Pondering spending New Years in either Reykjavik or Tallinn; looking for some idea of what to expect in each city with regards to:
- Fireworks? (Big display run by some official organization? Lots of individual people sending stuff up in the air by themselves? Hardly any at all?)
- Snowfall? (Will there be a 'guaranteed' snow cover, in or around the city?)
- Popularity? (Neither city is exactly what would come to my mind as a first choice for somewhere to go for New Years, but still, should we expect hotels in either place to be booked already? Special high rates because of New Years, or rather low rates because it's low season?)
Tallinn has a preference for being cheaper and nicer looking (as a city, based on personal experience with Tallinn, and looking at lots of city overview pictures of Reykjavik), but Reykjavik has a more interesting landscape surrounding it, geothermal pools, and perhaps a minor chance (I am of course checking the predictions, which aren't too hopeful at the moment) of seeing the Aurora Borealis (? If activity is high, can that actually be seen from the city, or is there too much light pollution?)
Also, if anyone can recommend nice hotels (not too super swanky, but like a nice boutique hotel, or someplace where you feel you're being pampered by staying there) in either city, that'd be really good. Extra double bonus-brownie points for "wellness" hotels or something in that vein (e.g. with spa/thermal pools, massages, etc. included), and the same again for hotels with a view over the city and a balcony, in case of worthwhile firework displays.