As New Year’s Eve draws closer, you may be trying to decide how to spend this notorious social evening as well as considering resolutions to follow in 2019. This playlist is designed to get you into the party mood and feeling good so that you can greet the New Year with a smile and a spring in your step.

The artists featured span the decades and hail from several different genres making for quite the eclectic tracklist. It kicks off with the catchy ‘Too Late’ by pop princess Þórunn Antonía whose upbeat vibe sets the tone for the rest of the playlist.

The only song to not come directly from an Icelandic artist is ‘Poppiholla’, a remix of Hoppípolla by Sigur Rós. British musician Chicane has reconstructed the 2005 hit to be better suited for a nightclub over a Wes Anderson movie, artistically retaining the original uplifting piano over sped up dance beats and synths.


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Included are some of the nation’s best-loved tunes such as ‘Sódóma’ by Sálin hans Jóns míns and ‘Ofboðslega frægur’ by Stuðmenn. Play these tunes in any bar full of Icelanders, and you’re guaranteed a hearty sing-along!

It’s not New Year’s Eve without explosives but luckily our electronic overlords Gus Gus have taken care of that with their track ‘Fireworks’. Iceland’s king of pop, Páll Óskar follows up with his toe-tapping ‘Stanslaust stuð’ which ought to have you on your feet immediately.

If you’re not inspired to dance at this point, just wait for ‘Reykjavík’ by Icelandic hip-hop legend, Emmsjé Gauti; his magnetic energy never fails to get a crowd jumping.

A particular favourite is ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Ragnar Bjarnason. Everyone needs to experience one of the most iconic rock songs sung with an Icelandic accent in a Latin style.


Several tour operators are still running excursions on New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day including this snowmobile adventure on Langjökull glacier not far from Reykjavík.