New Year’s Eve in the Nordic countries offers tourists a variety of celebrations. Spend time outdoors in a large event or settle into a cozy restaurant or bar. If you are looking to celebrate the New Year in style, read to the end for a bonus tip. There is a location you can celebrate twice in one night!
Copenhagen celebrates with a celebration at the town square Amalienborg, the Royal Palace. The Royal Guard dresses in the red gala uniforms for the Royal Guard Parade. The night ends with fireworks. If you prefer a quieter night, checkout the local bars and restaurants. Many offer New Year’s Buffets and special events.
Helsinki celebrates with the ringing of the bells at the Helsinki Cathedral and a spectacular fireworks display at Kansalaistori Square. After the fireworks, dance the night away with thousands of others enjoying live entertainment. If too cold, duck into a local bar or restaurant for food and spirits.
3. Oslo, Norway
If you prefer a more subdued New Year’s Celebration, Oslo may be just the place for you.
Most locals celebrate with private parties, but restaurants and local venues open for visitors. Oslo offers an incredible fireworks display at midnight, but bundle up warm.
Reykjavik offers a unique opportunity for New Year’s Eve. Watch the Northern lights by a campfire before watching the amazing fireworks display at midnight. The fireworks are so immense that you cannot seethe Northern Lights during the show. Afterwards, settle into a warm and cozy apartment while watching the televised New Year’s Comedy Show.
Stockholm is known for enticing many visitors at the holidays. While Stockholm offers a traditional fireworks display, you can also catch a medieval church concert, poetry readings, ice-skating, or find one hundred of parties happening in the bars and restaurants.
Bonus: If you are looking to celebrate in style, consider a two-for-one celebration! You can travel to Northwestern Finland or Northeastern Sweden where you can celebrate twice in one night! We suggest going to Tornio, Finland for your first celebration. Then drive five minutes across the Swedish-Finnish river and celebrate again in Haparanda, Sweden.
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