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!

Any adult can shoot fireworks, so every year, families and friends gather and light up over 600 tons of fireworks. That's almost 5 lbs (2 kg) per inhabitant! The profit of the Fireworks Sales go to the Icelandic Search and Rescue Teams,

After midnight, the nightclubs and pubs remain open and the celebrations go on well into the morning.

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