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Jessie Collins selects six novel ideas for New Year’s Eve diversions, plus a few last-minute gifting fixes

If you are looking for a truly alternative New Year’s Eve, then the Icelandic capital might be the place for you. There’s no official, state-sponsored festivities or display. Instead, at precisely 11.35pm an extraordinary explosion of fireworks is unleashed as 200,000 people, about the population of the city, set off around 500 tons of fireworks. Partying then continues long into the small hours, where you may also get to see some aurora borealis if you are lucky. A nice way to mark a new beginning, and quite the on-a-whim trip. See

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