Fireworks at New Year’s Eve is nothing new. Across the world, various nations put on fantastic, colourful shows to mark the coming of the new year, drawing crowds of thousands of people. Iceland is no exception to this rule.

While no fewer people enjoy them, fireworks in Iceland at New Year’s are somewhat different, however; instead of being operated by the government or city council, Iceland’s firework displays are put on by the people themselves.

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Whilst this might seem like a disregard for the correct safety protocols, it undoubtedly adds an untameable, unscheduled and purely celebratory ambience to the evening.

For a few weeks of the years, fireworks are purchased by Iceland’s residents, with much of the profit going directly to the rescue services.

On New Year’s Eve, the sky acts a black canvas, hosting a litany of bright, sparkling explosions that dominate from horizon to horizon. And while there has been a debate over recent years as to the damage they cause through noise and pollution, it appears that this festive tradition is unlikely to stop in the near future.

Fireworks are set off, once again, on January 6th, the last day of Christmas in Iceland.