Iceland prepares for the new year

Iceland Rockets - FireworksAs with the rest of Iceland the capital Reykjavik is renowned for its fantastic new year’s eve (Icelanders call it Gamlarskvold) celebrations, and has through the years managed to attract Hollywood stars such as actor Kiefer Sutherland, Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino and pop icons such as Blur’s Damon Alban. It is estimated that around 3600 travelers will be spending their vacation in Iceland over the new year. Most come from the UK, then the US, Russia, Japan, Germany and the Nordic countries.

With close to 800 tons of fireworks on sale Icelanders and foreign visitors can expect a world class fireworks show starting around 20:00 on new years eve with it’s highlights at 00:00 and continuing until early morning, 1st of January. To add to the atmosphere and if you are lucky you can see the Northern lights jump around in the sky and just that is a fireworks show in it self.