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New Year's Eve in Iceland

Top New Year's Eve Destinations

Fireworks light up the sky on New Year's Eve in Iceland


When the sun sets around 4 p.m., visitors in Reykjavik bide their time while locals enjoy mass, neighborhood bonfires and an annual comedy show on T.V. Come midnight, though, Iceland's capital explodes with 500 tons of fireworks. If you're lucky, the Northern Lights will blaze above the city, too. Making up for the late start, bars and clubs beckon until five in the morning.


Grillid: A midcentury institution presenting a special NYE prix-fixe menu of nouveau Icelandic cuisine with panoramic, eighth-floor city views.

Italian-influenced Nordic fare and a backdrop of stunning sea views from the fourth floor of the dramatic, glass-paneled Harpa Concert Hall.

Slippbarrin: A très trendy harbor restaurant that transforms come nighttime into an even trendier lounge — try the Reykjavik Summit made with bourbon, Champagne and smoked black tea.


Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik: Sophisticated style in a historic building, romantic suites with sky-view windows and a perfect city center locale for carousing after the midnight hour.

Hotel Ranga: Classic Nordic cuisine and some of the world's best Aurora Borealis viewing in a rugged setting less than two hours from Reykjavik.

Find out about all of the festivities at Reykjavik's official website

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Image courtesy of Visit Reykjavik


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