New Year’s Eve Bonfires!


With bonfires, fireworks and a whole host of legends and folktales to keep you thoroughly captivated, New Year’s Eve in Iceland is quite frankly, fabulous!

We’ll be celebrating the evening here in Reykjavík tonight, but before we check out those remarkable fireworks we plan on going to one of the numerous New Year’s bonfires (Áramótabrennur) around town. The bonfires are a tradition here in Iceland and although the custom is more of a social event now, they were once supposed to light the way for wandering elves and other magical creatures.

The list below, compiled by Visit Reykjavík, features a round-up of bonfire events: most are lit around 8:30 pm. See the map for location details: click to enlarge.

·       Ægisíða

·       Skerjafjörður, by Skildinganes street 48 – 52 (lit at 9 pm)

·       Suðurhlíðar, below the Fossvogur valley cemetery

·       Laugarásvegur west, by the Valbjarnarvöllur sports area

·       Geirsnef

·       Suðurfell

·       Fylkisbrenna, by Rauðavatn lake

·       Gufunes, by the old recycling centre

·       Kléberg in Kjalarnes

·       Úlfarsfell, by Lambhagavegur (lit at 15.00)

A fireworks extravaganza!

Reykjavík is famous for its annual spectacular fireworks extravaganza where residents gather on every street corner, explode countless rockets, roman candles and flares and contribute to the remarkable and completely random palette of colourful chaos that makes Reykjavík such a great place to spend New Year’s Eve. The Harpa Concert Hall will be joining in this year’s celebrations using its impressive programmable light facade to project a countdown to 2018. After midnight, the nightclubs and pubs open their doors and the celebrations go on well into the morning.

New Year’s live stream from Reykjavík! 

In case you can’t be here in person, you can watch the extraordinary fireworks display live from Reykjavík as residents ring in the year 2018! Tune in this evening via from at 6:50 pm. EST / 3:50 pm. PST.

Wherever you are in the world, we wish you all a very Happy New Year!