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Holidays and Flag Days to Know in Iceland 2020

What are the public holidays and flags days of Iceland? Find out, plus more important dates such as cultural festivals, with our full calendar. Don’t miss out on the best of Iceland, whether you’re a local or traveler!

 

What is a flag day in Iceland?

Flag days have been decreed as dates on which to the Icelandic national flag. On flag days in Iceland, businesses are not closed nor are there special hours, unless the date is also a public holiday. All national institutions must fly the flag on these dates, while private institutions and people are not obligated to do so (though many do).

The birthdays of adult royals are flag days, as are dates that commemorate war or soldiers. Some public holidays are also flag days, such as Easter and Christmas.

 

 

What is a public holiday in Iceland?

Public holidays are national holidays when public offices, institutions, and administrative buildings are closed. Some private institutions are closed, but many that stay open including a fair number of restaurants, shops, and grocery stores. This changes annually so check individual websites for holiday opening hours if you’re not sure.

Here are the public holidays, flag days, and important dates to know in Iceland 2020.

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January in Iceland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

1 January New Year’s Day: Nýársdagur
6 January Epiphany: Þrettándinn 
25 January Husband’s Day: Bóndadagur
24 – 26 January Reykjavik International Games
25 January – 1 February Dark Days Music Festival

 

 

February in Iceland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

19 February Woman’s Day: Konudagur
24 February Wife’s Day: Konudagur
24 February Shrove Monday: Bolludagur
25 February Shrove Tuesday: Sprengidagur
26 February Ash Wednesday: Öskudagur

 
 

March in Iceland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

1 March Beer Day: Bjórdagurinn
20 – 22 March Iceland Winter Games
25 – 29  March Design March

 

 

April in Iceland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

5 April Palm Sunday: Pálmasunnudagur
9 April Maundy Thursday: Skírdagur
10 April Good Friday: Föstudagurinn langi
12 April Easter Sunday: Páskadagur
13 April Easter Monday: Annar í páskum
23 April – 23 June Ramadan
25 April First Day of Summer: Sumardagurinn fyrsti

 
 

May in Iceland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

1 May International Worker’s Day: Verkalýðsdagurinn
10 May Mother’s Day: Mæðradagurinn
21 May Ascension Day: Uppstigningardagur
31 May Whit Sunday: Hvítasunnudagur

 

 

June in Iceland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

1 June Whit Monday: Annar í hvítasunnu
7 June Sailor’s Day/Fisherman’s Day: Sjómannadagurinn
17 June Icelandic National Day: Þjóðhátíðardagurinn
19 June Women’s Rights Day: Kvenréttindadagurinn
26 – 28 June Secret Solstice Festival

 
 

July in Iceland

No flag days or public holidays in July this year.

 
 

August in Iceland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

5 August Commerce Day: Frídagur verslunarmanna
29 August – 5 September Reykjavik Jazz Festival

 

 

September in Iceland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

24 September – 4 October Reykjavik International Film Festival

 
 

October in Iceland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

31 October Halloween

 

 

November in Iceland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

4 – 7 November Iceland Airwaves
16 November Icelandic Language Day: Dagur íslenskrar tungu
29 November First advent

 
 

December in Iceland

Flag Day?

Holiday?

Date

Holiday Name

1 December Self-governance Day: Fullveldisdagurinn
6 December Second advent
13 December Fourth advent
20 December Third advent
24 December Christmas Eve: Aðfangadagur. (Public holiday from 1:00 pm).
25 December Christmas Day: Jóladagur
26 December Second Day of Christmas: Annar í jólum
31 December New Year’s Eve: Gamlársdagur. (Public holiday from 1:00 pm).

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