Update: I’m sorry to say that we are completely fully booked and then some and we don’t have any more space at our little party. There’s no waiting list – we’re full 🙂
I’ve been receiving a few e-mails lately where people are asking me whether the boyfriend and I are going to do our (somewhat annual) New Years Eve celebrations this year. You see, for the last couple of years we’ve invited some random strangers into our home for a traditional Icelandic New Years Eve celebrations. It’s a great little tradition and we were very sure quite early on that we would like to do it all over again this year.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending how you look at it) we’ve had some really big problems with our apartment this year that haven’t been resolved yet so it’s a bit of a hazard zone and not fit for guests. Therefore we had to put on our thinking caps and find a way to carry on this tradition somewhere else. We knew we would have to find a cozy and inviting place were we wouldn’t loose the homey feel that our little party is all about. We also didn’t want to have to charge for admission so the place in question would have to share our vision and offer us the space for free. The reason our apartment troubles is possibly your gain is the simple fact that with the partner we found we can invite a lot more of you to join us.
Introducing: Bus Hostel Reykjavík
Three reasons we decided to partner up with Bus Hostel:
- Their common room is huge so we don’t have to say no to as many people as we did the last couple of years.
- The common room has the cozy and inviting feeling we were looking for (even more so when it will be all decorated and stuff) so it feels a little bit like home to us.
- They are located in our neighborhood so we’ll still be in walking distance to the bonfire and fireworks, just as we would have been in our home
Plus they are super cool and said yes to the idea before they even knew what they were getting themselves into.
I heart Reykjavík and Bus Hostel invite you to a New Years Eve celebrations in Reykjavík
So with all that, I’m happy to announce that we will indeed do our New Years Eve thing again except this year we can invite more people with this new twist. The format will be the same as before: We will offer traditional Icelandic holiday food inspired by our families before taking you to a bonfire, then force you to watch the Áramótaskaup (ok, you can choose whether or not you watch it) and finally ringing in the new year Icelandic style with amazing views over probably the biggest fireworks display you’ll see in your life. The boyfriend will cook, I will be my usual awkward self and it’s all going to be fantastic.
The party will take place at Bus Hostel Reykjavík, starting early evening and lasting till around 1am. The menu will be a surprise but it’s all something Icelandic people eat during the holiday season. We are not a restaurant and the boyfriend is not a chef (although he’s definitely the chef in our home) so don’t expect a fancy pants restaurant style meal.
It doesn’t cost a single thing to participate and all the food will be provided by us. However, we will have a donation bucket which you will be free to slip a little something into if you feel like it and we’ll use that money to cover the costs. You are not in any way obligated to donate but we sure would appreciate it.
What you should bring
If you want to drink some wine or other alcoholic beverages you should bring that with you. You should also bring a bottle of bubbly to say cheers at midnight. It would also be fun if you could bring a little something from home to share with everyone, whether it’s a schnapps from your region or some other special treat.
And finally: How you can join
Although we would love to invite the whole world we have a limited budget and space. There are two ways to be a part of this:
- The boyfriend and I will invite a few people at random, just send me an e-mail and let me know if you want to join. The number of people we can invite will all depend on how many people in total will register. Please include your name, the number of guests you are bringing with you, whether you have any dietary restrictions, why you want to come and if you have any special talents that will make evening even more special.
- Bus Hostel will be inviting some of the guests that are staying with them over new years to join us on first come first serve basis so if you are already staying there you will be contacted shortly by the hostel staff with further instructions. For anyone who’d like secure their place at the dinner table and a bed at the hostel you can send firstname.lastname@example.org an e-mail with the subject: I Heart Reykjavík and NYE and she’ll give you a generous 20% discount of your stay.
This is not a tour you can buy and we are not a tour company. All we are offering is a possibly amazing way to spend the last night of the year and celebrate the new year with some great new friends.