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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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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 25–29:  Dark Music Days, Reykjavík (contemporary music festival)

January 28–February 6:  Reykjavík International Games

February 3–6:  Reykjavík Winter Lights Festival

February 11–12:  Art in the Light, Seyðisfjörður

February 28–March 2:  Carnival (Bun Day, a.k.a. Bolludagur, on Monday; Blast Day, a.k.a. Sprengidagur, on Tuesday; parades and costumes on Ash Wednesday, a.k.a. Öskudagur)

March 3–6 (likely):  Rainbow Reykjavík Winter Pride

April 1–2 (likely):  Aldrei Fór Ég Suður music festival, Ísafjörður, Westfjords

April 5–10:  Children's Culture Festival, Reykjavík

April 14–18:  Easter weekend (Maundy Thursday through Easter Monday; closures)

April 21:  Sumardagurinn fyrsti (first day of summer on old Norse calendar; parades, sports, closures)

May 1:  Labor Day (closures)

May 4–8:  DesignMarch, Reykjavík (design festival)

May 20–22 (likely):  Vaka Folk Festival, Reykjavík

May 26:  Ascension (closures)

June 1–19:  Reykjavík Arts Festival

June 5:  Fishermen's Day (maritime festivals across Iceland; Reykjavík celebrates the Festival of the Sea all weekend)

June 5 & 6:  Whitsunday and Whit Monday (closures)

June 15–19:  Viking Festival, Hafnarfjörður

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

June 23–25:  Arctic Open, Akureyri (golf tournament)

June 24–26 (likely):  Secret Solstice Festival, Reykjavík (contemporary and electronic music)

June 24–July 3:  Reykjavík Fringe Festival (eclectic performances)

July 4–10:  Icelandic horse convention, Reykjavík

July 6–10:  Siglufjörður Folk Festival (Icelandic, Scandinavian, and world music)

July 7–10 (likely):  Goslok Festival, Vestmannaeyjar (commemorates end of 1973 volcanic eruption)

July 17–18:  Medieval Trading Weekend, Gásir (near Akuyreri, recreation of a medieval trading village)

July 29–31:  Þjóðhátíð National Festival, Herjólfsdalur, Westman Islands (fireworks, bonfires, singing)

July 29–31:  Innipukinn Music Festival, Reykjavík (indie rock)

August 1:  Commerce Day, a.k.a. "Shop Workers' Day Off"

August 2–7:  Reykjavík Pride

August 20:  Culture Night, Reykjavík (free admission to museums, other free events)

August 27–September 3 (likely):  Reykjavík Jazz Festival

September:  Réttir (sheep roundup across Iceland)

September 29–October 9:  Reykjavík International Film Festival

October 9:  John Lennon's birthday and lighting of Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island, Reykjavík

November 2–5:  Iceland Airwaves music festival, Reykjavík

November 26–December 18 (weekends):  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)