Tonight is a special night in Iceland. It is the only night of the year where anybody is allowed to light fireworks without a permit – and we make it count! Fireworks will be going off all night long from sundown and building up all the way to midnight, when all the firetrucks and all the ships in the harbour will ring their bells and blow their horns to welcome the New Year.
You can stream tonight’s fireworks live from Reykjavic at IcelandNaturally.com.
Thanks for sharing the DalPay Blog’s first year with us. We hope your celebration is as bright as ours!
DalPay’s offices sit in bustling fishing village of Dalvik in Northern Iceland. We, along with the rest of Dalvik, will be taking some time off until the New Year to celebrate the holiday traditions of Iceland. Don’t worry, all our services and features will be operating normally, but it will just be a little quiet here at the blog and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Though we specialise in international payments, we at DalPay are still very locally-minded. We love Iceland and our tight-knit hometown of Dalvik. Bjorn Snorrason, CEO of Snorrason Holdings, parent company of DalPay, is very active in the local community and the philosophies he brings to business still reflect the values instilled in him by his family and growing up in this community.
Yule, the Christmas season in Iceland, began yesterday on St. Thorlakur’s Day, with a meal of skate (a type of fermented fish) and the decoration of the Yule tree (and for those less prepared, some last-minute shopping before the stores close for the season).
Gifts are exchanged on Yule Eve and traditionally everyone can expect at least one new item of clothing, as according to Icelandic folklore anyone who isn’t wearing a new piece of clothing on Jóladagur (Christmas Day) risks being captured by Jólaköttur, the Yule Cat!
On Jóladagur, the whole family gathers to feast and share stories about the Yuletide Lads, the 13 mischievous men who come down from the mountains during Yule bearing gifts, candy and the occasional prank. The children of Iceland leave a shoe in their window for each of the 13 nights of Yule, from December 23rd to January 6th, hoping to receive a gift, though bad kids risk getting a rotting potato!
Gleðileg jól and happy holidays from everyone at DalPay! We’ll be back late next week – in the meantime, watch out for the Christmas Cat!