Sixteen bonfires are being prepared for New Year’s Eve in Iceland’s capital region, of which ten will be in Reykjavík. The largest will be at Gufunes in Grafarvogur, Geirsnef by the mouth of Elliðaár river, Ægisíða in Vesturbær and Rauðavatn in Norðlingaholt.
There will also be bonfires in other parts of the country, including at Réttarhvammur in Akureyri, North Iceland. “It was very easy to obtain material for the bonfire this year. We had companies help us out,” bonfire manager Páll Brynjar Pálsson told ruv.is.
Only clean timber can be used. “We are following strict regulations and we cannot pollute much,” Páll added. In the capital region the bonfires are put out at 2 am but in Akureyri the fire won’t be put out while people are hanging around.
It’s a tradition for many families in Iceland to attend a bonfire on New Year’s Eve and watch the fireworks show that follows.