Six Alternative Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve

For many, New Year’s Eve is a night to dress up and party into the early hours. For others, it’s a quiet night in with loved ones, watching the festivities unfold with a blanket and hot drink. But if you’re looking for something a little different this year, we’re here to help you out. We’ve handpicked six alternative ways to spend New Year’s Eve that are guaranteed to make it a memorable celebration.

View of Angkor Wat at Sunrise from across the reflection ponds

Watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat

Ring in the new year with a visit to Siem Reap in Cambodia, gateway to the magnificent Angkor Temple Complex. The city’s nightlife varies from the lively bars and vibrant clubs of Pub Street to the rooftop bars and lounges of five-star hotels.

Join in the celebrations and either catch a few hours sleep or party on until the early hours. Then head to the magnificent Angkor Wat to catch the first sunrise of the year. Standing by the reflection pools, you’ll see the temple’s stunning silhouette mirrored in the waters whilst the dawn colours fill the sky.

Recommended tour: Journey to Angkor Wat

Camp in the Wadi Rum, Jordan

Camping in the Wadi Rum

Get truly off-the-beaten-track for New Year’s Eve by spending a night in the Wadi Rum. An otherworldly landscape of ancient river beds, sandy desert and spectacular rock formations, this area offers some of the most stunning scenery in all of Jordan.

Drive into the heart of the Wadi Rum aboard a 4×4 vehicle and experience a Bedouin party at your remote camp. Alongside a lavish buffet dinner, you’ll enjoy folkloric dancing, Bedouin musicians, fireworks and more, before a champagne toast under the stars at midnight.

Recommended tour: New Years in Wadi Rum

Safari truck and lions

On safari in Tanzania

If you’re a nature lover, why not celebrate the new year with a safari in Tanzania? As one of the world’s premier wildlife-viewing destinations, you could be spending New Year’s Eve out spotting the famous Big Five and marvelling at views of Mount Kilimanjaro over the savannah plains.

Accommodation ranges from luxury lodges to tented camps in the wilderness, a far cry from the fireworks and crowds you’re used to back home. And you can spend the first day of the new year enjoying the fresh air and scenery of a morning game drive, all without the usual hangover.

Recommended tour: Zebras and Zanzibar

Snowy Landscape in Finland

Exploring winter landscapes in Finland

If you’re looking to experience a real winter wonderland, head to Finland to see in the new year. The beautiful scenery of Kuhmo will be covered in a dazzling mantle of snow. Perfect for exploring either by cross-country skiing or on a snowmobile or husky safari.

Once evening falls, spend some time warming up in the sauna or Jacuzzi. Then either lounge by a cosy log fire or join a gala dinner and raise a toast at midnight. You might also catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights in the night sky.

Recommended tour: New Year’s in Finland

Temple of King Ramses II, Abu Simbel, Egypt

Waking up to Abu Simbel

If there’s one thing that worth an early wake-up, its the temples of Abu Simbel in Egypt. Found around a 3.5-hour drive south of Aswan, most trips to the temples depart around 4 am.

Catch up on your sleep on your journey through the Sahara and awaken to the sight of these magnificent temples. With its four colossal statues guarding the entrance, the temple of King Ramses II is undeniably impressive, and a worthy sight to mark the start of your new year.

Recommended tour: Festive King Ramses

Fireworks on New Years Eve in Reykjavik in Iceland

Joining the locals in Reykjavik

Whereas cities such as London and Sydney are famous for their New Year’s Eve fireworks, Reykjavik has no official arrangments. But that hasn’t stopped the capital’s residents from creating their own displays.

From 11:30 pm on New Year’s Eve, around 500 tonnes of fireworks are set off across the city in one magnificent and uncoordinated spectacle. Join the locals and watch the sky light up, before heading into one of the many pubs and clubs to continue the party.

Recommended tour: New Year’s in Iceland

Check out our range of New Year’s tours and plan a special end to your year.

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