New Year’s Eve in Iceland is like no other, at the hight of the celebrations the noise and the smell are like a war-zone. Icelanders love shooting fireworks and you will notice that from around 8 pm they start slowly shooting some fireworks – then everything will be dead calm from 10:30 – 11:30 pm as the whole nation watches a satire on the year events on the TV. In Iceland, everybody can shoot fireworks, so families and friends gather together and shoot fireworks and have fun. We advise you to book your trip early because most of the hotels get fully booked for this New Years Celebration.
A good place to watch the fireworks in Reykjavik is from Öskjuhlíð hill. (see photo on the left) There you can see almost the whole of Reykjavík plus the neighboring towns. A very popular place for shooting and watching the fireworks downtown is by church Hallgrímskirkja in the center of Reykjavík.
There are several guided tours which take tourists around to the best places to see the fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Some tours take you to the bonfires as well, f.ex. the New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Bonfire Tour. That tour takes you to the Kópavogur bonfire and fireworks. A brand-new tour takes you to dinner at Perlan restaurant as well:
It is customary in Reykjavík, and of course, the whole of Iceland, to visit the bonfires on New Year’s Eve. There are 10 bonfires all in all in Reykjavík and 7 more in the Great-Reykjavík area, but around the country, there are no less than 90 bonfires. Most of them are lit at 8:30 pm and last until around 10:30 pm.
The bonfire at the Ægisíða street in the west part of Reykjavík is very accessible The Seltjarnarnes bonfire not far away they have live music and an excellent view from the hill. Very close to the bonfire is the local church where the minister invites guests in for hot chocolate, cakes, and coffee.
It is often freezing on New Year’s Eve here in Iceland so it is lovely to be able to warm up inside the church and get a hot drink. A very lovely gesture.
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We hope you have a nice time.