New Years Eve in Reykjavík 2013

Update: I’m sorry to say that we are completely fully booked and then some and we don’t have any more space at our little party. There’s no waiting list – we’re full 🙂

I’ve been receiving a few e-mails lately where people are asking me whether the boyfriend and I are going to do our (somewhat annual) New Years Eve celebrations this year. You see, for the last couple of years we’ve invited some random strangers into our home for a traditional Icelandic New Years Eve celebrations. It’s a great little tradition and we were very sure quite early on that we would like to do it all over again this year.

New Years Eve in Reykjavík

The group we had with us in 2011

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending how you look at it) we’ve had some really big problems with our apartment this year that haven’t been resolved yet so it’s a bit of a hazard zone and not fit for guests. Therefore we had to put on our thinking caps and find a way to carry on this tradition somewhere else. We knew we would have to find a cozy and inviting place were we wouldn’t loose the homey feel that our little party is all about. We also didn’t want to have to charge for admission so the place in question would have to share our vision and offer us the space for free. The reason our apartment troubles is possibly your gain is the simple fact that with the partner we found we can invite a lot more of you to join us.

Introducing: Bus Hostel Reykjavík

Image via Bus Hostel

Image via Bus Hostel

Three reasons we decided to partner up with Bus Hostel:

  1. Their common room is huge so  we don’t have to say no to as many people as we did the last couple of years.
  2. The common room has the cozy and inviting feeling we were looking for (even more so when it will be all decorated and stuff) so it feels a little bit like home to us.
  3. They are located in our neighborhood so we’ll still be in walking distance to the bonfire and fireworks, just as we would have been in our home

Plus they are super cool and said yes to the idea before they even knew what they were getting themselves into.

I heart Reykjavík and Bus Hostel invite you to a New Years Eve celebrations in Reykjavík

New Years Eve in Reykjavík 2012/2013

The group that joined us last year

So with all that, I’m happy to announce that we will indeed do our New Years Eve thing again except this year we can invite more people with this new twist. The format will be the same as before: We will offer traditional Icelandic holiday food inspired by our families before taking you to a bonfire, then force you to watch the Áramótaskaup (ok, you can choose whether or not you watch it) and finally ringing in the new year Icelandic style with amazing views over probably the biggest fireworks display you’ll see in your life. The boyfriend will cook, I will be my usual awkward self and it’s all going to be fantastic.

And finally: How you can join

Although we would love to invite the whole world we have a limited budget and space. There are two ways to be a part of this:

  1. The boyfriend and I will invite a few people at random, just send me an e-mail and let me know if you want to join. The number of people we can invite will all depend on how many people in total will register. Please include your name, the number of guests you are bringing with you, whether you have any dietary restrictions, why you want to come and if you have any special talents that will make evening even more special.
  2. Bus Hostel will be inviting some of the guests that are staying with them over new years to join us on first come first serve basis so if you are already staying there you will be contacted shortly by the hostel staff with further instructions. For anyone who’d like secure their place at the dinner table and a bed at the hostel you can send an e-mail with the subject: I Heart Reykjavík and NYE and she’ll give you a generous 20% discount of your stay.

This is not a tour you can buy and we are not a tour company. All we are offering is a possibly amazing way to spend the last night of the year and celebrate the new year with some great new friends.

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12 thoughts on “New Years Eve in Reykjavík 2013”

  1. Heather says:

    What a generous thing to do. This is the people of Iceland I have come to know, and respect. Have a great evening. and a prosperous, happy 2014

  2. Sam Gardener says:

    Exactly as Heather says above. Such a generous and welcoming offer! Typically Icelandic.

  3. CJ Nicolai says:

    So wish I could be there for this! We’re there next week instead, visiting from Denver. We were there in February only for a few days and it wasn’t enough. I got stressed out from work last week and booked another trip totally on a whim. Can’t wait, and I’m reading through your blog for more ideas on where to go and things to do. Hopefully we’ll find some live music while we’re there!

    Can’t thank you enough for this blog.

  4. Steve G says:

    Sounds like a great idea. I’m staying at the Bus Hostel, so I’ll definitely be joining. Can’t wait.

    1. mm Auður says:

      Hey that’s great. You have to sign up with Kristín at Bus Hostel to join though so make sure you do that as soon as possible.

  5. John Dolan says:

    Great idea. My wife and I will be coming over from Scotland for the New Year. What is the email address I need to send a request to join the party.

  6. Marie says:

    My boyfriend and I are staying at the Hotel Icelandair Natura from the 29/12/2013. Would it be possible for both of us to celebrate the New Year with you all please. It sounds like a fabulous night. Look forward to hearing from you.
    Many Thanks Marie and Kenny xxx

    1. mm Auður says:

      Please send us an e-mail through the contact page with all the info requested above 🙂

  7. Katarina says:

    My bf and I are going to Reykjavik for the new year and we’re so excited! I hope you guys have a great time 🙂

  8. Triin Maripuu says:

    Wow, sounds really sweet … the real Icelandic New Years Eve! Would it be more spots for two people ? Heh, I am here with my mom and this would be totally different experience ) Anyway, have a great time!!!

  9. Elise says:

    Hi Auður,

    I wanted to thank you again for the New Years evening!
    And you were right, my mind was definitely blown away by all the fireworks I saw lighting up the city as far as eyes can see!
    It was one of the most memorable New Year and I feel like this visit to Iceland was only a taster for me 🙂

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