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Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Reykjavik

By Viator, April 2018

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With the Icelandic peoples’ penchant for partying and Reykjavik’s world-class nightlife, you’re guaranteed a good night out in Iceland’s capital. December 31 is no exception as the city hosts a party like no other, with fireworks and fun lasting until the wee hours. Here are a couple of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Reykjavik.

  • Usher in the New Year in style, sipping Champagne and watching the fireworks display going off from Hallgrimskirkja church, while cruising around Faxafloi Bay
  • Skip the fireworks in favor of Mother Nature’s own majestic nighttime light show on a Northern Lights viewing tour
  • Enjoy a celebratory dinner in a restaurant with views over Reykjavik, before ringing in the New Year from a panoramic balcony overlooking the city.  
  • Travel around central Reykjavik seeing the various neighborhood bonfires, which are built and lit by locals as part of their traditional New Year’s Eve festivities. 
  • Start the New Year by ticking a once-in-a-lifetime adventure off your bucket list, whether it’s a glacier hike, a Golden Circle tour, a dip in the Blue Lagoon, an ice-climbing expedition, or descending into an ice cave.  
  • Party your way into the New Year at one of the many venues located along the shop and bar-lined strip of Laugavegur.

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Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik plus Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier, Reykjavik, null
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Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik plus Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 80 Reviews

This tour combines the very popular Golden Circle tour with the adventure of a lifetime - a one-hour snowmobile ride on Langjökull glacier, Iceland's ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $298.00
Puffin Express Cruise to Akurey from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Puffin Express Cruise to Akurey from Reykjavik

4.5 star rating: Recommended 115 Reviews

See puffins up close on the puffin express tour from Reykjavik. The specially designed boat takes you close to the rocky shore of Akurey island to see the ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.69
Northern Lights Viewing Cruise from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Nature & Wildlife
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Northern Lights Viewing Cruise from Reykjavik

4 star rating: Recommended 219 Reviews

See the northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, from a comfortable boat on this unique cruise from Reykjavik. Leave Iceland’s coast to experience this ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $100.93
Grand Golden Circle Faxi and Kerid Minibus Tour from Reykjavík, Reykjavik, Night Cruises
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Grand Golden Circle Faxi and Kerid Minibus Tour from Reykjavík

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

This Golden Circle small-group tour allows you to visit some of Iceland’s most stunning sights in just 7-8 hours. Small group tour will stop at all the main ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration: 7 to 8 hrs

From USD $92.73
Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier with Pickup from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Nature & Wildlife
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Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier with Pickup from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Go on a glacier snowmobiling adventure directly from your accommodation in Reykjavík. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city center and enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $269.86
South Shore Glacier Walk and Ice Climbing from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Ski & Snow
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South Shore Glacier Walk and Ice Climbing from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

On this small-group day trip from Reykjavik to Sólheimajökull glacier, you'll get to combine a glacier walk an easy introduction to ice climbing and ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $234.91
Small-Group Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier and Bathing in the Secret Lagoon, Reykjavik, Day ... 
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Small-Group Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier and Bathing in the Secret Lagoon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Driving through the Geysir hot spring area from Reykjavik with it‘s boiling mud pits and spouting hot springs we head straight towards Langjökull glacier ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $456.51
Midnight Sun ATV Quad Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Midnight Sun ATV Quad Tour from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

On this 2-hour tour you will enjoy the amazing midnight sun view on an ATV/Quad, as well as a magnificent view above Reykjavik, Mosfellsbær and other ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.00
Glacier Snowmobiling and Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Glacier Snowmobiling and Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Experience Langjokull glacier first hand on this snowmobile ride to a natural ice cave. This full-day guided tour includes complementary pickup and drop-off ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $336.44
Small-Group South Coast Day Trip with Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull Glacier from Reykjavik, ... 
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Small-Group South Coast Day Trip with Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull Glacier from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Take this south coast day trip from Reykjavik, and explore the incredible Sólheimajökull Glacier in a small group setting on a 1.5-hour hike. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $154.55

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