Special 4-Hour New Year's Eve Morning Celebration Tour from Reykjavik
Celebrate the new year's arrival in Icelandic style with this four-hour New Year's Eve tour in Reykjavik and Hafnarfjordur. Travelers visiting Iceland on December 31 who want to learn about Icelandic New Year's traditions will love this special celebratory tour.
The tour starts at 09:00 in Reykjavik. You'll make your way to the bus station to meet the expert local guide who'll lead you on the morning's adventures. Once everyone has checked in, the tour will begin with a visit to a fireworks sale.
The sale and use of fireworks are only legal in Iceland between December 28 and January 6. Icelanders make the most of this temporary freedom by setting off an enormous number of fireworks around Reykjavik on New Year's Eve. By purchasing some of your own, you'll be able to celebrate in true Icelandic style by setting them off as it gets dark.
The profits from the fireworks sale go to the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue. As you browse the selection, your guide will tell you a little about the vital work these rescue teams do. Locals love showing their support for the essential work of these volunteers, and you'll be contributing to a good cause by buying a few fireworks to light in the evening.
Next, your guide will take you to Reykjavik's old cemetery. They'll share some New Year's Eve graveyard folklore, including the caretaker's story and why the dead are said to rise from their graves each year on December 31.
Now it will be time to board the bus that will take your group to the town of Hafnarfjordur. It's only a short drive, and on the way, the guide will tell your group about the elves that are said to live in the area.
Many Icelanders believe in elves, also known as hidden people. It's thought that the elves come out more around New Year, and there are many myths about them in Hafnarfjordur. There's also a fascinating elf stone that you'll get to visit.
Finally, you'll walk into a beautiful forest grove for a bonfire. You can light sparklers and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine to help you get in the festive spirit. Standing around the fire, learning about local legends, and toasting the start of a new year is a wonderful way to celebrate.
Don't miss your chance to celebrate New Year in the traditional Icelandic style, with bonfires, fireworks, and folk stories. Check availability now by entering your number of guests.
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The tour takes place almost entirely outside, so it's essential that you dress warmly. Wear lots of layers, and bring a hat, gloves, and a scarf with you.