What’s the celebration: Iceland’s capital has an outsize nightlife that belies its small size. On New Year’s Eve the hard-core partying locals throw a citywide new year celebration that lasts till the wee morning hours. The party begins with community bonfires, intended to symbolize the burning away of the previous year’s problems, and thousands of fireworks lights up the sky from every nook of the town. For the excellent view, head to the prelim, or pearl, which offers an exquisite view of the metropolis and hosts a new 12 month’s eve celebration with dinner, drinks, and dancing. In case you make it to 5 a.m., be part of the locals queuing up for hangover-assisting warm dogs, or head to the new springs for a rehydrating soak.
In which to stay: with panoramic perspectives over the festivities, the luxury rental–style rooms at downtown’s room with a view positioned guests near the action but above the fray. roomwithaview.is