The Huffington Post recommends Reykjavik for celebrating on New Year’s Eve

Fireworks in Reykjavik

Fireworks in Iceland

The Huffington Post travel blog has selected Reykjavík as one of the 20 best places in the world for celebrating on New Year’s Eve. Among the other cities named are New York, Hong Kong, Las Vegas and Cape Town.

“With a mere four daylight hours over the Christmas season, the northernmost capital of the world has plenty of excuses to get the party started early for the New Year. Reykjavik’s New Year’s Eve celebrations traditionally kick off with evening mass at Reykjavik’s Cathedral, before locals join forces around huge bonfires to play music, sing and dance as they countdown the end of 2012. As the clock strikes midnight, the city erupts with fireworks and huge crowds gather around landmarks like the Hallgrímskirkja church, Perlan (The Pearl) and Landakotskirkja church for an extravaganza that aims to rival the northern lights. It’s after midnight that the city’s renowned nightlife swings into action, with bars and clubs blaring long into the New Year.”

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Örlygur Hnefill

Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson is the manager of Húsavík Hotels and co-founder of He has worked as a journalist at Fréttablaðið newspaper in Reykjavík and at the Parliament of Iceland, as an assistant to MP for North East Constituency.

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