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New Year’s Eve in Iceland is one spectacular celebration! The festivities traditionally start with a family dinner, followed by going to bonfires (brenna), where people gather to meet friends and neighbours, enjoy the warmth from the fire and perhaps sing some songs.
At midnight all hell breaks loose with a spectacular display of fireworks. Iceland does not have the restrictions on fireworks that other countries have, so the whole population of the Reykjavík Capital Area (200,000) makes its own massive fireworks show all over the city by blasting off fireworks from their garden or some vantage point.
But this is only the beginning. After midnight, the nightclubs and pubs are open for business, with dancing and celebrating going well into the morning.
Visitors can dine at one of Reykjavík’s many restaurants and join in the celebrations by taking a New Year’s Eve tour, or by finding their own way to one of the city’s bonfires and popular gathering places for the midnight spectacular.