Bonfire to celebrate New Year's Eve in 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland
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Roaring into 2022. New Year's Eve
Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice thanks to its volcanoes and glaciers, but its midwinter celebrations are also a fiery affair. The tradition of New Year's Eve bonfires is said to have begun in the 18th century, when a group of schoolboys set light to a huge pile of wood scraps to see in the new year. The unruly teenagers' celebration sparked the general public's interest and annual fires - like this one in Reykjavik - became an Icelandic tradition. Let’s all huddle up to the fire and raise a warm toast to the new year!