Icelanders start New Years evening with a festive family dinner.
If you're spending New Years in Iceland, we recommend booking a restaurant for the evening in advance as many restaurants get fully booked.
After dinner the locals take a trip to a local bonfire (brenna) and celebrate with friends and neighbours. They sing songs about the elves and the hidden folk who according to folklore are prominent at this time of year.
The streets go quiet from 22:30 to 23:35 as 90% of the nation watches Áramótaskaup – an annual New Year’s satirical comedy show. After the Áramótaskaup (about an hour) the party starts!