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Reykjavík New Year's Eve Celebration at Sea

Certified Operator     Tour Operator: Elding Adventure at Sea     2 hours     Travel method: Boat     Region: Capital Region

If Reykjavík is not on your list of destinations to ring in the New Year, it sure should be!

The Icelandic way to celebrate is unlike any other as it is filled with food, bonfires, parties and spectacular firework displays. Join us for an unforgettable evening as this experience is sure to light up the dark night sky of Faxaflói bay and the view of the fantastic capital skyline is quite extraordinary. This is a truly unique event you should not give a miss!

Available: 31 December
Duration: 2 hrs. 
Time: 22:30-00:30

Available on New Year's Eve each year, our 'celebration at sea' is set by the shores of Reykjavík where we have ample views of the capital's magnificent fireworks from sea. The crew for the evening welcomes you onboard our Visitor Centre at the Old Harbour where you will board the cruise vessel. Receive a glass of welcome drink as we start off by sailing at a steady pace into the bay until we get to the best area to watch the show. 

Although there is no official fireworks 'show' per se, the residents of Reykjavík and the surrounding areas collectively make for a fantastic performance and there will be glistening and shimmering explosions everywhere you look - a true spectacle for all senses. It is said that each year roughly 200.000 people set off about 500 tonnes of fireworks from 23:00 until 00:00 in the greater Reykjavík area alone - imagine that!

Stay outside on the deck and keep warm in our comfortable overalls or have a seat in our heated indoor saloon and watch the fireworks display from within. Put on your party hats, grab a snack from your table or a complimentary drink at the bar and enjoy the cruise, fellow traveller's company, lively music and extravagant and fiery show ahead - and if conditions are just right we might even get a chance to see the Northern Lights!

When the clock ticks closer to midnight we will do a countdown together and raise our glasses to the New Year! 

.... 10 .... 9 .... 8 .... 7 .... 6 .... 5 .... 4 .... 3 .... 2 .... 1.... HAPPY NEW YEAR

Once we are back in the harbour you have the rest of the night to enjoy all that the downtown area has to offer. Most bars, pubs and clubs will be open well until the early hours of the morning where you can dance the night away and continue the celebration!

Please note that the tour is subject to weather and conditions at sea. Minimum drinking age is 20 years and therefore all underage passengers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Elding is a proud supporter of the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue, a non-profit and volunteer-based organisation that works to prevent accidents and save human lives. They rely heavily on donations and as such they are the primary distributor and seller of fireworks in Iceland. Support the local ICE-SAR by buying fireworks from one of their many sales booths located in and around the city, or by donating through their website. 

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What is included

  • 2 hr. cruise near Reykjavík shoreline
  • Welcome drink
  • Party hats and trumpets
  • Excellent host
  • Warm overalls and blankets
  • Panoramic views
  • Free WiFi onboard
  • WC facilities
  • Heated indoor lounge
  • Open bar of select beverages
  • Chips and snacks 
  • Northern Lights (if conditions are right)

Important information

  • Warm clothing
  • Camera
  • Good mood


  • This tour is subject to weather and conditions
  • Limited number of passengers - make sure to book early
  • Minimum drinking age is 20 years
  • Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

  Meeting Point Information

Meet us at the Visitor Centre in the Old Harbour approx. 15 min. prior to departure to collect your tickets and board the boat.

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