Last year, Iceland Naturally welcomed the New Year by sharing a live stream of Iceland’s unique fireworks display on New Year’s Eve – and we will be continuing the tradition to welcome 2013!
New Year’s Eve in Iceland is a spectacular celebration. Festivities traditionally start with a family dinner, followed by bonfires (brenna), where family, friends and neighbors gather to enjoy the warm fire and celebrate with music. According to Icelandic folklore, there are several magical traditions that are supposed to happen on New Year’s Eve: cows are thought to be able to talk, seals take on human form, the dead rise from their graves and elves move from one house to the next.
At midnight, a brilliant display of fireworks is unleashed. Iceland does not have restrictions on fireworks that many other countries do, so the entire population of Reykjavik, approximately 200,000 people, creates their own fireworks show. After midnight, the nightclubs and pubs remain open for business, allowing the celebration to last well into the morning.
Stay tuned – the live stream will be hosted on Iceland Naturally’s homepage in cooperation with Míla on December 31!
Click here to watch a video of last year’s firework celebration.
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Click here for more live webcams from Iceland on Míla’s website.