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Celebrating The New Year In Iceland

Did you know that Iceland has gained international fame for its extraordinary New Year’s Eve festivities? If you’re curious about how Icelanders ring in the new year, we’ve got the full story !

Join in the Traditions and Rituals

As the clock strikes 6 or 7 pm, Icelanders gather with their loved ones for a delightful dinner. Then, between 8 and 9 pm, the sky comes alive with mesmerizing bonfires and a breathtaking fireworks display. It’s a truly magical moment that brings everyone together in a profound sense of connection and closeness.

Celebrating new year in Iceland
New Year’s Eve Bonfire with a Firework show Happening in Iceland

After the enchanting fireworks, it’s time for an Icelandic tradition like no other. At 10:30 pm, all Icelanders, young and old, tune in to a beloved local comedy TV show. This cherished program holds great significance, and as soon as it ends, the question on everyone’s lips is, “How did you find the comedy?” Laughter sets the tone for a joyous new year, and it’s a tradition that Icelanders hold dear.

ust before midnight, another dazzling display of fireworks lights up the sky, welcoming the arrival of the new year with a burst of color and splendor. As the clock strikes 12, hugs, cheers, and well wishes fill the air, creating an atmosphere of joy and celebration.

Then, just before midnight, there is another session of fireworks

Around 1 am, after the fireworks have ended, the party continues. Icelanders and guests come together to enjoy lively gatherings at homes, pubs, bars, and clubs that stay open until the early hours of the morning. And let’s not forget the traditional ‘hákarl’ fish, a unique delicacy enjoyed as part of the New Year’s feast.

Celebrating the new year in Iceland
Specialty of Iceland is called haukarl, a fermented shark in an open warehouse at bjarnarhoefn

The New Year’s Eve celebration in Iceland is an incredible experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Immerse yourself in the vibrant traditions and festive atmosphere of this enchanting country.

Are you ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Iceland? Share your expectations and excitement with us in the comments below. And if you’re in need of a cozy B&B during your stay, Blue House is here to welcome you with open arms!

Start the new year with a memorable adventure in Iceland. Book your stay at Blue House today!


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