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New Year's Eve in Reykjavik

Celebrating New Year's Eve in Reykjavik, Iceland?


Sunset in Iceland (Scandinavia)

Sunset in Iceland (Scandinavia)

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How do you celebrate New Year's Eve 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 a great event to the Icelanders and is celebrated accordingly. 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.

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!

On New Year's Eve in Reykjavik, downtown bars offer live music until at least 5 am.

This article is part of the series New Year's Eve in Scandinavia, where you can find out lots more about New Year's Eve at your destination!

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