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Public Holidays

Public holidays in Iceland

The fact that Iceland is a Christian country is also reflected in the calendar, which includes almost all holidays of the Western Christian Church. More pronounced than in most other countries, even Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve are public holidays.
A special Icelandic feature is the day off at the beginning of summer. But the midsummer day is missing and also the beginning of winter is treated a bit stepmotherly.
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Non-movable holidays

Non-statutory holidays are written in gray.
DateholidayLocal name
Jan. 1stNew Year's DayNýársdagur
Jan. 6thEpiphanyÞrettándinn
Feb. 18thWomen's DayKonudagur
May 1stLabor DayHátíðisdagur Verkamanna
June 17thNational holidayÍslenski þjóðhátíðardagurinn
Aug. 15thAssumption Day
Nov. 16thDay of the Icelandic LanguageDagur íslenskrar tungu
Dec. 23rdBishop Thorlak's DayÞorláksmessa
Dec. 24thChristmas EveAðfangadagur
Dec. 25thChristmas DayJóladagur
Dec. 26thBoxing DayAnnar í jólum
Dec. 31stNew Year's EveGamlárskvöld


Moving Holidays in Iceland

holidayLocal name20222023202420252026
Husband's DayBóndadagurJan. 21stJan. 20thJan. 19thJan. 24thJan. 23rd
Green MondayBolludagurFeb. 28thFeb. 20thFeb. 12thMarch 3rdFeb. 16th
Shrove TuesdaySprengidagurMarch 1stFeb. 21stFeb. 13thMarch 4thFeb. 17th
Ash WednesdayÖskudagurMarch 2ndFeb. 22ndFeb. 14thMarch 5thFeb. 18th
Palm SundayPálmasunnudagurApril 10thApril 2ndMarch 24thApril 13thMarch 29th
Maundy ThursdaySkírdagurApril 14thApril 6thMarch 28thApril 17thApril 2nd
Good FridayFöstudagurinn langiApril 15thApril 7thMarch 29thApril 18thApril 3rd
Easter SundayPáskadagurApril 17thApril 9thMarch 31stApril 20thApril 5th
Easter MondayAnnar í páskumApril 18thApril 10thApril 1stApril 21stApril 6th
Beginning of summerSumardagurinn fyrstiApril 21stApril 20thApril 25thApril 24thApril 23rd
Mother's DayMæðradagurinnMay 8thMay 14thMay 12thMay 11thMay 10th
Ascension of ChristUppstigningardagurMay 26thMay 18thMay 9thMay 29thMay 14th
Whit SundayHvítasunnudagurJune 5thMay 28thMay 19thJune 8thMay 24th
Seamen's DaySjómannadagurinnJune 5thJune 4thJune 2ndJune 1stJune 7th
Whit MondayAnnar í hvítasunnuJune 6thMay 29thMay 20thJune 9thMay 25th
Corpus ChristiJune 16thJune 8thMay 30thJune 19thJune 4th
Free day for employeesVerslunarmannahelgiAug. 1stAug. 7thAug. 5thAug. 4thAug. 3rd
Beginning of winterFyrsti vetrardagurOct. 22ndOct. 28thOct. 26thOct. 25thOct. 24th
Father's DayNov. 13thNov. 12thNov. 10thNov. 9thNov. 8th

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