Public Holidays

Public holidays in Iceland 2020-2024

In the Christian world, most holidays are oriented towards Easter or Christmas. But also in other countries far away from home there is enough reason to celebrate.

Not all holidays are statuted by law - and those that are, do not necessarily mean a day off in all regions of Iceland. Rather, it is often up to the respective parts of the country whether the holiday is also a day off.

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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 name20202021202220232024
Husband's DayBóndadagurJan, 24thJan, 22ndJan, 21stJan, 20thJan, 19th
Green MondayBolludagurFeb, 24thFeb, 15thFeb, 28thFeb, 20thFeb, 12th
Shrove TuesdaySprengidagurFeb, 25thFeb, 16thMar, 1stFeb, 21stFeb, 13th
Ash WednesdayÖskudagurFeb, 26thFeb, 17thMar, 2ndFeb, 22ndFeb, 14th
Palm SundayPálmasunnudagurApr, 5thMar, 28thApr, 10thApr, 2ndMar, 24th
Maundy ThursdaySkírdagurApr, 9thApr, 1stApr, 14thApr, 6thMar, 28th
Good FridayFöstudagurinn langiApr, 10thApr, 2ndApr, 15thApr, 7thMar, 29th
Easter SundayPáskadagurApr, 12thApr, 4thApr, 17thApr, 9thMar, 31st
Easter MondayAnnar í páskumApr, 13thApr, 5thApr, 18thApr, 10thApr, 1st
Beginning of summerSumardagurinn fyrstiApr, 23rdApr, 22ndApr, 21stApr, 20thApr, 25th
Mother's DayMæðradagurinnMay, 10thMay, 9thMay, 8thMay, 14thMay, 12th
Ascension of ChristUppstigningardagurMay, 21stMay, 13thMay, 26thMay, 18thMay, 9th
Whit SundayHvítasunnudagurMay, 31stMay, 23rdJun, 5thMay, 28thMay, 19th
Whit MondayAnnar í hvítasunnuJun, 1stMay, 24thJun, 6thMay, 29thMay, 20th
Seamen's DaySjómannadagurinnJun, 7thJun, 6thJun, 5thJun, 4thJun, 2nd
Corpus ChristiJun, 11thJun, 3rdJun, 16thJun, 8thMay, 30th
Free day for employeesVerslunarmannahelgiAug, 3rdAug, 2ndAug, 1stAug, 7thAug, 5th
Beginning of winterFyrsti vetrardagurOct, 24thOct, 23rdOct, 22ndOct, 28thOct, 26th
Father's DayNov, 8thNov, 14thNov, 13thNov, 12thNov, 10th