By Megan Millisky
Reykjavik is a gorgeous place to spend the holidays. It’s the best time of year to catch the Northern Lights - a true "can’t-miss" experience. Here are eight other ways to spend your December in Reykjavik.
1. Faxflói Bay New Years Eve Fireworks Boat Tour
December 31, ring in the New Year with fireworks on the water! You can catch a ride on a boat into Faxaflói Bay, where you’ll have a spectacular view of the Reykjavik's skyline. The boat leaves an hour before the fireworks begin, and sails back late into the night.
Address: Faxaflói, Iceland
2. Bubbly Bonfire New Year's Eve Extravaganza
This bonfire is so big, you have to see it to believe it! Celebrate New Year’s Eve with locals and visitors alike at this popular annual event. December 31, head to the Old West Side to ring in the New Year at this cozy bonfire.
Address: 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
3. Ingólfstorg Square Ice Rink
December 1-24, skate around the Ingólfstorg Square Ice Rink! The skating rink is decorated in Christmas lights throughout the holiday season. Visitors can purchase food, drinks, and souvenirs at the rink as well.
Address: Múlavegur 1, 104 Reykjavík, Iceland
4. Wake Up Reykjavik Bar Crawl
Wake Up Reykjavik is a fun way to experience the bar scene this winter. Reykjavik has over 80 bars with an unforgettable nightlife scene. Select days in December, join in the fun and warm up. Taste Icelandic cocktails and seasonal beers, or try some fermented shark!
Address: 43X7+6X Reykjavík, Iceland
5. Reykjavik Santa Claus Hunt
Bundle up for a fun walk through Reykjavik’s downtown area. Throughout the city, you will find 13 hologram Santa Clauses. Through December, look for them on buildings and in windows!
Address: Downtown 101 Reykjavík Iceland
6. Volcano House
Learn about the geology of Reykjavik at this small exhibit. An award-winning documentary plays every hour. And you can explore a hands-on exhibit of volcanic ash and rock through December.
7. Northern Lights Tour
Discover the amazing natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights. December is the best time to see them! Your chances are high that you’ll get to photograph these gorgeous lights. Warm up with hot chocolate after the tour!
8. New Year’s Eve at Hallgrímskirkja
Hallgrímskirkja is an iconic church that stands over 200 feet tall! On the night of December 31, gather to watch a stunning fireworks show! This is one of the most popular ways to ring in the New Year in Reykjavik.