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New Year Celebrations (December)

The New Year in Akureyri is celebrated in the traditional Icelandic way. An enourmous bonfire at Réttarhvammur (area on the way up to Hlíðarfjall ski centre) kicks off the celebrations around 8pm and then at 9pm a wonderful fireworks display follows, hosted by the local search and rescue organisation Súlur.

Concerts and dances are held in the town way into the early hours of the morning and leading up to the midnight hour thousands of fireworks will light up the sky above Akureyri, creating a unique atmosphere, welcoming in a New Year.

Hliðafjall  the ski centre of Akureyri is open  during New Year and for those wanting to participate in organized tours there are several tour operators that offer tours such as: jeep tours, gourmet tours, hiking, horse riding, snow scooter tours, northern light tours etc.

The opening hours of local shops, swimming pools, the ski centre at Hlíðafjall, accommodations, restaurants during the period from 21st December - 2nd January and for general opening hours during winter look HERE.