New Year's Eve in Scandinavia

Fireworks that Resemble Palm Trees
••• Fireworks that Resemble Palm Trees. keyseeker, morguefile.com

New Year's Eve in Scandinavia offers visitors lots of parties, fireworks, and celebrations. It is definitely a place where each kind of visitor finds something suitable - whether you are looking to spend New Year's Eve at a large outdoor celebration, in a warm and cozy Scandinavian restaurant or a hip bar, or even at a friend's or family member's home just enjoying quality time and waiting for midnight together with loved ones. All kinds of New Year's celebrations can be found here.

Let's take a look at where to go and what to do on New Year's Eve. It all depends on which Scandinavian city you will be visiting on December 31...

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    Grona Lund Amusement Park in Stockholm, Sweden
    ••• Grona Lund Amusement Park in Stockholm, Sweden. Getty Images

    When it comes to spending New Year's Eve in Stockholm, there are several options you have...which one you choose depends on the type of traveler you are. From music performances and new year's concerts to parties, this city has it all. Let's find out what you could do on New Year's Eve in Stockholm!

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    Ida Davidsen's Sandwich Restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark
    ••• Ida Davidsen's Sandwich Restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark. Getty images

    What a destination for a New Year's trip! At midnight on December 31, everyone meets on the square of Amalienborg, the Royal Palace in the center of Copenhagen. There, you get a chance to enjoy the city's biggest New Year's party and also to see the Royal Guard Parade in their dressy red gala uniforms. It's surely a nice alternative are the many New Year's buffets offered to visitors...

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    Icelandair Hotel in Keflavik (formerly Flughotel)
    ••• Icelandair Hotel in Keflavik (formerly Flughotel). Icelandair Hotel in Keflavik (formerly Flughotel)

    Ready for bonfires and parties? Reykjavik is a popular destination for New Year's Eve trips. And for good reason: Iceland's capital definitely knows how to celebrate during these long, dark nights! Reykjavik celebrates New Year's Eve with tradition and lots of fun. Maybe you'll see the Northern Lights behind the bonfires?

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    Fireworks in Oslo
    ••• Fireworks in Oslo. Fireworks in Oslo - Getty Images

    In Oslo, it is a little quieter than in other Scandinavian cities on New Year's Eve. Many Norwegians celebrate the Scandinavian new year with family and friends in private parties. But don't let that stop you from joining one of the bigger celebrations - there are several locations offering New Year dinners and entertainment for Oslo visitors! The Oslo Tourist Board often announces them on their website in late fall, so you will want to keep an eye on that to make sure.

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    Senate Square in Helsinki in Winter
    ••• Senate Square in Helsinki in Winter. © Jonik, CC License

    While public places are quieter than usual, Helsinki does offer you a few options on New Year's Eve. If you can't get an invitation to a private party, you should have no problem finding a local bar or club with New Year's Eve events. And don't forget to meet everyone at the Cathedral at midnight...

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    Celebrate the New Year Twice! How?

    If you'd like to say good-bye to the old year in Scandinavian-style, travel to eastern Sweden, where New Year's Eve can be celebrated twice in one night! The starting point of this short drive is the Swedish city of Haparanda. There is a trick that you will need to take advantage of - and it requires you to bring at least one watch, but preferably two!  Here is the secret. The city lies right by the Swedish-Finnish river dividing the two countries - and the time zones of Sweden and Finland. So, celebrate twice and join the many parties on either side!