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New Year’s Eve in Iceland: The Biggest Party of the Year

By Viator, December 2012

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Icelanders have a reputation for partying hard, and they don’t contradict it on New Year’s Eve. December 31 in Reykjavik sees a party like no other, with thousands of fireworks lighting up the night sky at midnight.

Most Icelanders have a family dinner on New Year’s Eve; if you’re traveling in Iceland on that day, be sure to make dinner reservations in advance. Plan to eat around 9pm; much earlier and you’ll find yourself waiting for the party to start.  After dinner, people in Reykjavik gather in their neighborhoods, in parks or at their homes and attend traditional community bonfires, a relic of the Middle Ages when it was customary to host a bonfire the last night of the year and burn things you no longer needed.

-Katie Hammel

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Iceland Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Iceland.


Photo courtesy of borkur.net via Flickr.

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