Stunning views from a stunning tower but sadly closed over New Years Eve. PIC IceNineJon

Stunning views from a stunning tower but sadly closed over New Years Eve. PIC IceNineJon

The absolute best viewing platform in Reykjavik city on New Years Eve without going out of your way is without any doubt the square in front of the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church on Skolavordustigur road.

Weather permitting local residents start to gather by the statue of Leif the Lucky, in front of the church well before midnight on New Year´s Eve. The majority will be drunk with pleasure and a little bit drunk from wine as well but the atmosphere is most often one of fun and enjoyment no matter who takes part. Fireworks start lighting up all around at about 23:30 and continue non-stop for the next half an hour or so and at the stroke of midnight hugs and kisses are the currency of choice.[blockquote type=”blockquote_line” align=”right”]Buy some fireworks and partake in the party taking place at Hallgrimskirkja church at New Years Eve[/blockquote]

Admittedly the square is far from being as good for sights as from the top of the church tower but sadly, authorities have not seen a reason to open the tower during New Years Eve yet. It is open during daytime though from 9 to 17 and gives precious views all around for a small price of 800 ISK.

Should the square not be to your liking you should hurry to Perlan viewing platform. That place is open and gives better overall views across the whole peninsula. But there you´ll find no locals partying and enjoying the hour. Which is partly what traveling is all about.


Sjá Hallgrimskirkja church á stærra korti

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