Summer is on its way and we couldn’t be more happy about it! Will you be spending any time in Iceland this summer?
Icelanders get an early jump on summer. Sumardagurinn fyrsti, The First day of summer is an annual public holiday in Iceland and is always on Thursday from 19 to 25 April. It makes sense that Icelanders would want to celebrate the arrival of summer after loooong winters. But why celebrate this day in April…?
The First Day of Summer has its roots in the old Icelandic calendar and according to that calendar there were only two seasons, winter and summer. Summer started in late April and lasted until October. The whole day includes parades, barbecues, outdoor activities, picnics and just a whole a lot of fun! Great opportunity for travelers to take part in the cultural experience that surrounds this pleasant holiday.
“Gleðilegt sumar!” (Happy summer) is the greeting to use on this day, even though it might be snowing 🙂
Labour day (May Day) in Iceland is on 1st of May. Everyone (most of us) gets the day off and marches to protest… various things. Reykjavík city will definitely be filled with life!
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For further information about events and festivals you can check out the Visit Reykjavik website.