You can enjoy the first half of the day by visiting one of Reykjavík´s Thermal Swimming Pools and recharging your batteries in the fresh, crisp air, or perhaps do some shopping. Another option is visiting the Pearl “Perlan” where you can go up to the cafeteria to enjoy refreshments and a 360° view of the city.
In the afternoon, your Icelandic New Year‘s Eve begins! Festivities kick off with a local guide picking you up between 13:00 and 13:30 at your hotel and showing you around the city, allowing you to take part in local traditions. After a stop at the fireworks sales — an essential Icelandic New Year’s ritual — you will walk through an old Reykjavik cemetery for an encounter with Icelandic spirits, of both the folklore and beverage variety. Then, after a visit to the “home of the elves” in neighbouring Hafnafjörður, the tour ends in the wooded area of Heiðmörk with a small bonfire, refreshments and fireworks.
Then at 19:30, the holiday festivities kick off at one of Reykjavik’s restaurants, with an aperitif followed by a gourmet buffet and entertainment. And before the midnight countdown begins, you‘ll gather at an excellent viewpoint for watching the fireworks explode all over Reykjavik—a sight you will never forget! Afterwards, if you feel like celebrating with the locals, you can continue the party in the city centre with music and dancing late into the night.