Want to feel like you’re in Iceland celebrating the arrival of the New Year? Now you can! Join us for virtual trip to Reykjavik via Iceland Naturally’s Facebook Live video stream of the famed fireworks show.
As part of Icelandic tradition, over 200,000 people set off fireworks in Reykjavik when the clock strikes midnight in Iceland – and now you can be a part of it by clicking here or watching the video below! Since Iceland is several hours ahead of North America, you can watch the celebrations before yours even begin!
This year, Iceland Naturally hosted the live stream from the recently renovated Perlan Museum. Situated atop a hill in Reykjavik, Perlan’s glass dome offers amazing panoramic views of the city, ensuring this year’s live stream was one to remember!
As almost the entire country gathers in the city to set off their fireworks, you can experience an entire sky illuminated with awe-inspiring lights as far as the eye can see. To make the event even more special, the majority of proceeds from fireworks sales in Iceland went to the volunteer rescue group, Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR). This, coupled with the fact that there are no fireworks restrictions in Iceland during the holiday, make for an incredible display; almost everyone in Reykjavik sets off fireworks and the sky becomes illuminated with awe-inspiring lights as far as the eye can see.
In Iceland, New Year’s Eve is honored as a historic and traditional holiday, full of laughter, music and magic. The festivities kick off with dinner, followed by bonfires (“brenna”) and a gathering of family and friends to listen to music and be merry. Bars and restaurants stay open all night on New Year’s Eve, so you can keep the dancing and celebrating going until the morning!
How did you celebrate New Year’s Eve this year? Let us know by tweeting us @IcelandNatural!