Happy New Year!

Fireworks Exploding over Reykjavík

Last night the usual New Year’s Eve traditions were carried out as they have been for many years in Iceland: families came together for a holiday dinner, visited neighbourhood bonfires, watched the yearly Áramótaskaup comedy revue, and set off fireworks to ring in 2024 with a bang.

Wherever you are, dear reader, the Iceland Review team hopes you found comfort in some familiar traditions and are looking forward to 2024. We certainly look forward to bringing you the best of Icelandic culture, nature, and community in the coming year. To all our readers and their loved ones: Happy New Year, Gleðilegt ár and thanks for reading!

“Like a Big Carnival:” First Child of the New Year

Landspítali national hospital

The first child of the new year was born some 21 minutes after midnight to Karlotta Guðjónsdóttir and partner Gunnar Ingi Valdimarsson, reports RÚV.

The boy, who is his parent’s second child, measured a healthy 51.5cm (20 inches) and 3.75 kg (8.3 lbs). He was originally expected shortly before the new year, but arrived just after the new year.

“It was our wildest dream to have the first child of the year,” said the boy’s father to RÚV. “The midwife told us that the child would be born sometime before noon and that we wouldn’t see her again after that. After that, there was no turning back!”

The parents noted how special it was to welcome their child during a time of nationwide celebration.

“It was just a great mood,” stated Gunnar. “It was like a big explosion or a carnival!”

When asked if the child bore a particular resemblance to any family members, Karlotta, the child’s mother stated that although he took after his father’s side, he was “one of a kind.”

In an interview with RÚV, the boy’s parents stated that they had decided on a name, but that it remains a secret for the time being.