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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2018

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)

February 12–14:  Carnival (special foods; parades and costumes on Ash Wednesday)

March 16–17:  Sónar Reykjavík (electronic music in Harpa)

March 29–April 1:  Aldrei Fór Ég Suður music festival, Ísafjörður, Westfjords

March 29–April 2:  Easter weekend (Maundy Thursday through Easter Monday; closures)

April 19:  First day of summer on old Norse calendar (parades, sports, closures)

May 1:  Labor Day (closures)

May 10:  Ascension (closures)

May 20–21:  Whitsunday and Whit Monday (closures)

June 3:  Seaman's Day (maritime festivals across Iceland)

June 8–13:  Viking Festival, Hafnarfjörður

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

July 1–8:  Icelandic horse convention, Reykjavík

July 5–8:  Goslok festival, Vestmannaeyjar (commemorates end of 1973 volcanic eruption)

August 3–6:  Þjóðhátíð National Festival, Herjólfsdalur, Westman Islands (fireworks, bonfires, singing)

August 6:  Commerce Day, a.k.a. "Shop Workers' Day Off"

August 18:  Culture Night, Reykjavík (free admission to museums, other free events)

September:  Réttir (sheep roundup across Iceland)

September 27–October 7:  Reykjavík International Film Festival

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

November 7–10:  Iceland Airwaves music festival, Reykjavík

Late November—mid-December:  Christmas market in Heiðmörk woods (near Reykjavík)

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)