The first day of summer (Sumardagurinn fyrsti)—according to the old Norse calendar—is a public holiday that occurs on the first Thursday after April 18 every year.
Today, May 1, is a worldwide day of action for workers’ rights held every year. In Iceland, as in many countries, it is a public holiday.
Today is the official first day of summer in Iceland and is a public holiday. It is common for people to wish each other ‘gleðilegt sumar’ (happy summer) today.
On June 17, 1944, the Republic of Iceland was formally established and Iceland became independent after being under Danish rule.
Good Friday, or föstudagurinn langi (‘Long Friday’) in Icelandic, is a public holiday in Iceland and part of Easter celebrations.