New Years Eve in Iceland
How do you celebrate New Year's Even in Reykjavik?
Iceland, the land of fire and ice, with its clean air and stunning Northern Lights displays is a popular destination for New Year's trips. And for good reason: Iceland's capital Reykjavik definitely knows how to celebrate during these long, dark nights!
The northernmost capital of the world, Reykjavik, celebrates New Year's Eve with tradition and loving dedication.
New Year's Eve in Reykjavik is very sanctimonious to the Icelanders. The ceremony begins in the evening with the mass at Reykjavik's Cathedral, which almost every Icelander listens to on the radio. This is followed by dinner.
Áramótaskaupið (English: The New Year's comedy), is an annual Icelandic television comedy special, and is an important part of Icelandic New Year's celebration for most. It focuses upon the recent year from a satirical standpoint, and shows little mercy towards its victims, especially politicians, artists, prominent businesspeople and activists.
Then, in each quarter of the city, neighbours meet at a large bonfire (Icelandic: Brenna) to celebrate the new year in Reykjavik, while watching the numerous fireworks displays over the city.
At midnight all hell breaks loose with a spectacular display of fireworks. Iceland does not have the restrictions on fireworks that other countries have, so the whole population of the Reykjavík Capital Area (200,000) makes its own massive fireworks show all over the city by blasting off fireworks from their garden or some vantage point.
Later, locals meet in Reykjavik's small downtown area for the party - after all, Reykjavik's nightlife is famous. On this last day of the year in Reykjavik, there is one rule: the colder the temperatures, the hotter the nightlife!
But this is only the beginning. After midnight, the nightclubs and pubs are open for business, with dancing and celebrating going well into the morning.
Visitors can dine at one of Reykjavík’s many restaurants and join in the celebrations by taking a New Year’s Eve tour, or by finding their own way to one of the city’s bonfires and popular gathering places for the midnight spectacular.