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.

dateholidayLocal name
Jan, 1stNew Year's DayNýársdagur
Jan, 6thEpiphanyÞrettándinn
Feb, 18thWomen's DayKonudagur
May, 1stLabor DayHátíðisdagur Verkamanna
Jun, 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 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

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