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Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Reykjavik

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Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Reykjavik
With the Icelandic peoples’ penchant for partying and Reykjavik’s world-class nightlife, you’re guaranteed a good night out in Iceland’s capital. December 31 is no exception as the city hosts a party like no other, with fireworks and fun lasting until the wee hours. Here are a couple of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Reykjavik.

  • Usher in the New Year in style, sipping Champagne and watching the fireworks display going off from Hallgrimskirkja church, while cruising around Faxafloi Bay
  • Skip the fireworks in favor of Mother Nature’s own majestic nighttime light show on a Northern Lights viewing tour
  • Enjoy a celebratory dinner in a restaurant with views over Reykjavik, before ringing in the New Year from a panoramic balcony overlooking the city.  
  • Travel around central Reykjavik seeing the various neighborhood bonfires, which are built and lit by locals as part of their traditional New Year’s Eve festivities. 
  • Start the New Year by ticking a once-in-a-lifetime adventure off your bucket list, whether it’s a glacier hike, a Golden Circle tour, a dip in the Blue Lagoon, an ice-climbing expedition, or descending into an ice cave.  
  • Party your way into the New Year at one of the many venues located along the shop and bar-lined strip of Laugavegur.
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