New Year's Eve In Reykjavik: Bonfire Tour And Fireworks Display

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    08:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    1: Bus stop #1 - Ráðhúsið - City Hall, Vonarstræti 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
    2: Bus Stop #2 Tjörnin The Pond, 43W6+7JR, Lækjargata, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
    3: Bus Stop #3 Lækjargata, .. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Join in with Reykjaviks extravagant New Years Eve celebrations on a nighttime bonfire tour and fireworks display. The event is a big deal in the Icelandic capital, with countless bonfires, street parties and revelry taking place. With a guide, discover the most impressive bonfires and then see Reykjavik erupt with a midnight firework bonanza. Ring in new year with a glass of sparkling wine and celebrate alongside the locals!

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Led by a local guide
  • Free drinks included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Know More about this tour

Meet your guide at the local operator's bus terminal or alternatively, start your evening with a pickup from your Reykjavik hotel. Then, head off by bus to discover the citys legendary New Years Eve celebrations. Few places in the world rival the atmosphere of New Years Eve in Reykjavik, when the city pulls out all the stops for its single biggest night of the year. Every neighborhood of the city has a bonfire on New Years Eve, and your guide will show off the best ones and tell you about the customs and myths that surround this holiday in Iceland.

After seeing the city's roaring bonfires crackle and spit against the frosty buildings and dark night sky, visit one of the major bonfires with your guide. Having enjoyed the party atmosphere around the bonfire, visit a nearby viewing spot for a hot drink and warm your hands from the Icelandic cold.

While there are lots of small fireworks displays throughout the evening, Reykjaviks New Years Eve crowd-puller is the fireworks extravaganza that starts around 11:30pm and lasts until well after midnight. Travel by bus to one of the citys finest viewpoints, and then countdown to midnight alongside the locals to see the city erupt in a dazzling fireworks display set against the backdrop of Reykjaviks wintery streets.

Ring in the New Year in Icelands capital with a glass of sparkling wine. After enjoying the party for roughly an hour after midnight, your tour finishes with a drop off at or near your hotel.

Inclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)

Beverages

Air-conditioned vehicle

Professional guide

Exclusions

Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Allow access only via the back door of the vehicle if possible. Ask passengers to spread throughout the vehicles as possible. Masks are only required for those who are coughing or sneezing.

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  • 08-Mar-2019

    Not a way to celebrate New Year's Eve... The good reviews in the past of this tour were all because of the breathtaking viewing point of the fireworks, the Perlan with the 360° observation deck. But no longer access to the Perlan! Without the access to the Perlan it was not worth the money for me and I am sure other people felt the same (see also comments from other people...). The good reviews regarding this tour are certainly not valid anymore. 31DEC2018 Bonfire & afterwards a long queue to get a cup of coffee or a hot chocolate with a small sweet snack in the canteen of the Kopavogur sports arena. For fireworks we went to the Perlan, but no access So New Year's Eve between sitting in a coach and a walk outside at the surroundings of the Perlan, A small glass of prosecco inside the coach (3 bottles of prosecco for a full coach...) about one hour prior to midnight. Absolutely not the same as celebrating New Year's Eve inside the Perlan and watching the fireworks from their 360° observation deck! A very big disappointment! And really not the way you want to celebrate New Year's Eve!

  • 07-Jan-2019

    We were very disappointed on this trip. Paid all that money just to stand at a bonfire for two hours and long queues for toilet and drink, which I didn’t get. Then we went perlan to see fireworks. You can get a free bus to the perlan. Couldn’t go in so had to stand outside in the car park. Didn’t see much for the crowds of people. Much better the year before, when we watched from the cathedral.

  • 05-Jan-2019

    We were very disappointed on this trip. Paid all that money just to stand at a bonfire for two hours and long queues for toilet and drink, which I didn’t get. Then we went perlan to see fireworks. You can get a free bus to the perlan. Couldn’t go in so had to stand outside in the car park. Didn’t see much for the crowds of people. Much better the year before, when we watched from the cathedral.

  • 05-Jan-2019

    Nothing as described at all, other than Dee dee being s great host , the whole night was a shambles of being drove around in a bus filling in time. Get to the bonfire yourself and then to the church at Reykjavik to see the fireworks.

  • 04-Jan-2019

    Drinking a glass of Prosecco in a parking lot without access to facilities for 1.5 hrs is NOT ideal. I had been expecting same as last year when we were IN the Perlan, not just the parking lot.

  • 03-Jan-2019

    Drinking a glass of Prosecco in a parking lot without access to facilities for 1.5 hrs is NOT ideal. I had been expecting same as last year when we were IN the Perlan, not just the parking lot.

