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Our most recommended Reykjavik New Year's Activities

  • New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Reykjavik 5-Hour Tour

    1. New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Reykjavik 5-Hour Tour

    On this tour you will get the chance to experience genuine Icelandic culture and age-old customs surrounding the New Year's Eve celebrations, which are considered to be one of the world's most breathtaking New Year's celebrations.  Thousands of people attend community bonfires scattered throughout the different neighborhoods of Reykjavik and at precisely midnight the celebratory atmosphere becomes pretty wild with incredible amounts of fireworks that people light all over the city.  Have the best viewpoint to watch the fireworks selected for you, while raising a glass of sparkling wine under one of the world's most spectacular fireworks displays.

  • Traditional Icelandic New Year’s Eve Bonfire

    2. Traditional Icelandic New Year’s Eve Bonfire

    One of Iceland’s oldest traditions is the practice of holding a bonfire on New Year’s Eve. Join in the festivities with this trip to the heart of Reykajavik, Iceland’s capital, for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate like the locals do. The bonfires unite neighbors, friends and strangers in celebration of the new year and the tour offers a glimpse into traditional Icelandic culture. Music and fireworks add to the holiday spirit, creating memories you won’t soon forget. Since the bonfire is outdoors, take care to dress warmly.

  • Reykjavik 3-Hour New Year's Eve Bonfire Tour

    3. Reykjavik 3-Hour New Year's Eve Bonfire Tour

    New Year’s Eve in Reykjavík is celebrated with fireworks and bonfires, and local residents gather around several bonfires that are found throughout the city. These festivities have their origins in the Middle Ages when people created bonfires to burn the old things they no longer needed. The tradition has been preserved, but today Icelanders just gather around the bonfires to sing and symbolically burn the old year. This unique 3-hour tour makes it possible for you to experience this celebration with the Icelanders. It’s a spectacular sight not to be missed when in Iceland at this festive time of year! Note that this tour is only available on New Year’s Eve, every year.

  • New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise

    4. New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise

    Sail away from Reykjavik´s Old Harbor with experienced sailors and witness the amazing and legendary Fireworks Display in Reykjavik from the sea ! You will leave the harbur at 11 pm aboard a comfortable vessel and return to land around half an hour after midnight. Being out at sea allows you to see all the fireworks over the city : a spectacular show. You will receive a complimentary glass of champagne right before midnight and you will celebrate the New Year together from the sea. Find a spot in the cozy indoor saloon or on the open-air deck. Then, enjoy the views over the glittering lights of Iceland's capital as your boat cruises out into Faxaflói Bay. After the tour you will be dropped off in the heart of city so you can continue enjoying the night in Reykjavík.

  • Reykjavik: 3-Hour Luxury New Years Fireworks Midnight Cruise

    5. Reykjavik: 3-Hour Luxury New Years Fireworks Midnight Cruise

    Join an amazing evening yacht cruise on the Amelia Rose to celebrate the New Year and say bon voyage to 2018. The luxury yacht Amelia Rose leaves the harbor at 10:00 PM, and returns approximately half an hour after midnight. The view from the sea gives you the chance of seeing the world famous fireworks over the city and the surrounding towns. If the skies are clear, you might be able to catch the Northern lights too! Receive a complimentary glass of Champagne as midnight approaches and, as the clock strikes 12, raise a toast to the New Year. Three panoramic decks will ensure that you will get the best view possible of the fireworks, the Reykjavík coastline, and if the skies are clear hopefully catch the Northern lights too.

  • Fireworks in Iceland on New Year's Eve

    6. Fireworks in Iceland on New Year's Eve

    Fireworks are legal in Iceland and the locals make good use of this! After attending a community bonfire, locals warm up with food and drinks. The atmosphere intensifies at midnight as thousands of families gather in the streets, each making their own fireworks display. Tons of fireworks light up the sky in a massive display with unending explosions of color! This New Year's tour provides you with the opportunity to watch it all go down - or up! You can choose to be picked up at your hotel or you can join the tour company at their office. You will then travel to a favorable viewpoint, where the group will make a celebratory toast with a glass of sparkling wine while enjoying this magnificent event. Please remember to dress very warmly as we will be standing outside to watch the show!

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What people are saying about Reykjavik

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Fireworks Fab Take your own Bubbles!

Fireworks amazing the folks of Reykjavik certainly know how to burn money! Never seen so many fireworks for such a sustained period of time a good 45 Mins where ever the eye could see explosions. The Grayling Travel guys fun and mildly entertaining but really two bottles of warm Cava for 50 passengers a slightly embarrassing after . Iceland is a very dry country anyway no alcohol in supermarkets only government-run outlets. It does sell alcohol in restaurants etc but Tres expensive. So if you are planning a dry January a great place to start you off slowing up (unless you too have money to burn!). Fab place for experience all very "Fortitude " scenery wise and lovely people. Winter 3 hours of Daylight!

In conclusion, I could not participate in the tour. The reason was that there was a discrepancy between the description of the departure place at the time of booking and the meeting place specified by the tour company, and we could not get on the pickup bus. So, if you do not hear from the tour company about the meeting place after booking, you will need to contact yourself. In addition, the bus stop of the tour company pickup is as follows. Reykjavik City bus pick-up and drop-off places Unfortunately, I wanted to participate in the tour and watch the countdown fireworks, but fortunately I was able to see fireworks from downtown Reykjavik, did.

Best tour yet!

Although I was surprised to discover that the viewpoint was literally a two minutes drive from my hotel after having already driven into the city Centre for their main office pick up location... The evening was by far worth the journey. Never before have I seen a fireworks display like that of Icelands and I'll be sure to spread the word. The tour guide and bus driver were funny and spoke perfect English! Thanks again!

Stunning Fireworks on a Lovely Boat!

An excellent way to see in the New Year! The drinks were surprisingly reasonably priced and the staff all extremely nice. We even got to see the Northern Lights!