New Year’s Eve Fireworks Safety

29. December, 2018

Fireworks in Iceland are very popular on New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day and on þrettándinn (6th January). If you will spend New Year’s Eve in Iceland we advise you to keep the following in mind for a safe and enjoyable experience:

  • Wear safety goggles while you are in close proximity to fireworks (they will be available at the secure viewing zone)
  • Wear safety gloves while handling fireworks
  • Check that nothing is in the path of the fireworks before igniting them
  • Never place a part of your body directly over a firework device when lighting
  • Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks
  • Never try to re-light or pickup fireworks that have not ignited fully
  • Do not leave children unsupervised around fireworks
  • Stay indoors if you have a respiratory condition or are easily irritated by the smoke

Secure Fireworks Viewing Zone

At Skólavörðuholt (next to Hallgrímskirkja Church – shown below on the map) there will be a designated area where fireworks can be set off at a safe distance from the spectators, who can gather in a secure area for viewing. We recommend that both residents of the community and guests gather at Skólavörðuholt, where everyone can enjoy the fireworks more securely than within the narrow streets of the neighborhoods.

Have fun and be safe! Wishing you all a very happy new year from the Safetravel team!