Iceland Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean
  • Icelanders have freedom of religion guaranteed under the Constitution of Iceland, although the Church of Iceland, a Lutheran body, is the state church
  • Iceland’s official written and spoken language is Icelandic, a North Germanic language descended from Old Norse
  • Public holidays in Iceland are established by the act of Parliament
  • Majority of public holidays and observances in Iceland are based on strong Scandinavian and Roman Catholic traditions
  • Public Holidays are observed on their calendar date. If the date of a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the holiday will generally not be moved to a working weekday

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DateDayHolidays
1 JanSunNew Year's Day (Nýársdagur) - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
13 AprThursMaundy Thursday (Skírdagur) - The Thursday before Easter Sunday. commemorates Jesus' last supper with his disciples and the institution of the Lord's Supper and established the ceremony known as the Eucharist
14 AprFriGood Friday (Föstudagurinn langi) - The Friday before Easter Sunday. Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary
17 AprMonEaster Monday (Annar í páskum) - Monday after Easter Sunday. Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
20 AprThursFirst Day of Summer (Sumardagurinn fyrsti) - Thursday between 19 and 25 April
1 MayMonLabour Day / May Day (Verkalýðsdagurinn) - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers
14 MaySunMother's Day (Mæðradagurinn) - Celebration honoring the mother of the family. 2nd Sunday in May. Not a Public Holiday
25 MayThursAscension Day (Uppstigningardagur) - Commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. 40 days after Easter
5 JunMonWhitmonday (Annar í hvítasunnu) - 7th Monday after Easter. Also known as Pentecost Monday
17 JunSatIndependence Day / Icelandic National Day (Þjóðhátíðardagurinn) - Gain independence from Denmark on on 17 June 1944
7 AugMonCommerce Day (Frídagur verslunarmanna) - 1st Monday in August. The long weekend is usually the largest domestic travel weekend
12 NovSunFather's Day - Is a celebration honoring fathers. 2nd Sunday in November. Not a Public Holiday
24 DecSunChristmas Eve (Afternoon only) - The day before Christmas
25 DecMonChristmas Day (Jóladagur)- Celebrate the birth of Christ
26 DecTueSt. Stephens Day - Second day of Christmas or Commemorate Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr or protomartyr

DateDayHolidays
1 JanWedNew Year's Day
17 AprThursMaundy Thursday
18 AprFriGood Friday
21 AprMonEaster Monday
24 AprThursFirst Day of Summer
1 MayThursLabour Day
29 MayThursAscension Day
9 JunMonWhitmonday
17 JunTueIndependence Day
4 AugMonCommerce Day
24 DecWedChristmas Eve
25 DecThursChristmas Day
26 DecFriSt. Stephens Day

DateDayHolidays
1 JanThursNew Year's Day
2 AprThursMaundy Thursday
3 AprFriGood Friday
6 AprMonEaster Monday
23 AprThursFirst Day of Summer
1 MayFriLabour Day
14 MayThursAscension Day
25 MayMonWhitmonday
17 JunWedIndependence Day
3 AugMonCommerce Day
24 DecThursChristmas Eve
25 DecFriChristmas Day
26 DecSatSt. Stephens Day

DateDayHolidays
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
24 MarThursMaundy Thursday
25 MarFriGood Friday
28 MarchMonEaster Monday
21 AprThursFirst Day of Summer
1 MaySunLabour Day
5 MayThursAscension Day
16 MayMonWhitmonday
17 JunFriIndependence Day
1 AugMonCommerce Day
24 DecSatChristmas Eve
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonSt. Stephens Day

DateDayHolidays
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
29 MarThursMaundy Thursday (The Thursday before Easter Sunday)
30 MarFriGood Friday (The Friday before Easter Sunday)
2 AprMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
19 AprThursFirst Day of Summer (Thursday after 18 April)
1 MayTueLabour Day (May Day)
10 MayThursAscension Day (40 days after Easter)
13 MaySunMother's Day (2nd Sunday in May. Not a Public Holiday)
21 MayMonWhitmonday (7th Monday after Easter. Also known as Pentecost Monday)
17 JunSunIndependence Day (Independence from Denmark in 1944)
6 AugMonCommerce Day (1st Monday in August)
11 NovSunFather's Day (2nd Sunday in November. Not a Public Holiday)
24 DecMonChristmas Eve (Afternoon only)
25 DecTueChristmas Day
26 DecWedSt. Stephens Day

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