  • 02-Jan-2019

    Do not book this trip. This tour was absolutely not what it was advertised to be. I wish I had read ALL of the reviews before I booked it. I agree with other reviewers who said that the description is misleading. It is completely so. The fact that the company continues to keep the description suggests that this is intentional. There are not multiple bonfires, only one. We did not stop at a hotel for a drink - we waited in long lines at a field house for coffee and Swiss Miss cocoa. The guide had no training - he was rambling on, repeating himself about various Icelandic Christmas stories, had no excitement, and looked miserable. There was no "minibus" - it was a full size coach and there were several other coaches - hundreds of people. At one point, the guide told us he would stop talking and he would take the scenic route. It was dark. We were driving through, essentially, a suburban area, and he then told the driver to decide where he wanted to drive, I guess to kill time. We saw no bonfires in the city nor did we see any street parties - unless you call people walking around drinking a "street party." The only thing that saved us was that the guide realized in the middle of the trip that some people had booked a 3-hour trip and some had booked 5 hours. We had booked 5 but thank goodness made the decision to get off the bus with the 3 hour folks. So, rather than watch the fireworks from afar, we were at the church (which was not too crowded for someone like myself who does not like crowds) and experienced the excitement and beauty of the fireworks first hand. Don't do this trip - get a cab to a bonfire or find some other way to get there. The bonfire was interesting and worth doing, but not via this trip. And, go see the fireworks at the church - super easy. Also, I read some other reviews (in other places) where the provider offered a different description of the trip than I read (and thus contradicting the reviewer). So, I have included part of the description I read - on the Viator site below. I will never book anything with Viator or Grey Line tours again. "Meet your guide downtown or enjoy pickup from your local Reykjavik hotel to start off your New Year's celebration. Board a minibus to head off into the city for an exploration of the traditional New Year's celebrations, which include lots of fireworks and bonfires. Drive through the city and see that almost every street hosts a bonfire and a neighborhood celebration. Disembark your vehicle to attend some of the most famous ones with your guide, chatting it up with the locals and enjoying the atmosphere. Stop by a local hotel for a drink to warm your frosty extremities. Then head for the biggest fireworks display of the evening, the city's official blast off that begins around 11:30 pm. Your minibus will ferry you to one of the best vantage points to see the full display. Count down to the New Year with friends new and old, then clink glasses of complimentary champagne to start the year off right. Stay at the party until about 1am, then board your bus to head back to your drop-off point downtown or at your hotel."

  • 31-Dec-2018

    The description of the tour was not accurate. The description says it includes fireworks, street parties, and bonfires. We did not go to ANY street parties and we only went to one bonfire (not multiple like the description says). The description says that it goes to “lots” of bonfires - NOT TRUE. The description says it is on a minibus - that is not true at all. We were on a 100 person bus. We went to the bonfire for an hour, then had to spend an hour inside waiting for coffee or hot chocolate and just standing around. There was nothing to do there. After that hour we drove around while the tour guide talked about pointless stuff on the microphone the whole time. She wouldn’t play any music and just wanted to talk the whole time about stupid and pointless facts that were not related to Iceland. Then we drove to a look out for fireworks, it was totally packed with people. There was nothing planned so our driver had to back out and go to another look out. We spent more time on the bus than anything else. We finally got to the second look out for fireworks. We had to put together the cups for the champagne which we only received half a glass (which was a small glass to begin with). We watched the fireworks and then boarded the bus to go back. Also, the title says it’s a “party” - this was not a party at all. Only visited one bone fire and saw fireworks after driving around for over an hour. Overall, the description was not accurate at all. We paid $120 per person for a tour that was misleading in the description.

  • 31-Dec-2018

    This tour is such a disappointment. With family, the bus is slow and disorganised to a bonfire, first of all. The facilities were poor and the ‘coffee/hot chocolate’ is make it yourself after a long queue. After a long while watching the bonfire, you move to the Perlan to see the fireworks from a great vantage point over the city. The view is amazing and Reykjavík knows how to put on a show at new year’s - but the single glass of bubbly ran out quickly (seemed like two bottles for the whole bus) and we made our own fun instead. The tour ultimately felt unnecessary - with better local knowledge and with hindsight we would have avoided this completely - found our own bonfire perhaps but certainly watched the fireworks from any vantage point in the city - the Church being most favoured - and most likely would have ended up having more fun in more comfort.

  • 31-Dec-2018

    The description did not match what we did. We saw one bonfire. The description says we would see multiple bone fires but we did not. We were stuck on a bus with a tour guide that talked the whole time about things that were not relevant to anything. She would not play music. We spent more time on the bus than anywhere else. I would recommend going downtown and watching the fireworks there. This is NOT worth the $120 and especially not your time!

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