Brenna Bonfire and Other Festivities on New Year’s Eve

By Editor | Travel Guide

Oct 17

Iceland probably has one of the most elaborate ways of celebrating New Year. As they spend the last day of the year, Icelandic people gather for their traditional Brenna bonfire. This activity has its origins that can be traced back in the Middle Ages where people build bonfires to burn the things that they no longer need. If you find yourself in Reykjavik in a New Year’s Eve, you will find several bonfires built by people. Wherever you go, you will definitely find a bonfire built by a group whether by families or groups of friends. People dance and sing around these bonfires, celebrating the last day of the year.

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Here are some tips on how you can make the most of this Brenna bonfire tradition and Iceland’s New Year’s Eve celebration:

  • Join a night tour in Reykjavik

If you are not sure where to head for this traditional activity, then joining a night tour is a good way to go. It’s a great option for those who are traveling alone and for those who are spending the New Year’s Eve in Iceland for the first time and would like to have it hassle-free. There are travel operators who are offering travel packages that include the bonfire tour. Most of these tour packages come with return airport transfer, several nights’ stay in a hotel, tour around the Blue Lagoon, and complimentary breakfast.

  • Stop in a local restaurant and talk to the locals

One of the best things to experience a place is to eat where the locals eat. If you wanted to have a break from the singing and dancing around bonfires, you can check out the nearest local restaurant and talk to the locals. Learn from them their other traditions and practices when it comes to celebrating the New Year. You might just even get invited in their home’s celebration.

  • Head to a special viewpoint

Other than the dancing and the singing, the Icelandic people also celebrate their New Year’s Eve through their elaborate fireworks display. Don’t miss this opportunity by heading to a special viewpoint and witness the amazing fireworks that lit up the sky.

Iceland is definitely more than just a country of natural wonders; it is also a place where there is fusion between tradition and modern living. When it comes to holiday celebration, Iceland doesn’t fall behind other countries. With its Brenna bonfire and amazing fireworks display, definitely, holiday celebration in Iceland is one of a kind!



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