Watch Iceland’s famous fireworks display live on Facebook on New Year’s Eve

From the Associated Press

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland Naturally, North America’s #1 resource for all things Icelandic, invites you to take a virtual trip to Reykjavík with a Facebook Live video stream of the city’s dazzling fireworks show on New Year’s Eve.

Head to facebook.com/icelandnaturally at 6:50 p.m. EST/3:50 p.m. PST on Dec. 31 to watch more than 200,000 Icelanders ring in the new year with a world renowned fireworks display. Since Iceland is several hours ahead of North America, you can watch the celebrations before yours even begin.

This year, Iceland Naturally will go live from downtown Reykjavík so you can truly feel like you’re a part of the celebration. The livestream will also feature interviews and drone footage of the city sky so you can see just how far the fireworks stretch across the city.

During the holiday, there are no fireworks restrictions in Iceland. The majority of proceeds from fireworks sales in and around Reykjavík go to Iceland’s volunteer rescue group, Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR). This means almost everyone in Reykjavík sets off their own fireworks when the clock strikes midnight, illuminating the sky with magnificent lights as far as the eye can see.

In Iceland, New Year’s Eve is honored as a historic and traditional holiday full of laughter, music and magic. The festivities kick off with dinner, followed by bonfires (“brenna”) and a gathering of family and friends to listen to music. Bars and restaurants stay open all night so the dancing and celebrating lasts well into the morning.

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