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New Years in Reykjavik or Tallinn?

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1. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 6y

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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?)
- Temperature?
- 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.

2. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 6y

Hey Sander,
I don't know anything about Reykjavik but I've been to Tallinn a few times where I've stayed in the Merchants House Hotel. http://www.booking.com/hotel/ee/merchantshousehotel.html?aid=303948;label=tallinn-A3ATH*IzQUYP56WT3SM3gAS1120666761;sid=38c621b454cf82ba0822a685339ffbb0

It's really well situated in the centre of the old town and is quite a lovely boutique hotel. You should have snow there at that time of the year and if you try to get out to the countryside you'll get full benefit of the season.

As for the Aurora B, I've seen it in St. Petersburg but not sure of Tallinn. I guess Yes, but then again it's just a matter of luck even with the predictions. I even saw it in Ireland once so you never know.

I really enjoy Tallinn (but not if there happens to be Stag Parties around), it has a nice homely feel to it and is really simple to get around. Your money should also last a little longer in Estonia than Iceland I guess (?).

Sorry if this is rather vague, but it may be some use. Enjoy wherever you go.
Zaksame

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 6y

Thanks, Brendan! That hotel looks pretty nice indeed. I think we're leaning away from Tallinn for the moment due to the flight being pretty much at the far upper range of what we're willing to spend, but maybe we'll yet come back to it due to other costs being less, and if so, that hotel will probably be the first one we'll look at. :)

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 6y

Great minds think alike, clearly, as I really liked the Merchant's House too. I love Tallinn in the snow!