceland’s parliament founded in 930 AD. The tour continues across an area of picturesque scenery to the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. Once there, you can take more than one path to view the two tiers of cascading water from a couple of vantage points. Onward to the home of “The Great Geysir” hot spring, which all geysers are named after, this area is an impressive collage of bubbling mud pools, hissing steam vents, and colorful algae deposits. Strokkur geyser puts on quite the show every few minutes blasting boiling water high up into the air. Extra time is allotted for a lunch break at Gullfoss or Geysir.
Overnight at CenterHotel Arnarhvoll, Reykjavik

Saturday, December 30Free Day for Optional Tours | Meals: B

Today is free to sightsee independently in the city or you can choose to participate in an additional tour.

Optional Day Tours:
South Coast Tour – Venture out to the south coast of Iceland. Here you will visit amazing sights seeing; the lava fields and Eyjafjallajökull, a volcano last erupting in 2010. The tour will visit Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Sólheimajökull glacier, and the black sand beaches and basalt column cliffs of Reynisfjara, which are rich in bird life, and an amazing beach cave called Hálsanefshellir. $152 per person / Duration: 9-10 Hours

Sky Lagoon Geothermal Spa: Pure Pass – The Sky Lagoon is a breathtaking a geothermal spa in Reykjavik capital area. Relax and unwind in the great outdoors and experience the 7-step ritual for rejuvenated. $134 per person / Duration: 2-3 Hours

Northern Lights by Bus – This Northern Lights tour takes you to see a spectacular natural phenomenon which happens during the winter months. The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, are caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole. Northern Lights in Iceland are visible during the winter months, from September to April. The locations visited during the Northern Lights tour vary from day to day depending on weather conditions. $135 per person / Duration: 3 Hours

Wonders of Iceland – Your all-access pass to Perlan, one of Reykjavik’s top museum attractions includes access to Perlan, the Observation Deck, Áróra Northern Lights Show in Planetarium, and all Wonders of Iceland exhibitions. Please note: Transportation to and from the museum is not included. Public bus service or taxi options available locally. $43 per person

Overnight at CenterHotel Arnarhvoll, Reykjavik

Sunday, December 31New Year's Eve Festivities | Meals B D

The morning and afternoon are free for sightseeing, and shopping or exploring Reykjavik on your own. We will meet for a multi-course New Year’s Eve dinner to start our holiday celebration. After dinner, we will tour the impressive bonfires of Reykjavik where we will experience the Icelandic New Year’s Eve traditions dating back to the Viking Age. We will celebrate with the locals at a couple of bonfires and then watch the impressive & ongoing fireworks display from the city.
Overnight at CenterHotel Arnarhvoll, Reykjavik

Monday, January 1Departure from Reykjavik | Meals B

Partake in one last Scandinavian breakfast this morning, with time to relax and pack. After check-out, midday transfer by coach to the international airport Keflavik for check-in for the flight with Icelandair, departing at 4:45pm. Early evening arrival back in the Twin Cities, MN.

  • Round trip, economy-class air on Icelandair from Minneapolis/St. Paul, including taxes and fees
  • Arrival and departure transfers as indicated
  • Arrival breakfast at Viking World
  • Blue Lagoon Comfort Entrance
  • Four nights’ accommodation in a standard room at CenterHotel Arnarhvoll, breakfasts included
  • Three-hour Reykjavik Food tour
  • Golden Circle Tour
  • New Year’s dinner at local restaurant
  • New Year’s Bonfire Tour
  • Gratuities for Tours Guides/Drivers/Group Dinner
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner) 
  • Assistance of Borton Overseas staff member throughout the itinerary


Not Included
  • Additional airline fees, such as meals, seat reservations, extra luggage costs
  • Travel insurance, recommended
  • Fees for obtaining or renewing passports (a valid passport is required)
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports or hotels
  • Gratuities other than tour guides and drivers 
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
  • Optional excursions (see Day 4 for descriptions)

This is a winter tour, and Iceland will be experiencing winter conditions, including shorter amounts of daylight hours.  To fully enjoy the wonders of Iceland offered on this tour, you should be able to walk comfortably on your own.  There may be snowy or icy conditions on sidewalks and walkways in the city, at the airport and during sightseeing. 


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