07, January 2015: Anyone visiting Iceland around at the end of December with top specialist tour companies like the well-known Aurora Nights, will not only have a superb opportunity to experience the magnificent phenomenon of the Northern Lights, they’ll also be able to join in the fabulous celebrations the city puts on to ring in the New Year. With the festivities for 2015 just gone, experts say it’s already time to begin planning for next year. 

Celebrate in Reykjavik 

As always, the capital city of Iceland, Reykjavik, plays host to a massive fireworks display, which lights up the night sky in a show to rival the world-famous Northern Lights themselves. With no restrictions of the amount or size of fireworks permitted, the event this year was one of the most spectacular ever — and no doubt all stops will be pulled to make 2016 even better. 

As well as throngs of tourists who travel here specifically with companies like Aurora Nights to join in the celebrations as part of their Northern Lights experience, the entire city of over 200,000 people takes to the streets to join in the New Year festivities. 

Traditionally, New Year’s Eve is a family affair, usually beginning with a huge meal followed by a “brenna” — Iceland’s version of a bonfire — where groups of family and friends congregate to watch the fireworks illuminate the the chilly skies in an explosion of light and colour. Tourists fill the city restaurants and cafes, which stay open to celebrate the New Year’s, spilling on to the streets as the fireworks begin. 

In an eccentric local folklore, it is said that many mad and magical things can occur at the turn of the year, including cows beginning to speak, elves relocating houses, seals taking on the form of humans and even the dead rising from their graves. How much one buys in to such legend is entirely personal choice! 

As one of the busiest times of the year in Reykjavik, many companies like Aurora Nights create specially crafted itineraries for their clients to enjoy the New Year revelry, along with opportunities to see the phenomenon of the Northern Lights. Representatives from Aurora Nights say that due to overwhelming demand, their New Year’s packages for 2015 sold out very quickly, and they advise anyone wishing to experience this wonderful event for themselves next year to consider making an early booking. 

About Aurora Nights: 

Aurora Nights is a company offering a select range of once in a lifetime Northern Lights holidays in Swedish Lapland and Iceland, with accommodation including the Ice Hotel. Aurora Nights is part of Weekend a la Carte, a family-run company with vast in-depth knowledge based on their extensive travels to the region of the Aurora Borealis and passionate about giving superb client service. Visit their site at: www.aurora-nights.co.uk/ 

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