How To Celebrate New Year’s Eve Twice in Scandinavia

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The Swedish town of Haparanda likes right by a Swedish-Finnish river dividing the two countries – and the time zones of Sweden and Finland.

Thus you may have an unique opportunity to cross the bridge to the Finnish side of the river in just five minutes, where you enter the Finnish town of Tornio.

Tornio is ahead in time, so it is wise to go ahead and celebrate New Year’s Eve with fireworks there first. Afterwards you can simply drive back over the bridge to Sweden and enjoy another display of fireworks an hour later.

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The location where New Year’s Eve can be celebrated twice can be reached by flying to Tornio, Finland. Many travelers in the Lapland area decide to spend the nights at the Icehotel, a hotel which is rebuilt every year. This is probably the most unique hotel in Scandinavia and it goes hand in hand with an unusual New Year’s Eve celebration.

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At the Icehotel even the drinks are served in glasses made of ice, so better dress warm!

We wish you a Prosperous and Happy New Year!

The starting point of this quick trip is the Swedish city of Haparanda and the drive is not far at all – only 5 minutes! Driving/walking instructions here

Haparanda, Sweden, lies right by the Swedish-Finnish river dividing the two countries – and the time zones of Sweden and Finland. This provides the unique opportunity to cross the bridge to the Finnish side of the river in just 5 minutes. The Finnish town of Tornio is located there.

Tornio, Finland, is ahead in time. So, go ahead and celebrate New Year’s Eve with Finnish fireworks there first. Afterwards, you can simply drive back over the bridge to Sweden and enjoy another display of fireworks an hour later – this time, by the Swedes! Celebrate the Scandinavian new year here a second time in the same night.

The location where New Year’s can be celebrated twice can be reached by flying in to Tornio, Finland (airport code KEM).

Many travelers in the Lapland area decide to spend the nights at the Icehotel which is a hotel that is rebuilt every year. This is quite possibly the most unique hotel in all of Scandinavia and it goes hand in hand with an unusual New Year’s Eve celebration. At the Icehotel, even the drink menus are made of ice…so better dress warm!

So by now you know how to celebrate New Year’s Eve twice in Scandinavia.

Happy New Year!