Public Holidays

Public holidays in Iceland 2021-2025

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.

holidayLocal namedate
New Year's DayNýársdagurJan, 1st
EpiphanyÞrettándinnJan, 6th
Women's DayKonudagurFeb, 18th
Labor DayHátíðisdagur VerkamannaMay, 1st
National holidayÍslenski þjóðhátíðardagurinnJun, 17th
Assumption DayAug, 15th
Day of the Icelandic LanguageDagur íslenskrar tunguNov, 16th
Bishop Thorlak's DayÞorláksmessaDec, 23rd
Christmas EveAðfangadagurDec, 24th
Christmas DayJóladagurDec, 25th
Boxing DayAnnar í jólumDec, 26th
New Year's EveGamlárskvöldDec, 31st


Moving Holidays in Iceland

holidayLocal name20212022202320242025
Husband's DayBóndadagurJan, 22ndJan, 21stJan, 20thJan, 19thJan, 24th
Green MondayBolludagurFeb, 15thFeb, 28thFeb, 20thFeb, 12thMar, 3rd
Shrove TuesdaySprengidagurFeb, 16thMar, 1stFeb, 21stFeb, 13thMar, 4th
Ash WednesdayÖskudagurFeb, 17thMar, 2ndFeb, 22ndFeb, 14thMar, 5th
Palm SundayPálmasunnudagurMar, 28thApr, 10thApr, 2ndMar, 24thApr, 13th
Maundy ThursdaySkírdagurApr, 1stApr, 14thApr, 6thMar, 28thApr, 17th
Good FridayFöstudagurinn langiApr, 2ndApr, 15thApr, 7thMar, 29thApr, 18th
Easter SundayPáskadagurApr, 4thApr, 17thApr, 9thMar, 31stApr, 20th
Easter MondayAnnar í páskumApr, 5thApr, 18thApr, 10thApr, 1stApr, 21st
Beginning of summerSumardagurinn fyrstiApr, 22ndApr, 21stApr, 20thApr, 25thApr, 24th
Mother's DayMæðradagurinnMay, 9thMay, 8thMay, 14thMay, 12thMay, 11th
Ascension of ChristUppstigningardagurMay, 13thMay, 26thMay, 18thMay, 9thMay, 29th
Whit SundayHvítasunnudagurMay, 23rdJun, 5thMay, 28thMay, 19thJun, 8th
Whit MondayAnnar í hvítasunnuMay, 24thJun, 6thMay, 29thMay, 20thJun, 9th
Corpus ChristiJun, 3rdJun, 16thJun, 8thMay, 30thJun, 19th
Seamen's DaySjómannadagurinnJun, 6thJun, 5thJun, 4thJun, 2ndJun, 1st
Free day for employeesVerslunarmannahelgiAug, 2ndAug, 1stAug, 7thAug, 5thAug, 4th
Beginning of winterFyrsti vetrardagurOct, 23rdOct, 22ndOct, 28thOct, 26thOct, 25th
Father's DayNov, 14thNov, 13thNov, 12thNov, 10thNov, 9th