New Year’s in Iceland

If you like a party with a bang then New Year's in Iceland is something to consider. The locals do enjoy their New Year's Eve celebrations and they go absolutely mad with their firework display around the midnight hour.

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New Year’s Eve in Iceland is really an amazing experience. The locals do like their fireworks so the sky is really up in smoke from about 11:30pm til about 12:30am. The show doesn’t stop there, it only slows down. People stay up late and fireworks will be on display every now and then until the early hours in the morning.

Here is how a typical Iceland New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day looks like.

31st December – New Year’s Eve

Today is a big day where families get together for a feast to celebrate. Icelanders are mad about their fireworks and they greet the New Year with a bang. There are bonfires in most areas around the city and the country where people get together around 9pm. Often singing together with a drink in their hand, usually there will also be some display of fireworks.

At 22:30 everything goes silent for an hour and hardly any fireworks are seen. This is due to a TV comedy program which is on the national TV and lasts an hour. In this program local comedians make fun of all the memorable things that happened during the year. This program than becomes the main talking point for the next week are so, some love it while others are always disappointed.

Coming up to midnight Reykjavik is more like a war zone than a peaceful island in Western Europe. If you want to take part in the madness we recommend you go outside Hallgrímskirkja Church from about 11:00pm.


1st January – New Year’s Day

Today the majority of the nation will be hung over and will be thankful for the Premier League while relaxing in the couch at home. Some unfortunate souls might have an invite to their in laws and we do send them our deepest condolences.

Interested in reading about Christmas in Iceland? If so please click here

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