Public Holidays

Public holidays in Iceland

The fact that Iceland is a Christian country is also reflected in the calendar, which includes almost all the 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, though the midsummer day is missing and the beginning of winter is a bit neglected.

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Non-floating 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 name20232024202520262027
Husband's DayBóndadagurJan. 20thJan. 19thJan. 24thJan. 23rdJan. 22nd
Green MondayBolludagurFeb. 20thFeb. 12thMarch 3rdFeb. 16thFeb. 8th
Shrove TuesdaySprengidagurFeb. 21stFeb. 13thMarch 4thFeb. 17thFeb. 9th
Ash WednesdayÖskudagurFeb. 22ndFeb. 14thMarch 5thFeb. 18thFeb. 10th
Palm SundayPálmasunnudagurApril 2ndMarch 24thApril 13thMarch 29thMarch 21st
Maundy ThursdaySkírdagurApril 6thMarch 28thApril 17thApril 2ndMarch 25th
Good FridayFöstudagurinn langiApril 7thMarch 29thApril 18thApril 3rdMarch 26th
Easter SundayPáskadagurApril 9thMarch 31stApril 20thApril 5thMarch 28th
Easter MondayAnnar í páskumApril 10thApril 1stApril 21stApril 6thMarch 29th
Beginning of summerSumardagurinn fyrstiApril 20thApril 25thApril 24thApril 23rdApril 22nd
Mother's DayMæðradagurinnMay 14thMay 12thMay 11thMay 10thMay 9th
Ascension of ChristUppstigningardagurMay 18thMay 9thMay 29thMay 14thMay 6th
Whit SundayHvítasunnudagurMay 28thMay 19thJune 8thMay 24thMay 16th
Whit MondayAnnar í hvítasunnuMay 29thMay 20thJune 9thMay 25thMay 17th
Seamen's DaySjómannadagurinnJune 4thJune 2ndJune 1stJune 7thJune 6th
Corpus ChristiJune 8thMay 30thJune 19thJune 4thMay 27th
Free day for employeesVerslunarmannahelgiAug. 7thAug. 5thAug. 4thAug. 3rdAug. 2nd
Beginning of winterFyrsti vetrardagurOct. 28thOct. 26thOct. 25thOct. 24thOct. 23rd
Father's DayNov. 12thNov. 10thNov. 9thNov. 8thNov. 14th

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