New Year's Eve in the Nordic countries, including the Scandinavian peninsula, offer visitors lots of parties, fireworks, and celebrations. You can spend New Year's Eve at a large outdoor celebration, in a warm, cozy restaurant, or hip bar. Make friends with the locals and you might even find yourself at their home with a feast of food, bubbly, and waiting for midnight to ring in the New Year.
If you're up for a two-in-one New Year's find out how you can experience the ringing of midnight twice along the Finnish-Swedish border.
Figure out if you plan to visit Stockholm, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Oslo, or Helsinki on December 31. Then, learn more about where to go and what to do on New Year's Eve in the capital cities of the Nordic region.
When it comes to spending New Year's Eve in Stockholm, Sweden, you have tons of options. You can enjoy New Year's Eve poetry performances or the traditional medieval church concert.
Or, if you are looking for more thrills, go ice skating or check out the multitude of wild parties, nightclubs, and fireworks. At the stroke of midnight, Stockholm natives put on thick jackets and pants over their fancy party clothes and head outside to toast with champagne and watch the fireworks. This city has it all.
Copenhagen, Denmark, is a great destination for a New Year's trip. At midnight on December 31, a gigantic crowd meets at the town square of Amalienborg, which is the Royal Palace in the center of Copenhagen. There, you can join in on one of the city's biggest New Year's parties and can check out the Royal Guard Parade in their dress red gala uniforms. If indoor fun is more what you had planned, there are New Year's buffets, bars, and nightclub special events, and fireworks celebrations.
Get ready for bonfires and parties if you take a trip to Reykjavik, Iceland, for New Year's Eve. Iceland's capital sure knows how to celebrate the holiday for this time of year's long, dark nights. Take in the northern lights before the fireworks obscure the natural light show. Also, do not miss out on the televised New Year's Comedy Show, an annual tradition and satirical take on the year's events.
Oslo, Norway, can be a little more subdued than in other Scandinavian cities on New Year's Eve. Many Norwegians celebrate the New Year with family and friends in private parties. There are several locations offering special dinners and entertainment for Oslo visitors. The fireworks from the central town hall area are grandiose, just remember to wear layers, since the temperatures can dip dramatically for those celebrating outdoors.
The biggest celebration in Helsinki, Finland, is at the Helsinki Cathedral where the bells are rung at midnight on New Year's Eve. Check out Kansalaistori Square, where tens of thousands of people meet at midnight for a spectacular fireworks display preceded by musical entertainment and dancing. If you can't get an invitation to a private party, then you should have no problem finding a local bar or club with New Year's Eve events.
Ring In the New Year Twice in One Night
If you would like double the impact of welcoming in the New Year, travel to northeastern Sweden or northwestern Finland, where New Year's Eve can be celebrated twice in one night. Go to Tornio, Finland, which lies right next to the Swedish-Finnish river that divides the two countries and two time zones. Celebrate in Tornio first, then drive five minutes to Haparanda, Sweden, for another fireworks display and the ringing in of the New Year an hour later there. Celebrate twice and join the many parties on either side.