Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Iceland

  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates at the festival's website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism site for Iceland.
  • This list includes selected festivals, plus national holidays observed in Iceland. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep this in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn't a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
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2019

November 29–December 23:  Christmas Village, Hafnarfjörður

November 30–December 17 (weekends):  Christmas market in Heiðmörk woods (near Reykjavík)

Mid-December:  Yule Lads Bath, Mývatn Nature Bath (Christmas festival with swimming yule lads)

December 23:  St. Þorlákur's Day (Christmas shopping, evening strolling, traditional meals of fermented skate)

December 24:  Christmas Eve (businesses close at noon)

December 25–26:  Christmas Day and Second Day of Christmas (closures)

December 31:  New Year's Eve (bonfires, fireworks, businesses close at noon)


2020

January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

January 6:  Thirteenth Day of Christmas (Epiphany; bonfires and fireworks)

Mid-January–mid-February​:  Þorri (midwinter celebration from old Norse calendar)

January 25–February 1 (likely):  Dark Music Days, Reykjavík (contemporary music festival)

January 27–February 3:  Reykjavík International Games

February 6–9:  Reykjavík Winter Lights Festival

Mid-February (3 days):  Art in the Light, Seyðisfjörður

February 23–26 (likely):  Carnival (special foods; parades and costumes on Ash Wednesday)

March 13–16:  Rainbow Reykjavík Winter Pride

March 20–22:  Iceland Winter Games, Akureyri

March 25–29:  DesignMarch, Reykjavík (design festival)

April 9–13:  Easter weekend (Maundy Thursday through Easter Monday; closures)

April 21–26:  Children's Culture Festival, Reykjavík

April 23:  First day of summer on old Norse calendar (parades, sports, closures)

April 25–27 (likely):  Sónar Reykjavík (electronic music in Harpa)

Late April (2 days):  Aldrei Fór Ég Suður music festival, Ísafjörður, Westfjords

May 1:  Labor Day (closures)

May 21:  Ascension (closures)

May 29–31 (likely):  Vaka Folk Festival, Akureyri

May 31–June 1:  Whitsunday and Whit Monday (closures)

June (18 days):  Reykjavík Arts Festival

June 6:  Seaman's Day (maritime festivals across Iceland)

June 11–14 (likely):  Viking Festival, Hafnarfjörður

June 17:  Icelandic National Day (parades, theater; closures)

June 24–27:  Arctic Open, Akureyri (golf tournament)

June 26–28:  Secret Solstice Festival, Reykjavík (contemporary and electronic music)

July 1–5:  Siglufjörður Folk Festival (Icelandic, Scandinavian and world music)

July 6–12:  Icelandic horse convention, Reykjavík

July 9–12 (likely):  Goslok Festival, Vestmannaeyjar (commemorates end of 1973 volcanic eruption)

July 18–19 (likely):  Medieval Trading Weekend, Gásir (near Akuyreri, recreation of a medieval trading village)

July 31–August 2:  Þjóðhátíð National Festival, Herjólfsdalur, Westman Islands (fireworks, bonfires, singing)

August 3:  Commerce Day, a.k.a. "Shop Workers' Day Off"

August 4–9:  Reykjavík Pride

August 22:  Culture Night, Reykjavík (free admission to museums, other free events)

September:  Réttir (sheep roundup across Iceland)

September 2–6 (likely):  Reykjavík Jazz Festival

September 24–October 4:  Reykjavík International Film Festival

October 8:  John Lennon's birthday and lighting of Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island, Reykjavík

November 4–7:  Iceland Airwaves music festival, Reykjavík

November 28–December 15 (weekends; dates likely):  Christmas market in Heiðmörk woods (near Reykjavík)

Late November–December 23:  Christmas Village, Hafnarfjörður

Mid-December:  Yule Lads Bath, Mývatn Nature Bath (Christmas festival with swimming yule lads)

December 23:  St. Þorlákur's Day (Christmas shopping, evening strolling, traditional meals of fermented skate)

December 24:  Christmas Eve (businesses close at noon)

December 25–26:  Christmas Day and Second Day of Christmas (closures)

December 31:  New Year's Eve (bonfires, fireworks, businesses close at noon)