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New Year's Eve was beautiful. Seeing all of the fireworks were amazing! 2 problems were they ran out of Hot Chocolate and NO TEA! Only coffee. They should be more prepared. and they drop you off so far from your hotel and you have to walk at 1:30 in the morning back to the hotel. They should drop you off at their office more light .
This was amazing and the time spent watching the display was well worth it. A not to be missed experience
Iceland wins NYE for all time! We were picked up by a mini coach and dropped off a few minutes later at the Gray Line headquarters to check in and then load a large motorcoach. We had a fantastic guide and who gave us the itinerary as we made our way to a large community bonfire. Dress WARM! My toes were freezing at times and I had on silk liners, 2 pairs of wool socks, and snow boots! The bonfire had hundreds of people, a fun band, and there was a big fireworks display. The Northern Lights also made an appearance for 10 minutes! We were then taken to the Gray Line bus depot where they set up a party with some donut like things, coffee, hot chocolate and water. They mentioned it was the first year they were doing this. There were 750 of us just standing around listening to just okay music. There were portable restrooms clean and stocked! to use during this stopover. It's necessary, but a little boring so just prepare! Then the fun happens! We were taken to a top point in the city for an hour where you get out, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, and just take in hundred and hundreds of fireworks displays going on at the same time all over the city for as far as the eye can see! There is NOTHING like this anywhere I've been and it's surreal. Iceland doesn't do one big fireworks display. Everyone usually just buys fireworks from the local rescue squads as a way of supporting them and then after a nationally televised broadcast, everyone goes back outside and enjoys fireworks. I HIGHLY recommend everyone going to Iceland during New Years Eve and checking this out! Bucket list item for sure!
Great time at the Bon Fire and Fireworks tour. The only thing I did not like was having to go to the bus depot for coffee, hot cocoa and bathroom trips but it was only a slight inconvenience. The tour guide and the driver did their best to make sure we enjoyed ourselves and the location to view the Fireworks at midnight was absolutely fantastic. Thanks for a great trip.
The fireworks were epic! Never in my life have I seen anything like this. After the bonfire and before the fireworks they took us to the bus depo for coffee, hot chocolate, and donuts. There was live entertainment. Clean port-a-potties were also available. An added bonus: the northern lights were visible! Unlikely in the city, but it shows you anything is possible.
Annette S Australia
Great tour. Such a different experience to anything I have done on New Year's Eve anywhere in the world. In particular, the polar opposite to NYE in Australia.
We especially enjoyed this tour. The fireworks were seen from a church on a hill in the middle of Reykjavik. We could see the fireworks a full 360 degrees!! It surrounded us. The bonfire was interesting. Waiting for one of the travelers who got lost in finding the bus for 30 minutes was a little annoying. But I would have wanted them to wait for and find me if it was me. The hotel stop was then delayed and snacks were mostly gone.
We arrived in Reykjavik on December 31st, booked the tour as not sure what went on.
The tour guide and driver were fantastic, taking us to the bonfire and fireworks early so we got the best views and best parking. The stay for coffee in the middle was a bit long but the guide took us away early and gace us a guided tour of the city
It was an awesome trip. The staff was really nice and did their best to show us the best places to see the fireworks. The bonfire was also really great.
I would definitely recommend this trip.
George C United Kingdom
Absolutely mental, my highlight of the trip. If you love Health and safety rules don't go! You have to do this trip to understand why its mental
Must do!!! Fireworks are super. Tour takes you around at the right times so you can enjoy bonfire, have a lil relaxation and then off to see the midnight fireworks in a great location.
I have to admit. When we first started this trip we was a little persuaded to leave, the first bonfire with the live band playing was so nice. It was nice to see the traditional side to Icelandic people. But what let it down was the long wait in the hotel grand for everyone to finish watching their traditional comedy show, which felt like forever. But we waited to see what happened. The guide took us to a high piece of land to view the fireworks. IT WAS AMAZING. I have never seen anything like it, here in England we have fireworks for around 5 mins and you have had enough but thats all we get. In Iceland I witnessed around 200 fireworks at the sometime for about an hour..I was in awe. I had never seen anything like it and I dont think I will again, not like that. It was incredible. If you are doing this trip and you find it a little boring at first I do advise to just hold on and wait.. its worth the wait, I still havent got over the images in my head due to the fact my camera couldnt take a photo due to it being that bright :
What a great night we would never have seen what we saw if hadn't been on the trip - totally recommend it to anyone in Iceland on New Year's Eve
This was a good way to experience new year, we were taken to a bonfire with tourists and locals, there was a band playing and a firework display, when this finished we were taken back to the grayline depot where they put on coffee, water and chocolates and the grayline staff entertained us. My friend asked for tea but the only option was coffee, would have been nice to have tea or hot chocolate available as alternative options. The downside was the portable toilets, you couldn't see what you were doing in the dark and the queues were massive, perhaps need to rethink that part for next year. Then around 11 we were put back on a bus and taken to a high vantage point across the city. At 11.30 the sky lit up, Icelanders are crazy about letting off fireworks for new year, these were display grade and were going off until around 1 in the morning. We got dropped back off in downtown Reykjavik at 1.30 and went to a bar for a few hours. It was worth it, but wrap up warm.
Tour from Gray Line.
Well coordinated hotel pickup and dropoff.
8pm bonfire was a fantastic experience.
From 9:45pm, we were taken back to Gray Line's office to a garage/warehouse style party to wait until 11pm, which was not that great. There were only portable toilets for the 6 buses. Coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts were offered but ran out after the first 3 buses. Live music was good.
A guide takes each bus to a different vantage point overlooking Reykjavik for fireworks, prior to hotel drop offs from around 12:30am.
Was a great way to experience a more traditional new year. Lovely bonfire. Going to higher ground meant that you got a really good view over Reykjavik as the fireworks went off.
Staff on our bus were great, lovely complimentary glass or 2 of new year bubbles.
Stop at the main Grayline bus depot was the one thing we felt the trip didn't need. Big queues and no hot chocolate as it had all gone. Would still recommend this trip though.
The bonfire and fireworks were amazing! The refreshments at the hotel seemed to be more of a way to bridge the time between the bonfire and the fireworks. Nice to get a warm drink though.
Excellent evening I would highly recommend this trip the fireworks are magnificent but handy tip if you want a few drinks round the bonfire for NYE take your own as they don't take you to a bar until later!
This was a good tour, although there was a great deal of ice on the ground. New Year's Eve is a spectacular time in Reykjavik.
Fun evening. Going to the hotel for coffee was okay - but very crowded, not prepared adequately for the number of people, and too long.
This was a very interesting tour and we enjoyed. However, it was a very confusing pick-up, as there was nothing saying "Viator" and there were tons of buses. I think this is a MUST for tourists in Reykjavik on New Year's Eve.
Mostly excellent except the coffee break at the Grand Hotel. There were too many people there, not enough seats, the coffee was cold and there were no cakes or nibbles as we were told there should be. The coach driver and tour guide were superb as were the fireworks.
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