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Burning the Year

There will be nine “Brennur ” or bonfires in Reykjavík this New Year’s Eve (see map).

Bonfires in Reykjavík on New Year’s Eve 2011

This old tradition starts around 8:30 pm and lasts at least an hour and a half.

Families and friends gather around the bonfire with fireworks and good humor before heading home to see “Áramótaskaupið” a satire television comedy everyone in Iceland watches on New Year’s Eve.

Bonfire in Reykjavík. Photo: Geir Ólafsson/Iceland Review

At midnight, after the television show, the sky over Reykjavík is set alight.

A world record per capita of fireworks is shot up into the air.

Fireworks in Reykjavík. Photo: Páll Stefánsson

The best place to see the fireworks is probably by Perlan, the hot water tanks on Öskuhlíð hill close to the domestic airport.


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