As New Year’s Eve approaches, Reykjavík takes its place among the most sought-after destinations to bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new one with resounding celebrations. Over recent years, the city of Reykjavik has made quite a name for itself in hosting some of the most extravagant and memorable New Year’s Eve festivities. This reputation has been built upon massive fireworks displays, grand bonfires, and lively celebrations that stretch deep into the night.
What sets Reykjavik apart is its unique approach to fireworks. Here, the locals are not merely spectators; they are active participants. As a tradition, residents are allowed to ignite fireworks in the lead-up to New Year’s Eve and for about a week after the occasion. It’s a time when the night sky comes alive with dazzling bursts of color and light, making Reykjavik an absolute spectacle during this period. The best part is that while you revel in the radiant displays, you’re also contributing to a noble cause. The revenue generated from fireworks sales is a significant source of funding for the local Icelandic Association Search and Rescue (Landsbjörg), which plays a vital role in ensuring safety and support for Iceland’s residents and visitors.
But the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Reykjavik aren’t just about fireworks. One of the most cherished traditions is the bonfires held throughout the city. These bonfires have a rich history dating back to 1791 when young students from Hólavallaskóla í Reykjavík decided to set up a bonfire near their school to mark the occasion. As the years passed, this tradition spread throughout Reykjavik. Today, the bonfires serve as a symbol of collective cleansing, helping to rid the old year of its baggage and usher in a fresh start.
Visitors to Reykjavik during New Year’s Eve are often amazed by the widespread bonfire events. These gatherings are held at ten different locations across the city, and they’re more than just sources of warmth. According to local belief, witnessing the bonfires is an auspicious practice, signifying the burning away of the previous year’s troubles and making way for a clean start in the new year.
The bonfires typically begin around 20:30 (8:30 PM) and continue for approximately two hours. Given the time of year, it’s advisable to dress warmly and prepare for the brisk Icelandic winter. In Reykjavik, as the bonfires crackle and illuminate the night, you’ll experience not just a visual spectacle but also a deep connection with local traditions and the spirit of renewal.
Maximum of 6 people.
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Bonfire events take place in ten different locations around Reykjavík, commencing at around 20:30 and concluding at 23:30. According to local tradition, attending these bonfires is considered auspicious. It is believed that witnessing the bonfires helps cleanse the residue of the previous year, making you ready for a fresh start in the new year.
On this tour, we will select the largest bonfire location in town for a stop. After experiencing the bonfire spectacle, we’ll take a brief drive around the city, offering insights into Icelandic New Year’s Eve traditions.
The bonfire event typically commences at 20:30 (8:30 PM) and lasts for approximately 2 hours. Therefore, please ensure that you dress warmly, as it can get quite cold during this time.
2 Nights 3 Days weekend trip to Iceland with morning arrival
Monday to Friday
9:00 – 17:00 (9 AM – 5 PM)
Saturday – Sunday
9:00 – 16:00 (9 AM – 4 PM)